Sometimes life is enough to have a good time. The little joys in riding a streetcar and letting your mind wander or a crisp newspaper on a Sunday morning with a cup of 🍵
Safari on a budget.
Check out my travel stories on twoblondesandatravelblog.com Link in bio🦁
Cash envelope planner dividers organize your budget in style ⭐️🐅💛
Just over here soaking up every last second of summer before we have a kindergartner!
This will be our first time school supplies shopping, and I love searching for all the best ways to save!
There’s a new post on the blog (link in profile @thefrugalfootdoc
), with 22 back to school shopping tips to save money.
Some of my favorites include:
👖Create a capsule wardrobe of pieces that mix and match easily to make more outfits out of less!
🎒Invest a little more on backpacks and other items that get a lot of use! This will prevent you from having to purchase another one half way through the year.
🍴Get reusable utensils, sandwich bags, and water bottles to prevent having to buy so many disposal items, and save your grocery store budget!
What are your best back to school shopping hacks?! Let me know!
The cleaning thing has come up again this is a blog I wrote last year
The seven simple rules to a clean house.
Link in bio (The blog about cleaning for people who don’t want to waste their life cleaning. )
Girl💁🏼♀️ How is your house so clean with 6 children and working And school and all the shit fights.
And the truth is; if you come mid nerf battle on a spaghetti bolignaise day there is just no hiding that eight people definitely live and eat here.
But for the most part it’s tidy.
And that makes me happy.
I suppose we stick to a few simple rules.
Rule number one: Kids help.
We paint, we build blocks, we get muddy outside; the kids can have tons of messy fun but they must clean up after themselves, always.
Toys go back away, dirty clothes go in the wash and clean clothes go in their allotted spots.
They know how to put things in the bin.
Get themselves dressed.
How to put their clothes in the wash. Where their shoes and bags go.
How to make their beds.
It’s just routine and habit.
I’m not a slave driver.
But they have responsibilities and for the most part; they enjoy them.
Rule number two: Throw shit out.
No but seriously.
I only have pots and pans I use regularly,
I have minimal furniture, enough blankets for each person in the house but we don’t have useless shit.
No one needs six sheet sets; you just don’t.
You don’t need a set of Tupperware you’ve never used before.
I know Aunt Betty gave you it for your seventh wedding anniversary but if your not using it; it goes.
And that broken toy on top of the fridge that’s been there for two years that “ your totally going to fix any day now” THROW it out.
If it doesn’t make you happy, you don’t use it regularly; you do not need it.
Maybe someone else does?
Rule number three: Stuff is sorted.
Always. Mostly always.
New stuff comes in old stuff goes out. Things stay folded.
We try and keep it regularly sorted.
We have a blanket cupboard, a dinosaur storage box, an art storage box, a gift wrapping area, a vaccume cupboard, a cleaning cupboard; you get the picture.
But things that aren’t used ,again, we throw. Everything has a place.
Link in bio for rest of this blog I hope you enjoy.
There will be 10 colors available today during our #happyhoursale
. Happy Hour @mariposastudios
begins at 5:00PM EST and ends at 7:00PM EST. NO COUPON CODES! Come join us!!!’
Ok here’s my process typed out in a hurry because I need to get it done quickly today!
1) create meal plan from Saturday breakfast - Friday dinner (include lunches and breakfast selections)
2) SHOP YOUR PANTRY
3) Reduce the quantity of anything you purchase regularly of but had left over in the past (so much money is wasted on this!)
4)Make out a super specific shopping list, including all your toiletry and snack needs (bonus if you shop for recipes, much easier to measure out exactly how much to buy)
5) Check your grocery store’s app for coupons and check for any applicable coupons you have on hand. Here’s where I differ from many. I work full time, marathon train, have two kids, like to spend time with my husband and occasionally, I like to soak in a bathtub, read a book or rewatch a Game of Thrones episode (total nerd). I don’t have time to overdo the coupon hunt or go across town to shop at other stores. I need to get everything in 1 stop! Time. Is. Money.
6) Get your (pre set) weekly grocery allowance in cash to put in your envelope and shop with a calculator. Know your “extra” items on the list. If you don’t have enough cash, get cozy with the fact that you’re going to put them back. Shoot to come in under budget because...
7) The ONLY way you’re going to take your family out to a restaurant that week is if you had leftover grocery money the week(s) before.
I injected my “restaurant & entertainment” envelope 1 time with $200 cash. The only way I refill it is if I have leftover grocery store cash that I’ve built up over multiple weeks. I get to restock it every time I have leftover grocery money!
That, is how you budget for the #1
money leak spot: food!! Eat well and have fun with it!