We are planning our first trip to Disney World for next year. We are debating if we should stay on grounds or in a condo hotel off grounds. It would be very convenient to stay at Disney with no worries about driving to the parks daily and parking. We could just catch a shuttle or bus. I would also prefer to save some money staying offsite, plus have a bigger place. We need to just write down all the pros and cons to make our choice.
Today I hit a great clearance at my local Wal-Mart. They moved all the summer and older toys to clearance. I was able to buy all the kids Christmas presents. I spent $50 today, but I’m now done with the kids on my list. I even bought a couple of extra toys to donate to Toys for Tots. I am going to go back tomorrow to buy a few more toys to donate. Most of the toys I bought were $4-5 each. I even got my son some Christmas presents. He loves Legos and they had several small Star Wars sets on clearance for $5. They had Speed Racer, Hannah Montana, Barbie, baby dolls, Lego sets, and so much more. I even got DVD cartoon movies for $4 each. I got Bob the Builder, Care Bears, and Blues Clues. I’m not buying as many toys since I really think most kids have too many. I am trying to buy other fun things to give like bath toys. They had those on clearance as well. Now is a great time to start your Christmas shopping. I even bought a couple of extra for my gift closet. You never know when you will get a last minute birthday invite from your child’s classmate.
Are You Normal or Nuts? This is a question we all ponder from time to time. Like am I crazy to stock up on a great sale of items we will use? I think most people would say no, and it’s smart to pay less for something you will use. Other people may think it’s a little crazy to buy 26 bottles of dish liquid. I think my husband would agree. It’s funny how I never hear him complaining about all the rolls of toilet paper in the closet. He might think twice about making a comment if they suddenly disappeared in a moment of need. “insert an evil laugh”
This is a great article in the Reader’s Digest I came across recently. My favorite one is the lady that took 7 years to use 14 bottles of nail polish. First wouldn’t the polish be a little funky? I don’t really use nail polish too often. Do you think that this would be one for the Are You Normal or Nuts? category? I would say yes. I just recently bought a bottle for free after rebate. Some people might think that it’s acceptable, and have done it themselves. The article is pretty funny, and insightful. Check out the Reader’s Digest Laughs section. Just remember what you might think is crazy to you is perfectly normal to someone else.
Today’s thrifty tip is don’t buy expensive baby food in jars. Instead just puree your own cooked foods like carrots, green beans, and such. Bananas are also easy to mash. Just make sure to keep the foods bland. You can use a food processor to mush it. Certain foods cooked are easy to mash with just a fork. This will save you lots of money, and it’s healthier for your baby.
*Note: I am not affliated with REI and not being compensated for this post. I just want to share a great deal with my readers.
I know some people think they are ugly. For those that love these shoes, then REI has the Cayman Kids Crocs on sale. There are only 3 colors available: Red, Sea Blue, and Coral. These kids crocs are priced $8.83 and have various sizes in stock. I bought a pair of red ones for my son. Shipping was $5.99 for a total of $14.82 which is a great deal. You can get Free Shipping to any REI store. If you are signed up with BigCrumbs, then go thru them to earn cash back. Hurry since I’m sure these will go quickly. Click Here for Kids Croc Sale
I wasn’t always very frugal, and I was a spendthrift a few years ago. I know it’s horrible, but I wanted to be at home with my son, so I had to change. It was easier for my husband since he grew up frugal. I learned a lot of my skills from his family. The first thing we did was to consolidate debt to make one payment per month. That was only one small part of the change.
There are thousands of little ways to save money. Turning off lights when you aren’t in that room. I clip coupons and combine them with sales and rebates. I switched to store brands on most of the things we eat or use like toilet paper. I also do many other small things to save money. These little small changes will add up to much bigger savings in time. You have to start slowly if you want to it to be a permanent change.
If you are living paycheck to paycheck then debt consolidation is a great way to free up extra money for debt relief. BillsIQ is a great online site that has many tools and articles. Everyone that needs debt help should check out this great site.
I really love my Mom and she’s my best friend. There are days that I say the same things to my son that she said when I was a kid. I didn’t understand some of these pearls of wisdom until I had my own children. I always have to laugh to myself afterwards. Again, I have to admit you were right Mom. Thanks.