TMR Frugal Living Tip #27

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.

Sale on Kids Sized Crocs!

*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

Small Changes Add Up to a Big Change

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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.

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When Did I Become My Mom?!!

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.

Great Gift Idea

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I am constantly on the prowl for great deals and bargains, but I also like to give unique gifts when I can. Some people are much easier to shop for than others in my family. I came across a great product called Cabin Cuddler which would be perfect for my husband’s grandmother. She is constantly complaining about how cold her house is during the winter. She has been having problems with her legs so this will be great for her. The blanket has a great foot pocket so it will stay put to keep her toasty warm. She can also bring this with her when she travels.

My brother would really love this since he does a lot of flying for business trips. He refuses to use the airline provided pillow or blanket. He feels that these are germ infested which aren’t properly cleaned. This also comes with an inflatable pillow. It inflates easily, and is perfect for traveling. I love that it comes in a handy tote bag which would fit perfectly over the handle on his rolling suitcase. I’m considering purchasing one for us to use on our Walt Disney World trip next year. It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping.

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TMR Frugal Living Tip #26

Today’s thrifty tip is to use soy flour to substitute for an egg in baking. Just a heaping tablespoon of soy flour and a tablespoon of water is equal to a large egg. With the high price of eggs, this can save a good bit if you do a lot of cooking and baking. You can find soy flour in most health food and ethnic stores.

TMR Frugal Living Tip #25

Today’s thrifty tip is to call companies of products you either love or had an issue. I have a few favorite items, and I do call the company every few months to rave about the product or pass on some suggestions. I always ask to be placed on a mailing list or about coupons. Most will just give you some coupons just for calling. Some won’t give anything but that is a small percentage. If you do have a complaint, then just be courteous but let them know your disappoint. Some companies will ask to have it mailed back if it’s a defect. So don’t throw it out just yet. I always get either a refund check or a free item coupon when this occurs. This is another great way to get great coupons for the things you use anyway.