Cheapo Notebooks

07.31.2013 by Sarah |

I love this time of year when the stores are lined with school supplies, eeek time to stock up!

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My list is always: paper, glue sticks, containers, pens, and sharpies

But top of that list is something I can’t live without, 1 subject notebooks, or as I like to call them my cheapo notebooks. I use them everyday, they keep me on track with all my lists and then when everything is checked off, rip…it’s in the trash, and onto the next page.

They usually priced at just $1, but tend to go on sale too. I usually pay around 10¢ – 20¢, so when they’re low I stock up.

Another good use is, I have one for each of my nephews so when they come around, they can get it out and do some drawing, I think it’s fun to have something here waiting for them.

So little and so simple :)

 

 

Holler Dollar: Tiny Brown Glass Bottle

07.30.2013 by Sarah |

Brock thinks this is way over the top, but I HATE the look of his allergy pills. I try and put them in the medicine cupboard but he says if they’re not out, he forgets to take them.

On a recent trip to a health store (Good Earth) I saw these cute little bottles for just 90¢, and knew it was a solution to our little issue.

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Now we’re both happy, cute bottle for me and accessible for him. Another simple pleasure and problem solved!

Wouldn’t it be cute to redo your whole medicine cabinet? Brown bottles all lined up…

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Sold online HERE

*Disclaimer: this lid isn’t child proof so use with care if little ones are around*

DIY Sunburst Mirror

07.29.2013 by Sarah |

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When I first came up with this idea I thought I was genius, but then I showed Em and she was like “that’s already all over pinterest!”

Boo. I hate not being as original as I think I am, but I still love this project and can’t believe it cost under $2 and only took about an hour. I’m really loving it above our bed.

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To Make You Will Need: 

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glue gun

glue sticks

10″ cardboard circle (just cut from shipping box, free!)

7″ mirror (got mine HERE, and used 40% off coupon so about $1.25 per mirror)

About 40 paint stir sticks (just ask for them at Home Depot, I offered to pay, but they were happy to give for free…yippee)

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Directions:

Glue mirror onto cardboard circle

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Then start glueing the sticks onto the cardboard, aline with mirror as much as possible

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If the last one is a tight squeeze, just sand down to fit

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First layer all done looks like this:

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Then just start the next layer, trying to center between 2 sticks at a time…

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And that’s it! All done, and looking beautiful!

If you wanted to it would look great painted, but I was loving the natural wood look.

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 Worthy of an hour don’t you think?!

Come Visit Us Over at Lil Luna!

07.29.2013 by Sarah |

Today over at Lil Luna we’re sharing a Christmas in July craft, a Service Advent Calender…

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Come over and see us!

Gluten-Free Martha Stewart Macaroons

07.26.2013 by Emily |

Baking gluten free can often be complicated and expensive, so I am always thrilled when I find a delicious recipe that is simple and inexpensive.

You can whip these Martha macaroons up in 5 minutes for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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What You’ll Need:

3 egg whites

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c sugar

140z bag sweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

Whip egg whites, salt, and sugar until frothy and then stir in coconut flakes.

Bake at 350* for 25 mins until golden brown.

* My new oven is baking way too quick, I get the best results at 300 for 25 mins.

See Martha’s full instructions HERE. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Cover Girl BB Cream

07.25.2013 by Sarah |

For the first time in 12 years I’ve been converted to a new foundation. Cover Girls BB Cream is light, none greasy and basically all you could ask for in a tinted moisturizer and it’s only around $7…holler!

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It was a big step jumping from my trusty Clinique, but their prices keep going up and their products smaller and smaller.

Have any of you switched from a trusty fave to a new found love? We’d love to hear why you made the switch!

How To Always Have a Fresh Hand Towel

07.24.2013 by Sarah |

It’s no surprise that we LOVE white towels, and generally speaking they require no additional care than another color, but for some reason it’s really hard to keep the hand towel size looking nice and white.

The area that gets used starts to look greyish after only one or two uses and it just looks ugly and dirty, and can be embarrassing if guests stop by.

And that’s why I’ve adopted the washcloth one use program:

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Use once, and throw in basket

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Mum started using washcloths instead of towels several years ago, (she was obviously inspired by some fancy hotel or restaurant) and I think it’s somewhat genius.

They are so small they hardly take up any room in my regular wash, I even think it’s more eco friendly because I’m washing the bigger towel less.

We all love the pack of RE Washcloths at Target that run round $3

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And as soon as they start the grey attitude, they make it into the rag pile.

win and win!

Non-Hideous Ceiling Fans

07.23.2013 by Emily |

Ceiling fans are usually a huge no-no in interior design. However, their functionality is fantastic in the hot months as they can be a life saver in circulating air and saving energy. I also think they can look great in any space. Here’s a few examples of how ceiling fans can work:

The Subtle Fan:

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At first glance at a white ceiling fan at the store, you may think ‘cheap-o’ and move on without a second thought, but doesn’t this white fan look great? I love how it just blends into this beautiful ceiling and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Another perk to a white ceiling fan is they are usually super inexpensive. This ceiling fan is similar to the one above, and this one is only $37!

The Feature Fan:

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Sometimes a bold fan can work in a space..really well. This fan completely changes the feel from a regular traditional room to a breezy, casual Caribbean feel. This fan is a great comparable.

The Complimentary Fan

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This fan neither blends or screams for attention. It fits perfectly with the minimal room and just works with the space. This basic fan would work great in almost any space. I also like this fan for a little more contemporary feel.

My verdict is there are a lot of bad and expensive fans out there, but some great ones too! How do you feel about them? Do you love it or hate it?

If you design need help finding a fan please email us at mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com.

Home Depot Rocking Chairs

07.22.2013 by Emily |

I saw these rocking chairs at the beginning of the season at Home Depot. I fell in love with them, but decided I should probably do some research before an impulse buy. I looked long and hard and in the end came back to the same chairs!

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I am thrilled with the construction, comfort and price of these chairs. We’ve had some major thunderstorms since we’ve had them and there’s nothing better than grabbing a blanket and watching the storm out on the porch. I love Utah summers!

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I sometimes think these rockers are too nice to have out on the porch getting all dusty and weather-worn. They are definitely nice enough for inside use and have a few ideas brewing for where to put them in the winter months.

The rocker is also available in white and maple and are sold in-store for $99, but I really wanted black which is only sold online for $20 more :( . Luckily I had a 20% off coupon (you can sign up for coupons HERE).

Do you have any outdoor furniture that you love this time of year?

Guest Post from a Salad Queen

07.19.2013 by Sarah |

Kimberly is our talented sister-in-law who not only do we love dearly, but whom we’re constantly amazed by. Her creativity is unique, beautiful and comes straight from her heart.

Today we’re crowning her the title ‘Salad Queen’ because almost on a weekly basis she dazzles us with a new salad creation. And best of all we’re not the only ones who notice, this woman successfully has her four boys munching away on greens without any complaints. We give you Kimberly…

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Hi everyone, I’m excited to be here today to share with you what I’ve learned about making a great salad. You can make a delicious salad with whatever you have in your kitchen.

Don’t just look in your refrigerator, but also in your pantry (any kind of bean will make your salad more filling, and of course dried fruit can be a great addition) and in your freezer (frozen peas and corn thaw in a jiffy).
THE BASIC ANATOMY OF A SALAD:
 
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GREENS + FRUIT OR VEG + CHEESE + CRUNCH = YUM!

A few notes:

People seem to like shredded cabbage mixed with any other lettuce. Makes for a fresh bite, but not too strong.

Lots of fruits and vegetables mix nicely, but you only need one ingredient in this category to pull off a salad.

When I say crunch I am referring to croutons, sunflower seeds, toasted ramen noodles, and nuts. Choose one.

 

DRESSINGS: 

I have tried more and more to stay away from store bought dressings. You know its always better for your family when you use real ingredients.

Three Fast and Easy Recipes:

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Balsamic & Lime Vinaigrette from My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

Coarse salt

Freshly ground pepper

Whisk together and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Wilted Spinach Salad Dressing from The Essential Mormon Cookbook by Julie Badge Jensen

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon mustard

1 tablespoon chopped or grated onion

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Keeps in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

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Ranch Dressing by Me, Kimberly Clayton

Sour Cream

Garlic Salt

Sugar

Red Wine Vinegar

Dried Parsley

Pepper

Depending on how many people are at your dinner table, spoon out a couple or more scoops of sour cream into a bowl. Sprinkle with garlic salt (just a bit), and sugar and a teaspoon or two of red wine vinegar. You can also add dried parsley and freshly ground pepper, more for visual effect. Whisk and then carefully add a little bit a milk until you are happy with the consistency. Taste test and add more garlic salt or sugar as desired.

Hope you like!

Holler Dollar: V05 Shampoo + Conditioner

07.18.2013 by Sarah |

For those of you with thin straight hair, this Holler Dollar is for you! Introducing my favorite shampoo + conditioner V05’s Extra Body Combo…
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Unfortunately or fortunately for me expensive shampoo’s and conditioner’s  take all the life out of my hair making it more limp and almost impossible to even tie in a pony. My hair is naturally very soft and silky which is usually not something to complain about, but sometimes it’s maddening  to work with.

By much experiment, I’ve found the ‘cheaper’ shampoo’s on the market to be better for my hair, they actually give my hair some volume without weighing it down and yes it’s a major HOLLER that my favorite turn’s out to be only a $1 or under if on sale.

Do you have favorite beauty products for around a buck? Do share!

Paper Source

07.17.2013 by Emily |

Paper Source is one of our favorite places. We know we’ll get the very best selection of the stationary world at paper-source.com.  Here’s just a glimpse of the greatness…

Three things I love. Botanicals, notebooks, black.  Sold!

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These golden mini clothespins would be lovely to attach gift tags to presents with for autumn gifts.

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This chalkboard calendar is so perfect! So many great ones to choose from!boxwoodclippings_papersource chalkboard calendar

Paper Source has a fantastic selection of twine, ribbons and decorative tape.

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They also carry my absolute favorite twill ribbon.

Loving these ‘happy birthday’ stickers.  One onto a small white card would make one simple birthday card!

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Do you love Paper Source as much as we do?

Target Tuesday

07.16.2013 by Emily |

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Target Tuesday post, I guess it’s been longer since I’ve had a good old shop, but on a recent visit I spied plenty of goodies I’d love to add to my basket…

 
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No.1 Have been waiting for these black ikat outdoor pillows to go on sale for months! I think they’d be cute and comfy for our porch and definitely cute enough for indoor use too.

No.2 Have you heard about Feed USA and their collaboration with Target? These Canisters are my favorite.

No. 3 Dying over how cute these small starburst mirrors are…and the price! Would be so cute trailed up a wall with a few sets.

No.4 I almost splurged on a gold kate spade iphone cover, but now I’m glad I didn’t. This mara mi cover is just as cute. I also love this one.

No. 5 Loving these sandals. Would be so cute with a long maxi.

No. 6 Still not over the basket craze and Target always knows what I’m craving. Love this large woven basket and these little media baskets to store DVD’s.

Can you tell I’m not over the Black and Gold colour combo yet?!

Have you had any great finds at Target lately?

10 Things for an Easy Party

07.15.2013 by sarah and emily |

We had such a nice blogging break to spend time with the family and our new adorable niece, Catherine. We are two very proud aunties! We are refreshed and renewed and ready for some major blogging! We’re starting off the week with our basic party…

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We’ve had more than a few occasions where we’ve had to pull off in impromptu party at the last minute. Over the years we’ve learned to have just a few items on hand to create an atmosphere for a gathering in no time at all…

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#1 Cafe Lights. As you know we’re huge fans of ambiance lighting, and a party of course is no exception. These lights will always look great no matter what setting and are definitely worth the small investment (they’re also great at Christmas wrapped around fresh garlands).

#2 Classic White Plates. Our mother taught us “white goes with everything”. No matter what your party theme may be, basic white dessert plates, platters and cake stands are always a good idea. Even when we opt for plastic cutlery and linens, a party won’t feel tacky if you use proper plates.

#3 Chinese Lanterns. We’ve been using these for years, put up a few and you have an instant party. So easy to store, reuse and very affordable.

#4, 5 Wooden Pegs and twine. Use with napkins to make the easiest banner ever. Pegs are also great to have on hand if you want really easy favors.

#6 Music. Next to lighting, background music should be a top priority. Have play lists of your favorite songs ready to go to  set the tone for your party.

#7 Tea lights. Put them in votives, every day glasses, old jars or wrap washi tape around them. They make a room come alive, So versatile, and inexpensive.

#8 Wrapping Paper Runners. We always use wrapping paper as runners for our party tables. It can add a huge punch of color can be tossed away at the end of the night instead of worrying about punch stains on your tablecloth.

#9 Colorful Napkins. Napkins are another easy way to add a little color and the thought of trying to keep dozens of cloth napkins clean exhausts us just thinking about it.

#10 Disposable Water Bottles. With a large crowd someone is bound to spill their drink. Bottles are a must for no-spill casual affair. We’ve found you can go through dozens of plastic cups in a few hours, even with a smaller crowd. Bottles are easier for people to keep at their side, and they make for an easy clean up into the recycle bin. No more polishing glasses til 3 am in the morning!

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Do you have any party prep tips you use time and again?

We hope our tips will help your next party be a little less stressful and help you enjoy yourself a little more!

Happy 4th!!!

07.04.2013 by Emily |
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We hope you you have the loveliest holiday filled with sunshine and lots of shade!!!

We have family coming into town and are also welcoming a new baby niece, so we’ll be taking next week off to soak it all in, see you soon! xxx

10 Things You Should Be Buying From The Dollar Tree

07.03.2013 by Sarah |

You know how much we love the Dollar Tree but not everything in there is worthy of a dollar.

Here are 10 things that most certainly are….

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No. 1 Toiletries: deodorant, cotton balls, and even imported soap from our Mother land, quite impressive for $1.

No.2 Balloons: I love giving a bouquet of balloons, and this is the place to go. Foil ones (filled) $1 each, regular come in a pack.

No. 3 Stationary: These mini clip boards are adorable. Tape and envelopes are also on my list.

No. 4: Light bulbs: I know this is not green friendly, but I really really dislike LED bulbs I much prefer the old fashioned ones, 3 for $1. (Don’t worry, I’m very environmentally friendly in other areas :)

No. 5: Disposable Diaper Bags: in England we call these ‘nappy sacks’ and EVERY MOTHER uses them in her nappy changing routine. Here, the only place we’ve seen them in the Dollar Tree, they are amazing at keeping nasty smells away. They are even handy for those of us with out kids, we keep them in the car and us them as mini trash bags, so handy!

No.6: Ribbon: Grosgrain is my fave. 5 yards for $1 holler!

No.7: Jars: We’ve talked about them before HERE, we just love them!

No.8: Vases: Also, mentioned HERE, so versatile.

No.9: Disposable Table Wear: Perfect for incorporating colour in a party, and makes for an easy clean up.

No.10: Wrapping Paper: Brown is a perfect neutral, but if you want an assortment of colours it’s also the place to shop.

If you’re on a budget and feel like you need a shopping spurge it’s a good place to go, you can go crazy and not feel guilty at all :)

 

Sarah’s Organization Project: Nightstand

07.02.2013 by Sarah |

It’s been a little while since I’ve tacked an organization project, but this one has been on my list for a while.

My nightstand became a hold all for books, and bits and bobs and honestly I didn’t realize how messy it was until I took the photo. I was wanting to reorganize it because I needed to make room for water bottles and tissues, 2 things I always realize I need right when I’m snuggled up and comfy and hate to get out of bed. So I fixed it…

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I did the usual detox and putting things in their proper home, then I made proper homes for the items that belonged there; like: scriptures, journals, and books. Then I added every day kinda items that are handy to have close by: water bottles, tissues, pens, notebook, flashlight, glasses and foot cream etc etc…

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Since my nightstand is so dark inside, I lined it with this paper to brighten things up and protect the shelves.

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There’s somethings luxurious about having things at your finger tips, I like that!

Summary:

Project cost: $1 for draw liners

Project time: 1 hours

Project reward: feeling luxurious, and as always happier to have another nook all neat and taken care of. :)

Master Closet Organization with Ikea Storage

07.01.2013 by Emily |

My favorite place in our house is the master closet. Going from a tiny apartment to a walk-in closet is heaven! We also had the builder finish the space in the eaves of the roof to make the most out of every square inch.

The Bitrade storage cube from Ikea is like our beloved Expedit, just a little smaller and less expensive. It sits perfectly in our little eave nook and houses my winter boots and chunky sweaters.

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I am super impressed that the book case was only costs $30 and am thinking of all sorts of ways we could add another to help organize the rest of the house…laundry room, garage, basement, the list goes on. The Bitrade unfortunately is not available online, but if you have a store close to you it may be worth a look…

Also new to our closet are these Malm dressers. We have two facing each other either side of the Bitrade, and they are a steal for $90 a piece.

I added a lamp for extra light in this nook, and displayed my jewelry and perfume on top of my dresser. I’m finally wearing perfume and mixing up outfits with jewelry because it’s right in front of my every morning, instead of being tucked in a drawer.

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I love organizing solutions that are functional and pretty too! Do you love any storage products we should know about? Please share!

Bacon and Blue Cheese Lettuce Wedge

06.28.2013 by Emily |

Today, I’d like to share the easiest salad. It makes the perfect appetizer for any main course, is fresh and rich at the same time and easy to adapt to your personal taste.

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What You’ll Need:

Iceberg Lettuce

Bacon

Tomatoes

Blue Cheese Crumbles

Blue Cheese Dressing

Directions:

Wash and cut the lettuce head in four to create a wedge. Drizzle dressing and then crumble tomatoes, blue cheese, and bacon over the lettuce wedge. Wallah and you’re done!

Iceberg is the perfect base to add any of your favorite flavors, so the possibilities are endless for those who don’t love blue cheese. Our favorite sub is Feta cheese and Feta dressing (we like Trader Joe’s dressing).

This salad has a huge wow factor and believe me when I say Iceberg lettuce never tasted so good!!!

How We Pinch Our Pennies

06.27.2013 by Emily |

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One of our main objectives for this little blog of ours is to live beautifully on a tight budget. While we are no experts, we thought it might be beneficial to share a few of our habits now and again that are helping us live a frugal life.

EXPENDITURE LOGS

Just like a food journal leads to a higher chance of success for weight loss, so does tracking each penny. This one principle has completely changed my responsibility over money. While most of us have checking accounts that track our expenses, an itemized list is the only way to get an exact record of that $50 withdrawal from Target. Every item goes into its separate catagory accordingly, food into groceries, that card you bought into the gift category. Tracking expenditures for a few months is the easiest way to set a budget on all variable spending (everything other than set bills such as mortgage, car payments, utilities).

Everyone’s categories will be different, but after a few months of logging each item your categories will become apparent. My main spending is in the following categories: Groceries, Housekeeping, Personal (clothes, make-up, hair etc), and Gifts. I also have a misc category where I track random expenses as well as going out to eat.

MAKE A REALISTIC BUDGET

This seems very intuitive if you want to lead a frugal life but is trickier than it seems. It’s important to start with an expenditure log for at least 3 months and then average out each category of spending to create a realistic budget. Our budgets change from time to time as circumstances change, but a good rule of thumb is to have a tight enough budget to keep excess spending under control, and at the same time feel you have enough of the things you need. Not everything, but enough. To make a budget livable it’s important to include a few things that may not be 100% essential. For example, entertainment and eating out are always part of our budget, no matter how small we make these categories. It’s also a good idea to re-evaluate expenses at least once a year. The potential to save money on things such as insurance, cable, and phone are worth the time it takes to investigate.

.SET GOALS AND REWARDS

Everyone is different and you have to figure out how you can live frugally without wanting to kill yourself. It’s so hard for me just to save and watch the numbers grow, I want to know we are trying to reach our six month reserve, saving for a car, a trip etc. Budgeting is so much harder if you are not convicted on your goals. Setting realistic goals after you make a reasonable budget will help you stick to your plan. The reward is so much sweeter when you have worked hard to make your goal happen.

SHOPPING LISTS

Uggg, shopping lists. I hate ‘em, but they are such a valuable tool for frugal living! Not only do we make shopping lists for the grocery store, we make lists of everything we may need and want. For example, I keep an ongoing lists on my iphone of things I need in my closet, with the most important at the top of my list. If my budget doesn’t allow, it’s easy to look at my list for the next month and prioritize. I also try to have a little money set aside in my shopping budget in case there is a clearance item that is a steal of a deal. It’s hard to part with money when you don’t need something right that second, but you’ll be happy in October when you bought that cute sweater back in April for 70% off.

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SELL AND BUY ON CRAIGSLIST

I love, love, love selling things we no longer need on Craigslist or local classifieds. Having someone come over, and give you cash for your junk is the best feeling EVER! How much stuff do you have laying around your house that you never use? Try selling it! Likewise, if I need large items for our home I am always scouting the classifieds for a while before headed to the store. We have saved so much money doing this.

DONATE

If you have items that you cannot sell, make sure to donate your items to a thrift store. One man’s junk is another’s treasure! It feels good giving something away, hoping it will bring joy to someone else. Another perk are donations receipts, which you can keep as a charitable donation when it comes to filing taxes. :)

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Although money is not always fun to talk or think about, we feel a great sense of satisfaction knowing we’re doing our best. However, we’d love to know more, what tips can you share with us?