Monday, January 7, 2008

Saving money around the house

One area that can be very helpful in saving money is being able to sew. There are quite a few household items, that are very simple and easy to sew. Things like sheets, washrags, even a simple quilt, pillows, curtains.

My friend ellie is very very talented with her sewing machine. I usually ask her for help and tips from her. Her blog is in my favorites blog list, she's attached parent She has a wonderful post with a sew-along for sheets for a toddler bed that stay tucked in. They are really easy to make, and soo handy to have. I made some for my kids, and it really makes changing their bed sheets much simpler. It was also much cheaper than purchasing them at a store. I found the material for $1 a yard and its very good quality.

Curtains can be made quite simply, and often with just an old flat sheet, just hem an inch at one end, with a space large enough to accomadate a curtain rod.

There are many ways to save money around the house by making things for daily use.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Slacking, for shame

I've been terrible, about blogging, about finances, even my house has suffered. We've all been sick and trying to recover from a stomach virus that has attacked a cold, its not fun.

I haven't been keeping very good track of my finances, at least, I haven't been writing what I've spent down, I've been estimating in my head. I splurged this last weekend though and bought a cell phone. I probably could have gone without, but I've had instances where my car doesn't start and I need to call for help. Having the cell will make me feel at least slightly more secure.

Christmas was a blast. I had a budget set for christmas, with the idea that the less toys the kids got the less cluttered my house would be on christmas day. My community had different ideas. Every day for about a week before Christmas, I"d find a bag of wrapped gifts and boxes of food on my porch. So my kids got a bunch of gifts, they got to the point that they didn't want to unwrap anything else. One of the really fun gifts was a gift card to the grocery store, in the amount of $200. Now the challenge with the grocery store gift card, is that it has to be spent all at once, so, I went to the store armed with my grocery list, decided to stock up on paper goods and other supplies. Even with my list, I was about $15 short of the $200 goal, so I bought a video, which I don't usually do at the grocery store because they are usually overpriced. But it was worth it, I bought a veggie tales video, and the kids love it, and it has a good message and fairly decent songs.

This is a very disjointed and unorganized blog, but I think it will help me get back in the swing of things.

Next time I'll discuss saving money around the house.