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Fall Themed Activities for a Frugal Family

I  am always looking for themed activities for my kids! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite fall activities for you to try with the children of your life!

 

Big Sister Pumpkin

Big Sister Pumpkin

Don’t Cut Your Pumpkins!!

I prefer to keep sharp tools away from my littlest kiddos, so this was a great way to avoid the hazards of more typical methods!

 

Pumpkin Mask Supplies

Pumpkin Mask Supplies

Paper Plate Pumpkin Masks

These paper plate pumpkin masks were easy, use items most of us have scattered about the house, & my children truly had a blast with them!

 

Monster and Ghost Puppets

Monster and Ghost Puppets

The Teeny Tiny Ghost and the Monster

This is a precious little book! The activities I came up with to do with it were a big hit with the littles!

 

Happy Spider

Happy Spider

Crafty Snacking

Simple spider to make to eat for a spooky treat!

 

Pumpkin Family

Pumpkin Family

No Carving Pumpkin Family

This was my idea of how to creatively avoid those sharp items I referred to earlier! We got a lot of positive feedback from these!

 

To get a head start for the upcoming holiday for gratefulness, here are a couple of cute turkey activities!

 

Upcycled Thanksgiving Turkey

Upcycled Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Upcycled turkey craft for the little guys!

Thanksgiving turkey printable

Thanksgiving turkey printable

Free Printable Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

This free printable works well as a fall craft to go with a colorful fall leaves walk!

A few years ago, we had a very special blessing to appreciate & celebrate, as featured by a well recognized site from my post here Another Thanksgiving Blessing!

Did you realize that there is a National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week  ?

 

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My Top Favorite Rewards Programs

My Top Favorite Rewards Programs

My Top Favorite Rewards Programs

I thought that I would share some of my favorite rewards  and referral programs with y’all! These are super handy for saving and even earning money! This type of thing is a big deal for a stay at home homeschool mom like myself, and I’m sure it will be super beneficial for you, too!

My little family may receive compensation of some form when you use the referral links below, but it will cost you nothing to help us out!

Advanced Auto Parts

You get a $30 credit for using my referral link, and I get one for $10! After you join, you can give $30 to your friends and receive $10 for yourself! I absolutely love the way this is set up, because we get to really bless our friends while rewarding ourselves a bit! Who doesn’t need something from Advanced Auto, seriously??

http://advanceautoparts.extole.com/s/pennypinchingpeach

Vistaprint

I am giving you a $20 off coupon for Vistaprint! In return, I get a $20 credit for any order my friends make that’s over $40! You can do the same!

http://reward.vistaprint.com/go.axd?ref=WHFRI7

My Reader Rewards

My Reader Rewards is a quick and easy way to get FREE books simple by doing simple tasks and sharing with friends! I have been using this for years, and most holidays I have books from them for all three of my kids gifts.

Schoola Clothes

Schoola Clothing

Schoola Clothing, follow the referral link for an immediate $10 credit to order, plus more when you refer friends! You can also choose to send clothes to them and benefit the school of your choice, since a portion of their profits goes to schools designated by the people who send them in. We have been super happy with everything we’ve gotten from them.

Survey Savvy

At Survey Savvy, there are multiple ways to earn your rewards. You can do surveys, earn $5 a month per device you download  Savvy Connect onto, and you can do referrals! Referrals earn up to $15 for direct referrals and up to $6 for their referrals!

https://www.surveysavvy.com/?m=8030473

Card Pool

Here’s where you can get discounted gift cards with a guarantee from the seller! With their referral program, you and your friend get $5 credits per referral!

http://refer.cardpool.com/s/pennypinchingpeach

Barefut Essential Oils

With Barefut Essential Oils, you earn 5% back on everything you spend, plus they have ever changing free sample kits, frequent sales and free shipping with any order over $25!
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 Backcountry

This store has all things outdoors, and you get a $10 credit just for clicking my referral link, plus you can earn more $10 credits just for referring your friends!! This would be an amazing place to get gifts for people like my husband, the eternal outdoorsman!

http://refer.backcountry.com/s/pennypinchingpeach

Doggy Loot

My Loot From Doggy Loot

Doggyloot

Doggyloot gives a free credit you can use immediately,  with free shipping.  Join the referral program to get more freebies for pets and pet lovers! They also donate to shelters with their profits, which I love!

Evitamins

Evitamins carries a vast array of health items, from vitamins to lotions to grocery items and more! Get a $5 credit automatically when using my referral link! Earn credits from referrals and product reviews!

 

Which of these programs are you the most excited to try? I think I included something for absolutely everyone, and truly hope these help someone out! I have appreciated the people who shared their frugal tricks with me, and want to pass it on to you!

Want more savings? Learn about some great Happy Birthday Freebies!!   

To interact with likeminded frugal folks, please feel free to join my no-drama-allowed Facebook group Naturally Frugal and Healthy on a Budget!

 


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Three Simple Ways I Afford Christmas On A Tight Budget

This is a handy post as we head into Christmas shopping season!!

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2016-11-27-23-28-45 My top three ways to afford a nice Christmas on a tight budget, and how you can, too!

These are my top three tricks to get very nice FREE Christmas presents on a tight budget!

I am always looking for ways to afford Christmas without breaking the bank. I have used each of these for years, so I can vouch for them! I know that these will help you be able to buy gifts for a nice Christmas,  too, so I had to share!

My Reader Rewards!

This is a quick and easy way to get FREE books, stickers and audio books by doing simple tasks and sharing with friends! You can earn points by answering short quizzes,  signing up for the newsletter, reading articles, writing reviews, just sharing the site and referring your friends. I was able to earn enough to order a book (with free shipping) within 10…

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Grieving the Miscarriage of an Unplanned Pregnancy

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Yesterday was six months since I held my lifeless child in the palm of my hand.

I knelt in the bathroom floor staring in shock and wonder at this tiny, translucent baby who never had the chance to breathe. I was surprised at how human and yet how alien our child looked at that early stage of development. I didn’t expect to see a recognizable infant. I never saw it with my first miscarriage.

I experienced a hugely conflicting range of emotions.

I felt guilty, because I was still wrestling with the fear of going through another complicated pregnancy and delivery, and of the impact that would have on my health and family. I felt grief, because I hadn’t had time to truly love my baby until I held it dead in my hand. I felt selfish and unworthy of grieving when I was so scared of everything that this pregnancy meant for me. I felt frustration, because the few people I told didn’t understand what I was going through. I felt peace in knowing something about this baby wasn’tviable, and I did nothing wrong. I felt angry that my preventive measures failed to put us through this loss at all. I can’t even say everything I felt.

I told very few people about my miscarriage.

This baby was unplanned. I hadn’t told anyone about it yet, since I  needed time to accept it myself. We would have loved it the same as our other children, but we had agreed not to risk my health with another pregnancy. I had barely started coming to terms with going through it again for our new baby when it was gone. I didn’t feel either deserving of sympathy or able to cope with criticism,  so I kept quiet.

I don’t know why I am so sad again.

I keep seeing that barely forming baby laying in my hand. I feel that surge of confusing emotions all over. I still don’t want to deal with pregnancy ever again, but I grieve over the one I lost. It is illogical and crazy, but I suspect that I am not alone.  Hopefully my sharing will help someone else see that she is not the only one dealing with a confusing reaction to miscarriage of an unplanned pregnancy.

You may be interested in reading the story of my nicu baby and that you are not alone in your struggles!


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My Top Five Posts Of 2017

I was doing a blog review of the past year, and thought that I would share my five most popular posts of the year with you!

Seven Things You Will Miss When Living in a Camper

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Budget Friendly Gifts for Hunters and Outdoorsmen

Gifts for hunters

Safely Flavored Drinks for Pregnant Mommies

Cucumber Key Lime Infused Water

Completely Healthy Cookies

Chocolate chip and cinnamon craisin

Chocolate chip and cinnamon craisin

10 Preschool Activities Using Household Items

5 Brain-Boosting Busy Boxes For Toddlers

5 Brain-Boosting Busy Boxes For Toddlers

Did you have a personal favorite? Could you share one of these or your personal favorite post of mine on social media somewhere? Here’s hoping for an even better 2018!!! I am starting the year Learning Gratitude Through Life Changes! What about you?


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Learning Gratitude Through Life Changes

From wrecked and molding house to new house, one of many changes we are grateful for!

Learning gratitude through life changes  (like full time rving and building our own home)!

The past three years have been full of trials & triumphs, changes & difficult lessons.

We have grown as individuals and as a family in ways that we never imagined. One thing is that we have become so much more grateful for and aware of the every day blessings we had just taken for granted for so long!

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Feeling safe.

We moved from a safe and familiar area to a different state in an area where we knew nobody. We took a place from just woods to a double wide and homestead. We discovered that our neighbors were hostile, racist and liked to run a  burn barrel full of rubber coated wire 24/7 (which caused us health issues).

Glossing over that saga to say that it led us to living full time in our camper in order to escape being terrorized. Feeling safe in our home is sooooo much more important to us than what and where it is!

Full sized anything.

In a camper, everything is shrunken down. The fridge, the stove,  the microwave, the sinks, the couch, the table, the shower, the toilets, the rooms….everything is smaller! Yes, it can be cozy and less to maintain. I loved some things, but mostly I missed my normal.

I was especially excited when I got a shower with a tub again,  so I could take a real shower without rushing to keep from losing hot water and my children could play in the tub! Also, last night I finally got my real full sized oven going, and I am over the moon to be able to bake cookies and make many dishes I have been unable to for a very long time!  (I have been using a hot plate, my trusty red toaster oven and my old reliable Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker since we moved into our house in October. )

Having enough.

We have been through some of the worst financial times of our entire lives during this time frame.

There have been weeks where $10 had to get groceries, because that was all that was left after our bills were paid. We had to humble ourselves and ask for help in ways we never would have considered before.

I am so grateful now for the times when I can walk into the store and get everything on my list! The many weeks I stood there almost in tears trying to figure out which “necessities” were the most necessary have made the weeks of a plentiful cart feel so amazing!

My knack at being frugal.

It would be nearly impossible as a big spender to live the life we have been leading. For a natural born penny pincher like myself, it’s like a prolonged marathon I have had a lifetime of conditioning for. Not easy, by any means, but we survive!

Human kindness.

I have had many times these past three years where I felt alone in a dark place, and someone stepped in with some act of kindness that renewed my hope.

There is so much power in simply allowing yourself to be used to bless someone,  even in small and seemingly insignificant ways. I am grateful to those who showed and continue to show kindness to my family in unexpected ways.

Health.

My son was in a serious accident a couple of years ago, and my husband in a car accident this past year. Both have permanent scarring.  Both could have been so much worse! We are so very glad to have them both healthy and with us!

Home.

I don’t do well feeling unsettled. I need a place to feel comfortable and at home. I am so grateful to have that now! There’s no place like home!

I would never have chosen to experience all the difficulties we have went through.

Honestly, I still wouldn’t chose them. However, we can choose to grow stronger and better from trials or we can choose to become bitter and self pitying. I choose gratitude in the blessings of life and hope that things can always get better!

What are some lessons you have learned through trials? Going through a dark place now? Read and be encouraged that you are not alone!


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A Day in the Life of a Frugal Homeschool Mom

2018-01-04 15.21.27.jpgToday the thought struck me that being frugal is not just a necessity on my family’s budget, but an integral part of who I am.

Let’s walk through parts of a typical day as a frugal homeschooling mom!

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This morning started with me cooking a breakfast for the four of us who were at home (sausages and eggs) that totalled under $1.75 altogether.

After breakfast and chores, I got the kids started on homeschool work. The toddler wanted school,  so I gave her challenges in her coloring book and let her pick up things with jumbo tweezers.

Meanwhile,  I shredded chicken thighs leftover from hubby grilling night before last, boiled noodles and made ranch dressing for the sauce. Chopped part of a $1 marked down big bag of fresh spinach and got a bag of frozen peas heated to toss in. Dinner is coming in under $5 for 5 people,  probably with some left over.

The kids had a healthy a mid morning snack out of a handful of peas and a bunch of spinach leaves dipped in the dredges of ranch dip.

My kids and I are having sinus trouble.  I threw a couple of drops each of lemon, frankincense and copaiba essential oils  in the diffuser.  It left the house smelling yummy and us all breathing easier for very little expense, especially with Barefut Essential Oils.

Barefut Essential Oils, pure quality and affordable!

Lunch was sandwiches with fresh spinach dip I made with part of the dressing,  a bit of cream cheese and a bunch of shredded spinach.

After school,  we made each child necklaces from some themed candy filled ornaments similar to these we bought 8 for $1 after Christmas.

Later when we want a snack, spinach dip and crackers or apples will be on the menu.

I didn’t think much about all of this as I went,  but it is obvious that I constantly make many small choices which allow us to live life fully in a way that costs much less than average.

Is being thrifty natural for you,  or do you have to work at penny pinching? What are some things you wish you could save on? Here are some of my more strange tricks for saving money!