Week In Review: 3 Favorite Blog Posts Of The Week From The Blogosphere

I do a lot of hopping around throughout the week and read a lot of really great blogs. Too many to share in one post! Here were my favorite from this past week:

1. How Do You Spell Love: a great post about those little tugs on our pant legs.

2.10 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween– great, practical tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween

3. Want to Write Better Blog Posts? Then Solve a Problem- I love the comment section of this post almost as much as the blog post itself

I had a busy week, so even though I typically like to highlight five blogs, these ended up being the only ones I bookmarked for some reason! I know there were some amazing blog posts this week that I missed! 

Did you write a really awesome post this week that needs to be read! That needs a bit more love? Tell me about it! Leave your link in the comments! 

10 Ways We Do Not Save Money

I think sometimes people get a certain perception of frugality bloggers. I’ve seen many of my favorite bloggers sheepishly admit that they cut corners, don’t ALWAYS use coupons, get their hair cut and nails done at the most expensive place in town, etc. What is worse, is that I’ve seen readers OUTRAGED when they learn of this. As if their favorite blogger has betrayed them.

As if being a frugality blogger means you have to live a life of frugality inside and out, day after day.
My name is Heather, my friends, and I am NOT always frugal.
Phew, there I said it!
My mentality is that we save where we can so we can spend where we want.
I decided to compile a list of 10 things we typically do not do to save money. Why?
It’s selfish really.
I don’t want my readers to elevate me to some financial guru status (which I am not…by ANY stretch of the imagination) and fall from grace one day when I admit that I am not perfect. That we do go out to eat, alot. That we do buy stuff full price if we really want it (it does hurt though, I’m not going to lie).
My goal with this blog is to share what works for us. It is to enhance your life by sharing fantastic deals and money saving tips. To let you know when your favorite store is having an awesome sale with a great coupon code to boot!
So what do we not do to save money?
1. We don’t buy coupons. Now, yes…I have bought coupons once before. It was for baby wipes and it was worth it. Typically though, we do not buy coupons. We buy 3 papers a week, and that saves us plenty of money.
2. We go out to eat, a lot. Part of the reason I started using coupons was because I love going out to eat with my family. Our grocery budget was eating into our eating out money though! By getting better deals at the grocery store, we get to go out to eat more!
3. I do not do rebates. Boring!
4. We have a VERY pricey cable package.
5. I buy some pre-packaged foods for convenience. Even stuff that I can make from scratch.
6. We have incredibly expensive phones. We’re on a family plan with my husband’s mom to make it cheaper for all of us, but yes…pricey pricey! (although the iPhone helps me to blog on the go, so it’s kind of like a business expense, right?)
7. We don’t do cheap birthdays. Or Christmas for that matter. We spoil our kids big time. Our house looks like Toys R Us!
8. We are slightly gadget obsessed. There is nothing frugal about our gadget obsession. Now don’t get me wrong, I haggled our Flip camera down 50% from full price…but (shhh, don’t tell the salesman) we probably would have paid full price.
9. I use convenience tools when I clean. I have a steam mop. I adore Clorox wipes (generic brand though!). We definitely do the good old vinegar and water in the spray bottle, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to loving the convenience of the wipes so much more.
10. We’re not the best savers. We are working REALLY hard on this one!
Now I’ll admit. After #4 I started really racking my brain. I thought it would be easy to come up with 10 things we don’t do to save money. It actually wasn’t. We are a very frugal family. We don’t buy new things until the old stuff breaks (hello new hair dryer!), our cars are paid off, we buy clothes on sale or at consignment stores, make food from scratch…and on and on and on.
We are by no means 100% frugal 100% of the time though.
I think it’s unrealistic to expect anyone to be anything 100% of the time.
What ways do YOU not save money? Tell me in the comments!

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Crafty Time: A Halloween Outfit

This is just a cute little peasant top and some ruffled bloomers. I bought this fabric at JoAnn’s for super cheap and I was able to make two outfits out of it!
I have 2 other Halloween fabrics to turn into outfits. I’ll share those when they are done!

What have you been crafty with lately? Tell me in the comments or link me to where you posted it! I’m feeling crafty tonight!

Last Weekend’s Pumpkin Patch Fun

The sun was in their eyes!

This past weekend we used our very first Groupon (Restaurants, Salons and Events up to 90% off! Find deals in your city .Click Here )to head out to the Pumpkin Patch! We went to Dewberry Farm, a pumpkin patch pretty far from where we live. We have gone out there for the past 3 years, and it’s quickly becoming a tradition!

Best picture of her outfit all day

Since our Groupon took care of myself and my husband, and the baby was free, we only had to wait in line for a ticket for our son. I have to admit, as much as I love the idea of Groupon, I was so nervous the ticket taker was going to laugh at my printed out sheet of paper and make us pay full price! No fear, she barely even gave it a sideways glance!

Watching singing chickens in awe

Once inside, we stopped by the goats. I was so surprised that both kids walked right up and tried to pet one (I’m wondering now if there was a baby switch at the hospital. Goats? Eww!).

We try to get him on this tractor every year…success!

From there we played on the Little Farmer’s playground, watched puppet chickens sing songs, and climbed an enormous haystack!


The actual pumpkin patch was quite a disappointment. I’m trying to remember if it’s always been so sparse? I see a trip to a local church whose pumpkin patch is a bit more picture friendly in our future.

Awesome idea for a slide!

We had fun though, as we always do when we’re together! Worth the trip for sure!

What did you do this past weekend? Or I suppose the better question is…what are you doing this weekend! Comment about it down below!

Five Question Friday: Happy Friday Y’all!

Time for 5 question Friday! To follow along, head on over to My Little Life

1. What is your favorite Halloween candy?

Candy Corn!!! Mmmm, I could eat bagfuls and bagfuls. So yummy. They make my teeth hurt though 🙁 . I try to limit myself to one candy corn gorge-fest a year.

2. Do you fold your socks?

Um, yeah…no. My mom used to ball up the socks, I like that idea. Seeing as I rarely take ours out of the laundry basket, no I do not. My husband tucks the top of one into another and than I put them away.

3. What is something that you wish you had been warned about?

How easy it would be to get carried away with credit cards. No one explained to 18 year old Heather how to even USE a credit card. I would have saved myself a lot of money if I had known better.

4. What is the most significant difference between you and your significant other?

No brainer. I am WAY more sociable. He is not a big fan of socializing. It’s just never been his thing. I am pretty shy, but once I hit my groove…I’m kind of a social butterfly. In comparison to him at least. 

5. What are three words you would use to describe yourself? (And, just for fun…if your significant other is around, ask him/her what 3 words they would use to describe you!!)

Caring, family-oriented (see how I turned that into one word?), scattered (as in scatter brained! Oh yes, that is me!)

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