Thursday, June 25, 2009


So, I know I usually talk about deals, but this time I want to talk about boredom.
Summer boredom.
So, this is my first year with a child in school who has a summer break. I wanted to beat her to the "I am so bored I'm going to make you suffer" punch, so I started a summer routine. On a tangent--- I prefer the term routine to schedule because while I KNOW kids need a regular and consistent routine to keep their days comforting and sane, children should not be scheduled, particularly babies. There needs to be some flexibility! But enough of that, I can really go off, so moving back on topic--- routine. Here is a sample of it:

Clean bedroom

Make bed

Brush teeth

Get dressed

Eat breakfast

Clean up kitchen area

Deep clean kitchen
Deep clean living room
deep clean tiny bathroom Deep clean dressing room
Deep clean parents room Deep clean porch
Earn 1 tv show

Read a book

Exercise time


Music lesson or practice

quick tidy living room

Earn 1 tv show



Outside chore

Mommy read to kids time


Get ready and go to bed

Note a few things about that routine. There are no set times. That is because I have a life and I need some flexibility. Some days have soccer, some have playgroup and some (Lord willing) my kids sleep in. So, that is the first thing.

Second, see the part where I put "deep clean" and you see 3 rooms and then another row with 3 rooms. Each day I clean 3 rooms in my house with the kids' help. I then ignore that room until next week. Every room gets a good cleaning each week, but I don't stress myself out with perfection, which I just can't do.

I'm sure you are wondering how I get the kids to comply. Well, sometimes I don't to be honest. But that is why I love the tv. My kids are "too tired" to work, I'm "too tired" to turn on the tv. Simple as that. I have built in play and tv rewards in my routine to keep them going from hour to hour.

But there is a bigger goal... FRIDAY FUNDAY!

We made a list together of all the cool things we want to do each week. When we've done our work and we've been kind, we are rewarded on Friday. We (mostly me) pick an item on the list and we get to do it!

Some of our items so far have included:
eat lunch at Daddy's work
Go to a candy store
Go to a cupcake store
Go to the rodeo
Go to the park
Make home made ice cream and popsicles and swim in the pool in the yard
Watch a movie in the basement with snacks
Go fishing at Jefferson Lake

So, see where I'm going? Most are cheap, but all have memory potential.

My kids love it, my house is clean and I'm not losing my mind. And the tv is OFF a lot!

So, there you go. What do YOU do in the summer time?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June goals

Lets keep it easy as summer is here.

Baby tightwads: Go buy some Christmas gifts. Now. On clearance.

Medium tightwads: Buy some Christmas gifts, but make sure they are extremely practical. Like, go shopping shopping for school clothes for your kids. Now is a grand time to buy clearance for winter clothes. Also, shop at some garage sales for these items.

Big kid tightwads: Do the above AND start planning you canning/harvesting strategy. Prowl the garage sales for old jars and such. Get a few buddies and make a canning group. Call your neighbors and talk to them about any excess fruit or veggies they have. Now is the time to call dibs!

May 2009 goals

I know, I know, its mid June. I am a slacker. I own it.

In my defense I had the following going on in May:

Keep up the house
shop for deals
sew for my business
do yardwork
keep small children alive
become PTO president
continue to organize the 3rd International Babywearing Conference (to be held in 2010 and holy crap it is taking a lot of work!)
Teach frugality classes all over the place
Help friends who were having babies

So, I was a hair busy. But I'm still sorry.

For May (lol)

Look at your yard. What is costing you money? Do you need to spend $50 on flowers. Really? How about you buy plants that come back every year? That you can eventually divide and give to neighbors? Find some friends and all of you start trading plants.

Its time to garden. PLANT A GARDEN! DO IT!

Change the oil in your lawn mower. Simple maintenance will make it last.

Have a garage sale!

Okay, there we go. Short and sweet! And late...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cheap home alarm!

Great deal via

Meritline has an Entry Alarm for Doors and Windows for $2 after $1 off coupon code MLC4010971 (expires 6/10/09), which is 33% off the $3 regular price. Shipping is free.

The Entry Alarm for Doors and Windows will set off a 90 dB alarm if the door or window to which it is attached is opened more than 1.5 cm. It attaches without tools, features a simple on/off switch and is small enough to be portable.

Great for doors, windows, keeping track or toddlers and teenagers who think the rules were made to be broken...


Albertsons is going to be GREAT this week! Get ready!

I see more cheap cake mixes in my future....

I will post more as I see it, but it's going to be one of the spend $25 get $10 off on your next order type deals. Could be great...

Update: Here is the list for this week for Utah!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

HOT deal! Run! Cheap Babylegs!

Okay, just for the record, Babylegs are my favorite baby item besides a carrier. I have a ton. I use them on my 6 year old girl, 3 and 1 year old boys and for myself. All the time!

They are usually pricey (but still worth it, really), but here is a screaming deal, so buy a TON and use them, or keep them for gifts!


use the code Babylegs
Get them for $3 something! Woot!