I got a vacation! I got a vacation! I got a vacation!
The Man and I spent a weekend away from the precious horde. We had a great time at a hotel in a neighboring town dreaming, planning, surfing (the ‘net), and unwinding.
I’d love to do something like that every six months for mental health purposes. Seriously, it was much needed.
Welcome to money Monday, where I share my highs and lows from a week of money management. I’d love to hear your successes and trials in the comments below.
Wise Money Management
This week I saved money by reverting back to my cloth diapering roots.
You see, I used to be a huge cloth diaper fan. I discovered them nearly a decade ago and instantly fell in love with their simplicity and cost savings. In fact, I even wrote all about pocket cloth diapers, flat fold diapers (my old-fashioned favorite!), and how to choose the best cloth diapering system for your family.
But, you know what? As our family grew in number, so did the amount of laundry. By the time I was able to get all of our clothes, bedding (darn you, dust allergies!), and towels cleaned and folded, there wasn’t any time left for washing diapers.
Plus, Target moved into town and constantly gave me great deals on disposable diapers.
Now I’m back, with a more relaxed approach to cloth diapering. No lines drawn in the sand here. If I want the convenience of a disposable, the toddler gets a cute little dotted Target diaper, with no guilt on my part.
If I have a spare minute I put a cloth diaper on her and give myself a quick pat on the back for saving a dime.
Either way, no pressure. No guilt.
By the time you read this I will have returned from my fantastic getaway with my husband. We’re spending a couple of nights in a nearby town.
This time of recuperation is sorely overdue.
One of our tasks was to reevaluate our budget. We’ve started using Dave Ramsey’s every dollar tool and are loving it. It’s so helpful to have to sit down and create a new budget each month.
Back to that mismanagement: in creating our budget I’ve realized that we can do better, and save more towards paying off our debt, if I can get creative and strategic with our grocery bill.
We’ve already started to wisen up about our restaurant spending. Now it’s time to exert some brain juice towards shrinking the amount we’re paying for groceries each month.
Any great suggestions?
How did you manage money wisely this week?