Here is how we saved money/spent money wisely/made extra money:
- Mark helped our elderly neighbors by mowing their lawn. Mr. W fell and broke his hip and then while in rehab suffered a heart attack. They won't accept any other kind of help but Mark has been maintaining their yard for them.
- Friday night our friends the O'Neals came over. Ben is a Biology professor at Franklin College and is doing a summer project that involves banding and tracking ducks. We happen to have a duck in our back yard with a nest so he came and caught her, banded her, and then released her. Annabeth and their girls enjoyed seeing the eggs and petting the duck. It was all pretty interesting and great entertainment for both families.
Mark captured Annabeth beautifully in this picture.
She is often so curious and so serious at the same time.
Ben showing everyone the duck.
Ainsley was probably the most impressed.
- Mark did yard work for a friend on Sunday. He made $60 but got a nasty batch of poison ivy that resulted in buying $70 worth of medicine/special soaps + an immediate care visit. We will spend $100+ and he is itchy and in pain. He has decided, since this is the second time this has happened after helping these friends, that he is going to ask them to find someone else to hire.
- Mark worked half a shift at his part time job.
- The kids and I attended the Grand Opening of our town's Story Walk. Annabeth enjoyed the bounce house, story walk, and a small petting zoo. The event was very crowded so we skipped the free lunch and invited some friends back to the house for lunch. They helped us finish most of the leftovers from Owen's birthday party. I am so thankful for good friends who are willing to happily eat leftovers! :)
- Sunday and Monday we ate leftovers from Owen's birthday party and had very little food waste as a result.
- We took advantage of a Kids Eat Free deal while eating out with friends. Saved: $4.99
- Dance recital pictures were taken this week. I put Annabeth in her costumes and took pictures at home before going. We will save a great deal of money by taking and printing our own pictures over buying professional photos. Every year I make a Shuterfly photobook (I wait until I have a code for a free one) of the dance year and like that keepsake more than one (expensive) set of posed photos.
We had an extremely busy week here and are headed into our busiest week of summer next week - gymnastics spectacular and dance recital week. After that, we are looking forward to lllooonnnngggg lazy summer days outside!
Happy Savings to All!