Friday, July 13, 2018

Frugal Friday 253

Happy Frugal Friday!

Here is how we saved money/spent money wisely/made extra money this week:

- Friday night it was GORGEOUS and we finally did a backyard camp-out. Annabeth has always loved doing this and we were finally brave enough to include Owen. (Owen only sleeps well in his own bed and is very attached to his night-time routines) It turned out great and both kids had so much fun!

Little Campers

- Saturday we drove down to our friends Luke and Katie's house for a late 4th of July cook-out. The kids loved playing down by the lake and getting to have cake AND jello with their dinner. We took the kids on a little walk to see the bridge where Mark and I got engaged in 2007. Then, we left the party a bit early, to watch the Lutheran Lake Fireworks show from Chapel Hill as it's our tradition. I have been enjoyed fireworks there since high school, loved working fish fry, and then they became even more special as we were engaged during the fireworks show 11 years ago! 

- Annabeth wrapped up her dance season with three amazing performances at Applause Nationals! She is sad to see three special dances end but it already cooking up big plans for next year!

- Monday night we had dinner out, a rare treat, at Dairy Queen for a fundraiser for a special young lady who was called Home earlier this year. Owen kept saying, "This is so special! We IN a restaurant" Mark made the dinner more special by letting the kids have flavored Sprite Zero which made him a hero! We were thankful to be able to support the Moyra McCain Memorial Scholarship Fund.

- Annabeth and I got our free prize leggings from Lularoe with Shelly! They are SO fun and we cannot wait to show off our patriotic legs! :) Thank you again Shelly!

- For Annabeth's birthday, in October, we are giving her a twin bed (she is so tiny she's still in her toddler bed) and bedding. The bed frame is mine from childhood but I wanted to get her a pretty, nice comforter that she can use for years. Her one request was butterflies. I have one I have been watching for months at Pottery Barn Kids and it went on sale this week AND there was a free shipping day! Saved: $37.00!!!

- Yesterday, we had our friends the Eblings up for lunch and play. We all enjoyed an amazing free event at our public library - SHARKS from the Newport Aquarium! The kids all loved it and so did the mamas! We love our public library system so much!

- Frugal Fail: Owen has outgrown his church/nice shoes and I had to buy the next size online with no sale or coupon :( I did earn 4% cashback through Ebates but it really didn't feel like a good deal at all. We have always purchased good shoes for our kids (Stride Rite, Keds, Sperry) because I believe in good shoes and up until a year ago we had a Stride Rite outlet near us where I never paid over $25/pair. Well, they closed so now I am at the mercy of online sales. On top of that, Owen is extremely picky and only likes two styles of shoes (both are tennis shoes so he wears one kind for play and then a more "dressy" style one for church/dress up times) I have tried many times to get him to try other kids and he refuses. He also refuses to wear rainboots, snow boots, or sandals so he is always in his tennis shoes.

We had a busy week and are looking forward to our county fair and Annabeth's first mini-4H projects next week!

Happy Savings to All! 

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