Thursday, April 30, 2009

Money saving tip #2 Lets get through this together and strong! Also an update on my knitting progress on shawl

OK here is tip #2 that you have been waiting for:

Brew ice tea and coffee for an inexpensive refreshing drink. It is less expensive than bottled soda or pre-made drinks. If you do purchase pre-made drinks purchase them in one or two liter bottles rather than individual bottles. Buying cans or plastic bottled drinks are a more expensive way to provide drinks for your family. To lower your cost even more, purchase the tea and coffee on sale and using coupons. Every penny adds up over time. If you save $10.00 per month in beverages it adds up. What could you spend the $120.00 per year on?

Save or invest that money to make the most return on brewing your own cold beverages. Enjoy and stay cool!

Coffee and Tea recipe to follow - check back.

OK now onto the knitting scene. I have been working on a wrap pattern for my 18 year old daughter. It is from the book Divine Accessories, "Anisette" Wrap by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes for French Girl. I got the book from the local library (another way to save money support your local library). I am about 1/3 done. It is my first lace project. It is a little different but enjoyable. I always thought lace would be to difficult, not so much.

I am using Rowan Kidsilk haze. I have never used such a light weight fiber. It got a little getting used to but once you get used to it, it is wonderful. The color is black but I think they called it Wicked. Here is a picture of my progress:

I purchased the yarn online. I found the best price of about $16.00 per skein from
WEBS - America's Yarn Store
75 Service Center Road
Northampton MA 01060
Phone: 1-800-367-9327

I was pleased with the price, quality and service. This is the first time I have purchased from them, but I will be back!

Hope everyone has a great day! Remember to enjoy what your doing, do what you can to make the planet a better place. It is all about loving one another.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ways to survive this economy

With every con there is a pro. This bad economy is on everyone’s mind, but there is a silver lining to every cloud. An economy like this does allow us to get back to basics and see clearer what is most important to us. I have always said “time is valuable” rather than “time is money”. There are more valuable things than money and this economy makes that even clearer.

This economy presents many challenges but with those challenges come with opportunities. Having to economize and reduce spending allows us to have more time with family, be greener and perhaps leave a smaller footprint on the planet. We will leave a less contaminated earth for generations to come if we are more conscious about what we use. We can teach our children what budgets are and how to use them, help them to understand what is important by our own actions and teach them not to be selfish and how to use the resources around them. Teaching by example is great.

I will be posting money saving tips daily. I would really appreciate input on how you and your household are saving and making ends meet in these challenging times. Let’s get some discussions going that will benefit us all.

My saving tips revolve around my life experiences which include being a wife, mother, business woman and crafter. My suggestions are biased by the fact that I love my faith, family and work. Many of my money saving tips will include links to how they relate to any of the topics that make me who I am.

OK here goes…

My first money saving tip is:

Buy boxes or bags of healthy snacks and divide into small plastics bags rather than purchasing convenience snack packs.

Try to keep your family healthy by providing healthy snacks. Keep away from the 100 calorie packs and that type of thing. Read the nutrition label and package each snack with the amount to adhere to your individual requirements. Purchase fruits and vegetables on sale and re-pack for on the go snacks.

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