What I Did This Week to Save Money 8/17


Chalk Art

Our weekly budget felt like it was under a little more pressure than usual this week.  I forgot to budget for elementary school fees ($75.00) that are due next week.  I recently heard Dave Ramsey say that budgeting isn’t so much of a ‘microwave’ thing… more like a ‘Crock-pot’ in that it takes a good bit of time to reach perfection.  Even after so many years of budgeting we still have mix-ups.  We also have a medical bill due in a few weeks so surplus cash will be diverted in that direction temporarily.

Summer Minestrone in the Crock Pot

Summer Minestrone in the Crock Pot

To prevent us from tapping into savings for these expenses we:

  • Got busy and listed a large carpet remnant on Craigslist.  I am glad someone can take advantage of it while it is still clean and new.  + $15.00
  • Listed several clothing items on eBay.  I have to say I am surprised at the demand, especially for kids’ clothing, on eBay.  The last kids item I sold went for $16.00, plus $4.00 shipping – which is kind of a head-scratcher considering it was not new.
  • Planted more arugula – this is our third crop this summer.  Also planted some broccolini which is a fall crop for us.
  • Ate at home using ingredients we had on hand, including…. Summer Minestrone Soup!  I am coming up with new places to put zucchini and kale in next week’s meal plan 🙂
  • IMG_3956-privateMade chocolate zucchini cake for a treat.  Could not find a good price on chocolate chips so I made frosting instead – a trick a good friend taught me.  This recipe is a keeper!
  • Were vigilant about waiting for time-of-use-rate to kick in to charge devices and run dishwasher, washing machine, etc.  Time of use rate saves us $200.00 a year.
  • For some Saturday fun we went to a chalk art festival – free, and no temptation to bring the art home with you.

We were grateful to have some money left at the end of the week to put towards upcoming expenses.  We had a Saturday night budget recap and determined we will go back to focusing on our emergency savings as well as holiday gifts in the coming weeks.


9 thoughts on “What I Did This Week to Save Money 8/17

      1. .

        That’s fantastic – “Take you valuables…”! My kids get nervous too when I get on a roll – they make sure I know that certain items are NOT up for grabs!

        Totally with you on the school fees. Nice that it was just $75 though. With five kiddos I got socked with $955… not including any supplies. That takes a little longer to recoup in the budget. BUT I totally just walked around the house looking for something to sell! Great job on your CL & eBay sales!

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      Sure thing. When you are selecting an image in your media library, you click on the image and on the right hand side there is a panel that allows you to give it a caption, change the size of the image, etc. Have your cursor in front of the first letter in the paragraph where you want the image to go. I select the option Alignment: Right and the text will wrap around the image (or you could have it on the left for that matter). Then insert. When I do this I am not in the quick post mode. Let me know if that helps, if not I can try to do a screen shot for you.

  1. thisgirlsadventure

    Selling a few items on ebay etc is such a great way to recoup some costs! Ive been thinking a lot lately about making extra income somehow….unfortunately I don’t have anything to sell (the only items I brought to my folks place when I moved in was 2 suitcases!) so may have to think creatively. Ps – the chocolate zucchini cake sounds interesting!!


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