Thursday, May 30, 2013

How To Prolong Footie PJ's

Please excuse the crappy phone pic!

So as I was browsing my Frugal Mentor, Jordan Page's blog today..I came across this post.  Holy batman. The woman is genius. It's amazing the things we look past, that are really so simple. So here is my own version/story, of how to prolong footie PJs. 

First and foremost, my son is just like his momma...short & chubby (sorry for the crappy genes, Peanut!). He could easily wear size 6-9 months based off of his height. So it almost impossible to find footie PJs that actually fit. He wears between 12-18 months clothes, but in Pjs, he wears about 18 months, but they are always too long:

What you can do is, take a loose hair tie, and simply place it around their ankle, pushing the excess fabric underneath. (The hair tie is not too tight, but you can always remove it before bed, if you're worried, or stretch it out.)  Then you can fold it down a bit, so you can barely so:

This way, if you have a little shrimp like me..their PJs will actually fit. 

Frugal tip? The part that prolongs them, is that you can buy PJs one size bigger than they wear. This way, they don't grow out of their PJs in a month or two! Genius right?

There's your tip..even though it's not Tuesday, but it's not really my tip, I'm just spreading the knowledge from my own experience! Happy Day, Frugal Friends!

Full credit goes to Jordan Page of Fun, Cheap, or Free for the idea and inspiration for this post. 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pre-Pregnancy Checklist

I saw this on my friend Faith's blog, and of course had to make one myself. (Since I've had baby fever and all..)

So there ya have it! My official checklist before Baby #2! Keep in mind, last time I came up with one of these, I was pregnant the next month...I feel a little more in control this time! ;]

What are your pre-pregnancy goals??

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Getting Back To Square One

Hola PC&S readers. Since my previous post turned into a pity party, I needed to make a separate post to blog about what I actually logged on for, so here we go.

Hubs & I have fallen off the wagon, once again. I know what you're all thinking: "get it together, you are supposed to be the 'Savings Guru', quit being a hypocrite". You all are totally right, and I'm sorry.

We have been so worried about Disney and our new house, we have lost sight of a budget. Actually, we have lost sight of a budget for awhile. My excuse? Renting and roommates. That's right, I said it. No offense to our previous roomies, but it is tough having roommates and staying on a family budget. The more date nights they had, the more we wanted (two in one month, whoa). The more cooped up we all felt, the more we went out (and in essence, spent money). The list goes on and on. Not to mention, it is hard splitting bills and not necessarily being able to control the amount certain utilities are used. It is also hard to live in a new city, or one that has more to offer, and not want to go out and explore it.

We also have things like gym memberships and gymboree that haven't been being used. Only because there is no time to attend them. (Those will be shut off tomorrow, btw).

BUT...enough with the excuses. We are getting back to square one! When Hubs and I first moved out back in 2011 (holy cow, 2 years, really??!!) we were savings natzis. I made about double a paycheck than I do now, and Hubs was a little less than it is, so we were essentially making more than we do now, yet saving way more than we are right now. Here is how, and a friendly reminder to myself.

  • Save money on utilities.
    • When we first moved out on our own, we were so worried we would have no money for bills. We had one credit card at the time, which was a student card, so it had to be paid off every month, so we literally only relied on the money we had..since we had no savings! We would save money on utilities by turning off our AC (window AC) every time we left the house. Our home was so small, it only took about 15 to cool it down one we got back. Same went for our gas furnace in the winter. We also only did dishes when the sink was full, or washed our dishes right after we were done. We never did laundry unless we had a full load to do so. Like I said, our home was pretty small, so utilities weren't that much anyways.
  • Car pool
    • We worked pretty closely together, so we carpooled to work a lot. Now, we work pretty far away, so that would not necessarily work for us, but it may work for some of you.
  • Eating in vs eating out
    • Obviously, if we eat out we have coupons or order from the value menu, but still. When we first moved out we packed our lunches everyday and rarely ate out. In the city, we're constantly on the go, so we end up eating out, a lot. I rarely cook anymore, which I blame on circumstances, but once we move into the new place, I definitely plan on cooking every night! 
  • Working hard
    • I have been getting lazy, I'll admit. Work is my escape after being with Peanut all day. Sometimes I don't go in chipper or ready to work. When we first moved out, I knew I needed a job. I knew I needed hours. I would stay until the end of the day, even if everyone left early. Although I work a different job, I know I need to get back to that mindset.  It makes a huge difference.
  • Priorities
    • I have been slacking in the priorities department. I am caught up on my school work for the next week (yay), but my house..IS A MESS. Between getting packed for Disney, not unpacking from Disney, no washer and dryer, and moving, the house is just done. So I know, when we move, I for sure need to get caught up on the housework, at full speed ahead.
  • Peanut time
    • I have been so busy with everything, I have given up precious time with my peanut. He went from infant to toddler while we are on vacation, and I can not wait to move so I can reconnect with my favorite little guy!
Hope so of these tips help you all. I know I was a lot happier looking at a full bank account. It is definitely patience and self-control that make a huge difference. Happy Day Frugal Friends!

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Catching Up

Hey PC&S readers! I know you are all dying to know how my trip to Disney was! One word sums it up: magical. I have gotten so many questions and given out so many tips, I have decided to just start a Disney blog: since we are planning on a 2015 return trip! So keep an eye out for that.

The less I blog, the more I feel...lost? Yea, lost sums it up. There is something about blogging my heart and soul to you lovely people that makes me feel whole. *Que mushy gushy-ness*  Yes, I know, it sounds silly, but when I blog I can really organize my thoughts and feelings. That helps my stress level immensely.

So where am I at since we left off?  Once we got back, I had 3 days off until I was back on the schedule. Off for 5 days, then another they want me to quit? I dreaded going back to work. Not all of us are getting along either, so that has added to wanting to go at all.

Secondly, church. We missed church while we were gone obviously, and the Sunday before that I was exhausted,  we woke up late, and could not find a spot. It all built up, so I said, "forget it" and we left. Lazy. No excuse. Ridiculous...but that's what happened. Then, we went last Sunday, but since Disney has so many germs, we all are sick, and Liam can not go to the nursery, so no church today either.  The less I go to church, the less I feel connected. This is just how I personally feel.  Not everyone goes, and that's fine. For me I feel better, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, when I actually attend. So in essence, the more church I miss, the more Hubs & I disagree and fight, and the lazier I get. Some of you may be rolling your eyes at this point, but it's how I feel.

Finances. *sigh* Yes, we did just go to Disney, but as you will all recall, we paid for Disney, after paying off bills, in full, from our tax check. We also used gift cards from birthdays and other holidays. We paid for everything else with our coin jar, like souvenirs.  However; we required a lot of things for the trip. Baggage fees, food, sunblock (ugh, don't get me started, that is for the Disney blog), misc items we did not necessarily budget for, or end up needing (ugh). Not to mention I missed days of work. Luckily, my schedule starts on Thursday and ends on Wednesday, so it wasn't an entire week missed and Hubs gets paid vacation. Either way, we move in less than one week (!!!!) and still have a lot to get/do for our new house!

In conclusion, I totally wanted this post to go in a different direction, but hey, what do ya do? Guess I'll just do two posts in one day.

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