4 things I do That Just Aren’t Thrifty

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Look, I’m a frugal gal through and through but life is short and even though we must pinch a penny around here there are a 4 things that I do, that just aren’t thrifty.

4 Things I Do That Just Aren’t Thrifty
  1. I grew up in a home with my Dad and brother and although wehad Christmas Trees that was it. So I buy seasonal decorations for our home. Now that said, I do purchase them from Goodwill, Joann’s & Micheal’s on sale with coupons. But no matter how you look at it Seasonal Decorations are not a necessity and therefore their purchase is not thrifty. Oh well…
  2.  We buy brand spanking new lawn mowers & vacuum cleaners. After buying MANY and I mean MANY used lawn mowers (we have a broke down riding lawn mower in the back right now, so irritating) & vacuums that worked aggravatingly poorly. I only buy new vacuums and lawn mowers. Let’s face it folks no one gets rid of a good vacuum or lawn mower!
  3.  Buy expensive coffee and accessories to keep myself out of Starbucks as much as possible.I LOVE good coffee and I have 5 kids so I feel entitled to it. It’s one of my old habits I have not been able to shake. So I have determined that if I have good coffee and coffee accessories around I am able to avoid the ultra expensive Coffee shops.
  4. I drink a couple of Starbucks drinks a month. I budget 4 Starbucks coffees a month so I spend about $20 per month on Soy (which is vanilla flavored) Chai Tea Lattes. Yep, I drive my 12 passenger van through the Starbucks drive thru that is only about a mile from our house. Although I might not get one every week just by knowing I can have one I am more able to stick to our budget.
  5. So what things do you do that just aren’t frugal?

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Finishing Strong Homeschooling Through Middle & High School #35

Welcome to Finishing Strong!

Finishing Strong is all about homeschooling middle & high school students. It's hosted by Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.  Two words sum up our most popular posts from last week: independence and interest.

Finishing Strong is all about homeschooling middle & high school students. It’s hosted by Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Two words sum up our most popular posts from last week: independence and interest. Seems like many of you are looking for ways to teach your teen to be more independent with their school work and want to include more of their interests into the lesson plans.

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A Review of Cozy Grammar

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The Dreaded Last Minute Curriculum Change

You probably haven’t heard of Cozy English, I know that I hadn’t, so let me tell you about it. First of all I found it in September after a frantic search for a new English program, after I realized I had made a mistake <sigh>when I had picked Winston Grammar. Don’t get me wrong I still think Winston Grammar is an excellent program however, it is more teacher intensive than our homeschool distinctives dictate. During this search I ran across Cozy English.

First Thoughts about Cozy Grammar

The first time we set up Cozy grammar the kids 20141026_232247loved Mrs. Rackham they were enthralled by her. Mrs. Rackham looks like the quintessential English Teacher and it is clear that she really enjoys teaching. Literally while I was working on Speed Phonics with one of the children the rest all gathered around the computer to listen to Mrs. Rackham discuss types of sentences, as if they were watching the latest movie.

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The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Tour

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Welcome to the Big Book of  Homeschool Ideas Book Tour’s stop at Aspired Living: Faithful, Frugal & Classical.

When I signed up to do this book tour my biggest fear was that I’d be sitting at a table in a Barnes & Nobles all alone , just me and my sharpie <sniff,sniff>. But I’m not alone, you’re here …thanks for stopping by! <smile>.

I wrote the chapter in the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas that is about Classical Education. Here at Aspired Living we love classical education with all of it’s ages and stages. However, when we first began homeschooling I rejected Classical Education because I did not think it could provide a distinctly Christian Education, and was frankly too humanistic. However, after reading Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Stylediscount&freebook by the Bluedorns, I changed my prespective on Classical Education. Several years ago we changed the course of our homeschool journey away from eclectic and towards a Classical Education with a Charlotte Mason influence. I like Classical Education because I feel it takes advantage of the natural learning strengths of children in different stages of development.

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Finishing Strong Homeschooling through Middle & High School

Finishing Strong is the place where parents can come together and share their thoughts and ideas for homeschooling middle & high school students at http://aspiredliving.net

Welcome to another week of Finishing Strong!

Finishing Strong is the place where parents can come together and share their thoughts and ideas for homeschooling middle & high school students. It’s hosted by Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Below are three of the most popular posts from last week. Have you read them yet?

Teaching Literature – Helping Teens Form Relationships with Books by 7Sisters Homeschool

Exploring Narrative in Art by The Art Curator for Kids

3 Reasons to Continue the All About Spelling Journey by The Sunny Patch

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Homeschooling with YouTube

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Homeschooling is an exciting journey of discovery for the student(s) and Mama and as we have gone along I have been able to add more tools to my arsenal. One of the tools my children have really enjoyed and that fits my budget, is YouTube. I use YouTube to add depth to our studies, for demonstrations, documentaries, fun learning programming, and complex topics. For example It is rather difficult to explain the concept of free electrons in metallic bonding  or the surprise of the Trojan horse adequately with words. To my great delight I have seen it instill a love of learning in our children.

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A Newbie’s Guide to Couponing Success

newbiesguidecouponingToday we have a guest post by Susan Yoo-Lee.

One of the easiest ways to save money today is by using coupons. If you can get in the habit of checking for coupons online and printing coupons out for in-store purchases, you can save 10 percent or more on your purchases. It takes very little time and energy once you’ve gotten the hang of it, and in the end, you’ll be saving so much money you’ll be kicking yourself for not having started earlier!

If you’re new to the couponing scene or you want to brush up on your couponing skills, here are some of my tips that I’ve learned along the way:

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