Saturday, April 13, 2013

Nerds are on the Move

Well, it is happening! We are moving!! YAY! It will be just across town but the home is better set up for our family. We have just completely outgrown our current home. We are extremely excited and nervous too. 

The new house is a whole lot more house than we have now. But i can already see a whole lot more joy there too. Everyone has a room, we have a playroom, i have an office. There is an actual normal size living room AND for the first time in many years we will have a dining room table that we will be able to eat at as a whole family. No more tv trays. No more eating in shifts on our two person couch. I can already feel the family bond getting stronger at the thought of that! Oh my heart.

The yard is quite a bit larger too. We are set back off the street so that means the kids can play without worry of traffic. There is room for bike riding, chalk drawing, garden planting and tree climbing.

No more huddle up inside bored to bits!

The goal is June first but here is a little peek at the new place.

The kids love the alley and all the pavement to ride bikes.

With getting this new place comes all those scary thoughts of finances.

So we have really racked our brains on any places we can cut costs. I think we have really knocked quite a bit of waste out of our budget with very little effort already so i know we can do it.

I started making Evelyn's baby food which cut a bunch out right away. I spent about $5 and made about 3 months worth of veggies for her. Usually its .80 a jar and she eats 2 jars a day some times.

I just cooked things like squash, spinach and sweet potatoes all in one day. Blended it in the blender and then froze it in an ice cube tray. I then took them out and portioned them into bags labeled with the ingredients.

I stepped up the stocking up on things like toiletries and birthdays and christmas stuff. Our local Meijer has some really awesome sales on toys right after easter so i bought a few. Spent very little but now am set for upcoming birthday parties the kids are invited to. I still have polly pockets left over from when i scored a bunch for free last year. Those have been a heaven sent for last minute birthdays or prize items. And who does not love free?

We plan to again plant an Urban Garden. I am hoping to actually be able to take items to the farmers market and sell them this year. The kids have discussed making artwork and selling that too. They LOVE selling items and making their own money. 

A lot of our seeds are left over from last year so we don't really need to buy many this year so that saves a little too.

I have been stocking up on clothing for the kids for summer since the end of last summer. Looks like they will be set for summer and i have only probably paid maybe $30 out of pocket for all 3 of the little ones. Pretty pumped about that! Just got all of these for the little girls and spent $14. They are all brand new and i got them at goodwill. SCORE!

I am researching many ways to really cut our costs a ton. I think we are doing pretty good so far. Feel free to leave any ideas you have in the comments section. I am always looking for new ideas. OR link to your blog there too if you have tutorials etc on this!

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