How to Plan for a Garbageless Lunch

I am a frugal mom and at the beginning of the school year, I thought this year I want to go without buying juice boxes, without spending a mini fortune on baggies. I was tired on all the spending and waste I was creating. I came up with a plan this was going to be the year of the garbageless lunch.  I went out a got a thermos, a sandwich’s box( actually got four cause well they are a great size for many things), , travel and a refillable juice container.For me, this works and works well and think it is good for the environment too!

It seems everyone is getting on the going green band wagon, and with yesterday being Global Action Day there were lots of great ideas on many blogs. For me, I have been finding simple and cheap ways to reduce,  and recycle and even renew. We even had a garden this year.

Now even Roo’s school is going GREEN and this weekend we are hosting a Fall Festival that hopefully will be garbageless. We are having a skate swap, a book exchange, raffles, bake sale and games for the kids. All with no garbage.

There will be water-bottles; travel cups are encouraged, bake sales items are in paper bags with peek thru windows, even the donations will be in reusable baskets. There are no candy prizes. Instead, we encouraged the recycling of small toys for prizing. We are trying hard, even some of the items being won in the raffle encourage reusing like the $70 in Gift certificates for the local Value Village or the good reusable water bottles. Even our meetings are now mostly paperless.

There sure are plenty of ways to help the environment and still be cheap and for this mom that is a very good thing.

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The Sneaker Debate-Comparing Running Shoe Pricing

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Today the  British Sports Medicine Journal released a study were they tested running shoes from the $80 range to the $150 range and guess what they realized? Any guesses?

Price Does Not Matter

That PRICE does not matter! I could have told them that. You see I learned when it comes to shoe price doesn’t matter, what matters is fit and function. For me, I have weak ankles, so I choose shoes with good supports. I also buy on sale, and I try to buy shoes that will last as I am hard on shoes. My runners that I bought for $25 last fall are still in great shape even after a year of use! That is a good thing to this frugal mom.

I have four pairs of shoes- my runners, my crocs (that I love), a navy pair of flats and a black pair. That is what I make do with. For me, I am not a shoeaholic like some of my friends I am one that says what do I need. I would love to add a pair of a metallic pair which I may add after Christmas; I will watch the sales.

Now back to runners here is the advice of this walk everywhere gal, go to a good store in your city and get a proper fit, know your size and width, then try on and try on, you dont need to worry about brand, you need to worry about feel on your foot. For this momma that is what matters whenever I pick up a pair, and then I look at the price and most often I can find a pair for $50 or under that will last me a year or longer. So shop wise and forget the advertising and brand names and may you pick up a great cheap pair that fit well! When you find that perfect pair may you use them to walk or run to get fit on the cheap as well?

Frugal Blogs that I Love

 

blogs-i-followI have been a blogger for years now and have just moved to WordPress. I have found over the years there are times when I write lots and lots and other times well I read and learn, cry over some of the stories, yell at how could they say that and the like.

On my journey to becoming a frugal smart mom,  I found that there were blogs and bloggers that well I just want to go and read and then go back and read again. If you want to be cheap or as some like to call it frugal may I say go see and read these sites, may they bless you on your journey to cheapness:

  1. Dawn over at Frugal for Life  is a great blogger. She has wonderful interactions with her readers and even allows readers to write posts and there is always something to either learn about or remember. So go read Dawn!
  2. The Frugal Duchess aka Sharon has a wonderful blog. She is a pro writer though so I have certain expectations and she doesn’t fail. So go read Sharon and find out how to be frugal and live well.
  3. The Simple Momaka Deborah currently is cleaning off her bookshelves and getting rid of some of the books and programs she had laying around. Good for her. She is great for all kinds of great ideas.
  4. The Organizing Junkie, yes Laura is insanely organized but that is a good thing. She like me is purging parts of the household and like me has a pile ready to go to the thrift store. Like me as well she is a Cannuck!
  5. Over at Gluten Free Frugal ( another new find) I find a mom like me who is trying to live on the cheap while being gluten free. For those of you who are trying to do this you will know how hard it gets.
  6. Frugal guy gives a guys perspective and cause I am a single mom it is nice to see what the other gender thinks.
  7. The Festival of Frugality is a great way to find and read lots of blogs and articles on cheapness. We all want to save or nickels and dimes and this blog offers lots of us sharing the best we can.

So there you have it my top 7Frugal blogs to visit, go read, gets lots of tips and may they help you and me to live on the cheap.