10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Vacations

My family doesn’t take very many vacations but when we do you can be sure we pull every thrifty trick in the book to make sure we get the most bang for our vacation buck.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Vacations

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Vacations

1. Go Off Season

Going on vacation during the off season works for our family because we homeschool. I realize not all families can do this, but the 9 steps below will help those of you that can’t go off season.

2. Book Through Point Earning or Rebate Sites

All of the sites above offer either points or cash back when you go through their shop and earn links to the various well known discount travel sites like priceline and hotels.com . The offers change from time to time and vary from site to site so it pays to join each site and then compare sites  to see who is currently offering the best deal.  I have earned as much as a $50 Amazon gift card code when I have done this for our families one week vacations.

3. Use Daily Deal Sites

Daily deal sites like Groupon and Plum District offer travel packages to various destinations, I myself have not booked a vacation package this way but have had friends that have and they have had good results. I have however bought restaurant vouchers for the city we are visiting off Groupon with success. Simply add your travel destination to your email preferences in Groupon so that you get the daily updates for offers in that area.

4. Look For Coupon Books

Most people know that you can buy coupon books full of entertainment and food coupons for large cities but you can also get a lot of free coupons by stopping at the local tourist information booth as you enter the area you are going to be vacationing in. My family does this all the time and have saved 10 to 20 percent off our meals and local attraction tickets at no cost for the coupons.

5. Book A Place With A Kitchen

If you are going to be staying in one area for 5 to 7 nights or more chances are you can book a place with a full kitchen for the same price as an average hotel room (our family has done this 2 vacations in a row). Having our own kitchen has kept our costs for food low on our last two vacations.

6. Pack A Small Cooler

Our cooler comes in handy for more than just the road trip to our destination, each morning before we head out for the day we pack it with fresh snacks and drinks for the day. In between our days events we have snacks on hand that help tie us over to meal time at the hotel room.

7. Compare Cost Of Transportation

When our family went to Disney World a few years ago one of the first things we did when planning for the trip was to sit down and compare gas cost to flight cost and car rental. For a family our size (5) driving worked out to be much less expensive but this might not be true if you have a smaller family, and also depends on exactly where you are headed and what flight and car rental deals you can find.

8. Consider Camping

State parks are often offer very inexpensive  campsites that come with more comforts of home than you might think like hot showers and flush toilets.  Private campgrounds often have small cabins that can be rented for less per night than a hotel room. Of course if you are dragging a trailer behind your vehicle your gas mileage is going to go up so you need to factor that in.

9. Eat Out For Lunch Stay In For Dinner

In general many restaurants have lunch menus that are several dollars cheaper per person than dinner menus, which can add up when you are feeding a family (especially one of teenagers who eat as much as adults).

Even if you don’t book a hotel room with a full kitchen, most hotel rooms now come with  fridge and microwave. Keep the makings for sandwiches in the fridge, and heat up some soup in the microwave for a simple and quick family meal. (make sure to pack a few simple cooking dishes is you do go this route since the hotel rooms won’t have them)

I once met a woman who brings her crock pot and electric skillet on vacation to use in a regular hotel room to feed her family. With a little bit of brain storming these two kitchen items certainly would increase the different meals you could make in a standard hotel room.

10. Cut Costs On Trinkets And Treats

When we arrived in Orlando as a family the first place we stopped was Walmart to pick up the food we would need for the week. We noticed right away that they had a great selection of Disney t-shirts, mugs and hats for inexpensive prices. When our daughter said she wanted something to remember Disney we brought her there.

As for how to not spend a fortune on treats such as ice cream and cookies and fancy slushy drinks, here is what works for our family, we stock the kitchen in the place where we are staying with treats that we normally  rarely buy such as ice cream bars and bags of candy and chocolate and tell the children when we get back to the hotel room each day they can pick something from the stash.  This plan has worked well for us for years.

Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to load up your smart phone, or tablet with helpful travel App. I like gas buddy which helps us find the least expensive place to buy gas along the way. I also like the ibotta App  I can use it to save money eating out, on movies that we might see during vacation,  and groceries that I buy on the trip (checkout my ibotta tutorial). 

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DIY Lavender Coconut Body Cream

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Over the last few years I have been eliminating more and more chemicals out of the products I put on my skin. Finding inexpensive all natural alternatives that I can afford has been a bit of trial and error.

DIY Lavender Coconut Body CreamDIY recipes for beauty products are of course an inexpensive way to go but often they require so many ingredients that I don’t have or can’t find or have so many steps that I get overwhelmed half way through reading the instructions and never do get up the courage to try them.

Which is what made me fall in love with this recipe for coconut body cream that I found on Pinterest. Just 2 simple ingredients and just 3 steps measure, whip and fill your jar with a lid.

Indgredients for Lavender Coconut Body Cream

I altered it just slightly by adding in about 15 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil because I find lavender to be so soothing. So my recipe is 3 ingredients and 3 steps.

Step one: Measure out your ingredients (see attached recipe below). Make sure that the coconut oil that you buy for the recipe is unrefined and organic , this will make an incredible difference in the smell and texture, I got mine at Aldi.  The coconut oil should also be used in its solid state.

whipping coconut body creamStep two: Whip the ingredients until well blended and light and almost fluffy, it took me about 2 to 3 minutes. A

Step three: Place the ingredients in a jar with a lid

And that is that! So simple and quick.

I keep my  jar of DIY lavender coconut body cream on my nightstand and every night I rub the lotion into my arms and legs, hand and feet, and shoulders. It absorbs faster than I thought it would and feels so luxurious. My skin is soft and radiant when I use it on a regular basis.

DIY Lavender Coconut Body Cream

Ingredients

  • I cup unrefined organic coconut oil (in solid form)
  • 1 tsp vitamin E (you can use broken apart capsules if you can't find it in liquid form)
  • 15 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions

  1. Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl
  2. Beat with a hand blender until it is light and airy (it takes about 2 to 3 minutes)
  3. Place it in a glass container with a lid and enjoy!
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Where To Find Free Magazines That Will Motivate Your Fitness

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I have talked about where I find all of my free magazines before, but today I want to zero in on where I find free magazines that motivate me to keep with my fitness goals and to set new ones.

where to find free magazines that will motivate you in your workouts

I am a multiple sport lover. I love biking, running, swimming, kick fit classes, strength classes, elliptical workouts, spinning classes, and on and on the list goes yet even I can lose my drive to workout regularly now and then.

To kick start my motivation and keep it burning I love reading about people who love to workout too, as well as new types of workouts, new workout gadgets, how to improve my workouts, and new goals I could set.

I read most of this type of information in the form of magazines, such as Runner’s World, Bicycling and Fitness.

Where I get my fitness and sport magazines subscriptions for free

1. mycokerewards.com

I have gotten my subscription to Fitness for years from mycokerewards.com, it is currently 133 points, which really doesn’t take long to earn since 24 packs of coke products are 20 points, 12 packs are 10 points and bottles are 3 points each. If you are not married to an avid coke product drinker like I am Moneysavingmom.com  lists free codes now and then, or you could ask friends who do drink coke products if they use their points and if not would they save them for you.

2. Recyclebank.com

Recycle Bank is where I found Bicycling  magazine for 240 points and Runner’s World for 320 points. I earn most of my points for Recycle Bank by doing their click thru activities that teach you about living green. On average there is at least one activity worth 100 points and several smaller point value activities available each month so earning magazine subscriptions doesn’t take long.

What are some of your favorite fitness oriented magazines?

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Picture Of The Week: How I Saved $500 in One Hour

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Last Friday was an event that always seems to save my family $100′s of dollars year after year.

How I Saved $500 in One HourWhat was Friday? It was community town rummage days in a town near me, a town where I always seem to find just what I need and plenty of wants too.

I know there are a tonne of people out there with negative attitudes towards yard sales. Those that think it wastes gas, those that think it is a waste of time,  those that think it is all junk for sale,  and those that say they can never find what they need.

Well perhaps my finds from Friday will encourage you that yard sale shopping doesn’t have to waste gas, it doesn’t have to take long,  that there are items with lots of life left for sale and that you can find just what you do need.

couchAs you know we have been renovating a room for our eldest son. Our desire is to set it up as much like his very own mini apartment as possible. One thing we wanted to achieve that feel was a small couch. I had been looking at love seats that had come into Big Lots recently  (the most inexpensive source for new furniture in our small town) and the cheapest one I found was $350 plus tax . I found this one pictured above for $100 . My favorite part, the lady who sold it to me was raising money for her mission trip so my purchase helped her go help others.  Savings $250 plus tax

dresserAnother thing on our list for our son’s new room was a dresser. I wanted something solid and the cheapest I could find was a pine one from Ikea for $150 plus tax. I saw this one and feel in love with it. It has one sticky drawer but I knew my husband could fix it with little effort. Cost $30. Savings $120

cooler standThis purchase was more of a want than a need. My husband has been eying outdoor cooler stands for quite a while now. I kept pulling him away from them saying “we have a perfectly good cooler for the back porch we don’t need one that comes with a fancy table around it.  The fancy tables he has been eying cost $150 on average, this table I found today cost $2 and fits the cooler perfectly plus there is room to store  cups and other supplies in the shelves below. Savings $148

Total savings from the first hour of my Friday trip out yard sale shopping with my daughter $518 on just these three items alone and we found all of them in under one hour, within a 1/2 mile radius,  that is a pretty amazing hourly wage for very little time spent and very little gas used. The coolest part is that with the money we saved on the couch and the dresser we can now afford to give our other children’s rooms makeovers too.

In the second hour of the sale my daughter and I bought a skirt for me for $2, a zip up hoodie for me for .75, a sweater for her for .25 cents and a stack of books to add to my summer reading pile for $2.50.  These added bonus savings made the day even sweeter.

So the next time you think, yard sale shopping just isn’t worth the effort, you might want to give it another try.

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One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: June 23 to 29

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Last Weeks Goal

I did get rid of the last of the boxes in the dining room BUT I have to admit I sort of  cheated.

I was running out of time before my children’s birthday parties so I took a bit of my own advice and  I had my eldest son move all the boxes up and into my bedroom. Good thing is I hate a cluttered bedroom so now I will be more motivated to go through and find new homes for things from our once school room now son’s bedroom and get rid of others.

This Weeks Goal

Spend some extended one on one time with my hubby.

My boys are both attending church camp this week, meaning we just have our daughter at home. She has already been invited to stay the night with one friend and when she does my husband and I intend to spend some time together. If she gets invited to more events we also plan to make that time date time as well. I am seeing some Kayaking and perhaps some time spent cuddled up on the porch swing reading side by side on our agendas this week.

What I Am Reading

I finished 2 books this week

The Language of the Sycamores:  Lets just my husband came up to bed  WAY LATE to find me reading, when he decided to try and talk to me I put my hand up to silence him as I was finishing the last page. In my books that makes a great book. I am looking forward to getting the next book in the series, it is currently on my wishlist at paperbackswap.com

Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You. I have been working on this book for a while and really loved the core message of it. Here is one quote I really liked from the book ” Rename your life. It’s good . Because your life belongs to our good God, and he’s got you. Rename yourself, God has.” If you are holding on to guilt over something you have asked God to forgive you of, remember you are forgiven.

I am currently reading

In Paperback Form

Kisses from Katie: I just bought Kisses from Katie, through one of my favorite sources for inexpensive summer time reading,  a yard sale. I have heard great things about this book and am looking forward to digging into it.

On My Kindle Paperwhite

It Had To Be You: I am 25% of the way through It Had To Be You and am really feeling attached to the characters.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I read one more chapter of this book this week.  WOW! If you want a book that will challenge you to live a life that truly represents Christ this book is for you.

A find I want to share

I got one of these Thirty One large utility totes at a yard sale a few weeks ago and I have fallen in love with it. Mine has a brown background with a forest print on it. It is especially handy for community yard sale shopping when I park my car and hit a few sales in one block.  I place my purchases from sale to sale inside and can walk more and drive less, which comes in handy in traffic packed community sales. I  paid just $5 for mine at the yard sale and now realize that was a steal of a deal, these things are well constructed and fit a tonne of stuff.

Oh and one last thing

I was interviewed by wfmynews.com about how I pack our SUV for family road trips. 

You can watch the interview through this link. This was my first time doing a interview and I was really nervous but excited to have been given the opportunity.

What are your goals for the week?

What Thrifty People Do With Free Samples And Where They Find Them

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I have an entire shelf of our storage closet devoted to free samples. Free dental samples, free beauty samples, free shampoo samples, free detergent samples, misc,  are what the bins that line the shelf read.

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What Do Thrifty People Do With Free Samples And Where Do They Find Them?

What to do with free samples

1. Send them with the kids to summer camp or sleepovers

As any mom who has been a mom of a child old enough to spend a night or two away knows not everything you send them with comes home, which is why I love sending my child with free samples of shampoo,  deodorant, body wash and even sunscreen if I can nab a free sample of it.

2. Bring them camping

When we are camping we tend to use the shower houses at the camp sites, I love it when I can give each of my children a different free sample of shampoo and body wash and send them all off to the shower houses to use separate shower stalls without having to worry about having enough shampoo and body wash bottles to go around.

3. Keep them in the glove box

The “unmentionable” samples are a favorite of mine to slip into my glove box to use when needed.

coupons from samples

4. Use the high value coupons inside them to save further cash

Most samples come with a coupon worth at least $1 off the item. These high value coupons really help stretch our grocery budget.

5. Supply our friends with products they love and coupons too

See the Keurig sample in the picture, it isn’t for me, I don’t even own a Keurig. The sample is for a friend who does own one and is always thrilled when I give her my Keurig samples, as well as the coupons inside them.

6. Take them on vacation

Most places we stay on vacation supply all the shampoo and soap we need but they don’t provide laundry soap. I love doing a load every day even when we are on vacation so that we don’t come home with an overwhelming pile of dirty laundry.  I save up the free samples of laundry soap to stick in our vacation totes just for this purpose.

7. Make them part of a gift basket

We have a very tight Christmas budget and samples help me stretch it so that I can include gifts for our closest friends.Every year I give at least one clearance found mug full of  free coffee samples and free travel sized beauty samples to a friend. I usually try to add a gift card earned from one of my favorite point programs as well.

8. Decrease oh I forgot….runs to the stores

Since I tend to save my samples for all the above reasons the stash comes in handy when I step into the shower and realize the children have used half a bottle of shampoo in a matter of days and now we are completely out and grocery shopping day is still days away. Instead of having to run to the store when this happens, I simply run to our sample stash.

Where Thrifty People Find Free Samples

1. Moneysavingmom.com

Money Saving mom is my favorite source of free samples. Crystal’s team always puts up great samples of items that I know we will use as they become available. The site also has a weekly list of free samples.

2. Facebook pages

Companies such as Bath and Body Works often offer either coupons free samples you can pick up in store, or free samples sent by mail.

3. PINCHme

PINCHme is a website that sends out generous sized free samples. Once you sign up they notify you by email when the next round of samples is available they go fast, so mach sure to sign up as soon as you get the email.

4. Freebies 4 Mom

Freebies 4 Mom is another great website that lists free samples as they become available.

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Cheater Cherry Cheesecake

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Cheater Cherry Cheesecake is a favorite of my husband’s. He requests it for both his birthday and for Father’s day which are only 2 weeks apart but I don’t mind making it twice that close together as it is simple to make. The recipe is also no bake which is fabulous since Father’s day and his birthday both land in June and the days can often be so hot I don’t want to turn on the oven.

Cheater Cherry Cheesecake

First you start with the crust. I like to mix it right in the bottom of my 9 by 12 pan so that I don’t have to dirty another dish. I buy my graham crumbs already to go but I did once substitute graham crackers freshly crushed in my food processor and they worked just fine too.

curst of cherry cheesecakeOnce the crust is made I move on to the filling. It really doesn’t take long to whip together. You start with the Dream Whip topping. I have often wondered if I could substitute heavy whipping creme instead of the dream whip to make the recipe a little less processed but my husband protested when I suggested it to him so I haven’t yet tried it (one of these days though when he isn’t looking :) )

After the dream whip you mix in the icing sugar (powdered sugar) followed by the creme cheese. I have used both full fat and low fat cream cheese with no difference in taste or texture.

filling for cherry cheesecakeI spread the drop the filling onto the crust one lump at a time and then use the spatula to spread it out evenly over the crust. It gets less crust crumbs in it that way.

cheesecake fillingOnce the filling is spread there is just one step left, the topping. I use 2 cans of cherry pie filling so that the whole cheese cake gets a generous amount of topping. cheesecake toppingsI use the same method for the topping as I do for the filling to make sure that the cheesecake gets an even amount of topping on every square inch and to reduce the amount of filling getting mixed in with the topping

cheater cherry cheesecake no baking requiredYou can serve it right away but I think it tastes better if you give it an hour or so to chill, that is if you can wait that long to dig in.

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Cheater Cherry Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • CRUST
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (one stick)
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • FILLING
  • 1 package of Dream Whip
  • 1 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • TOPPING
  • 2 cans of cherry pie filling

Instructions

  1. CRUST
  2. mix graham crumbs and brown sugar in the bottom of a 9 by 12 pan.
  3. mix in melted butter
  4. press down with back of spoon
  5. FILLING
  6. prepare Dream Whip according to package instructions
  7. beat 1 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar) into the prepared Dream Whip
  8. beat in the package of cream cheese
  9. spoon and spread filling over the graham cracker crust
  10. TOPPING
  11. spoon the cherry pie filling on top of filling covering it all.
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How To Slow Down

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Being 40 years old and not having a parent left on this earth makes me realize, life goes way too fast. If we don’t make it a priority to stop and slow down and really build relationships with those we love, we will miss our chance to really make a difference in their lives.

How To Slow Down

But how? How do I slow down when there are... dishes to do? Laundry piling up? Dust settling? Bathrooms getting dirtied? Emails to answer? Social media accounts to update? Clutter to sort through? closets to organize? Books to mark? A school year to plan? Work to catch up on? A lawn to mow? A garden to weed? Dinner to make? on and on the list goes.

I think this quote that I found in the book Unstuff by Hayley and Michael DiMarco sums up perfectly my thoughts on how to make time to slow down when there is so much to be done.

A Phrase for slowing down.

Yes it is true “Letting things slide isn’t the end of the word” in fact it is quite the opposite letting things slide is the beginning of life because it gives us time to slow down, and life is lived best when we slow down.

Let the dishes remain untouched tonight and go take a walk with your hubby.

Let the laundry remain unfolded and actually cuddle with the children while you watch that movie with them.

Let the To Do list remain with a few things left uncrossed and go take the children to the park for the afternoon.

And while doing each of these things above take a moment to pause,reflect and soak  up the beauty of spending simple moments with those you love.

Children grow up in a blink of an eye. A marriage grows cold in a heart beat. Yet dishes will still be dirty if we let them wait, clothes will still be unfolded in a few hours and the To Do list isn’t going anywhere.

Chances are too that when you take time out to really focus on those you love, they will be so thankful they won’t mind helping with those chores you let slide while you were spending time with them.

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A Picture From Our Week: 6 Banana Boxes Paid For All 3 Of My Children To Go To Camp

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June is a very expensive month for our family, there are 3 birthdays, Father’s day, and all 3 children’s church summer camp fees are due.

June got even more expensive when a some what large dental bill arrived in the mail that was due the end of June.

How 6 banana boxes paid for all three of my children to go to summer camp in just 3 hours

By June 1st I realized that even though I had been saving my husband’s overtime for  months to pay for June’s expenses, our family was going to come up short of the large June budget goal especially with the added dental bill. I could have diverted money from our emergency fund but I really didn’t want to as I find once we dip into it, it is hard to build back up and soon a large true emergency will follow (like a car break down).

Instead, I began to pray to God, with one goal in mind selling enough books and educational materials at a homeschooling second hand curriculum sale to cover the cost of the camp fees for at least my two boys in full and perhaps even my daughter’s although I thought for sure covering 3 children’s camp fees with one sale was asking a bit much.

I spent most of Sunday and Monday preparing for the sale, gathering things from all over the house until I had enough to fill 6 banana boxes. To make that happen I put anything with educational value in those boxes, including 1/3 of our home library.

Tuesday morning my daughter and I set out our 6 banana boxes worth of homeschooling curriculum, books, DVD’s, games, CD’s, maps and more on our 3 card tables. Basically if it had any educational value at all and we were not using it on a weekly basis it was on those three tables and for sale.

I whispered to my daughter my goal for the sale, and seconds later the doors were open and the sale began. Three hours later we looked at our total and realized that every penny of the boys camp fees was raised and we still had 3 banana boxes of stuff leftover.

His provisions got even more amazing when later in the week, I realized I owed less than I thought for the boys camp and that there was one more job available for them through the church’s camp fundraiser plan  to earn money for their camp on their own.  These two things meant that my daughter’s camp fees were also taken care of by the sale. God had taken care of not just of the minimum I asked Him to do but the maximum.

Do you have a financial goal you want to see met? Perhaps the funds for it are sitting in your own home like mine were. Make sure to visit my reselling page to find ways to create cash from your items.

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One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: June 16 to 22

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I did get all three of the children and myself signed up for the library summer reading program.

This Weeks Goal

Get rid of the last remaining pile of boxes in the dining room.

I know this does not sound AT ALL fun, but wait……two of my three children are having birthday parties at our home later this week and the dinning room table will be used for the serving of cake and ice-cream, and chips and pop and all sorts of other birthday party food and that is fun!

To make sure people can get to the food without tripping I need to get rid of the last of the boxes that got put in the dinning room when we started creating a bedroom for our eldest son out of what was our homeschooling room slash teenagers video game area.

What I Am Reading

I didn’t finish a single book this week. 

Busy week around our home, a second hand homeschooling curriculum sale, two church youth events, 5 different summer gatherings with friends, some community yard sale shopping, and that was on top of the regular day to day stuff so I didn’t get a lot of reading done.

I am currently reading

In Paperback Form

The Language of the Sycamores: Last week I said I really wanted to dig into this book but didn’t think I had the time, however I was so wanting to get further in this series that I broke a cardinal rule of mine, I read it in bed each night. Normally I only read magazines after my nightly devotions as I tend to get a bit too caught up in books and stay up way late wanting to make sure the characters are going to be okay. I am proud to say I am now maturing at 40 and managed to say goodnight to the characters by 10 each night and turn the lights out. So far I am loving this book just as much as I have the others in the Tending Roses series by Lisa Wingate.   (psst…. I used paperbackswap.com to grab this title)

On My Kindle Paperwhite

Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You. I am still 75% of the way through Becoming Myself .  If you struggle with something that you just cannot seem to overcome, despite the amount of time you lay it at God’s feet, this is the book for you.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I had a bit of waiting in line here and there all week and I managed to use it to read 3 chapters of this book. WOW! If you want a book that will challenge you to live a life that truly represents Christ this book is for you.

A find I want to share

I bought myself one of  these Anker portable charges several months ago and love it. It is so handy to slip in my purse along with a charging cord so that I can charge up my phone or my iPod on the go. It holds up to 3 charges in a single charge.I love that I can hold the charger in one hand and my iPod in the other and still shoot pictures and check email while it is charging.

The charger does take  4 or so hours  to charge up again, so what I do is steal one of the ones the children bought themselves while I am waiting for mine to charge up (hey don’t judge me my iPod is dying a slow battery death and is almost now completely powered by one of these chargers, which is less money than buying a new iPod or battery replacement :) ) . They go on sale for under $20 often and are totally worth every penny.

Thrifty tip: You could easily enough Swag Bucks for one of these portable charger in less than one month by following my $30 a month Swagbuck plan.

What are you doing this week?