Trade Your Fear For Faith

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While reading Enough:Finding More By Living With Less I was deeply impacted by a quote of Vincent Muli Wa Kituku that the author shared.

 Over 80 percent of adults don’t live up to their greatness because they suffer from what I call “African Impala Syndrome”. Jumping high and forward is an inborn talent for the survival of the African impala. The impala is known to jump about ten feet high. This high jump propels the impala to land about thirty feet from the spot where it starts. With this ability of vertical and horizontal jumping, the impala survives and thrives in the carnivore-infested savannas of Africa.

However, the impala has a unique limitation. It jumps only when it can see where it will land. I once read from an issue of “Bits and Pieces” that when the African impala is confined in a three-foot high fence, it won’t jump. As I think of the African impala, I often wonder how we fail to live up to our potential because we suffer from “African Impala Syndrome.” We don’t “jump” unless we can see “where we will land.” (from the book Overcoming Buffaloes at Work and in Life)

This verse has been rolling around in my head since I finished Enough, and so I want to ask you the same questions this quote is asking of me

“What are you afraid of?”

“What is holding you back from making that leap?”

“Do you have the ability yet lack the faith?”

“Is it really a no time problem or is it a fear problem?”

“What could happen if you would just take that leap?’

“Can you dream that big? or are you too afraid?”

“If you really trust God as much as you say you do, then shouldn’t you be able to take that jump knowing He is going to help you leap over that fence and soften the impact of your landing on the other side?”

trade your fear for faithTrade your fear for faith, take that leap even though you don’t know where you will land, and watch amazing things unfold.

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Why You Don’t Need To Make Time For Friends

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Busy women often say it ” I wish I had more time for friends” . Truth, you do need friends, they are valuable to your mental sanity, but you don’t need to “make time” for them.

you don't need to make time for friends

I think our current generation gets caught up in the idea that “friendship time” has to be compartmentalized. People see friendship time on TV as time spent over restaurant meals, backyard BBQ and wild vacations.

Yes there is a need for that sort of friendship building time too, but not as much as we think. Truth be told, I think that if we all look at our friendships, the ones that run deepest do not exist because of a steady diet of dinner and movies together but from feasting on something much deeper;  time spent letting them see those parts of us only shown in the mundane.

In the mundane moments of life we let our guards down and our real selves shine through and that is when deep friendships take hold.  How do you let your friends into the mundane of your life?

Involve your friends in your every day life and watch your friendships deepen.

I think we could all learn a lesson from good old fashioned barn raising and quilting bees. These were times when men and women got together and worked while their hearts grew close to one another.

Sure you probably don’t need a barn in your postage stamp town yard, and true it is probably a wiser use of most women’s time to buy a quilt than to make one but there are some modern day chores we could involve our friends in that would not only help us both things crossed off our never ending to do list but also grow closer as friends.

1. Cook together

All families are pressed for time to prepare good home cooked meals for their family. Invite you friends over one Saturday afternoon to cook and bake up a storm and share the bounty. Working together you could easily make a weeks worth of meals for several families in just one afternoon. Give each family a list of food and supplies they will need to bring or better yet, shop for them together before hand and extend your time doing chores together.

2. Exercise together

I love exercising with my friends. It is like a extra strength medicine for my stress. Talking about what has been bugging me lately and getting my friends feed back as well as sweating it out, leaves me is such a great mood

3. Do yard work together

Clear out your garden beds together. Rake and bag all the leaves together in fall. Harvest your gardens together.

4. Do indoor renovations together

Paint a room together. Refurnish furniture together.  Smash down walls together.

5. Do seasonal projects together

Holiday baking. Signing and stamping Christmas cards. Visit the pumpkin fields together and then afterwards get together and one persons house and carve them all together.

6. Do errands

We all have to grocery shop, see if a friend can come and do her’s at the same time.

Do you shop community yard sales, or consignment sales to find deals to stretch your families budget? If your friends do too, consider shopping along side one of them.

Yes it will take a bit of time in the way of planning to perform these 6 things with friends, but it will be less time than the block of time needed to go out to dinner and movie with them, and the conversations will be so much more intimate. Your friend will see first hand what you feed your family when she shops with you. While running it is amazing how much more open I become about how I truly feel. While gardening perhaps your green thumb friend can spill all her tips that will help your brown thumb ways (mine have yet to fix mine but they try each year :) )

Next time you catch yourself saying “I wish I had more time for friendships” remember you don’t need more time, you just need to adjust your perspective of what friendship building time really looks like.

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3 Goals For This Week: Mar 24 to Mar 30

(post contains affiliate links see disclosure)3 snail paced goals for the weekLast weeks goals

View last weeks goals here….

1. I didn’t mail out that letter

2. I didn’t reorganize my coupon collection.

3.  I charted my calories and steps about half the week.

This weeks goals

I have to admit I am getting kind of discouraged with my weekly  goal setting. I set out to do three small goals each week beyond blogging, homeschooling, my daily routine of devotions, working out and cleaning house and all those other things that make up daily life and yet…….lately I haven’t been making much progress. So this weeks goals are more time management oriented in hopes that if my manage my time better, I will find time to complete a few simple tasks each week.

1. Set alarm for 5:45 each morning and be ready to start my day by 6.

2. Be in bed by 9 and lights out by 10 at latest. (It takes me forever to fall asleep so I have a long unwinding routine)

3.  Pick one low energy task to work on each night after dinner, instead of giving in to how tired I feel and just reading or surfing the web. (you would think with how tired I am all evening that I would fall asleep quick but no)

3 pictures from our week

All week long I share photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

truck break in gadgetMy favorite knitting needles come in handy for more than just knitting. Earlier this week they helped a friend break into his truck after my daughter managed to lock him out of it with the engine running.

children's museum glass towerI got to meet some of the ladies of Indy Social Media Moms for a meeting at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Afterwards I enjoyed wandering around the incredible multi-floor museum. My favorite exhibit is by far the Fireworks of Glass exhibit. This picture is taken from the rotating observation chair under the 43 foot tower, where you can look through a glass ceiling at all the unique pieces of hand blown glass placed around the base of the sculpture.

bare feet in springSo last week it was a picture of my bare feet in Birks, this week it is completely bare feet enjoying some rays. I can’t stress enough how hard this winter has been for me.  I am so loving the signs of spring that keep popping up more and more each day.

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20 ways thrifty people save money on clothing (small)Here are my top 20 ways to save money on clothing.

A book a week for 2014

I made it my goal to read 1 book a week this year.

I finished:Enough:Finding More By Living With Less, It Takes An Egg Timer: A Guide To Creating Time For Your Life

I am currently reading

1. In real paperback form

Beyond Ordinary (psst…. got this book free from Tyndale Rewards)

2. On My  Kindle Paperwhite

A Promise To Remember

3. On my Kindle App

Inspiration To Pay Off Debt ( I started this book a while ago and really did find it to be inspiring and then it got put on the back burner but after getting to know the author Cherie Lowe of The Queen Of Free  through Facebook I want to finish it, she is an amazing lady of great faith)

3 Things I tossed this week.

Inspired by The Clutter Busting Challenge I decided to toss, sell or give away three things each week and post a picture of it here for accountability.

Sorry no picture this week, but I did toss an old pair of shoes my son had thrashed and out grown. I also put a pair of out grown soccer shoes in the give pile, and tossed a stack of magazines into the recycling bin.

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20 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Clothing

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Clothing a family does not have to be expensive. With a bit of planning you can put these thrifty tips into practice and save $100′s of dollars each year on your families clothing needs.

20 ways thrifty people save money on clothing

20 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Clothing

1. Yard Sales

Before yard sale season begins make sure to write down either on paper or in a note app. the measurements, sizes and clothing needs of each member of your family. Be sure to bring this list as well as a tape measure to each and every yard sale with you so you can make wise choices of what to buy and what to leave behind.

If you hit a really good sale where you are purchasing a large amount of  items don’t be afraid to ask for a bulk discount. For instance if you have $20 worth of clothing ask if they will take $15 chances they might say yes they might counter with something in the middle, or they might say no, but it is worth it to ask.

2. Clearance Rack

My number one tip for clearance racks is wait for the second round of discounts unless it is a “got to have it today because I will go naked” need.  All stores mark down their stuff at least twice before they hit their rock bottom price and some stores do it more. Policies vary from store to store so get to know those of the clothing stores you love.

3.  Daily Deal Sites

My favorite daily deal site for clothes is Zulily. Through Zulily I have gotten great deals on workout gear,  top quality name brand shoes, and casual wear. Shipping is $5.95 so make sure that even with it added on the price is still what you could beat else where.

4. Discount Gift Cards

I often purchase discounted gift cards to Aeropostle or Old Navy at 5 to 10 percent off their value and then combine them with email coupons and store clearance rack finds for a triple hit discount.

5. Thrift Stores

You can find great deals on like new clothing in thrifty stores. Here are some articles I wrote about finding the best deals in second hand stores.

Yes that is a 3 part series on Goodwill. There are a lot of Goodwills in our area, and I have learned to maximize my savings there over the years.

6. Join Store email lists

Over the years I have saved a significant amount of money printing coupons and using  that were sent to me via email.

7. Look in those FREE magazines

I sign up to receive free magazines every chance I get, not just because I love reading magazines as I am winding down for sleep but also because I find great coupons off clothing within their pages. I have found coupons for stores like, Lands End, Coldwater Creek, The Children’s Place, Gymboree and more in the pages of the free magazines I read.

8. Repurpose what you have

Little boys shorts can make excellent little girls skirts. Jeans with holes in the knees can make great shorts. If you have basic sewing skills you can alter and adjust clothes to give the longer use.

9. Accept Cast offs

No matter what people give to you accept it with a smile. Word will spread that you accept hand me downs and soon you will have enough to share with others, especially if you have little kids.

10.  Buy clothes in stores you wouldn’t think to shop for clothes in.

I buy my boys their summer shorts each year at Sams club.  I buy all our socks at Big Lots. These 2 stores are not places you would think to buy clothes but often their prices can’t be beat.

11. Buy Less

I limit my clothes to having to fit in one dresser without needing to shove, and to taking up no more than the current amount of wooden hangers I own.

Others take it further, like Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom, who blows me away with her 6 outfit closet. Believe me I have seen her in real life and she looks amazing. Her 6 outfits are well chosen pieces, that suit her figure and coloring while reducing time and money spent on clothing.

12. Buy Classic Pieces

I have had a simple black dress in my closet now for over ..I think 6 years now. It comes out of the closet for special events only and I dress it up with various accessories, and different shoes each time. I always get compliments on it.

13. Buy Quality

Quality sometimes means you have to pay more but not always. For instance I have two pairs of simple winter boots that I paid $10 each for at a thrift store. They are 100% leather and a very well know brand. They came with a $100 clearance price tag attached to them (yep previous own never wore them). I get compliments on them year after year. My $10 a pair price is going a long long way.

I also have owned several Land’s end swimsuits, which are super thick and long lasting (I get 3 years out of each suit and I swim a lot) . I buy them in September when they are marked down to as much as 90% off (although sometimes I have had to pay 75% off prices).

14. Set Cost Per Item Limits

I won’t pay more than $5 for a workout shirt.I don’t glisten I sweat and so it doesn’t take long for my workout shirts to get gross even after washing them after every wear.

I won’t pay more than $1 a pair for socks and I am picky about the quality.  I won’t buy my running shoes unless I can save at least $20 on them some how (whether it be store sale, store coupon, discounted gift card or all combined).

These price limits may be my best weapon for when it comes to keeping the cost of our clothing budget down, as it makes me stick to my thrifty practices and scout out sales like a lion looking for prey.

15. Clothes Swap

I got to attend my first clothes swap last year and loved it. For more information on how to host your own clothes swap enter “clothes swap” into the search area on Pinterest. When I did dozens of articles popped up.

16. Consignment Stores

I don’t shop at consignment stores all that often because honestly I find better deals for clothes at other sources, but I do like consignment stores for specialty items such as gymnastic outfits, or Easter dresses. There clearance racks are also often a treasure trove of good deals on barely worn clothes.

17. Consignment Sales

These are different than consignment stores due the fact that they are usually only 1 to 3 day events. Again prices are higher than some other sources listed but I do love them for harder to find items in the second hand market. For instance when my son was little he was a slim fit, and I knew for sure that if I went to a consignment sale I would find a few pairs of slim pants, but finding them at yard sales was well….slim pickings.

18. Shop Discount Online Stores

When I was looking for a new swimsuits to do laps in, I asked the ladies swimming in the lap lanes next to me where they got their suits. They told me about SwimOutlet.com and I couldn’t believe the amazing deals to be found. Make sure you deal is not lost in high shipping costs (search retailmenot.com for a free shipping code) and of course you need to really know you size well so that you don’t spend money shipping items back.  What are you favorite discount clothing shopping sites?  I would love to hear about them in the comment section

19. Stay Out Of The Stores

Window shopping almost always leads to buys that we did not need. That unbelievable sweater for 75% off is not a steal of  a deal if you already own enough sweaters. Try to not be in the stores unless you really have a genuine need to be.

20. Use Swagbucks

Swagbucks offers gift cards for clothing stores such as Old Navy, Aeropostle, Land’s End, Gap and more. By performing a few tasks each day you can earn as much as $75 a month with Swagbucks. Check out my 1o Steps To Maximizing Your Swagbucks for a plan you can follow to use Swagbucks to earn enough to help your families clothing budget.

 Bonus Tip: Have you hear of thredUP ? I would describe thredUP as an online  consignment superstore. They carry kid’s clothing, junior’s clothing, women’s clothing, handbags and shoes. They also sell maternity wear.  I have yet to use their service, but I spent sometime cruising their website the other day and liked what I saw, reasonable prices and a good selection. If you prefer certain name brands of clothing I would check the site out.  The great part is if you are not already signed up you can start your account with a $10 credit when you sign up through my referral link .

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Why I Think Swagbucks Is Worth It

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I think Swagbucks is worth it. Swagbucks has paid for many little splurges in our families life and I spend very little extra time on the program.

Why Swagbucks is worth it

Recently I received a comment on a post from a reader that was very dissatisfied with her personal Swagbucks Experience. She called Swagbucks a gimmick, and stated that the program was a string of long surveys with little payout.

I do agree that the surveys are very time consuming, which is why I personally do not do them, nor do I include them in any of my Swagbucks earning plans including

10 Steps To Maximize Your Swagbucks Earnings

How To Earn Enough Swagbucks Each Month To Pay For A Dinner For Two

Thrifty Bookworms & Swagbucks The Perfect Romance

How Starbucks & Swagbucks Go Together Like Cream & Sugar

How Swagbucks Can Make Your Music Collection Sway

These 5 plans above show people how to earn anywhere from $20 a month to as much as $75 a month and  not a single one include filling out surveys.

 Swagbucks is not a gimmick, it does provide a simple small source of monthly income for very little effort. Most earning opportunities are not time consuming, in fact most of the earning opportunities are things I would normally do every day for instance

1. I use Swagbucks toolbar for all my daily searches, instead of another search engines so that I can earn points randomly through out the day. Daily this costs me zero extra time.

2. When I shop online I make sure to enter my store of choice into the toolbar so that I can then click on the box that will track my spending and give me points for my earnings. Daily this costs me zero extra time.

3. I do by my daily deals through Swagbucks. This requires just one extra step that takes me under 30 seconds.

4. I do print coupons off the Swagbucks website. I don’t do this often but if I wasn’t printing them off Swagbucks I would be printing them else where so this requires zero extra time.

There are a few extra things I do to boost my earnings that take very little time

5. I do share what I earn from time to time with my Facebook friends (both now and before I had a blog). This takes under  30 seconds to click the button right the post and press send.

6. I do perform both the daily poll and the NOSO every day. This takes me just under or over a minute each day.

7. I do use the Swagbucks App. This takes me less than a minute to set up and then I glance at it from time to time to make sure it is still going.

8. I do takes less than 2 minutes a day to earn my daily Bing credits which I convert to Swagbucks.

The extra steps I take to earn Swagbucks on a regular basis add up to less than 5 minutes a day. Are my earnings worth 5 minutes a day, yes. We are a single income family on a tight budget, the amount I earn on Swagbucks increases our wiggle room.

So yes readers, Swagbucks is worth it, and no readers Swagbucks is not a gimmick, it is a point program that pays you to do things you normally do every day, as well as offer you options to spend more time on if you so desire.

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3 Essentials For Working Out At Home

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Although I do think that it is possible to get a good workout for free in the privacy of your own home, I believe that there are 3 gym essentials that will make those workouts more comfortable and perhaps even more effective.

3 essentials for working out at home

3 Essentials For Working Out At Home

1. A good pair of cross trainers

Sure you could join the barefoot revolution and skip the need for shoes , but I don’t think you will find it as  comfortable as doing jumping jacks in sneakers, and chances are you might slip from foot sweat while you try your hardest to hold a plank.

In general there are some great deals to be found online for athletic shoes, but my suggestion is that for your first purchase of shoes you go to the store and have someone help you try a few pairs on until you find one that feels comfortable, yet flexible (here are a few ways I save on in store athletic shoe purchases)

2. An exercise mat

You could fold up a blanket for extra cushion, but it is probably way easier to spray down an exercise mat after you sweat all over it than wash the blanket each and every time (better for the environment and your water and electric bill too).

A basic exercise mat will run you between $20 and $30, but it will last a long long time.

3. A hand weight set

You could start out with soup cans and work your way up to those 10 pound bags of  whole wheat flour in the back of your cupboard that you have been meaning to use to replace the white flour you currently use in all your baking, but that can get awkward. I think a set of hand weights is a great investment for anyone wanting to workout at home for the long haul. You save a bit of money buying a set of 3 and you can also start out light and work up to a heavier weight that way.

There are so many other pieces of gym equipment out there that you could add to your home gym but these are the three basic pieces I personally think all home gyms should have.

(please note I am not a fitness professional just someone who loves working out and sharing what she has learned)

Looking for more working out tips? Follow my Workouts You Can Do At Home board on Pinterest

Bad internet connection making it impossible to use free online workout videos? For under $10 Jillian Michaels DVD’s are a great back up (or primary) workout. I love her 30 day shred. You could let your Swagbucks to pay for a title of your own.

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Little Steps Lead To Big Things

If you join along with Snail Pace Transformations on Facebook then you might recognize the quote below. I shared it the other day on Facebook because I loved how it went along with my goals here at Snail Pace Transformations, to encourage you to reach your goals at a pace that you can endure rather than try to live out the all or nothing pace we often try to aspire to but get nothing but burn out from. Why? because little steps lead to big things.

don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do

It is a quote by the belated college basketball coach John Wooden. The quote was going through my head all day to the point that I had to do some research on him, and I found another quote that reinforced the first

 

it's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen

Often women think, I don’t have ……….so why bother. I don’t have time.  I don’t have money.  I don’t have the skill.

I don’t have time to exercise for an hour each day 5 times a week so why bother. I don’t have time to declutter my home from top to bottom over the course of a weekend so why bother.

I don’t have the money to start my own business, so why try. I don’t have the money to pay off that debt in full this month, so why bother.

I can’t write like, so and so so why bother to write at all. I can’t cook like so and so, so why bother to try to cook at all.

Sure perhaps you don’t have ALL the time, ALL the money, or ALL the skill right now, but you don’t need it. What you need is the courage to push through all those excuses masking your fear of failure and just start.

True few of us can declutter a whole home top to bottom in a weekend, but I bet you could find 30 minutes each and every weekend to attack one area, a draw, a cabinet, a bookshelf. Over time those little 30 minute sessions will add up and by the end of a few months of dedicated work you will start to see huge improvements in the organization of your home.

Perhaps you really can’t exercise 1 hour 5 days a week, but that is no excuse to not get out there at least once or twice a week for 30 minutes and enjoy the health benefits even a little exercise can provide you.

You might not have all the money you need to start your business right now but you do have access to free resources on the web and your local library to research it further. You might not be able to pay your credit bill in full, but I bet you can squeeze one more week out of the food in your cupboards and use the money you save to make a dent in the balance.

No you don’t write like so and so, but I tell you what God did not make you so and so’s clone He made you, you for a reason, unique for His glory. He wants you to write like you, using all the skill you posses right now this day, and when you obey Him chances are He will provide you the light you need to improve.

You might not be a gourmet cook like your neighbor, but perhaps that shouldn’t be your goal, perhaps your goal should be to provide simple healthy meals for your family on a regular basis.

Stop letting the big picture overwhelm and defeat you and instead break it down into little manageable steps that you can have success with.

Stop spending time and effort on things that are not your God given talents and start concentrating on growing the talents He has blessed you with.

Looking for help and inspiration for reaching your goals? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Board on Pinterest.

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3 Goals For This Week: March 17 to 23

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Last weeks goals

Really these are goals from 2 weeks ago that you can view here, since I took a week off for my birthday.

1.  I did manage to get all my blogging for the week done before my husband and I left for a full weekend away just the two of us. This goal took so much time that I did not manage to complete my other two goals but it was worth it 2 days completely off blogging really refreshed me.

2. I didn’t take another stab at creating a gift for my daughter’s friends.

3. I didn’t clean out the humidifier but the outdoor air has finally warmed up enough that I don’t need it..but I still do need to clean it and put it away till next winter.

3 goals for this week

1. Mail out a letter that has been sitting around our home a few days too long.

2. Work on reorganizing my small and getting smaller collection of coupons. The less processed we eat, and the more homemade cleaners we make the less I am using coupons.

3. Chart my calories and track my steps. (I took a week off from this )

3 pictures from our week

All week long I share photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

my feet in sandalsWords cannot describe how good it felt to free my feet from socks and shoes and let them enjoy sunshine one day this week. The winter here in Indiana has been long and brutally cold.

me and my kids runningThis happened Friday and it was a proud mommy moment. Those are all the feet that once kicked my ribs from within my womb, and Friday for the first time all of them ran the local running trail with me. We have special family plans in the works that involve these feet,  I can’t wait to share them with you really soon.

the melting potMy closest friends and I went to the Melting Pot to celebrate my 4oth. I think it was the most expensive dinner my husband and I have ever had, but you only turn 40 once. The experience was amazing. It took over 4 hours from start to finish to work our way through the 4 course meal. Amazing food, amazing friends, amazing conversations all equaled up to an amazing night I won’t forget.

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oatmeal breakfast bars (small)These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are my husband’s favorite grab and go breakfast. They freeze well too.

A book a week for 2014

I made it my goal to read 1 book a week this year.

I finished: Further Still, Tidewater Inn and How To Make Money Blogging (I did a lot of reading during my b-day week)

I am currently reading

1. In real paperback form

Beyond Ordinary (psst…. got this book free from Tyndale Rewards)

2. On My  Kindle Paperwhite

Enough:Finding More By Living With Less

3. On my Kindle App

It Takes An Egg Timer: A Guide To Creating Time For Your Life

3 things I tossed this week

Inspired by The Clutter Busting Challenge I decided to toss, sell or give away three things each week and post a picture of it here for accountability.

tossedOne pair of  shoes went in the give pile, and 2 shirts with stains went in the rag pile.

Need some goal setting inspiration and know how? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Tips Board on Pinterest.

Linked to 10 Goals For This Week At Money Saving Mom

Disciplined Life (150)

Want to become better at setting realistic goals and breaking them down into manageable pieces? I recommend Crystal Paine’s ebook 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.

 

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How Thrifty People Make Shoes Last Longer

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This thrifty trick that makes shoes last longer is not a new one. In fact I first read that others did it besides me in one of my favorite books on thrifty living of all time The Tightwad Gazette. I can’t remember the name the author gave it but I call it shoe rotation.make shoes last longer using this classic thrifty practice.

How to make shoes last longer with shoe rotation

I do this with gym shoes and sandals . I don’t do it with the runners I wear for outdoor runs mostly because I am a “heavy weight” runner (yep I know the pictures of me online do not indicate I am heavy weight but a runner over 150 pounds is considered heavy weight as far as running shoes go and trust me I am over 150 pounds) and I am also a heavy pronator so by the time I have ran 400 miles in my runners they are dead inside and out, and pretty smelly too.

My sandals and gym shoes however still have wear in them, and very little smell. I simply replace them because they can’t take workouts and long walks like they use too. The outside of the shoe also might be getting a bit ratty looking.

So my workout shoes after one year become my mountain biking shoes, and my one year old sandals become my beach or water park sandals.

Then after another year passes, my two year old sandals become my hot weather renovating shoes (painting and sanding mostly) and my two year old workout shoes become my winter weather renovating shoes.

By the time I throw out my workout shoes and sandals they are at least 3 years old. My sandals are sometimes older because I might wear them as every day  sandals for 2 summers in a row as I don’t walk in them as much as I do my workout shoes.

This practice keeps my good shoes looking good for longer, saving me money and it is good for the environment too as it reduces the amount of shoes I toss in the garbage.

This of article of course doesn’t address my dress shoes or boots but that is another post :)

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

oatmeal breakfast bars

These oatmeal breakfast bars are something I created when I didn’t have all the ingredients for a recipe and had to improvise. What was suppose to be a sweet oatmeal cookie ended up being a mildly sweet yet very filling oatmeal breakfast bar, that my husband loves.

Which workouts out well because My husband does not like to eat breakfast. In fact he doesn’t eat much of anything until he has been up at least 2 or 3 hours. He knows it isn’t the healthiest, but he just truly isn’t hunger until he has been up and moving for a while. Perhaps it is because he is a night owl and mornings don’t come easy for him.

Since he now goes to work at 9 instead of 11 like he use to he isn’t at home when he finally does get hungry. This leaves me with trying to think of a few easy grab and go foods he can eat at work. Often it is dried fruit or nuts, but other days I like to send him with something more substantial so when it turned out that he loved these oatmeal breakfast bars it was great news.

These breakfast bars are simple to make, taste great and really fill you up. I make them with white wheat flour , but you could try making the with a combination of unbleached and wheat flour or with straight unbleached if you prefer.

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups white wheat flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. mix together applesauce and butter in a large mixing bowl ( I used my hand mixer)
  3. stir in sugar
  4. stir in lightly beaten egg
  5. stir in the remaining ingredients.
  6. press in a lightly greased 9 by 12 pan
  7. bake for 15 to 20 minutes (lightly golden brown around edges)
  8. allow it to cool and then use your pizza cutter to cut into 20 to 24 bars.
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