Friday, July 23, 2010

Frugal Friday

This week's tip is to find out what days your local restaurants have specials. For instance in our town on Monday's our favorite places to eat are $5.99 large pizza from Papa Johns and Family Night at Carino's where you get the family meal for the price of the single meal (our whole family drinks water and after tax & tip our dinner is $15 total). Tuesdays Double Dave's has B1G1 Free pizza rolls. Wednesdays and Sundays Dickies BBQ has free kids meals and our family's total is usually around $15. C & J's also has kids eat free on Wednesday nights. By going on certain days we save a ton of money, usually approaching 50%. When you have a large family, this can really add up.

If you have some favorite restaurant specials, please leave them in the comments.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Frugal Friday

One thing that is a must for a healthy marriage is alone time for the 2 of you. That means finding a babysitter and going on a date with no kids, just the 2 of you. Now if you have a large family like ours and no family in town this becomes very difficult. Once we have paid for a babysitter for 4 kids there is no money left over to actually do anything fun with. So my tip today is to find a friend or group of friends and exchange babysitting time. For instance this week you watch their kids for them to go out and then the next week they watch your kids for you to go out...or any other arrangement you work out. We have done this in the past and it was so nice. We got to have some much needed "us" time and our kids got play dates every week. We are in the process of setting this up again and can not wait!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Frugal Friday

This week's Frugal Friday tip is on extending the life of your pedicure. If you have a nail polish that you absolutely love take it with you to the salon. They can use your nail polish to do your toes, and since it is yours you can touch up knicks until it is time to get another pedicure. Doing it this way I can have great looking toes for over a month as opposed to the normal 2 weeks before I start getting knicks.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Houston Astros

Dustin was Brayden and Bryson's head tee ball coach this year. One of the parents on our team gave us tickets to the Tuesday, July 6th Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates game as a thank you for a great season. These were amazing seats. We were literally on the 2nd row behind the Pittsburgh dug out. I spiked the boys' hair red for fun since we were going to be so close to the field. We got several calls during the game that the boys were on tv 3 times during the game and once at the end of the game. Man, I wish we had recorded the game before we left! My sister who lives in Houston was able to go with us, which was really nice to spend time with her during the week. Some friends of ours that were also on our tee ball team this year and their 4 kids went with us. Their oldest and Brandt were on the same tee ball team 2 years ago, and their middle 2 were on the team this year with our middle 2. We had an absolutely great time with amazing company, and the 'Stros won 6-2...who could ask for more?
Daddy and Bryson
Brandt and Kannon
Brayden and Aunt Kimmie
Mommy & Brennan
Look how close to the cameraman we were!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010