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Bartered Blessings (Frugal Fridays)

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Free science classes. Free artisan bread and bagels. Free art for some of my children and free ballet for my girls. Free baby gifts! OK… Not really “free” but it sure does feel like it!

How do I score such great deals? Certainly not by couponing. No, Harris Teeter has great triple- coupon days but no promises of free extracurricular lessons. And they’ve certainly never given me free bagels!

These super great deals come by way of bartering. I teach a writing class and have friends that teach science and art. Their children take my class and my children take their classes. No money changes hands. In my basement is a sprung wood dance floor which was a tremendous gift from a very loved teacher several years ago. In exchange for hosting dance lessons in my basement and babysitting the teacher’s children, my girls dance. Again, no money changes hands. The bread… this is where I am so very fortunate. Mr. Awesome Baker’s daughter, who I think is a writing prodigy, takes my class as well. I am more than happy to receive Owl Creek Breadworks as payment! (See The Breadlist and place an order!) The baby gifts are one of my favorite bartered blessings. My girls knit! I buy their supplies but when I need a babygift, like this adorable pacifier clip, they knit for me for free.

The Lord has provided some extras for my children through bartering. While you may not teach a class, there are many creative ways to lend your services in exchange for others.

Please feel free to comment and share your bartering success stories! For more Frugal Friday tips see Life As Mom.

A Sweeeeet Deal!

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I’ve started couponing and I’m afraid I could become an obsessed, shopping-crazy woman. My children like this new version of me. The normal me doesn’t buy any junky  breakfast food items. We eat oatmeal, cream of wheat, multi-grain homemade pancakes and whole wheat muffins with local applesauce substituted for oil. I usually don’t even look down the cereal aisle because I think I once said, “You can’t pay me to buy that stuff.” While not a health food nut, I do care about nutrition and besides – I homeschool. That means I have to LIVE WITH my kids after I feed them breakfast!  So why did I buy all this non-food today? Simple. I got a little obsessed with the coupon thing. The cereal/pop tarts at Food Lion were 2/$5.00. I had coupons for $1.50 off 2 boxes. Food Lion has a special deal going in which they take an additional $10 off 10 Kellogg’s items. That brought my total down to .75 a box. The Mini-Wheats were actually .50/box because the coupons were for $1.00 off each one. The Pop-Tarts I bought because I was out of cereal coupons and I had to get the 10 items. The total for these 10 items was $12.00. Had I more cereal coupons, I could have gotten 10 boxes for $9.00. The cashier said, “Congratulations, Mrs. Jobe. I am very happy for you.” The bagger asked me if I realized that one box of Pop-Tarts was unfrosted. He was looking out for my kids which I appreciated and almost traded for brown sugar coated (they were out).  If you notice, the Fruit Loops box is already damaged at the top. That’s because Esther tore into it before my picture. When the rest of my children came home from babysitting at MOPS, you’d think I won some “cool mom of the year award!” Since the Fruit Loops are opened, we’ll splurge in the next few days on those. The rest of this stuff I am planning to save for my dad’s transplant surgery. That way the babysitters get to indulge in these treats and I won’t be at home to deal with Jobelettes bouncing off the walls!

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Frugal Fridays – Goodwill Goodies!

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

I have read Frugal Friday tips forever and have never posted because I am brand new to blogging! I am sure my tip is not a new one to all the frugal bloggers out there, but I suggest occasionally shopping at Goodwill. You really never know what you’ll find. Sometimes it’s a bust. Today, however, I found a brand new GAP sweatshirt for Christina for just $2.00. I also found some cute jeans for Bethany, also for $2.00. The girls are thrilled with their new items!

My favorite deal, however, I found for myself! Now THAT is a rare thing!  I had 30 minutes to browse while Nathan was in physical therapy across the street and I came across an all cotton, stylish Bass cardigan for $3.50. I just LOVE it! So, I spent $7.50 for all three great finds!