It’s the time of year where we all sit around and make our New Year’s Resolutions. If one of your resolutions was to save money then watch this video to learn how to make reusable snack bags! It never ceases to amaze me how much money my little family of 5 can spend on food. Eating out, groceries, whatever it adds up.
One of the food expenses that bothers me most is the stuff you buy at the grocery store that you don’t even eat.
I mean I really hope you’re not sitting around eating paper towels and sipping Windex out of champagne glasses… because they aren’t food. So why do we spend so much “grocery” money on “non” groceries? Do we have to? Should we? I guess I’m just on a documentary high lately because I just don’t think we need most of that stuff. So this year I’m going to keep finding alternatives to these non food items.
Baggies are something I’m just plain sick of buying. I don’t care if you are buying name brand Ziplocks, or store brand baggies. If you have money problems you can’t afford this throw away luxury. And even if you have the money, I don’t know if our planet can afford it. Go watch Bag It if you want need a wake up call to see what plastic is doing to our planet and our health!
O.k. I’m done venting for the day, I promise! Here’s your free how to make reusable snack bags pattern, it’s a PDF so just click and print. Don’t forget to watch the video for step by step instructions.
Click here for the free pattern if you want to make the bigger version for Sandwich/chips baggies.
In today’s video I’m going to show you how to make reusable sandwich bags. Don’t worry, there’s also a free reusable sandwich bag PATTERN
If you are trying to save money packing lunches is a must! School lunches aren’t cheap and you have no control over what your kids get to eat every day. If you have any special dietary concerns it might not even be possible for you to use school lunches. So what are you using to pack those school lunches?
Do you use a brown paper bag that you have to throw away every time? I recommend a reusable lunch box. You can do the traditional style metal box, or one of the newer style plastic lined zip up models.
Are you spending money on juice boxes? Try a refillable stainless steel cup. You can put juice in it if you want, but water is just fine. Kids get more than enough sugar without having juice and water is free!
And lastly what do you put the food in so it doesn’t get everywhere? I really try avoid plastic after watching this eye opening documentary Plastic Planet where they point out the health risks associated with plastic production, use, and “disposal”. For liquids like salad dressing or apple sauce I recommend something like this:
If you’re sending something like a salad, pasta, or wet fruits and veggies I got these for my girls.
For dryer and bulkier foods like sandwiches and chips I suggest you print off my free sewing pattern and make some reusable sandwich bags, or click here for my pattern for snack sized baggies. If you aren’t crafty they have lots of adorable commercial versions of reusable baggies, just know it will take you a long time to reap any savings if you don’t make these yourself.
So if you are feeling brave here’s the free printable how to make reusable sandwich bags pattern. And don’t forget to watch the video for step by step instructions
Here’s a crochet slippers pattern that I happen to love! It’s a super easy version that my mom taught me way way way back in the day. I’m aging myself too much here… I started crocheting like at age 10 so it seems like I’ve been playing with yarn forever. I have attention span issues so if my fingers aren’t moving chances are my MIND is off in la la land.
Kid shoes can be so expensive. Even if you are so fortunate as to buy a cheap pair for $5-$10 the money adds up (especially if you have multiple children) Thanks to endless growth spurts kids don’t wear anything for long.
If at all possible I reccomend that you make your own, buy used, and only buy if you really do need it.
Even if you have to buy yarn you can easily make this slippers for under $3. Keep your eye open at garage sales and start building up a yarn stash. Never pay top dollar. Even weird colors that aren’t your favorites can be used in kids crafts. Don’t forget to save the leftover fabric paint for another project!
Here’s a link to how to make pom poms if you want to add those to your slippers too.
Have you ever wondered how to make pom poms with multiple colors? Or how to make pom poms period? I can’t begin to describe how simple this process can be… seriously watch the video. I might go far as to dare even my sister to try these. My sister is deathly afraid of crafts… seriously it makes her nervous even to watch ME cut fabric haha!
All you need is some yarn and a pom pom maker. You don’t need a lot of yarn which makes this a great way to finish off all those random little pieces that are destined for the kids craft tub anyway!
What are some ways you like to use up leftover yarn?
If you don’t have a pom pom maker already, this is the one I have.
Are you ready to learn how to make pom poms? I’m not going to lie, these are a little addictive once you start making them. It’s really easy to make these diy pom poms if you have a pom pom maker, but if you don’t you can even make pom poms by wrapping yarn around a rectangle of cardboard. I’ve even used my fingers before but it’s harder to make uniform sizes that way.
You can use pom poms to make dressup rings or scarves. Pom poms add a wow factor to crochet slippers and hats. You can make a bunch and use them for crafts with your kiddos. They’re just plain fun!
What do you like to use pom poms for?
What better time to play Christmas Charades than right now? My kids are out of school and my husband will be having some vacation time too so I want to make sure that we have some INTENTIONAL fun. It’s so easy for Christmas break to rush by and I’m determined to do more than just send them to another room to watch TV! These charades have pictures with them to make them more kid friendly. Click here for Christmas charades words only if you just want to print off the words for old school charades! The words only version has several more items on it ideal for older kids or adults.
Make sure to change your printer setting to black and white if you want to save money on ink. Or, if you want to go all out with the full color you can use card-stock paper so that they are sturdier and pack them up with your Christmas decorations so you can enjoy this game again next year!
If you have a large group you can split up into two teams and be competitive. If you have teams members only guess when a member of their team is acting out charades. If you have a smaller group, or lots of little kids I recommend not being competitive. Just explain to your kiddos that they can’t speak, and that they are to act out or pretend to be whatever is on the slip of paper. It’s OK to whisper in little ones’ ears and help them out… after all this is supposed to be fun!
Have you seen our free Christmas Memory game? It’s lots of fun too. And please don’t forget to print off your free Christmas Placemats so that little hands can be kept busy while the adults are talking during your family meal.
If you’re looking something fun to do with your kids these Christmas Mad Libs are a blast. Print off copies for each member of your family and you’ll be surprised at how different each of your stories sound. You might have to give a little extra help if you’re doing mad libs with beginning readers. You might also want to go check out this free Christmas memory game if your little guys can’t read yet. I generally find this game puts kids and adults on an equal playing field haha!
Try making your own mad libs for a Christmas present. You can throw in lots of details and personal jokes that only your family would get
Click here to print Christmas Mad Libs “Best Present Ever”
Click here to print Christmas Mad Libs “ReinDOG”
What games are you going to play with your kiddos this Christmas?
The kids were getting restless so I had to think of something fun, and fast. I decided why not try and make a snowflake banner. The kids and I had loads of fun after I explained the process to them. No one cut off any fingers and they even helped me pick up the million tiny pieces of paper. The only downside is that 2 days later, they still keep sneaking the scissors to make MORE SNOWFLAKES!
White copy paper
Ribbon or yarn (preferably white)
Make a ton of snowflakes. Make sure to have fun with your kiddos :-) If you don’t know how check out this video
Cut a strip of ribbon long enough to go across your doorway. Tape the ribbon to the wall.
Cut strips of ribbon of random lengths so that they hang doubled over the horizontal ribbon you taped up. Tie each strand. If you don’t tie on super tight you’ll be able to move them around a little if you want to tweak their positioning later.
Use small pieces of tape to attach the snowflakes to the ribbown. I let my kids make most of the snowflakes, and put most of them up and it still looks great. Consider this a child friendly craft because you can actually let them do it and still love the finished product haha!
Do you have any other easy ideas for holiday crafts?
Do you want to know how to make a monthly budget? When you’re in debt finances aren’t very fun. You might have so much debt that you don’t see any way out of it. But with a little planning, and a lot of hard work you can be debt free. Click here to get a free printable monthly budget worksheet. There’s also an excel document that you can print or fill out on your computer.
How To Make A Monthly Budget
Here are some free printable budget worksheets. This will help you to turn all those piles of bills and receipts into a battle plan. The first form is just a word document that you can print off and hand write on. The second form is an excel document so you can type into it on your computer. And the 3rd is a pdf in case you have diffent versions of word or excel. I hope these help you to face down your debt and start making it disappear.
It may seem overwhelming when you start seeing all your expenses add up but you can change your financial future. It will take time, and a lot of hard work but it’s so worth it!