5 Tips For Moms Looking To Save Money

On average, Texas households spend $148 per month on electricity. That’s one of the highest rates in the country. A lot of electricity usage comes from keeping homes cool during hot summer months. This summer, you can save money by following these five tips. Use Window Shades and Blinds to Your Advantage Image via Flickr by sun dazed Most people know they can use drapes and other window coverings to keep cold air out of their homes … [Read more...]

Restaurant Dining: Save Money & Calories

You can save on money and calories at your favorite restaurants if you can adjust your eating. In order to do this, you will need to consider the following: Sharing an entre' with someone at your table. Which is your favorite: appetizers or an entre' of your choice? This adjustment took me awhile to get used to, but now I make these restaurant choices each time we dine out.  I used to eat tons of appetizers, then was pretty much full … [Read more...]

Small Money Saving Tips

Most of us probably made a resolution to be better with money this year, or at least save a good amount of it for any reason.  Even though it is not January anymore, now is a good time to start saving if you have not yet! Saving money can be a stressful thing to do, unless you start out small and do tiny things that can actually help you out more than a scheduled “money saving chart” most people tend to use. There are tons of tips and small … [Read more...]

Car Washes: Do it Yourself or Have Someone Else Do it?

When you want to wash your car, you have two choices.  You can either take your car to a professional, or you can do it yourself.  Both have advantages, and you should consider your own wants and needs before proceeding.  With this in mind, while you can save money by doing it on your own, you should pay a professional, and here are four reasons why. Cheaper in the long run:  First and foremost, if you want to wash your own car, you probably … [Read more...]

Ways To Save Money At Restaurants

Do you like to go out to eat often but hate when the bill rolls around and you have to pay that huge amount? There are a few ways to save money at restaurants – check them out! Have you ever heard of restaurant.com?  I have used the site many times to purchase restaurant gift cards for less!  They almost always offer $25 gift certificates for only $4!  That’s a HUGE savings!  You will want to call the restaurant and make sure they still … [Read more...]

Medication Money Saving Tips

Medicine can be one of the most expensive things we need to purchase at any point.  Some medications can cost over a grand (thank goodness for insurance) while others can be as low as free or a $5 co-pay.  There are ways to save on medication, which in the end can save you a ton of money since it is usually so expensive! When your doctor has to prescribe you anything, request that they prescribe the generic version.  Generic medications can … [Read more...]

Married Couples Can Save On Auto Insurance

A couple who has just gotten married may be looking for ways to save on the monthly household budget.  Fortunately, there are several ways that a married couple can save on their monthly auto insurance payments. Here are a few examples: Share a Car A married couple may only need to own one car if they can coordinate their work schedules.  Owning one car means that the couple will pay less for car insurance than a couple who owns two or … [Read more...]

Road Trip Coolers Are A Must – Get Organized!

I carry a cooler in my car at all times whether I am headed out on a few errands or planning for a long road trip. I use this cooler to hold my “melt-able” snacks and a few drinks.  This keeps my family from having the urge to stop for a drink or a snack when we’re away from the house.  My “cooler carrying addiction” has truly saved my family TONS of money because if I didn’t have drinks accessible, my family would be buying multiple drinks and … [Read more...]

My Bed Bath & Beyond Accepts Outdated Coupon Mailers

  Make sure to save the Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon mailers that come in your mail box.  I have found that my area Bed, Bath and Beyond store accepts outdated coupons, so I save them all and use them for all my Bed, Bath and Beyond purchases.  My local store will even let you purchase your item, bring your receipt back with your coupon  and redeem your savings at a later time if you should need to purchase but don’t have your coupon … [Read more...]

Seven Ways to Cut Costs On Electricity

Although a necessity of life, electricity is costly.  A few simple changes to your daily routine can effectively cut down on electrical costs and save you hundreds of dollars each year. Here are seven easy changes you can start making: 1. Power Company First things first, check out how your power company compares to competing companies.  Since states like Texas allow residents to choose their own power company, there is a chance your … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Coupons Overwhelm You

Using coupons can be overwhelming if you have too many and don’t know what to do with them. I have a few tips on how you can get them clipped quickly, keep them organized, and never forget them at home when you head to the store! Every Sunday when you receive your paper with coupons, look through the inserts and decide what you will use and will not use. Cut the ones you will use and pass the rest to friends or family. You don’t want to just … [Read more...]

Pack The Perfect Amusement Park Backpack

In order to save money and be prepared for a day out at the amusement park you definitely need to carry a backpack.   Before you start packing, you need to check the amusement park rules and regulations on carrying in food / drinks to the park you will be visiting.  Some parks allow to you carry in a soft cooler while others will not allow you to bring in any food unless is it medically necessary or needed for a small child.  We just visited … [Read more...]

Save Money On Drinks With Drop Ins

This post brought to you by Jel Sert. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you make it a point to stay away from full calorie drinks?  A long time ago, I made the decision to no longer drink anything that wasn't sugar free or at least "diet" or "light."  If I am going to consume calories, I'd much rather eat them in foods that I enjoy rather than drink them when I could just drink a "light" version instead. We buy tons of bottled water for the … [Read more...]

Massdrop Keurig #Giveaway ENDS 5/7 5 PM CST

I am so excited that you are able to join Adventures of 8 and  Blog with Mom in a new Advertise with Bloggers Event! One lucky reader will WIN a Keurig from our friends at Massdrop, the newest way to buy online and save money!  Remember, you can't win if you don't enter!  So...... get going and check out Massdrop TODAY! Let me tell you a bit about Massdrop and how you can use this new site to save you MONEY!!! This is unlike any site I have … [Read more...]

Vacation Ideas for the Summer

Traveling during the year can be a challenge, especially if you have children in school. Trying to plan family vacations around school breaks and holiday weekends can be difficult and overwhelming, but fortunately, summer break offers a fantastic time to travel with your family. Regardless of your budget and the age of your children, there are a number of vacations you can take with your family that everyone is sure to love. Visit a … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Saving Money With Coupon Codes

I like to use coupons and have had readers write in to ask the best way to use coupons to save the most money so I thought I'd share this guest post with you since it goes into detail about the art of using coupon codes - Enjoy! If you are on this site, you probably are already sold on the idea of saving money.  And why shouldn’t you be?  It doesn’t matter if you have a bank account with six zeros after the number or one that simply totals … [Read more...]