Happy Monday everyone!! & welcome to the launch of my new series:
Those of you who are regular readers may have read my recent Family $$$ Matters series, where I showed you my 5 part money management system. At the end of the series I touched on the fact that I didn't think I was quite finished with the $$$ Matters theme... So here is the next installment:
As a young family on 1 very irregular income there are times (ok - so pretty much all of the time!) when we find it hard to balance the incoming income and outgoing expenses and make it work. We have to plan our spending extremely well and get very creative at various times so that we can make the accounting work. Just a hunch, but I'm pretty sure that we're not alone in finding it a struggle make ends meet in this economy!...
So - I've decided to launch this series, in the hope that we can all pool together our money saving ideas, and inspire and help each other in surviving this economy without racking up a bunch of new debt...
- Because I don't know about you but I could definitely use a few new ideas to help me keep a fresh approach (for example so that I am not dishing up fried rice every night for dinner!)
Here's the deal -
Every Monday for the next wee while I will post a different $$$ saving theme on my blog. The themes will be very diverse so that hopefully there will be something for everyone (and suggestions are very welcome!)
I will then offer my idea/suggestion/option for said theme
You lovely people will then have the opportunity to offer your ideas/suggestions/options in the comment box
But here's the catch:
** This series will rely on you to make it work... **
The whole idea will be a great big fizzle if it's just me talking to myself... and that will kind of suck if I'm honest - because I know you guys have a lot of wisdom and it would be great if we could all inspire each other... That's my hope anyway :)
So without further ado lets get going on Week 1:
This week I'm going to make it simple, because I realize that I've kind of sprung this on you...
As you know, this week I've committed to spending more 1 on 1 time doing more focused activities with Hannah. So:
What is a unique, great idea for a low cost, fun activity to do/make with small children (preferably which holds their attention for more than 2 minutes)?...
The favourites in our house are:
- Making a cubby house
- Having a "tea party"
- "Painting" our nails (which involves a small container of water and a paintbrush)
- Drawing all over the chalkboard with chalk and then "painting" it with water to see what we can pain (our less messy alternative of painting, since my daughter has been known to take to the nearest piece of furniture/wall/herself with paint as soon as I turn my back!)
So here's how you can contribute:
- Leave a comment in the comment box with your suggestion(s)
- If you have never made a comment on my blog before then don't be scared because it's not hard - so I encourage you to give it a try. You don't need a blogger account, you don't need to jump through any hoops. All you need to do is type in your suggestion and hit post (no pesky word verification even) (just don't forget to include your name).
- If you blog about it then please put a link under your comment so that we can go check out your lovely blog
- If you blog about it then please use my button and link back to this post
I really look forward to hearing all your great ideas!
(and just so you can get your thinking caps on for next weeks theme - next week I will be asking everybody to share their favourite low-cost meal idea...)