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How We Saved Today: Cutting hair at home (& share how you saved & you could win a $100 Target gift card!)

Life has been a little full the past five days — attending (see some of the beauties I got to hang out with above? That was after 1 a.m. and we were still going strong!), spending a lot of quality time with my kiddos and husband on either end of the conference since I always miss them so much when I’m gone, and working with my team mapping out some big projects for 2015.

At any rate, I didn’t get a chance to get a How I Saved post up for a few days and this one isn’t from today, but I am still going to count it. 🙂

Cutting Hair at Home{I brought home some Scripture tattoos for him from the Allume conference and he wanted to put all of them on so he could be, as he said, “Covered in Scriptures!”}

This is such a simple way to save, but it’s amazing how much it saved. Last week, Silas needed his hair cut. So Jesse got at the little trimmer and buzzed it. It only took him a short while and saved us at least $10-$12! Score!

Last post’s winner of the $25 iTunes gift card was Melinda who said she saved by:

Since I knew I was going to be spending all afternoon at the dentist office with the kids, I went ahead and made chicken and dumplings in the crock pot for dinner in the morning. Planning ahead ensured that we didn’t order take out and spend $60 on dinner. -Melinda

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977 Comments

  • Elsie says:

    I saved today by using plug-in wall heaters to heat our bedroom and the children’s bedroom overnight instead of turning on the heating system to heat the whole house, once the sun comes out the rest of the house warms up nicely. Last year our heating bills were sky -high and I’m determined to make a difference this year and so far this year it has seemed to help.

  • Debbie M says:

    We saved last night by eating in – our local store has meal deals – pay for the main items – get everything that goes with it free… hubby and I get to eat leftovers today for lunch! 2 meals out of 1!

  • Amy Knizner says:

    It’s getting a bit chilly here in Chicago and I decided to just bring the small space heater we have into our office instead of cranking up the heat in the whole house. Love this series, thanks!

  • says:

    I made my daughter a homemade “lunchable” instead of buying one.

  • Ruth says:

    I guess I have two woolly ways I’m saving today. I’m making mittens from old sweaters and washing wool from our one little sheep to felt for slippers. I hope to sell any sur to help pay bills.

  • Kathie says:

    I took a soups/stews class offered by my local Pampered Chef consultant last night. We made 7 freezer meals which means I won’t have to figure out “what’s for dinner” for 7 days!!

    It cost $25 for the Pampered Chef spices/oils that we used – and I got to keep all of the left over for future meals – so that the cost of the food to make the meals.

    All in all, by making the meals ahead of time I’ll be saving over 50% on either going out to dinner or ordering out dinner whenever I get home from a long day at work and don’t feel like cooking.

    Got some great new recipes to try – got to used some cool Pampered Chef gadgets that I’ve never used and had a good time with new friends.

    WIN! WIN!

  • Jennifer says:

    I recently purchased the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. By ing one of his recommened insurance agencies I was able to save $80.00 per month on my auto policy. One phone call saved our family $960 per year. So excited to save money.

  • laurie says:

    We saved by finding a great deal at Smart and Final today – boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.69/lb! I bought 2 packages. Making chicken pot pie soon!

  • Julia says:

    We took our daughter to a Fall Festival in a Winnie the Pooh costume bought for $4!!! from a thrift store. It was the exact costume we wanted but $30 on Amazon. Very exciting find!

  • Erin B says:

    I didn’t have anything prepared for dinner, but instead of eating out, my husband and I made fried egg sandwiches. We are really trying to use what we have already in the fridge.

  • Diahann Dahman says:

    I saved today by calling all the businesses that I have have monthly bills from, (i.e. Electric, gas, cable, car insurance, newspaper, phone and water bill), and asked them to automatically bill from my credit card each month when due.
    PRESTO!! No due dates, checks to write or bills to worry about each month!
    This equals more time with what is important to me-MY FAMILY!
    Added bonus, points add up quickly for travel and gift cards!!!
    Thank You~
    Diahann

  • Katie Thompson says:

    I am redoing my home office including new knobs on all the cabinet doors. Instead of replacing all the hinges in the coordinating color, I just spray painted them in the brushed nickle color.

  • Carolyn says:

    I changed my Halloween costume so I only spent $4,

  • kristen webel says:

    i have always given my 1.5-year-old a haircut. never had to pay for one. he’s got a lot of hair and it grows fast, so i’ve given him at least 5 haircuts already. i also donate my hair, so that i don’t have to pay for a haircut. my husband also cuts his own hair. we’ve never had cable tv; we just use the internet. and we don’t drink a lot of alcohol, so we save a lot of money on that too. i try to pack lunches, so that we’re not always going out to eat. also we use cloth diapers and wipes for my son, so we’ve saved a TON of money not having to buy disposable diapers/wipes every month. i also made my own baby food, so i never had to buy any from the store. we also have a large number of generous ladies at church who have passed down clothes that their sons have grown out of and so we haven’t had to really purchase any clothing for my son which is so GREAT ! i also breastfed my son for as long as i could and used freecycle to get free baby formula. we barely had to pay a cent for baby formula.

  • jaimee wood says:

    I saved money by doing the Target diaper deal today (buy 2 boxes, get $20 gc back) with a gift card I already had Cartwheel coupons for diapers, and then using that $20 gc for a Christmas gift for the kids!

  • bdaiss says:

    The family and I are working on truly identifying what we “want”, what we “need”, and what is holding us down. We’re cleaning house and making a huge donation pile. It’s saving us in multiple ways: less visual (and emotional!) clutter and a nice little credit when it comes time for taxes next year.

  • Christine Mayfield says:

    I saved today by shopping at the commissary, using a list and almost $40 in coupons!

  • Kristin says:

    I checked out some groceries on separate receipts so my husband and I could both save money with our grocery savings apps!

  • Lydia says:

    I saved this week by taking my sons pictures! My older 2 kids just had their pictures taken at school but my four year old hasn’t had his “professionally” taken for 2 years. After purchasing a nice, used camera a couple of years ago for Christmas I decided to give it a try myself. We walked out our back door, took pictures for 30 minutes and then I used a FREE editing program to edit the pictures. They turned out great and were free!!

  • Jennie says:

    My daughter’s birthday was coming up and I hadn’t gotten invitations yet but knew I wanted to do photo invitations. I got an email from shutter fly introducing their new Christmas cards and offering 10 free ones. I was able to find a non-Christmasy looking photo invitation within their Christmas collection to use for the party!

  • Jen says:

    I saved money today by using a free babysitter. Does that count? I have a retired friend who I called to watch my boys while I was at a doctor’s appointment. It went well and the kids had fun! I wish I had family nearby for those kinds of things, but good friends work great too!

  • Tori says:

    I used my $10 birthday month coupon at World Market to get some stocking stuffers!

  • Carole says:

    I shared recently by hosting a costume “sale”. With Halloween tomorrow, my friends and I were complaining on the high cost of costumes that only get worn once. I decided that we should get all our clean costumes together and let our kids “shop” for this year’s costume. It was great fun and the kids had a blast looking and trying on all the costumes. Everyone went home with a “new” costume.

  • renee says:

    I can’t get over how cute Silas keeps getting!

  • Jen H says:

    I saved today by buying clothes on the clearance rack for my kids for next summer at $2 a piece!

  • Christine says:

    I making Italian wedding soup from some frozen prepared mini balls for supper that I purchased on sale last week.

  • says:

    Crystal, your little boy is so adorable! I love his smile.

    Even more I love seeing you with these ladies. I wish I could have joined in all the fun. The jealousy bug bit me hard this weekend!!! 🙂

    I saved today by picking pumpkins with my little ones. For just $5 we were able to have a blast exploring the pumpkin patch and this evening we’ll carve the pumpkins. This was cheaper than us all going out for ice cream! We have cute pictures to remember it by, pumpkin carving fun waiting for us after naps, and decorations for our porch. It was totally worth the small $5 investment.

  • Melody says:

    We are going to save today by eating up leftovers (love em) which will also save me the time and energy of cooking something and cleaning up afterwards. 🙂 LOL

  • says:

    I saved by price matching at Walmart, then the cashier reminded me to also use Savings Catcher — which saved me another $7! I’m accumulating my Savings Catcher rewards on a gift card to use for Christmas shopping.

  • Kellie says:

    The plan was to go to the store and pick up a bag of potato chips to go with grilled hot dogs for dinner. Instead, we had potato salad made from two large potatoes left-over from Monday’s dinner. Saved time, gas, and money. Of course the potato salad was much better than just plain ‘ole potato chips!

  • Janell says:

    I saved $22.75 at the grocery store today buy buying items on sale + using coupons!
    $14.75 in coupons
    $8.00 in store sales

  • Maureen C says:

    I cut my husband’s hair last week. And since I don’t trust him to cut my hair (it needs to be styled) I will use a coupon for my haircut. Save myself $20-$30 since I only have them cut my hair and leave out all the extras.

  • Amy says:

    My sister in law is in cosmetology school and today was friends and family day. I took my girls up so their aunt could do their very first hair cuts!! It was free! We saved probably $50 🙂

  • Lisa P says:

    When I found out braces were going to cost almost $5,000 for my 12 year old son, I quickly signed up for the flexible spending account through my husbands employer. They deduct a portion from your check each pay period before taxes so we will save close to $800 over the 2 years since we won’t be taxed on the funds for his braces!

  • Molly says:

    My kids are in ALOT of activities. I keep snacks in the car at all times. They are in the center console. Granola bars/applesauce cups/fruit snacks whatever I have on hand. I have kids ages 9-15 and sometimes they are STARVING! This stops us from running into a fast food place or getting snacks else where when we are on our way home for dinner or to another activity

  • Odessa says:

    My son needed some jeans so we went to the local thrift store & after looking through the racks I found a pair of jeans for $1.99 and also a sweater vest for winter for $2.99. I would rather check out the local thrift stores anytime before heading to the mall where you would pay a whole lot more for clothing.

  • Diana says:

    I took a shower at the gym today instead of coming home and doing it. It saved gas money too since I had to be out anyway.

  • Karen says:

    I won passes for a free movie screening for the new Disney movie-Big Hero6-I saw it advertised in the paper and put in code right away-and there were free passes still left-I was very grateful.

  • says:

    I saved today by making my own dishwasher detergent and toilet cleaning fizzies. It was super easy and I estimated that I saved about 50% on the detergent. I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Christy says:

    Movie savings today by attending the Early Bird (first showing) discounted time, using theater email coupons, and using the theater app for additional coupon rewards. Oh, and eating before going 🙂

  • Julianna says:

    Instead of going out to eat at Olive Garden, made a copycat version found on the internet of one of their soups at home!

  • Amy says:

    I saved by packing my lunch the night before.

  • Katherine says:

    I was out-of-town for the day, gone from early morning until late evening. I packed enough food from home to avoid buying food while I was out.

  • April says:

    We save by having a $100 per week grocery budget. We also tried cutting hair at home. We have since returned to the barber. 🙂 We also rarely eat out and try to find all of the free stuff to do in our town! We are working the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps as quickly as we can!

  • Rae says:

    I pulled together dinner at home last night instead of eating out.

  • Becky Mebane says:

    I saved today by using the internet at my sister’s house instead of going to some place like McDonalds. This gives my girls a chance to play with their cousins and me to visit my sister also. 🙂

  • Anita Finn says:

    My girls (age 2 & 5) wanted to be Batgirl & Robin for Halloween. Actually my oldest wanted to be Batgirl and my youngest follows along with whatever her sissy wants.

    I looked online at a few places and found costumes of poor quality for $15-25 and when I searched Etsy the prices went from $25-$80. I decided I’d make my own.

    I searched for reasonable prices on the supplies I needed and found everything for about $30. I whipped up the costumes in about 5 hours. The girls entered a costume contest in our town and won $50 therefore I made money off of this adventure!
    (***I wish I could attach a pic because they were way to cute!!)

  • abbey says:

    I also saved today by cutting my husbands hair! He also gave me and my daughter’s manicures for our vacation. We saved about $50 with those three simple things and got to spend time as a family!

  • Pam H says:

    I saved by creating my halloween costume from clothes and accessories I already had from past halloweens.

  • says:

    I saved today by stocking up on chicken. My daughter works at a retail/grocery store and chicken breasts were on sale for .99 a pound! I stocked up. We now have over 40 lbs. of chicken breasts in our freezer and I’m on the hunt for good chicken recipes. Lol.

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