Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What exactly is "thrift": on blogging as Thrift for Today

This old blog has been through many iterations since its birth back in 2012 (!)  I'm not even sure what made me decide to start a blog other than I really enjoyed reading other blogs and thought I would be able to to the same.  I knew that if I started it though, I wanted to keep up with it.

Once we got married, we really started to learn more and more about personal finance and being resourceful and I decided on the blog's current name, Thrift for Today.  Over time, the blog has certainly had its share of good times and not so awesome times - when I was posting fun things regularly and when I forgot it even existed.  And frankly, our lives have changed a lot since we started the blog and I often find myself wondering what to do next.

Does Thrift for Today really fit anymore?  Should I start over and rebrand as something new?  I'm not sure there is a definite right answer here, after taking a look at the definition of thrift and asking myself just what exactly I enjoy about this blog, I realize that yes!  It does still fit.  It is still appropriate, and while I might not always be posting specifically about saving/managing money these days, thrift really is an undercurrent of so much that we do as a family.  And let's be real - I do not really have time to change this whole thing up right now.


So what then is "thrift"?  According to Google (above), it's the quality of using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.  It's this last part that really affirmed my decision.  

Using [not only] money, but also other resources carefully and not wastefully.  When I think about all the resources that I have, money is certainly one of them, but I also think about time, material things, our home, our social and relational capacity, and so on.  All of these are things that I want to be intentional about using wisely and well - without being wasteful or ever taking them for granted.

I hope that you see that in a little bit of all of my posts - whether they are simple recipes of things that we eat around here in order to eat out less and/or be healthier, outfit posts of things that I'm wearing and feeling comfortable in as I'm going about my days, top five posts where I celebrate the things that are going on, or even stream of conscious life updates where I ramble on and on.  I hope that you see some intentionality in the things that we do around here.  

And so, we're keeping Thrift for Today just as she is and I'm feeling really excited about continuing on here.  I feel like I've gotten a second  third wind around here and I hope that you'll continue to follow along. 

I've got some exciting things planned upcoming on the blog.  Stay tuned for the following: 

1 - the introduction of monthly budget posts (where I'll share my purchases and budget each month - starting with May!)
2 - the continuation of easy recipes of things that I'm cooking over here (nothing earth shattering, but quick and simple things that you can make easily.)
3 - more what I wore posts because I really like to look back and see outfits in my closet that I really enjoy. 
4 - top 5 posts when I remember to take photos
5 - an update to our home photo tour - taking those photos has been on my to-do list for WEEKS!
6 - miscellaneous other life updates, product reviews, etc.  The tagline to the blog is "a little of this and a little of that", after all.  :)

Also, be sure to check out the link party page to see a list of parties that I might be linking to each week!

If there are specific posts that you enjoy or questions that you ever have, please feel free to comment and/or send me an email and we can see about also working those things in.  

I am so thankful for each of you regular readers and those of you that are new to the blog.  I'm happy that you're here and I sure hope you'll come back. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekending. 5.22.16

Last week when I looked at the weather forecast, it was calling for cooler temps and cloudy/rainy weather this whole weekend but man!  This weekend really turned out to be full of fun and beautiful weather with some clouds and rain mixed in.  But WAY more pretty than not.

Last week felt really long to me.  I don't think there was anything totally crazy or different about it, but it just felt non-stop and by Friday I was tired.  I planned on cooking a pizza for us for dinner because it is super easy to cook, eat, and clean up which was really what I needed on Friday.  But, hubs came home with coupons for Moe's so we packed up a dinner for the Little and went out to eat.  It was so nice and relaxing and fun.  We haven't eaten out as a family in a while and it is so much easier now because Little can sit in a high chair and I can pack solids for him to eat and things to keep him occupied.  It was such an unexpected surprise idea from hubs and I really appreciated it.

Saturday, we went to a local park first thing in the morning just to get outside before the rain that they were calling for.  Little can really only enjoy the baby swings now so we weren't there very long but it was fun to be on the playground with him and watching him explore new things.  Because the weather cleared up though and ended up being beautiful, we met friends for lunch and headed to a local farm to pick fresh strawberries. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thrift Tip: Saving Money on Groceries with Ibotta

Now that I'm staying home full time (aka not earning a regular income), I have taken on a much larger role in our family in terms of looking for and implementing ways to save money around our house.  This goes for household supplies, family activities, etc.  A big part of that though is groceries.  We spend money on groceries every single week.  We plan all of our meals and try to keep an eye out for when things are on good deals so that we can stock up.

That said, I feel like I'm a little late to the grocery saving apps, but I'm sharing today in case some of you haven't tried it yet.  I've tried several, and I've really stuck with Ibotta.  It is super easy and user friendly.  It's a rebate app, which means that you create an account, link up your grocery store loyalty cards in some cases, shop like you normally would and then scan a photo (with your phone) to get $$ back. 

One of my favorite things about this app is that each week there are several "any brand" rebates that you can use for pantry staples like a dozen eggs, bananas (or other fruits), bread, milk, etc.  The any brand rebates are only about $0.25 each, but they can really add up.  I kind of think of it as "if I saw a quarter on the ground, would I pick it up?"  And for me, that answer is always yes.  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What I Wore: All Gap all the time and a little of life lately

Happy Wednesday, friends!  We were away this past weekend and got home later than we planned so our week has been non-stop.  I had every intention of taking lots of photos of our fun and family filled weekend (which was a treat since we just had a fun, family filled weekend with Mother's Day just a couple of weekends ago, too).    I even took an extra battery and just knew I would have time to get it up on the blog at least by Monday night.  But I didn't even take the camera out of my bag because we were just having too much fun.  So there's that. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stripes on Stripes - transitional weather

Y'all.  I cannot even believe how quickly this year is flying by.  It's true what they say that time flies by way more quickly when you have kids and frankly, I knew it but now I really know it.  Our little will be 8 months old this week - which sounds a lot closer to one year that it does being a little baby.  That said, I do pick him right up to me almost everyday and tell him that I'm going to hold him like a little baby.  Then I just kiss that sweet neck and tickle those little sides and he laughs and laughs.  I eat it up.  Every single time.

And since that's what most of my days consist of these days, I'm rocking the mom pony-tail on the regular.  Don't worry, I'm still washing my hair and even drying it, but I haven't pulled out a straightener in a minute because my hair is getting so long now that it's becoming quite unnecessary especially when I know it's being pulled back soon anyway.