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Baby Stanley Adoption Fund


Someone very close to me is struggling with infertility! After many different procedures, tests, pricking and poking, vitamins, herbs, my sister and her husband felt God leading them to adopt domestically! In order for them to bring home their baby, they need to raise $22,000.  They trust (as do I) that God will provide for them and give them all the funds that they need to bring Baby Stanley home! Please take the time to pray for them and consider donating to their Baby Stanley Adoption Fund so they can experience the joys of being parents! My goal is to raise $2,000 for them. Thank you in advance for being a part of this amazing process and gift! We appreciate any donation you can give!
Check out their full story HERE!

To donate:
Baby Stanley Adoption Fund



 
As member of the CoffeemateUSA Brew Crew, I love promoting how much I love Coffee Mate creamer, especially Peppermint Mocha!

Coffee Mate has 3 new flavors- whoo hooo!
1. Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie
2. Sugar Free Peppermint Mocha
3. Brown Sugar Maple Latte

Other flavors include: Eggnog Latte, Pumpkin Spice, and Gingerbread Latte.


Check them out and let me know which one is your favorite!

 
So the whole point of Faithful Savings is my motto for the whole site: "The More You Save, the More you can give to the Kingdom." It is to bring Glory to God. While some are called to adopt or serve in the church or be a missionary in a foreign country, I feel called to teach people how to save money and use it to glorify the One who gives us everything!

I love helping people save money, but then what comes next- what do you do with the money you save or all the free products you get? Its not to be like some of the extreme couponers and hoard 1000 deodorants or fill up your whole house with "stuff". No, the point is to pay it forward and be a blessing! There are so many ways you can do it! Here are the top two things I usually do with my savings:

1.Donate your products and/or time to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, the church, missionaries, etc. Our church has a thing called the Compassion Fund!

2. Tithe more than your 10%- at my church you can specify where you want your "extra" to go, whether it be to missions, beautifying the church, Compassion Fund, etc.


I love when someone comes to me and ask if I can donate supplies! I have had the honor to donate to missions trips our church has gone on, given to local families in need, and given medical supplies to orphanages abroad!

This post isn't about bragging about what I have done or what all I get for free or the "do good" feeling, its about giving the fame to the Audience of One!

So what do you do with your savings? I would love to hear how God has used your savings to expand His Kingdom!
 
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Speaking from experience, shopping with kids isn't always, easy, fun, pleasant, or productive, but... I do have some helpful hints to make your shopping trip go more smoothly.

1.) Food is a great distraction- it will keep the kiddos occupied, satisfied, and quiet. Either bring your own snacks (I usually do this) or buy a treat at the store. I know, we are trying to save $, not spend it, but places like Target have great cafes (and coupons for it). For example, I got my kids a popcorn and drink for $.50 total (see picture above).

2.) Let the kids help! Some places like Town and Country have little shopping carts that are great for the little ones to shop with (see picture below). My son absolutely loves this and it makes him feel so special and important! With 3 kids, 3 years and under, sometimes his shopping cart is the only place I have to put my groceries! Give him some coupons and let him find the products on the shelves to fill his cart with!
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I just had to post- Im so excited to share the picture above! The lady who hosted a coupon party in October, saved almost $75.00 today at CVS! Im so proud that she took what she learned at the party and applied it to save money! Way to go ROBYN! You can do it too!
 
Just wanted to give a shot out to the women who came tonight to Robyn's coupon party! It was great meeting you all and hopefully teaching you some valuable lesson about saving money! Definitely ask me questions and share your shopping trips with me! I would love to hear how you all have started to save! Also, feel free to leave feedback about the party: what you liked, disliked, etc. You can leave a comment as anonymous, 
 
So my son's first birthday is coming up and of course we are throwing a party. I also volunteered to host a table at the Church luncheon and had to decorate a table for the month of MAY (it was a month theme). While parties can get expensive and overwhelming, remember the point of the party is to celebrate and have fellowship; its not about how much you spent.  So heres the breakdown on the parties:

Luncheon to feed 10:
Centerpiece- FREE, had a red vase and used the flowers from my wedding to create a May Bouquet.

Paper Products- I shopped the clearance section at Party City and got all my paper products for $.99 a piece! They were gorgeous! Total $4.00

Chicken Salad Sandwiches with fresh chicken, celery, grapes, walnuts, onion, mayo and sour cream- $5.00 for chicken, the rest I had in my stockpile. I have a ton of leftover. I made 20 sandwiches!

Punch- bough the cheapest white pop and hawaiian punch $2.00, and I have a ton left over

Total for a cute luncheon: $11.00

Cristian's Birthday (so far):

Invites- FREE, used the 20 free prints at Walgreens to make a photo invitation. Front side had his picture, back side had his party information. Save on stamps by passing them out to people in person (I see a lot of my friends at church, small group, playdates, etc.) Only ship the ones to people you know you wont see.

Pinata- $9.99 - $5.00 coupon = $4.99

Plasticware- have a ton in my stock pile

Napkins and Plates- found a sale 2 for $1.00 (24 ct. of plates and 50 ct. of napkins) bought three of each. Total $3.00

Tablecloth and decorations: use the same decorations from past years, need to buy tableclothes

Food: ?
 
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I love free product coupons that I get in the mail or even offline. Facebook is great for these, as our certain product home pages. I scored all the products above for a total of $1.97 (that was how much the Pampers cost). I had to hit up 4 different stores, but it was so worth it and thank the Lord, my boys behaved the whole time. 

Not pictures are the 8 Digiorno Pizza I got for free.

I also just scored 9 free peanut buttes at Town and Country- they actually paid me $.09 for them! YAY!
 
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I love coupon trips where I score some awesome deals and freebies. Tonight I did pretty good at Wiseway and Town and Country. I got the following:
5 double stuffed golden oreos, 1/2 gallon of chocolate milk, 4 Schick quattro titanium razors, 1 dozen eggs, 2 cans of veggies, 8 lbs of potatoes, 1 box of Cheerios, 5 8 oz peanut butter, 2 lbs of lunch meats, 1BBQ sauce- spent $3.55 total.


The lunch meat was $2.00 and the cheerios were $.67, and the potatoes were $.88.

Yeah for an awesome trip!
 
How do you save money on your kids? From diapers to clothes to shoes to wipes to food... it can seem like your whole pay check goes towards the kiddos! Here are a few things that I do to cut the baby costs:

1.Stock up on diapers when they are on sale and use coupons! Huggies and Pampers are always sending me coupons in the mail, so definitely sign up on their websites for savings!

2. Juice! Buy 1 gallon of juice and divide it into 4 containers by adding water. We always water down our kid's juice anyways, so we decided to divide it up and have it premade. This was the hubs idea and it has not only saved us money, but time!

3. Shop at Children Place Outlets! The store in Michigan City almost always has racks full of clothes starting at $.99- $2.99. I got my sons polo shirts for church for $.99. They are adorable!

* I will post more later!

If you have a baby saving tip- let me know and I will post it!