Save Your Benji’s

Money Saving Tips For Lent

Check out these tips that will save your benji’s from going bye bye during Lent. 

Stop expensive habits to save yourself some benji’s! For example cigarettes can be a huge money pit within a budget. Cut it out and save your lungs and or health!

Don’t buy anything you don’t need. Impulse buying can rack up a receipt quick. Get in and get out when it comes to shopping. Stick to your list and don’t wander around aimlessly “looking” around. If you look you will find. Also stay out of stores you know you are impulsive in.

Save your house from clutter and organize! Why not get organized?! It’s good for the mind and body. You’ve got time to do a big project; so take your time and enjoy it. Tackle room to room; and maintain the habit of organization. I’ve got great tips on my Pinterest board “Save The Mess and Organize” you can see here.

While on the topic of organization…..if you’r already organized like a pro or want to begin to organize; donate, sell, or toss items during this Lenten period. You can easily snag an opportunity to de clutter, give to people in need or make some benji’s back! 

Refrain from eating out. Just thinking of this bums me; but what makes me happy is the savings I’ll earn through the process! There are so many recipes available and cooking apps that there isn’t a reason that this money challenge can’t be done. My Pinterest board “Save Benji’s and Cook” has some great ideas! Check out my board here.

Be Aware of daily deals within your area. Groupon, Living Social, and Amazon Local are awesome!! Signup for their email blasts and check out the savings.

No purchases on credit card/s. It’s self explanatory and will reduce your debt. You know who you are if this challenge is for you.

Instead of movie theatre tickets rent from home. The movies can be a fifty dollar or more ordeal. It’s a season to go without the big screen. Pocket the benji’s and enjoy the payoff. 

Start a weekly budget meeting with yourself, partner, or family. Get on track, plan, and head towards savings. Keep up with your weekly meeting after the season is over with. This is a strong habit to stay consistent with.

What’s cool about the season of Lent is that it lasts just long enough to allow you time to either make or break a habit. So, seize the opportunity to start something beneficial for yourself and your journey of faith. 



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Wash Yo Hands 

I help lead my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and yesterday I had the privilege to conduct their meeting.  One area in our meeting was talking about preventing the spread of disease.  I decided to have the girls wash their hands to demonstrate a way to prevent the spread of germs.  They lined up at the sink in the clubhouse and one by one I watched them wash their hands.  It was eye opening to see how many girls didn’t really know how to wash their hands.  I had a few that had to restart the process and I had to teach them the correct way.  With that being said; if you have kiddos carve out 5 minutes out of your day and ask them to wash their hands in front of you.  Check to make sure they are taking their time, rubbing the soap all over the hands, and not pumping the liquid soap out only to allow it to flow out of their cupped hands into the sink.  With all the yucky viruses going around this season.  And the fact that the flu shot sucked donkey this year.  We need to be proactive as a community for our health.  So, take a few moments and check out their hand washing.  It could save you a trip to the doctor’s office and save you some benji’s in the process.



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Even The People In Your House Need Mail…..From You

I don’t care what age the person is people love getting mail. I’m not talking about bills or mail outs. I’m talking about mail from a close friend, loved one, spouse, etc. You know the kind of mail that just makes you grin from ear to ear?! Since I am aware of this fun fact; I needn’t not forget about my peeps I live with. Usually I’ll do cards and place them in a spot my receiver will run into; but every once in a while I will mail them something. Sounds silly I guess; but it works. It makes them smile every time. Today I used my Red Stamp App and placed an order to have a picture card mailed out for each family member. I love Red Stamp because I save time and money with this application!!! Can’t wait to see their faces when they open their envelopes! You should try it….it will work for you too 😉
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Ca$h

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Bulk Saves

These boots were made for walking…..all over Costco! 😉

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Deals Make Me Giddy!!!

I took a trip to Lubbock a few months ago to go visit my BFF and old college; while I was there I spotted a pair of boots that caught my eye. I knew just from looking at them they were out of Mrs. Saving Benji’s price range, so I just chalked it up and moved on. After Christmas I had decided to sell some items on EBay, and while I was online I decided to try and find these boots I had seen 2 months prior. Well! I found them alright, and they were out of my price range. So, I decided to check out EBay! I mean why not?!! I’m at the point in my life I’m not above buying used because I don’t NEED everything new. Plus, it’s a great feeling to save and reallocate our Benji’s to greater financial stability. I searched EBay and what do you know?!!! I found a pair in my size for a steal!! I knew I wanted them; but I didn’t want to take it out of checking. I wanted to save harder! I decided to look in my closet to see what I could sell to cover the cost of the used boots PLUS the shipping! I decided on a pair of Uggs to sell that I never wear. I sold those puppies in a day for the exact amount I needed to purchase my “new” used boots ☺️. I was so excited and proud of myself!! My boots came in yesterday; and I couldn’t be happier. As the ole saying goes: One man’s “trash” is another man’s treasure.

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It Comes In Threes

What is up with the whole, “it comes in threes” thing? It’s like a mystery of the universe or something! We just hit this phenomenon head on this weekend. It was our car, our refrigerator, and our fence line; all broke 😣. The end result for each example is to replace each one! Whew!!! That’s a lot of dough for the Saving Benji house! Money is stressful; and when you have to pay a large amount at once unexpectedly, it can be even more stressful! Thankfully though; we have an emergency savings that is saving our tails. So, during this trial I am definitely thanking the Lord for that blessing. Now, I do have to admit something about myself. The new car that we are going to buy isn’t a new car; it used, and the fridge won’t be at the top of the line, and the fence won’t be stunning; and yes their is an area in me that wants new. I do struggle with this arena in my mind, because new is sooooo shiny and exciting! On the flip side; what’s nice about buying the used car, the not stunning fence, and not the “top of the line” fridge is that we will pay in cash (according to our budget), and have zero payments; which I love!!!!!! Freedom!!!!! By lowering our emergency fund to cover costs, this will mean a strict budget plan to rebuild our family’s emergency fund. This entails Sunday night budget meetings, meal planning, and not spending too much money on the materialism side of life. This is good though. It allows us to be disciplined, in control of our cash flow, AND accomplish a goal; which allows our family to feel empowered!! So, if your able, try and start an emergency fund. Make sacrifices and sometimes choose to go without what everyone else has and bank those Benjamin’s! Ya never know when you will get caught up in a whirlwind of expenditures.

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Stretch That Dollar With…

How I missed onesie extenders when my kids were infants I have no idea!! Check out this money saving extender from One Step Ahead

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Tax Deductions in Plain English

Please go here and check out this definitive guide, for all sorts of deductions. These types of deductions can be game changers for some during tax season. Can you find any new deductions for your life?

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Since It Started Raining

It started raining and I decided to do a craft with the kids. I chose to make a bird feeder. It’s repurposeful, great for the planet, feeds the birds, and its cheap!
I used:
Peanut Butter: for spreading on the roll to make the birdseed stick
Birdseed: to sprinkle on the peanut buttered roll
Ribbon: to thread through holes on each side of roll to create a way to hang your bird feeder.
Scissors: to cut holes on each side of roll BEFORE smothering on the peanut butter.
Paper towel roll cut in two

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