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  1. Good luck on saving more this year. I love using the Nike + Training app for exercise. I’ve never been a member of a gym I just try to find free ways to exercise.
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  2. I just canceled my gym membership as well! I realized that I can still get a great workout at home by watching YouTube videos. Also, walking around the neighborhood is just as beneficial as walking on a treadmill at the gym. Great tips!
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    1. I agree! And to be honest I like Walking and running outside a lot better than on a treadmill anyways.
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  3. Excellent ideas, especially the ATM/cash withdrawal! I might need to try that one!!!!
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    1. It really does work….at least for those who know they get swipe happy with their debit card.
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  4. What a great post! I love your practical, useful ideas. I LOVE the 52 week saving challenge. I may jump in with that one, although I am a few weeks into the year. Thanks!
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    1. Thanks! I love that I’m getting in the habit of transferring money to my savings no matter how much.
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  5. Kudos to you and your family for making a plan to achieve your financial goal this year! We are in the same boat, 2 kids, own house, and have made it a goal to be financial more responsible. I like the saving money challenge & your idea of $20 a week. I’ve pinned this to use a resource, thank you for your tips!
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    1. You’re welcome! So glad you found it useful 🙂
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  6. I just started the 52 week savings challenge and it has been a real blessing. Our biggest expense has been groceries and we’re trying to navigate the world of organic and Whole Foods. We’re thinking about buying our fruits and veggies from an organic garden versus the grocery store. We’ll see if that affects our budget in any way.

    1. I completely understand about the grocery shopping. We spend so much on that too. I like to take the kids to pick fruit and veggies for the week from our local “you pick”. We know it’s fresh and it’s so much cheaper than the grocery store. We just went over the weekend and got tomatoes, snap peas, and string beans.
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  7. I try to withdrawl cash as well. I feel like if I can see how much money I have left I am less likely to spend it!

    1. Yep, that’s exactly it! It makes you more aware than swiping your card all the time.
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  8. Great tips! I thought about doing the 52 week saving plan for us, but only backwards so the savings are “less” during the most expensive time of the year for us.
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  9. Good luck! Saving money is SO tough–we both have student loans that are just ridiculous. A few years ago, we decided to stop buying stuff unless we really, really needed it. In that time, I’ve bought only 2 pairs of shoes and a handful of shirts. It’s tough to constantly want stuff, but I remind myself that we won’t be this way forever!
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    1. I truly commend your self control. I am working on that with my online shopping.
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  10. These are such great tips, I will be noting this and using some of them myself. Thank you for linking up at Pin worthy Wednesday, this has been pinned.
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  11. Great tips! I don’t use a gym, but workout regularly. I have an at home eating and workout plan for moms on a budget FOR FREE on my website, I hope it helps someone out! You can see it here- http://makingitpaytostay.com/paleo-food-fitness-workout-routines-budget-part-3/
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  12. We work out at home by exercising outside or using DVDs inside. You also save money on gas by not driving to the gym!

    I wrote an entire post on this subject recently, if you are interested http://myoverflowingcup.com/17-things-we-dont-pay-for/

    Wishing you the best in this area! Moving can be expensive, but a backyard will be wonderful! Sacrifice in every area that you can knowing that you will reap your reward!
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  13. […] Buckling down Financially…Tips on Trying to Save Money this year – The Hot Mess Mom shared some of the best tricks she is trying to save money this year. What are your best tips and tricks? […]

  14. These are fantastic tips! Thanks so much for linking up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week!
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