Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Thrifty Thoughts

One of my favorite things to do is to sit around with girlfriends 
and talk about ways we can save money for our families.
Nerdy. Yes.
But I can't help but love it!

There's something about making our dollars stretch each month that is so exciting to me.
And as a family living on one income it's also a necessity.

Last year around this time I began a series on the blog called Thrifty Thoughts.
It's been awhile since I've posted anything under it.
Between moving houses for the second time in a year, being pregnant 
and getting through football season I honestly didn't feel very "thrifty". 
The past five months we've eaten out ALOT.
And I've not been so careful with how our extra money has been spent.

We're finally settled into our new home and I'm feeling like it's time to get back in the swing of things!
I've spent the past week fine-tuning our budget and am excited to find extra ways to save our money.

Now this is where you guys come in!!!
I'm going to be doing something a little bit different on the blog.

Starting NEXT Thursday (the 17th)
 I will be hosting a Thrifty Thoughts Link-up.
Like I said... I love brainstorming with girlfriends ways we can save money.
It doesn't matter if you stay at home, if you work, if you're rich, if you're poor,
 if you're married, if you're single, if you have kids or if you don't.
We all have money and I'd say it's safe to say that we all love to save that money one way or another.
Whether it be to make ends meet each month or to save up for something fun to buy.

What can you link up?
Any blog post that has to do with saving money in one way or another!
 I don't want this to be something that has to be hard.
Any tips will work!
Here are a few ideas:

-Inexpensive Recipes
-Ideas on how to grocery shop
-Ways to save on household cleaners
-Decorating ideas on a budget
-Great ways to save on clothing

Seriously...the skies the limit!
 My hope is that through the Link-Up we can build a Thrifty Thoughts community.

A place where we can encourage one another to live within our means.
A place where we can encourage one another to be resourceful with what we have.
A place where we can encourage one another to be creative and to think outside the box.
A place where we can encourage each other to be content with what we have.

We live in a society where bigger is better and having more is what is expected.
A society that feels entitled to have everything.
I don't know about you but I am tired of it.
I want to live simply yet creatively.
I want my first thought every time I make a purchase to be "is this a need or a want?"  
I want to be able to save our money so that we can have more to give away.

I would absolutely love for you to join in the link-up next week.
Girlfriends, let's get together to encourage one another and to find ways to cut costs!
Let's bless our families and others around us with the money that we save :)

So.. next Thursday, January the 17th.
And every Thursday after that!

There's one more little twist to all of this.
I have created a hashtag on Instagram for you to use!

(the TVT stands for The Vanilla Tulip;) )

If you don't have time to create a blog post then put a little something on Instagram!
I will be featuring a few of the Instagram pics as well as their descriptions 
at the bottom of each weeks Thrifty Thoughts linkup.

So there you have it.
I'm really excited to get new ideas from you guys!

Start brainstorming something you can share and I look forward to reading your tips next Thursday!


  1. I just posted Part 1 this week of How to Save Money at the Grocery Store. Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3.

    We "only" have 4 kids at home this year (including 2 teens), and we are keeping our grocery budget under $500/month . . . usually around $400-450.

    I look forward to linking up.

    mama of 12

  2. Hi. I recently started following you on IG and your blog. I follow Casey W. (love her) and I just happened to read your response one day and decided to click on it. So glad I did! I'm a stay-at-home Momma of 3, ages 8, 3, and 3 weeks. We homeschool as well... I'm always looking for ways to save money, especially on groceries. I'm looking forward to Thrifty Thoughts! Hope you have a blessed rest of the week!

  3. You are awesome! :-) Love this idea. . . (Since i am SO bad about cutting corners in the budget area! :-(

  4. PS are we starting today?? i already have a "cheap" recipe! :-)

  5. Yay, I'm super excited to join in on this. What a great idea!
    I'm looking forward to learning what others have to share & also to participate! Thanks for a great opportunity :)

  6. O! I'm so excited about this! I can't wait to read all of these creative ideas! I"ll be brainstorming some of my own ideas as well! Looking forward to this!

  7. love it! As a SAHM to three kids and married to a teacher…I'm a pro at keeping it thrifty!

    1. I'm at stay-at-home homeschooling mom to 12 kids, and my husband was a teacher of 20+ years. I have learned ALL about how to be thrifty . . . back when we were thought to be "poor" rather than "thrifty".

      aka: Mentor Mom :)

  8. Can't wait to join up, as I love being thrifty, too! I usually do "Frugal February" on my blog, so this will be an incentive to start early :-)

  9. Love this and am looking forward to others input!

  10. LOVE this idea!! Can't wait to link up next Thrusday and also get some great ideas!! I often feel un-creative on ways to save money.

    And great idea to add a hashtag for Instagram!! :) Would love for you to follow us on Instagram. ;) @jenanncook


  11. So excited to link up with you next week! I have been thinking of posting more about being thrifty since I am staying home and we live on one income! :) I too find excitement in how to milk that dollar for all it's worth!
    ps LOVE your new blog design! Really cute!

  12. Good stuff, Ashley. Something I definitely need encouragement with, as we're a one income family! Can't wait. xo

  13. So I am basically a SAH failure when it comes to saving money, so I will not be linking up, but I will be anxious to read!!

  14. Very excited to read through others tips and tricks. Just recently is has seemed as though our grocery bill has gotten so much bigger! Ugh. I really need to focus on saving more.

  15. Great idea Ashley! Recent our financial situation has gotten sontight we at in the middle of bankruptcy:( so I have been trying to budget wverynlast thing from food to DIY projects and it's easier than I thought! It just takes a little more thought! I'd be happy to participate:)

  16. what a great idea! i'll be linking up :) and i love your new look :)

  17. This will be great and oh-so-helpful I'm sure! Thanks for creating a good place to share :)

  18. Great idea! I'd love to get involved. I feel off the thrifty band wagon but I'm back on it just feels so much better.

  19. can't wait to read these. great idea.

  20. I don't have instagram, but did link up a blog post! My first link-up ever. :) Can't wait to see all of the super thrifty ideas! Ashley, please let me know if there's a better way to "link-up", I'm new at this! Sarah