Living A Frugal Life A Frugal Life is a Rich Life Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:29:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Using Local Markets To Save Money On Grocery Shopping Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:09:55 +0000

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 Save money on grocery

If you are new to this series you may want to start at the beginning HERE.

When we were first married I was a one store shopper.  Like most people in the US we went to the closest place to our house and never cared to research prices or other stores that may save us money.  We had a Save Mart close to us and we went and shopped there religiously.

That all changed when I started to be aware of money and where it was going.  We were spending over $600 a month on our family of 4.  So I began to branch out when I started couponing.  I started to go to other stores and found some great deals and much better quality of produce and meats at lower prices.

Then one day a friend of mine rocked my world.  She told me about a market in down town Fresno that was open year round and sold fresh produce for mostly $.50 a pound!  I  was shocked! I had no idea this place existed. Heck, I didn’t even know they could sell produce for that cheap and make money!

I headed down town and was overwhelmed with the choices.  It took me about 30 minutes just to decide what to get.  I was so excited I came home and called everyone I know. I told them that they had to go check this out.  It was amazing to go and leave with a weeks worth of produce for about $10!!!

The produce was great!  It was a market run by local members of the community, they took cash only and were very helpful.  The fact that the market was year round was a HUGE plus because I was able to get the in season items.  During the winter I honestly had no idea what to do with 1/2 the things, but I was able to consistently get all the produce we needed for about $10 a week!!!

Not all farmers markets are the same

Not all markets are the same however.  We went to the weekly farmers market that is close to our home and the prices were higher then the sale prices at the stores.  This market is more about the feel of the market rather then the produce itself.

We have another one in the area that has prices similar to the store but it only runs a few months out of the year.  It is important to know how your farmers market runs when you are planning on using it regularly.

It is also important to know other things as when like your price points.  This can determine if a market is worth your time and your money to go to.  Be sure you also know if you want organic or non-organic produce as the markets will vary on that as well.

Finding a local farmers market

So how do you find your local market?  First off you want to search the internet.  This is a great way to find the high traffic places and to get your feet wet with local markets.

The second thing you want to do is ask everyone you know if they know of a market.  That market I talked about is not advertised anywhere, so if my friend hadn’t told me I would have never known.

Lastly, you need to be prepared.  Take only the cash you want to spend, have your own bags, and if the price isn’t right be prepared to walk away with nothing.  Finding a market you like is a learning process, sometimes you have to go through 3-4 to get the one you want and need, so don’t be afraid to try out different options!

Do you have any tips for finding or shopping at a local market?

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Saving Money On Food By Shopping Through Co-ops Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:17 +0000

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Saving Money On Food By Shopping Through Co-ops

If you are new to this series you may want to start at the beginning HERE.  

A Food Co-op is a way to save money on food while still shopping for it locally. It is food distribution outlet that acts like a cooperative. That means the decisions about the production and distribution of its food is chosen by its members.  So In a co-op you get to say what type of food you get if it is organic or non-organic, how it is grown and where it is grown.  

Food Co-ops are  are wonderful for those who aren’t afraid to try to cook new things.  They are also wonderful if you want the freshest produce for the cheapest price.  For those who are not so comfortable with those things, they are a bit harder to use unless you are able to get past that.

Benefits of a food co-op

Even though stores buy in season items closer to the actual store, they still have to include transport time and shelf life into their decision when to pick.  Food co-ops usually get their produce the day of or day after the produce is picked. so it can be the freshest and most prime time for picking.  A lot of people say this makes the produce taste better.

Most co-ops get you the produce at around 50% off the price the store. This is often cheaper then when you shop the sale prices at stores.

This is also a great way to get your family eating a variety of healthy fruits and veggies.  During the summer there are lots of fruits and winter there is usually more veggies in your packs.  When you get new things you have never cooked before you learn new ways to cook them and your family tries new items.

Some co-ops even include breads.  This is an added bonus if you have a co-op near you that includes bread, as this is a huge cost for a lot of people.  It is also usually freshly made and very healthy.

How to find a local food co-op

To find a co-op I would start on the internet look up “food co-op” and your city and see what comes up. Another good place to search is facebook as lots of local co-ops will have facebook groups or pages.

Second, you could do a search Bountiful Baskets to see if your state and city are included in their program.  This is one of the cheapest and best co-ops I have seen so if you can get in on this I would definitely do it!

Third, I would ask grocers and food market participants if they know of any in your area.  They may know if some if they participate in selling their produce to them.

Lastly, I would ask everyone around you if they know of one.  If they don’t you may want to get a group of neighbors together and start your own co-op.

Do you have any tips for finding or Using a Co-op?  Have you ever used one?  What has your experience been?

Be sure to check out other ways to save money on food!

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Getting Outside, Even In The Heat Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:31:52 +0000

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This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own.

It is summer and while for most places that means it is a time of playing outside and climbing trees, for us it is a time of scorching heat and sweat dripping of you when you go get the mail.

Getting Your Kids Outside When It is Hot

It is SO hard to even think about taking your kids outside to play, let alone making it happen.  

Didn’t I just say…..

With 4 kids it is an undertaking at least.  The conversation usually goes like this:

Me: “Kids, it is time to go play outside.  you need to get your shoes on.”

Kids: “yay I love playing outside”

Me: “I am going to put my shoes on, get yours on so we can go out.”

3 minutes later….

Me:”ok, I am done lets g……. why don’t you have your shoes on?  Where is Quinn so I can get his shoes on?  Please get your shoes on….. come on guys!  you said you wanted to go out!” 

Kids: “we are getting them!”

Me: “OK, I am going to put Quinn’s shoes on, get yours on before I am done.”

3 minutes later……

Me: “ok,….. Where are your shoes??  I seriously thought I just tod you to put them on!  Braxton, Reagan, Kiley…. here are your shoes PLEASE put them on.  If we wait any longer it is going to be too hot and we wont be able to go play at all.  come on!”

5 minutes later…..

Me: “ok, 2 of you finally listened, 1 to go…. Reagan, PLEASE get your shoes on!!!!!  I am trying to not get upset, but I really need you to get them on so we can be outside for a bit.  Reagan,….Reagan,…. yay!  you finally got one on….  ok, now for the other one.  you got this.  keep going…. ok, you put your toes in… keep going… your doing great!!!!  YAY!!!  you got your shoes on!”

I turn to go open the door and turn back around……

Me: “seriously Kiley???  Where are your shoes????  You just had them on, where are they?

Kiley: “In da bafroom”

Me: “what are they doing in the bathroom?”

Kiley: “I don’t know…”

I close the door, go into the bathroom get the shoes and put them on her.  Then I go back and open the door.  

Quinn and Braxton usually walk out no problem.  Kiley usually has a battle with me about taking her whole room of toys out to play.  I tell her to not take them out that we are going out to run and play with the outside toys.  

After about 5 minutes she finally agrees to go out without taking anything.  Then Reagan comes to the door.  “AHHHHH!  It is too… (picture this in the whinniest voice you can imagine)  hot!!  I don’t want to go out…. where are my sun glasses????  I am hot!!!!”

Me: “Reagan, please just go out!  Quinn is out there and I need to go get him.”

Reagan: “But it is too hot!  I don’t want to get hot!”  (yes she is 6 going on 16)

At this point I usually end up pushing her out the door and locking it behind me and go get Quinn.

Playing outside with kids

Kids Need To Be Outside

I know it is important for them to go out and play, but with all that work I have to really mentally get myself prepared.  So I usually like to spend our outside time somewhere with others so I can get some help when I have an emotional meltdown… I mean the kids have an emotional meltdown…*wink, wink*

A couple weeks ago, We were at my moms and took the kids in the front to ride bikes.  My 7 year old learned to ride a bike about a year ago.  Reagan had never ridden a bike without training wheels and my husband was on his day off of studying and this was our chance to get her taught.    

The Lessons Begin

My husband took her out on her brothers bike and did the best thing he could.  He got her started riding while he ran behind the bike.  Up and down the street he ran while she got used to balancing while peddling.

After about 5 times up and down the street he started running and then let go.  She kept going then noticed dad wasn’t around her.  We were all holding our breath hoping she wouldn’t fall when she started to get worried because dad wasn’t with her.

But it was the opposite.  She was so proud of herself and she just kept going.

I knew we had to get her a bike of her own.  So we took her to Kmart to get a bike!

Kmart Kids Bikes

There was a huge selection of bikes at different price ranges.

It was hard to pick, because they even had a variety of character bikes which had bags and horns.

Girls Dragonfly Bike

We picked out a 16 inch dragonfly bike.  She loves it! I love the colors too!  It is SO her!

Girls Bikes From Kmart

What is even better is that we now have a bike for each of our bike riders!  That means more outside bike riding time and hopefully more excitement to get outside for everyone!

This post was sponsored by Kmart, but all opinions and experiences are my own!

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Saving Money At The Grocery Store By Price Matching Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:34:55 +0000

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price matching to save you money on Groceries

If you are new to this series you may want to start at the beginning HERE

Each time I go out to grocery shop, I have one of these two situations to deal with.

Stop touching your brother!

Me loading 4 kids into the car and driving to the store where I take them all out and load 2 of the littles into the cart.  Usually one kid in the cart seat and the other in the basket.  Then I load the other 2 on the side of the cart and push it  into the store.  While in the store, My time is usually taken up with me telling my kids to stop touching, stop running away… “where did you go??”  “why are you touching that?  I have told you 3 times to put it down.”  “No, you can’t have that candy, put it down.”   “sit down!”  Ya, you get the idea. Or….

Toothpicks holding the eyelids up

It is 9:30 at night.  I am able to go to the store by myself. (YAY!!! PARTY!!!!)  BUT most of the stores close between 10pm and 11pm.  I literally have time to go to 1 maaayyyybe 2 stores and then it will be too late and I will be totally exhausted because of a crazy day and a crazy late trip to the grocery store.

But when you are on a tight budget, you are always looking for the best deals, the way you can only buy what is the cheapest at the store.  So how do you do this when you have no time or a ton of other things that keep you from getting in and out like you want to?

Price matching to the rescue!!!!!

Price matching means that you go into a store with ads from other stores and you are given the advertised price on the same product in the ad.  For most places that item has to be the exact same size, item name and look as the ad.

There are very few stores that are national chains that price match.  Walmart and Target both price match with certain restrictions.  Those are the only 2 food stores that I am aware of that match consistently.  This doesn’t mean that some of your local grocery stores wont price match as well.

Keep your eyes open!

We spent 5 years in an area before we found a local grocery store that price matched.  This was mostly because we weren’t looking for it.  I am sure we would have found it much earlier if we had known what to do.

To find out if your local store price matches, go into your local grocery stores, find an employee, and ask them if they price match.  Sounds simple hu???  It is!  You may be surprised to find a store that does price match in your area.  If you still don’t find one, always price match at Walmart or Target.  You can get it all in 1 spot and get all the deals you need while you are there.

This is the best way to save money on food especially on fresh items such as meats and fruits and vegetables.  So if you are into organics or eating clean or fresh, you are able to get the best deals in the area in 1 stop.  This saves on gas and time as well as money!  It is a Win, Win!

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Fresh and Easy Quick Meals Saved My Day! Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:00:41 +0000

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Thank you to Fresh & Easy for sponsoring this post and keeping my meals quick and healthy!

Summer has been crazy for us.  We have moved and been trying to purge a lot of our things we had in our garage in Southern California.  Not to mention the over 100 degree weather that we have had to battle at least 60% of the time we have been here.

fresh and easy to go meals

This summer has been crazy!  I am trying to get into a groove and have a routine, but I have really struggled to make that happen.  Some days I am lucky to get dinner on the table.

I can’t tell you how tempted I have been to just go get fast food or serve cereal or popcorn for dinner.  (popcorn is a vegetable right?)

I am being good.  Cooking for my family as much as possible so we don’t spend unneeded money and so we can get healthier and loose the law school weight that my husband and I have both put on.  So I have been trying to find recipes and options that are fast and healthy and don’t cost a ton for the family to eat.

normal life

But there are those days when I am just done with trying to make it work, I am needing a break or just out of time to get everything done.

We had one of those days this last week.  I was busy getting ready for the 4th of July sale for the woman and girls clothing boutiques I have been doing.  I had no time to get dinner done while the sale was happening and I needed something I could put in and cook between customers.

Fresh and Easy

At times like these I am so grateful for Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market that does all the prep work for me.

Ready to cook Meals

So I put all 4 kids in the car and headed over to Fresh and Easy.  We went in and we able to go straight to the family size section of their fresh made ready to cook meals.  There was so many choices!

Fresh and Easy Meal Ideas

I picked out a chicken and cheese macaroni pasta with bacon, some fresh green beans and carrots on the side and some breadsticks for an added bonus!  It took me about 15 minutes to cook and serve and everyone was happy!!!  Can’t beat that!

Fresh to go

Way better then fast food that costs me a ton for our family of 6.  Everyone was loving it!

If you are in CA, NV, or AZ, find out if there is a Fresh and Easy Market location near you so you can take advantage of the fresh pre-prepared meals check out their store locator!  Get your family fresh meals and you get the quick prep time you need!

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Saving Money On Grocery Shopping through Knowing Your Grocery Store Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:04:38 +0000

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saving money in grocery shopping by knowing your grocery store

If you are new to this series you may want to start at the beginning HERE

Way back when we we started to be aware of our money and where it was going we were crazy busy.  I had finished my 4 year degree in 2006 and I had a baby about 3 months later.  I was the typical new mom that wanted her child to be perfect, which means I was busy schooling him (at 6 months..*eye roll*), going to the park and giving him every experience out there and managing our money.  (#aintnobodygottimeforthat).

While trying to have the perfect life we ended up going through the small savings we had very quickly.  We were buying diapers and food and all the “normal” things that you buy for your baby.  My husband was in school 16 hours a week, working 4-5 hours a day and doing homework.  Not to mention spending time with his family.

Our days were full but we were trying to make our income stretch further and further.  We tried to find ways we could stretch our money on food.  As we looked at our shopping habits to try to find ways to save, we realized that there were things that wasted out time just as much as it wasted our money.  And time is money right?

We realized that a huge time and money saver was to know the layout of our store.  This does so much to help you to make the most of your money. If you know when your grocery store you know when they mark down produce or meats. you know when the best time to get the sales are so they aren’t out of product. You know who to talk to about how to cook meats and the best way to store them.  Each of these things helps you save money by having the largest selection of clearance items. It also helps you to be able to cook what is on sale.

It also helps you avoid the pitfalls of the promotional items and the purchase of impulse buys as you walk around the aisles trying to find the item you need.  This was usually me in the store.  Walking around the store and glancing from side to side as I walked through.  then I spotted the newest cereal and “oh look at that! ”  I then pick up the box to check it out, turning it around a few times.  Then decided to give it a try and would put it in the cart.  Was I even there to buy cereal?… NO!  But I bought it anyways because it was new and I HAD to try it!

You don’t know until you ask

To learn your store, remember to ask questions. You can’t learn unless you ask a few people when the clearances happen. You don’t know how to cook the sale meat unless you ask the butcher. You get to know them and their names and they get to know you. Then they give you first pick and talk to you like a friend.

The employees are your friends!

When talking with the workers of the store make sure you tell them a little about you so they feel like they know you and know what your goals.  Tell them you are trying to learn about the different cuts of meat or the different ways to pick produce.  Ask what they do with the produce they take off the floor.  See if you can get things at a discount if you buy in bulk.  This will help them to feel comfortable with you and trust that you aren’t taking advantage of them, just trying to get the best deals and feed your family on a budget.

Get your workout in while at the store

Another thing you can do is get to know how your store sets up promotional items.  Get to know how your store organizes items in the store. The items on the top or bottom shelves that most people don’t see because they usually only see what is at eye level.  Get to know how their end caps work and where to find the best priced items.

Don’t be a man, ask for directions

Lots of stores have physical maps that list what items are in each aisle.  This can usually be found on the stores websites or at the customer service desk.  This will help you make a plan so you can get in and out of the store faster and to help you to avoid the spending traps!

Do you have any other ways to get to know your store? Please share them in the comments!

Be sure to also check out how to save money on grocery shopping by reading your sales flyer

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Dollar Tree DIY: 4th of July Candle Holder Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000

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This 4th of July Craft is brought to you by Dollar Tree!

The 4th of July season typically means lots of outdoor parties and picnics. If you know you will be doing some outdoor dining this 4th of July season, you will want to give this 4th of July Candle Holder a try. You don’t need to spend a lot to create one, in fact a quick trip to your local Dollar Tree store is all you need. In no time flat you can have a sparkly, patriotic candle holder perfect for lighting up your summer nights. Take a look at how easy one is to make.

4th of July Dollar Tree Craft

4th of July Candle Holder

Supplies needed:
Square, glass candle holder
Package of glitter foam
1 floral lei
Hot glue, glue gun

We already had the glue gun, glue, and scissors on hand, so the total cost for this project was $3. That is a great price for a festive, custom made candle holder such as this!

1. Begin by cutting a 2 inch wide strip of blue glitter foam and wrapping it around the candle holder. Secure it into place with glue.
2. Cut an additional strip or shape (we snipped out a simple square) from a piece of red glitter foam. Press it to the front of the candle holder.
3. Cut the floral lei apart so you can use the single flowers on it. Remove the red and blue ones.
4. Add a dab of glue to the back of the red and blue flowers and begin pressing them to the front of the candleholder. You can layer on as many as you would like for a nice and full look.
5. Disguise the glue marks on your final flower by cutting a small circle out of the glitter foam and placing it on top.

All you need to do now is place a battery operated or real votive inside and light it up. These 4th of July candle holders are so easy and inexpensive to make, so give one a try this 4th of July season and really get into the spirit.

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How to Save Money When Building A House Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:04:10 +0000

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Purchasing a home is possibly the largest event that you will make in your lifetime. Making the decision to build a home instead of buying one adds a large amount of complexity to the process. You will have to worry about every detail from buying the perfect plot of land to choosing countertops that match your taste and lifestyle. It is a daunting task that can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t have the time and desire to stay on top of all elements of the project. Here are a few tips to help you save money while building a new home.

How to Save Money When Building A House.jpg

Be Realistic during the Planning Process

Make sure you are being realistic about what you want and what you can afford. It is tempting to agree to add-ons especially if you are planning on this home to be your forever home. As you draw up the floor plan consider the space that you need today and what space you will need in the future as your family grows. We all would like a room dedicated to wrapping presents and store wrapping materials, like in Aaron Spelling’s mansion, but for 99% of the population that is an extravagance that is not affordable. Consider an open floor plan or multipurpose rooms to help meet all the items on your wish list; for example an office can double as a hobby or crafting room. Be sure to calculate price per square foot as you finalize your floor plan and look at comparable selling prices in your town to be sure that you are not putting yourself underwater before you even pour the foundation.

Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate

You will want to negotiate everything from the land to the faucets. Typically when working with contractors you will be given an allowance for all aspects of the finish work on the house – appliances, flooring, lighting, cabinetry, countertops and more. These contractors will often steer you towards vendors that they have established relationships with so that they can get a percentage of the purchase. Instead of using the allowance route, opt to research and purchase these items yourself so that you are sure that you are getting the absolute best price and warranty options. This method requires a lot of conversation between you and your contractor to be sure that you are getting quotes for the correct amount and size of materials but the potential savings is worth the time investment.

Save Money by Looking at the Big Picture

Be sure that you are making decisions with the big picture and long term in mind. For example, you may want a two story family room with large windows but this type of construction will lead to higher heating bills and expensive replacement costs for the windows down the road. Also consider the impact of your decisions on the potential resale value of the home in the future. While you may see a pool as a necessity, some buyers see it as a liability and will not pay a premium for that feature.
To ensure that you are saving money when building your new house, be as involved in the process as you r day to day schedule will allow, do not blindly accept our contractor’s recommendations and keep your longer term goals in mind. How have you saved money while building a new house?

Leave a comment with your tips and tricks!

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Babo Botanicals Organic Haircare Review and Giveaway!!!! Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000

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When I was young, I spent a whole lot of time in the pool.  I have always had blonde hair.  In fact, when I was really young it was almost white.  Yes, I was a toe head.  While everyone loves babies with hair like that, it came with it’s own struggles.  blonde hair is a wonderful blessing and a curse at the same time.  When you are blonde and you spend time in a pool with chlorine, your hair turns green.

Babo Gift Pack

The other thing is that blonde hair falls out.  And I don’t mean just the normal everyday hair or 2 I mean like 10-12 hairs while I shower, then 15-20 more while I comb it, them 5-10 more while I put on clothes… I think you get the idea.  So with all the hair falling out and add on the tangles and trying to brush them out, which really ment ripping them out because the brush wasn’t always the nicest to my hair when the knots were REALLY bad, my hair was broken, brittle and uneven.

My 2 daughters have been each blessed with different hair.  MY oldest has my hair…  It is beautiful but there is so much of it!!!  My younger daughter got my husbands mom’s hair.  it is thin and delicate and she doesn’t have a lot.

In either case, a good hair detangling spray is a must in our house!  But the ones on the market in most stores are full of harsh chemicals that are not so good for little baby and toddler hair.  Babo Botanical is a great answer to that problem.  They have different shampoos, conditioners, sprays and creams that soothe and protect by using natural and organic ingredients.  It can be used on all ages with no worries!

Reagan and Babo

Babo Botanicals products have been wonderful for my girls!  They have their own shampoo and conditioner which are no tear formulas and they smell wonderfully!!!  We like the smoothing formula the best which smells like Berry and evening primrose!

Babo Botanicals has agreed to give one winner a gift set of the Smoothing Shampoo Conditioner and detangling spray!

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Potty Training Tales for Moms of Boys Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:02:10 +0000

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Potty training for boys

This post is sponsored

Potty training is NOT my favorite thing to do as a parent.  It is actually my absolute LEAST favorite thing.  When I started to have kids, I had plans for everything.  I planned their routine during the day, how I would feed them.  I didn’t think about potty training much.  looking back I am sure I didn’t want to think about it.  It was FFOOORRREEEVVVEERR away from where I was at that point.  I would think about it later.

Fast forward 3 years later.  I had 2 in diapers for a while and I was beginning to be tired of changing diapers so much.  We were doing cloth diapers about 70% of this time.  So I was washing and folding and all that fun.  I was ready to potty train.  Braxton on the other had was not so excited about it.  He thought he was good.  He didn’t have any desire to have life change.

Needless to say we were both less then excited.  But I decided that I would give it a try and not stop.  So I began reading everything I could about potty training.  I talked to everyone and I discovered that everyone had a different way of doing it.  There wasn’t really a right way to do it except you get them to sit and use the bathroom.

So I decided one morning that we were going to take this on.  We started the morning with sitting on the potty.  Nothing happened.  So we went on with our day.  We kept putting him on and putting a diaper on in between tries.  We quickly learned that this would never be successful.  We knew something had to change because he was just waiting until he had a diaper on and going then.

So we went to the store and got some Pull ups.  These were amazing!  B liked the characters and I loved that they acted like underwear.  We used a coupon of course because…. hello, coupon!  Which by the way Huggies has a Pull ups coupon coupon out for $3 off if you share it with a friend!  You can get it now!!!!  Print it and use it!!!  Totally worth it!!!

We put him on the potty a couple times before he went.  I sat him down and held him down and finally he started to go.  Now for those who don’t like TMI please stop reading here because this is about to get real.  I will give you a second…………. ok moving on. ;)

He ended up spraying EVERYWHERE! I was trying franticly to figure out what to do and there was no stopping it!  Now being a new mom I knew something must be wrong with him.  My baby has problems, right?  wrong.  It was just a boy thing!!!

I asked all my friends who had boys what to do and one of them finally gave me the secret that changed our world.  For all you moms out there with boys that are dreading the p word… you know potty training…. this will change your life and you will no longer fear it.

Turn the boys around!  Teach them to sit backwards on the potty until they can learn to stand.  This helps them aim and you will have a ton less messes to clean up!!!!  So we taught him to sit back wards.  that eliminated the need for a potty seat  and helped with the mess factor.  He loved it and so did I!

Potty Training Tales for Moms of Boys is a post from: Living A Frugal Life

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