Our month long Family Financial Challenge inspired by Gail Vaz-Oxlade #SavingMadeSimple #PGmom

In the last 3 years I have been on 2 maternity leaves. That means 2 out of the last 3 years I have made a percentage of my total income.  I’d like to think that I’ve budgeted and try to be “frugal” (although I’m really horrible at it) but there are some things that I find hard to give up (I like nice things!). I recently price matched for my first time and I bombed it. I ended up buying 4 jars of EXPIRED peanut butter. I was so upset but driving back to the store would have been more expensive in gas and time so I threw them out. Last week, The Hubster and I made the change from using our Keurig and Tassimo to brewing coffee in a regular coffee maker! So far I’ve been pretty impressed with the coffee I’ve made. I also didn’t buy myself any Starbucks last week which is a big deal for me!

I’ve been a HUGE fan of Gail Vaz-Oxlade for a long time now. I love watching “Till Debt Do Us Part” and “Princess”. She has fabulous advice but I haven’t put anything of hers into practice yet. I always THINK about starting a jar system and relying solely on cash, I just haven’t been committed enough to do so. In fact, in kind of scares me!

Well, this month is my chance! I’m facing my money jar and budgeting fears and finally putting her advice into practice. The Hubster and I, along with other P&G moms are challenging ourselves to make smart money decisions for the entire month.

Want to join us? Over the next four weeks follow along on our financial challenge. Each week I will be sharing tips, tricks, pictures, my thoughts and experiences! I will be sharing photos on Instagram and Twitter also.

The month is broken down into four themes:

·         Week 1 – Cash, Cash, Cash

·         Week 2 – Food

·         Week 3 – Family

·         Week 4 – Clothes

I hope that you will follow along and learn something new! If you have any money-saving tips be sure to tweet them using #SavingMadeSimple

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.




  1. Can’t wait to start this journey this month and read everyone’s tips.

  2. loriag says:

    I have seen this now on a couple blogs. I am definitely interested in what the challenge has in it.

  3. I know you want to focus on only using cash, and that definitely has its benefits, but you can also save so much by shopping online! When you’re shopping for necessities, you can buy in bulk and get if cheaper (and not expired). Plus, the shipping fee may even be cheaper than your gas used to make the trip.

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