Thursday, February 14, 2013

Frugal Family - Valentine's edition

In an effort to save money this year,  I'm joining my friends Marcy +Ben and Me  as well as Sam +Sam's Noggin  to bring you this weekly  link up full of tips for becoming a more Frugal Family. We will be sharing ideas to help you save money on groceries and meals, homeschool, crafts, and plenty of frugal DIY posts. We've made many sacrifices so that I can stay at home to teach the boys, and I've become pretty frugal in order to help make that possible and to keep it that way. It's become a challenge I truly enjoy, and one I look forward to sharing with you!

For the kiddos: 

Free printable download to make these cute Valentine bookmarks from 
Sangunetti Designs and check out her adorable shop for future needs: 

A homemade Valentine craft

We cut basic shapes from colorful scrapbook paper as follows:
     rectangle base mat, slightly smaller rectangle for 2nd layer of base, 2 skinny rectangles 
     folded like a fan for robot legs, 2 half circles for feet, 1 rectangle for body - just big 
     enough to wrap a miniature chocolate bar, heart sticker or sequin to decorate, 2 
     skinny rectangles for arms -cut v shape for hands, small rectangle for head- round edges,
     add eyes, mouth, and ear details. Add message if desired on back. 

Handmade journals 

Use colorful scrapbook paper, left over wrapping paper, or upcycled brown paper grocery bags and a glue stick to cover inexpensive Composition books. Make great journals, or smash books. See free video on trendy smash books here for great ideas. 

Personalized game boxes 

Purchase or round up inexpensive "cigar box", wooden handle of some sort, paint - including chalk board paint and magnetized paint, black marker, painted wooden decor (about $0.25 for this airplane), alphabet magnets, Skulpy clay to make checkers or use homemade salt dough to create them.  

Follow the designs in the pictures with layer of magnetic paint underneath colored paint on the insides of the box and chalk paint on the outside or come up with your own fun ideas! Notice, we put an x on one side of the tic-tac-toe pieces and a dot on the other for o's. Simple, but effective! We made these for my sweet nephews a year or so ago. 

Kids love having their own specially decorated boxes to store treasures as well! 

Handmade gifts are both frugal and fun. They say "I love you" any day of the year 
Link up your own tips for saving money on our Frugal Family link up for January
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share great information! The group Pinterest board is here - I'm pinning away!



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