5 Ways To Save Money This Summer

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Ways to Save Money / Amber Oliver

Saving money is a never ending cycle. You have to constantly evaluate your expenditures, check your budgets consistently, and come up with new ways to save money. Have you ever had a recurring payment you’d forgotten about? I had a friend who’d paid a $10 monthly membership fee to a gym they hadn’t gone to in 3 years! That’s more than $350 for NOTHING! There are tons of ways to save money; I’ve shared some of our tips in my post about debt and how we paid off more than $30,000 in our first year of marriage. During the summer, you can feel like you’re hemorrhaging money. Here are 5 ways to save money that you can start doing right now!
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No Sew Clutch

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No Sew Clutch using Scotch Essentials by Amber Oliver

Sewing is one skill I haven’t mastered. I’m self taught on the basics: pillow cases, curtains, and pretty much anything that goes in a straight line! I never took Home Economics in school and so wish I’d had the opportunity. I wanted a new clutch for summer and knew I could DIY one. I used a few Scotch™Essentials products from Target to put together a DIY No Sew Clutch!
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DIY Pom Pom Sun Hat

One of my favorite stores is the Dollar Tree. They have a lot of items I pick up frequently like cleaning products, gift wrap, and greeting cards. I almost always find a $1 item I can use for a craft project. On my last trip, I found a whole section of sun hats! I grabbed one and took it home to dress it up. With the upcoming 4th of July holiday, I decided to add some fireworks in the form of pom poms! It took all of 15 minutes to put this DIY pom pom sun hat together and now I’m ready for the holiday weekend!

DIY Pom Pom Sun Hat
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DIY Cornhole Boards

To me, summer has always meant more time outdoors. The days are long (and hot) but more daylight = more time for fun! We like to play backyard jenga at my bud Lura’s, so I wanted a fun backyard game for our house as well. In college, we used to play cornhole (also known as “bags”). I thought it’d be fun to have a set of cornhole boards for our backyard! I found several different tutorials for making your own, but all of them seemed too big and bulky. We needed a set that was wood so it’d be sturdy, but I didn’t want it too heavy to lug around. We made a set of cornhole boards that are lightweight and compact for easy carrying and easy storage!

DIY Cornhole boards that are collapsable and lightweight! // Amber-Oliver.com

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Garage Organization

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4th of July weekend is almost here and our backyard is no stranger to guests. I’ve shared several projects lately about how we are preparing our back yard for outdoor get-togethers. I added a DIY fabric curtain for shade from the sun and we built an amazing farmhouse table that seats 10. One chore we have to do every week is mowing the lawn. We get notes on our door all the time from lawn care companies offering to provide this service for us, but Eric and I both enjoy mowing the yard and tending our flower beds. Our garage had become a catch all and most of our lawn care equipment is piled around different parts of the garage. We also want to start parking our cars in the garage. We used the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System from The Home Depot to finally get our garage organized!

Garage cleanup with Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage Organization System
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Recipe Round Up: Beef Recipes

Beef – It’s what’s for dinner. For us, it’s what’s for dinner a LOT. Grilled steak is one of our favorite dinners. We have a full size deep freezer that’s full of beef; a Christmas gift from my mom. Back in Oklahoma, it’s not uncommon to raise your own cattle and have it processed. We have benefitted from this immensely:  50 lbs of ground beef, several chuck roasts, stew meat, chicken fry, short ribs, rib eye, sirloin – and the list goes on. We’ve spent that last few months trying to eat our way through all this meat! I’ve collected tons of beef recipes on Pinterest and want to share some of my favorites!

Click the images or links below for full recipes from their source! Be sure to thank the bloggers for their awesome recipes! 

Beef Recipes Round Up
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Kate Spade Inspired Placemats

Have you ever seen something you loved but changed your mind as soon as you saw the price tag? My friend Natalie from Signature Style showed me these super cute color block placemats from Kate Spade. The problem? They were $16 EACH! She knew I had a penchant for all things DIY so I decided to try to recreate them and share the tutorial for these Kate Spade inspired placemats! Make a set of 4 for the price of one.

DIY Kate Spade Inspired PlacematsDIY Kate Spade Inspired Placemats by Amber Oliver (Photo by Think Elysian)

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DIY Serving Tray

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We have spent so much time on our back patio this year! We love hosting weekly dinners at our house, and recently I realized I was making multiple trips in and out of the house when setting the table. I could only carry 2 or 3 cups at a time; I needed a tray to carry all those drinks! I created a DIY serving tray with just a few materials and one afternoon of work!

DIY Serving Tray

DIY Serving Tray - Photo by Think Elysian Photography
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