Top 12 Posts of 2016

I thought it would be fun to have a look back at what the top 12 posts for 2016 were on Simply Frugal!  Some of these posts were not written in 2016, but thanks to Social Media, they’re still popular!  I’d love to know what your favourite post was in 2016? Or what sort of post would you like to see become popular in 2017? Let me know in the comments!

  1. 20 Ways to Refashion Your Clothes
  2. Free Apron Patterns
  3. 52 Things to Learn for Free
  4. Whipped Shortbread Cookies
  5. How to Get Started Container Gardening
  6. 7 Frugal Living Tips for Single Income Families
  7. 10 Uses for Old Magazines
  8. The Best Time of Year to Buy Anything in Canada
  9. Delicious Puffed Wheat Squares
  10. 4 Things to Do When Your Home is Overwhelming You
  11. Easy Freezer Friendly Shepherd’s Pie
  12. My Favourite Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Simply Frugal 2016 Summer Survey

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I’ve got a ton of ideas going on in my head and really, I could be working so many “good” projects. However, I only want to work on the ones that matter most to you!

In order to do that, I have to ask a few questions. Would you mind taking a super short 7-question survey? You can do that right here.

The 2016 summer survey will be open for the next week (that’s through August 12, 2016).

Thanks so much!

7 Ways To Create A Baby Schedule For Better Sleep

Those early days of with a newborn often mean the baby schedule is out of whack and days and nights are confused. Depending on when your child was born, it can be tough to regulate their sleeping habits. Then mix in the idea of breastfeeding around the clock, siblings, your own need for sleep, work and potential pain post-delivery and you have a frustrating and overwhelming time when you arrive home. These ways to help create a baby schedule for better sleep are meant to encourage you and your child to rest better early on in their life.

7 Ways To Create A Baby Schedule For Better Sleep

Don’t wake your baby to change diapers. This is one thing that many new moms do because they are told to check the baby diaper regularly. A baby schedule works when you stick to it, but moving your soundly sleeping baby around to change a diaper is something that can only interrupt their sleep and make them struggle to settle back down later. If the diaper is truly dirty it will wake them. A slightly damp diaper won’t usually wake them and can be okay to leave on your baby long enough to continue their nap.

Don’t always wake your baby to feed them. There are some times when you should definitely wake your baby to make sure they eat, but in general it will not hurt your baby to go for a 4-6 hour stretch getting quality sleep. When they are newborns you can expect them to wake every 3-4 hours at least for food, but if they happen to sleep a solid 5-6 hours in the first month of life that is okay. Follow your doctors recommendations for a premature or underweight baby since those are times when this rule would not apply. Otherwise, if your baby sleeps 5-6 hours at a time don’t wake them to eat. If they are sleeping 8-10 hours right away however, you will want to talk to your pediatrician and make sure something else isn’t going on. Most babies will sleep in 3-4 hour stretches for at least the first 6-8 weeks of life. After that point, they may begin sleeping longer periods of time.

Co-sleep if breastfeeding. One of the best ways to create a baby schedule for better sleep is simply to co-sleep. While this doesn’t work for everyone, and some believe is a health risk, it can be beneficial especially when breastfeeding. I like having my babies beside me in a playpen or bassinet.

Utilize white noise at nap times. Your baby has been inside your womb for many months and the sounds of your heart are white noise for them. Sometimes the quiet in your home may make it difficult for them to sleep easily. Invest in a womb bear that plays womb sounds, or utilize a sound machine or fan for white noise.

Use blackout curtains. Sometimes even babies require darkness to rest better. Blackout curtains in the nursery or bedroom can keep sunlight out and help them to stay asleep easier and longer.

Feed more prior to nap times. Sometimes it may be hunger that wakes your baby earlier than you would like. Feeding extra prior to nap times may work well. You don’t want to over feed your baby, but you may want to adjust your schedule so their nap time comes right after your regular feedings so they are warm, full and content prior to naps or bedtime.

Be consistent with nap times. A schedule for your baby to nap and go to bed at night is really important. Consistency helps them to learn to not fight sleep. While some things can happen where naps don’t happen right when you want them to, overall you’ll see they sleep better when you are consistent. This means planning errands and events around the baby schedule instead of the baby around them.

These tips to create a baby schedule for better sleep will help your first months with your new child to be much easier to manage since you won’t be as sleep deprived.

An Invitation to Join my Grocery Group

One of the most popular topics I write about is how to save on groceries. And I hear regularly that people are frustrated with the amount they’re spending, how much time it takes and more. I have good news.

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I’ve been hard at work figuring out the best way to save money at the grocery store over the years. I’m trying to get it down to a simple system that can be used by just about anyone looking to save a ton on their grocery bill without putting more work into the process.

And I’m ready to get your feedback.

An Invitation

I’m starting a private Facebook group to check my assumptions and get potential users like you involved in the creation of the course itself. I’d love your take on:

  • Course content
  • Title and subtitle
  • How to present it
  • And more

Saving money is pretty much the main part of my purpose at Simply Frugal, this grocery group will help me shape one of my products.

This group will be limited, but the benefits for joining are great! Not only will you be able to give your suggestions with how I build the course, you’ll also receive:

  • Early, discounted access to the beta version of the course
  • A 50 percent discount on the full course
  • The chance to be part of a group of like-minded grocery shopping enthusiasts (or not so much…)
  • An opportunity to interact directly with me regarding grocery shopping: what works, doesn’t work, and why

What’s required? Only that you interact in our private Facebook group and provide honest, timely feedback about parts of the course.

So, how can you join?

Follow the link below to a brief application. This will help me select the kind of user who will not only benefit the most from the course but provide me the most help in building it.

If you’re convinced you’d like to save more on groceries while not adding more work to the process, this could be a great fit!

Click here to apply.

The Grocery Shopping Dilema

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I hope you aren’t getting frustrated with all my recent surveys lately!  I just love hearing from you all and I find this is a great way to do it!

Today’s survey is all about grocery shopping! So, if you’re particularly frustrated with the amount of money and time you’re spending getting groceries and even putting them to use, this is for you! I want to help solve some of your biggest frustrations so your answers will be very valuable. (As always, your answers are 100% anonymous.)

Thanks again!

Fill out the Grocery Shopping survey here.

Are you a Spender?

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Hello all! Happy May the 4th (be with you)! 😉

I have a survey I’d love for you to fill out! I’ve been brainstorming a lot these days. Probably because I’m away from the computer a lot holding a fussy, needs mommy a lot, baby so my mind tends to wander.

I’d say that this survey is geared towards those of you that have not so good spending habits and/or debts.

It’s 100% anonymous. 🙂 I appreciate the time you take to fill it out!

Fill out the form here.