Summer Savings Series: My Game Plan

I have been enjoying the Summer Savings Series over at Money Life Network. Here are the details from MLN:

“Summer is upon us and with the higher temperatures are coming higher prices for just about everything under the sun. Gas costs just went up, the summer vacation is costing an arm and a leg (maybe two!), and you may need to take out that second mortgage just to send your kids to summer camp.

Money Life Network realizes that times are tough this year and people are cutting back to make ends meet. With that in mind we decided to do a group writing project this month at our member blogs looking at ways that you can save money this summer. We’re calling it the Summer Savings Series‘!”

They invited readers to participate with their own money saving ways, and a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

So, in the spirit of saving money this summer, here are three major ways my family is fighting back:

  1. Cut the cable. Read my update on our new TV-free life.
  2. Earn extra income. I care for my neighbor’s 2 children 3 days a week throughout the summer. This allows her to work, and my children get instant playmates while I receive a little extra money. Win-win situation!
  3. Use a push mower. Yes, seriously. Our yard is not ginormous, so this is realistic. Inspired by our new neighbors, we plan to sell our beefy big red Toro and buy one of these:

Don’t laugh, it really works! Not to mention, it is a fantastic workout and allows me to mow the lawn. Another plus: mow first thing in the morning, or late at night, and your neighbors won’t want to kill you.

*Updated to add: find your very own push mower here. Home Depot, if you are reading this, I do gladly accept gift cards in exchange for this free marketing. Just kidding. Sorta.

How does this save money, you ask? Our big honkin Toro is GAS powered. At $4 a gallon, we can happily eliminate one more tank to fill. Saves money, and the environment.

Anyone in the market for one of these?

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About Alyssa Francis

A thirty-something wife and mother of four! Two daughters by birth, one son by marriage, and a sweet baby boy born in April of 2009. Oldest sister of four girls raised by a single mom. California native. Grew up in Hawaii. Somehow ended up in North Texas. Once a single mom. Former agnostic. A survivor of abuse and addiction. Forgiven by a great big God. Married to my best friend.


  1. Pete @ biblemoneymatters says:

    great post, thanks for joining in the fun!

  2. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    Good job! I used to use a hand mower of my Dad’s…years ago – it was all rusted and squeaky. I was a teenager, so of course I was horribly embarrassed every time I had to use it!

  3. Alyssa @ KeepingTheKingdomFirst says:

    I would have been embarrassed as a teenager, too. Now, I am willing to “live like no one else”. No squeaks from this mower!

  4. How COOL! I haven’t used one of these since I cut my Nana’s postage stamp sized yard years ago. Ours is bigger, but I could use one of these for touch-ups when hubby, uh, doesn’t cut it as often as I like, lol!
    Where did you find it? Seriously, this would be so much fun now!

  5. Alyssa @ KeepingTheKingdomFirst says:

    Beth, it is fun! I updated the post to include where to get one.

  6. Memarie Lane says:

    I’m a SoCal girl trying to survive in central NM. :P

  7. Under the Florida Sun says:

    Great post! We have 2.5 acres, I don’t know if I could convince my DH to buy a non gas mower.. LOL.

    It’s great that you will be saving so much money. I’m having fun stretching our dollars at the grocery store and finding more ways to make extra $$ online too.

  8. Not only did I used to use one of those every week to mow our lawn when I was growing up, but I used to EDGE the lawn (it wasn’t small) by HAND also!

    Back in the day, everyone had a push mower, and the only time you heard a noisy gas-powered mower was when some neighbor hired a gardening service. There were no leaf blowers, either, just rakes!

  9. Alyssa @ KeepingTheKingdomFirst says:

    A kind reader just informed me that the push mowers are now out of stock and on back order at Home Depot!!

    Coincidence? I think NOT.

  10. Aren’t you the same girl whose chin dropped to the floor when I told you we didn’t have tivo? I am soo proud of you! :)


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