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Enrollment is OPEN for Elite Blog Academy

For my fellow bloggers out there, do you dream of creating a career with your blog?  Do you see other bloggers making a full-time income from their site and wonder, "how do they do that?"  Have you ever wished that blogger could guide you through the process of a successful blog and show … [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving

We are wishing you and your family a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and take the time to reflect in all that you have to be thankful for. … [Read More...]

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10 Ideas to Find Cash for Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us. The season of family, faith, food and...shopping.....collective sigh... The spending part of Christmas can get crazy, so I've come up with a list of last minute ideas to find some extra cash for your Christmas spending. Our goal is to NOT put our Christmas purchases on a credit card. January will be one giant … [Read More...]

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Are You Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner?

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? I would love to hear all about your turkey day, so please tell us about let us about it in the comments. My mother hosts Thanksgiving every year for my extended family. I think she is expecting about 30 family members this year. That would make me crawl under my bed, but she's a complete pro at handling … [Read More...]

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Meet Amanda & Daniel. They Paid Off $68,000 in Debt in 8 Months.

Today's Debt Free Story is from Amanda & Daniel. Together they blog about becoming debt free and location independence in order to serve the world at Life with a Mission 1. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies? Include anything that you'd like to add to … [Read More...]

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Free $10 Chili’s Gift Card With $50 Gift Card Purchase

This is the best time of year to buy gift cards for a gift or even for yourself. Right now, Chili's has a special offer: Get a $10 free gift card with a $50 gift card purchase. Hurry, this offer won't last! Disclaimer Notice - Please understand that I benefit financially from any products or services you may decide to purchase as a … [Read More...]

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8 Freezer Meal Recipes

Last week, I took on a bold task to create extra meals to store in the freezer. Meal time has become very hectic at our house as my kids have gotten older and I quickly realized that I need to change my meal prep strategy. When our kids were young and I was home with them, I wouldn't think twice about roasting a chicken on a Wednesday night. But … [Read More...]

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Where I Saved Money This Week & a Big Fat FAIL.

I wish I could report to you that my husband and I ROCK our spending plan every month, but that is just simply not the case. Maintaining our monthly budget is a daily process and there are days when we get it right and then there are days when we...I fail miserably. Where We Saved Money this Week: I spent last weekend freezer cooking 8 recipes. … [Read More...]

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My #1 Tip for Trimming Grocery Spending

Please welcome Heather from My Overflowing Cup for today's post. If you’ve read my blog, you’ve probably heard me say that our bills may not be negotiable, but our grocery receipts usually are. When finances are tight, often the only area we can control is our food spending. While my husband works hard to bring the money in, my job is to … [Read More...]

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My Very First Freezer Cooking Session

If you are frequently on Pinterest, you've probably seen tons of posts about freezer cooking. I love my freezer, but I've never prepared a ton of meals at one time to store in it. But dinner time has become very hectic for our family this year. My oldest daughter is on a competitive swim team that practices on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Both … [Read More...]

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Meet Doug & Laura. They Paid off $23,000 in 16 Months. | Debt Free Stories

Welcome to Debt Free Stories. Today, I'd like to introduce you to Doug and his wife, Laura. Together they paid off $23,000 in 16 months. Doug writes at Doug Smith Live. 1. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies? Include anything that you'd like to add to give … [Read More...]

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Caramel Apple FAIL!

This past weekend, my daughter hosted her very first sleepover for her ninth birthday. Yep, my husband and I entertained 6 girls and we lived to tell about it. Besides falling asleep at 11 PM and waking up at 6:30 AM, the sleepover was a success.  The 6:30 AM wake up was on Saturday morning NOT Sunday morning where we all gained an hour. The … [Read More...]

31 Days to Organize Your Finances

The Final Day of 31 Days to Organize Your Finances

On October 1, I embarked on a month long series, 31 Days to Organize Your Finances. I had high hopes. It was my goal to help you have a detailed financial plan for your family by the end of the month. And I think I achieved my goal, but I'll be honest, towards the end of the month I was ready to talk/write/read about other topics. I won't be … [Read More...]

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Grocery Budget Challenge | September & October

The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend. We don't want to make our families miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house, but we must stay on budget. Lately when I see my bill at the check out, I'm shocked at how few groceries … [Read More...]

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Update #3 | 31 Days to Organize Your Finances

Welcome to 31 Days to Organize Your Finances.  By the end of the month, my goal is to help you have a detailed financial plan for your family. We’ll talk about cash flow, budgets, debts, and all of the nitty gritty of our finances that might not be fun to talk about, but are so important to discuss. Please refer back to the original post for a … [Read More...]

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Organize Your Financial Documents | 31 Days to Organize Your Finances

Welcome to 31 Days to Organize Your Finances.  By the end of the month, my goal is to help you have a detailed financial plan for your family. We’ll talk about cash flow, budgets, debts, and all of the nitty gritty of our finances that might not be fun to talk about, but are so important to discuss. Please refer back to the original post for a … [Read More...]

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Short on Cash? | 31 Days to Organize Your Finances

Welcome to 31 Days to Organize Your Finances.  By the end of the month, my goal is to help you have a detailed financial plan for your family. We’ll talk about cash flow, budgets, debts, and all of the nitty gritty of our finances that might not be fun to talk about, but are so important to discuss. Please refer back to the original post for a … [Read More...]

31 Days to Organize Your Finances

3 Tips for Spending Plan Success | 31 Days to Organize Your Finances

Welcome to 31 Days to Organize Your Finances.  By the end of the month, my goal is to help you have a detailed financial plan for your family. We’ll talk about cash flow, budgets, debts, and all of the nitty gritty of our finances that might not be fun to talk about, but are so important to discuss. Please refer back to the original post for a … [Read More...]

31 Days to Organize Your Finances

Create a Monthly Spending Plan | 31 Days to Organize Your Finances

Welcome to 31 Days to Organize Your Finances.  By the end of the month, my goal is to help you have a detailed financial plan for your family. We’ll talk about cash flow, budgets, debts, and all of the nitty gritty of our finances that might not be fun to talk about, but are so important to discuss. Please refer back to the original post for a … [Read More...]