05.29.15

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 05.29.15

It's been a busy couple of weeks and I wasn't able to pull this together the last two Fridays, but I'm getting back on track. This series helps me stay on top of our grocery spending and currently our monthly budget is $500 for my family of 4. This Week's Dinners: Saturday: We traveled … [Read More...]

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Find Out How Olivia & Her Husband Paid off Their Mortgage in 33 Months

Today's Debt Free Story is from Olivia. She blogs about living a fabuLESS life at Snyders Tell All. 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 the reader an idea about your personality. Hi, my name is Olivia, and my … [Read More...]

20 Fun & Budget-Friendly Summer Activities

20 Fun & Budget-Friendly Summer Activities

Woo Hoo! Summer is here. Three glorious months of sunny skies, warm weather and family time. Here are 20 ideas that are family friendly, fun, and easy on the budget. My family has had fun with most of these activities locally, but a quick Google search will help you find locations and destinations near you.   Out & About 1. … [Read More...]

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Fun & Budget-Friendly Summer Activities in Central PA

I've teamed up with over 50 bloggers from across the United States to put together this list of budget-friendly staycation and travel ideas from different parts of the country. I'm sharing ideas for Central PA, and the rest of the list is at the bottom of this post. I am a life long resident of the great state of Pennsylvania. I grew up in the … [Read More...]

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Strawberry Mango Dessert Topping

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Turkey Hill Dairy. All opinions are my own. Turkey Hill Dairy is practically in my back yard and we have been eating their ice cream and drinking their teas for years. So I was really excited to be invited to work with the company to help promote a new product. Recently Turkey Hill became … [Read More...]

05.07.15

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 05.08.15

Every Friday, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Currently our monthly budget is $500 for my family of 4. We are heading into the best time of year for produce. I bought a huge watermelon that was on sale and we had it several nights as a side dish. I picked a good one this week. A few weeks ago, I bought a cantaloupe and it was … [Read More...]

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Nail Polish Marbled Flower Pots – a kid-friendly craft

These Nail Polish Marbled Flower Pots are a super cute craft that your kids can create (with your help) to give as gifts for Mother's Day, other holidays or teachers. My daughters' Girl Scout troop decorated these flower pots and I just had to share because they turned out so well and my girls had fun making them. At first, I was little … [Read More...]

05.01.15

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 05.01.15

Every Friday, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Currently our monthly budget is $500 for my family of 4. This week, I made one of my favorite Cook Once, Eat Twice meals: Roasted Pork Tenderloin. It is my favorite cut of pork. It's a little more expensive per pound, but we're getting bored with chicken and it was on sale this … [Read More...]

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Choose Thrift First – April Meeting

In 2015 I'm challenging myself to rethink purchases by taking advantage of more cost effective solutions like borrowing, buying second hand, or just making do with what we already have. We have some hefty financial goals this year and this is just one more way for me to squeeze more from our budget. April Update: I made 3 new purchases in April: … [Read More...]

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Subscribe Now for the FBS Weekly & You Could Win This Bundle of Books

Looking for new recipes, money-saving ideas, home-management tips, and strategies for debt-free living? Then you'll want to sign up now for the free FBS Weekly Email Newsletter! Plus, if you subscribe now, you'll get a chance to win these three personal finance books. I've been purging this spring and I found many, many like new books … [Read More...]

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Ham & Pepper Skillet Frittata – a budget-friendly meal

This skillet frittata is so easy to whip together and is so versatile. You can easily replace the ham and peppers that I used with other meat and veggies that you have on hand, such as cooked sausage or bacon, asparagus or slightly steamed broccoli. Eggs are not just for breakfast, and a frittata makes a hearty brunch, lunch or dinner idea. How … [Read More...]

04.24.15

What We Ate This Week on Our Budget 04.23.15

Every Friday, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Currently our monthly budget is $500 for my family of 4. This week, due to meal planning burn out and maybe a bit of laziness, I did very little shopping and instead planned many of our meals from what I could find in the freezer. I am getting better at putting leftovers in the … [Read More...]

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10 Ways to Find Cash for your Summer Vacation

Are you dreaming of a summer vacation? Me too! Doesn't a break from your daily schedule to get away and spend quality time with your family sound amazing? YES! Is the cost holding you back? Keep reading!   Vacations can be costly, but my husband and I are firm believers that everyone needs to recharge by getting away from work, … [Read More...]

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale, a $1274 Value for Just $29.97

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here. Homemaking doesn't come easy to everyone. After our wedding in 2000, I was over-whelmed by the thoughts of managing our home and even now 15 years of marriage and two kids later, I still struggle with many aspects of making our house a home. But, Erin and … [Read More...]

04.17.15

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 04.17.15

Every Friday, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Currently our monthly budget is $500 for my family of 4. This Week's Dinners: Saturday: We went out to dinner to celebrate my youngest daughter's birthday. Sunday: We had 10 elementary aged kids over for my daughter's birthday party. I ordered pizza. Monday: Spaghetti with … [Read More...]

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Enrollment for Elite Blog Academy is Now Open

Are you a blogger who wants to turn your website into a business? Do you ever see a highly rated blog and wonder, "how do they do it?" If you have wished that someone would guide you through the process of creating a successful blog and show you step by step, exactly how to grow a loyal following, generate an income, and transform your passion … [Read More...]

04.10.15

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 04.10.15

Every Friday, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Currently our monthly budget is $500 for my family of 4. This Week's Dinners: Saturday: Red Pepper & Feta Turkey Burgers, leftover chicken chili (that was in the freezer), homemade sugar-free applesauce Sunday: Easter dinner at my parents' house. I was in charge of bringing a … [Read More...]

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Create a Personal Escrow Account for Your Quarterly & Yearly Bills

April is always a very expensive month for us. Our home-owner's insurance, auto insurance, and local real-estate taxes (for our home and our business property) are due, and on top of that, we also owed the Federal government this year. Last week, I wrote checks that totaled in the four figures with everything combined. It was a very painful day … [Read More...]