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 … [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...]

04.02.15

What We Ate This Week on our Budget 04.03.15

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: Our daughters made dinner (with my assistance) on Saturday night and performed some dinner theater to entertain me and my husband. They made spaghetti, garden salad, and fruit salad. Sunday: I am … [Read More...]

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Find out How Brian & His Wife Paid off $109,000 in Credit Card Debt

Today's Debt Free Story is from Brian. He writes at Debt Discipline about about how his family of 5 deals with money, budgets and debt. 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?  We’re a family of five, including, me, my wife and 3 children: 15 year old fraternal … [Read More...]

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Triple Chocolate Skillet Cookie

This Triple Chocolate Skillet Cookie was the inspiration for me rescuing a cast iron skillet from my basement closet. But I bet the cookie could easily be baked in a pie pan, although that wouldn't be as much fun... or as cute to photograph--lol. Make sure you pair the cookie with your favorite ice cream, a big glass of cold milk, or homemade … [Read More...]

03.27.15

What We Ate This Week on Our Budget 03.27.15

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: Homemade Pizza, homemade sugar-free applesauce Sunday: Leftovers. Monday: Whole Chicken in a Crockpot, Hasselback potatoes, green beans Tuesday: Chicken (leftover from Monday night), sweet … [Read More...]

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Choose Thrift First Challenge – March 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. March Update: I did a little shopping in March … [Read More...]

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Crispy Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Typical conversation at my house when I'm planning our weekly menu: Mom: "what do you want to eat this week?" Daughter #1: "chicken tenders" Daughter #2: "chicken tenders" Mom: "really? That's all you've got?" Daughters" yep" Chicken tenders are requested A LOT at my house. And they're really not hard to make. I've tried them two … [Read More...]

03.20.15

What We Ate this Week 03.20.15

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 to a Boy Scout fundraiser dinner. Sunday: My daughter had a very long swim meet, so we grabbed burritos at a favorite local restaurant. Monday: Chicken & black bean … [Read More...]

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Find Out How Ruth and Her Husband Paid off Their Mortgage

Today's Debt Free Story is from Ruth. She is the author of the successful website, Living Well Spending Less, where she writes about finding the Good Life on a budget. 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 … [Read More...]

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Good-Bye Teflon, Hello Cast Iron

I have two Teflon pans that I have used for years. But I've decided that I want to walk away from Teflon's non-stick convenience, due to potential danger of the chemicals that make up the non-stick coating. But that's just me. You can certainly continue on with your Teflon. I might be completely paranoid, but I was also inspired by the change … [Read More...]

03.13.15

What We Ate This Week on our Budget 03.13.15

Every Friday, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Currently our monthly budget for my family of four is $500. I also share any money-saving tips and tricks that I learned from the week. This Week's Dinners: Saturday: Our girls had a Girl Scout sleepover, so my husband and I had a date night. We went out to dinner to  our favorite … [Read More...]

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7 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances

Take a deep breath, spring is finally here! If your winter was as long and cold as mine, then you're also looking forward to opening the windows to fresh air and plenty of sunshine. For some reason those open windows awakens our need to spring clean, so take this time to get your financial house in order too. 7 Ways to Spring Clean Your … [Read More...]