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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 … [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...]

Ruth Soukup

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...]

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Roasted Pork Chops, Potatoes & Green Beans

I found this dish on Rachael Ray and I have made it at least 3 times in the last month. Prior to finding the recipe, I had all but abandoned cooking pork chops. I just couldn't make them without over-cooking and drying them out. But I had never roasted pork chops before and I don't think I'll cook them any other way again. Honestly, I should … [Read More...]

03.06.15

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 03.06.15

Every Friday, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Currently our monthly budget for my family of four is $500. This Week's Dinners: Saturday: We were at a swim meet for most of the day, so it was leftover night. Sunday: Day 2 of the swim meet and my sweet mother made lasagna for us for dinner. Monday: Tortellini & Spinach … [Read More...]

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Rise & Shine with Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches | Plus a $100 Visa Gift Card Sweepstakes

We are a family on the go. Our schedule has become more crazy with work, school, and extra-curricular activities as my kids have gotten older, and lately our weekends, which should be a time of rest, end up being just as hectic as our weekdays.Recently, my oldest daughter had a swim meet that was 35 minutes away and she needed to be IN the pool for … [Read More...]

Maureen

Find out how Maureen Paid off $79,540 in Credit Card & Student Loan Debt

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here. Today's Debt Free Story is from Maureen. She writes at A Debt Free Stress Free Life. 1. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies? Include anything that you'd like to add to give the reader an idea about … [Read More...]

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How I Use Pinterest for Meal Planning

Meal planning is #1 way that I save money on groceries. Without a doubt, the 30-60 minutes I spend on Sunday planning our upcoming week's meals saves me time, money and my sanity. And since the grocery budget is the easiest category to reduce, I am diligent every weekend to plan our meals for the upcoming week. I like to try at least one new … [Read More...]

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What We Ate This Week on a Budget 02.27.15

This Week's Dinners: Saturday: My husband and I had a date night. We received a gift card for Bone Fish Grill for Christmas from my parents and they watched the girls overnight too. woo hoo! Sunday: Chicken Burrito Bowls with leftover Costco rotisserie chicken. Monday: Cajun Red Beans & Rice, garden salad, homemade sugar-free … [Read More...]

Choose Thrift First Challenge

Choose Thrift First | February 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. February Update I can honestly say that I did … [Read More...]

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Where I Found $370 Debt Snowball Money in January

Our main financial goal in 2015 is to pay down our non-mortgage debt. My hope is to have it all paid off by the end of 2016 and to do so we need to get creative and resourceful. Where can we find extra money? I have scrutinized our budget tirelessly and I really feel like there's nothing more to cut, so my focus is turning to finding money to … [Read More...]

02.20.15

What We Ate this Week on a Budget 02.19.2015

This Week's Dinners: Saturday:  Valentine's Day - Baked Salmon Packets, baked sweet potatoes, and brussel sprouts for me and my husband. It was too cold to grill so I made foil packets instead. I made Parmesan chicken tenders, boxed mac & cheese and peas for the kids. I try to limit the boxed stuff, but they requested it for V-day. I also … [Read More...]

jen

Jen & Her Husband Paid off $212,000 in Debt & Medical Expenses in 48 Months

Today's Debt Free Story is from Jen. She is a speaker, author, and volunteer firefighter. Her website is The Iron Jen. 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. In my roles … [Read More...]

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Cheap (but Tasty) Homemade Croutons & Garlic Bread

My family LOVES bread. I know that too many carbs are not a good thing, but we love bread with soups, pasta dishes, roasted chicken, sandwiches and well, just about every dish that I make. I especially love marked down bread. It saves us so much money. I check the marked down bakery section at the grocery store every visit and I regularly find … [Read More...]

02.12.15

What We Ate this Week on a Budget 02.12.15

This Week's Dinners Saturday: I made a double batch of Ham & Bean Soup using Ham Hocks. If you've never heard of ham hocks, neither did I until my mom bought them for me at a farmer's market. They make the BEST soup. Sunday: Leftover ham & bean soup, homemade applesauce. There was about 2 quarts of soup left over that I froze for … [Read More...]