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10 MORE Free (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas

Last week's post, 10 FREE (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas was so successful that I have dreamed up 10 more ideas. Seriously, the possibilities are ENDLESS when thinking outside the (gift) box. 10 MORE Free (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas 1. Create a Family Favorites Recipe … [Read More...]

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Homemade Burrito Bowls

On crazy busy weeknights, I need a quick & easy, but hearty dinner to satisfy my active family.  My new go to meal is Homemade Burrito Bowls. I use rotisserie chicken, Minute® Rice, and all the fixin's. Everyone creates their own bowl to their liking and no one leaves the table hungry. Instead we're all ready to tackle our schedule. This … [Read More...]

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My Week: Our First LIVE Tree & I Saved BIG at the Gas Pump

Our First Live Tree My husband and I have been married for 14 years. For the first 13 years, we had an artificial Christmas tree. We liked the laziness factor of our artificial tree. It came with lights already attached to the tree and easily stored in our attic. It was easy, but it was fake. This year, I wanted a real tree. I wanted that … [Read More...]

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Meet Carrie. She Paid Off $14,000 in Debt in 14 Months.

Today's Debt Free Story is from Carrie.  She blogs about  at Careful Cents where she helps creative freelancers and solopreneurs make a living from their craft. 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 … [Read More...]

20 Fun & Budget Friendly Christmas Activities

20 Fun (& Budget-Friendly) Christmas Activities

I look forward to Christmas and the month of December all year and once it's here, it always seems to fly by. It is so easy for the month to get lost in the commercialism and the frenzied pace and while it is fun to receive a gift, my husband and I want the month to be focused on our faith and our family. This month, don't forget to slow down, … [Read More...]

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10 FREE (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas

Gifts must be expensive and store bought----SAID NO ONE, EVER! There's outside pressure during Christmas to spend lavishly only to have the recipient not really like the gift or even use it. I read recently that Americans will spend on average of $800 on Christmas. That's a lot of money and if you don't have the cash, PLEASE don't feel … [Read More...]

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How to Organize a Cookie Swap

What's your favorite Christmas cookie? I grew up baking cut out Christmas cookies with my mother and grandmother. We call them Sand Tarts. They're like a sugar cookie, but they are very crisp. I love them. I've started my own tradition with my daughters. We make gingerbread men every year. My girls love making them--maybe because of the … [Read More...]

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The Final Grocery Budget Challenge Post

Back in January I introduced the 2014 Grocery Budget Challenge. I really wanted to reduce our grocery spending for my family of 4 from the average of $634 a month in 2013 to a budget of $450 a month in 2014. It was a bold goal to reduce our spending by so much and I knew I would have to be very diligent with my meal planning. So I started the … [Read More...]

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Enrollment for Elite Blog Academy – This offer is over.

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 you step-by- step, exactly how to grow your traffic and … [Read More...]

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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...]


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...]


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...]