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My #1 Tool that Saves Me Hundreds on Groceries

How would you like to cut your grocery bill? It is POSSIBLE. Meal planning is by far the #1 way I save money on groceries. I can NOT stress that enough.  So I'll say it again. "MEAL PLANNING IS THE #1 WAY I SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES." And there is one tool that I use that makes meal … [Read More...]

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Our Trip to Niagara Falls, NY

We headed north this past summer to New York with my daughter's Girl Scout troop. Our first stop was Corning, NY, where we visited the Corning Museum of Glass. We had a fantastic time at the museum and I highly recommend it. After Corning, we headed further north to Niagara Falls, NY and were greeted with beautiful weather and this stunning … [Read More...]

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What We Ate this Week is BACK! 08.28.15

I took a break from this series over the summer and you'll never guess what happened! I BLEW MY GROCERY BUDGET! That's what happens when I take my eye off the ball. So with school starting this past week, I'm getting back to a routine and this series is included. If you're on Facebook, I started posting time & money saving tips … [Read More...]

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5 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Busy Weekday Mornings

Raise your hand if you've left the house in the morning without eating breakfast? Raise your hand if you attempted to eat your left foot by 10 am? Weekday mornings can be very hectic. I get it. Especially the beginning of the school year when we're all trying to get back into a routine. There have been mornings where my husband and I have … [Read More...]

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Find out how Jessica & Her Husband Paid off $175,000 of Debt

Today's Debt Free Story is from Jessica. She writes about living naturally and intentionally at Jessica Munday. 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, We're the Gann … [Read More...]

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Summer Family Fun Party 08.05.15

I am joining 29 other bloggers for this summer’s Family Fun party. Every Tuesday night this summer, a new linky will open for bloggers to share their amazing crafts, recipes, and other summer family fun ideas. If you’re not a blogger, leave your favorite ideas in the comments. Parents all over are looking for fun ideas to make this summer … [Read More...]

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2015 Reader Survey: Please Help Me Improve FamilyBalanceSheet.org

  I've got big ideas and plans for the second half of the year, but I want to make sure that I create content that is what you WANT to read and what you NEED to read. So, I'm about to ask a really BIG favor. I know that you all are extremely busy, but could you please, pretty please with a cherry on top, complete my reader … [Read More...]

Deacon

Find out how Deacon & his Wife Paid off $52,000 of Debt in 18 Months

Today's Debt Free Story is from Deacon. He is a financial coach and blogs at Well Kept Wallet. 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. My name is Deacon Hayes and I am a … [Read More...]

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Summer Family Fun Party 07.22.15

I am joining 29 other bloggers for this summer’s Family Fun party. Every Tuesday night this summer, a new linky will open for bloggers to share their amazing crafts, recipes, and other summer family fun ideas. If you’re not a blogger, leave your favorite ideas in the comments. Parents all over are looking for fun ideas to make this summer … [Read More...]

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5 Easy Budget Categories to Reduce

Need to cut your spending? We did too and these categories were the easiest to cut without feeling too much pain. The 5 Easiest Budget Categories to Reduce 1. Groceries If you are trying to reduce your expenses, groceries should be the first thing you attack. They are by far the easiest & quickest category to reduce in a household … [Read More...]

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Summer Fun Party 07.15.15

I am joining 29 other bloggers for this summer’s Family Fun party. Every Tuesday night this summer, a new linky will open for bloggers to share their amazing crafts, recipes, and other summer family fun ideas. If you’re not a blogger, leave your favorite ideas in the comments. Parents all over are looking for fun ideas to make this summer … [Read More...]

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15 Smart Tips to Save Money When Eating Out

Who doesn't love to dine out? The thought of someone else preparing my meal, serving it, clearing the table AND doing the dishes is quite dreamy. At one time, we ate out every Friday night and again on Saturday and Sunday for lunch. In fact, there were many weekends that I didn't cook, because we ate out for every meal. Those days are long … [Read More...]

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10 Smart Ways to Become Debt Free

It's no secret, I am fascinated, encouraged, and border-line obsessed with debt freedom. The idea of becoming debt free makes me downright giddy. So I love to hear the success stories of others who have found debt freedom. But selfishly, I wanted to know their secret. How did they make it happen? What did they specifically do to become debt … [Read More...]

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Summer Family Fun Party 07.08.15

Welcome to this week's Summer Family Fun Party! I am joining 29 other bloggers for this summer’s Family Fun party. Every Tuesday night this summer, a new linky will open for bloggers to share their amazing crafts, recipes, and other summer family fun ideas. If you’re not a blogger, leave your favorite ideas in the comments. Parents all over are … [Read More...]

Acadia & her husband paid off $97,000 in student loan debt

Find out How Acadia & Her Husband Paid off $97,000 in Student Loans

Today's Debt Free Story is from Acadia. She writes about simple living, parenting and her family's foster story at Fostering Simplicity. 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 … [Read More...]

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Summer Family Fun Party 07.01.15

Welcome to this week's Summer Family Fun Party! I am joining 29 other bloggers for this summer’s Family Fun party. Every Tuesday night this summer, a new linky will open for bloggers to share their amazing crafts, recipes, and other summer family fun ideas. If you’re not a blogger, leave your favorite ideas in the comments. Parents all over are … [Read More...]

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My Life Plan

When you're in the trenches, it can be very hard to think beyond the present. A few years ago, we were struggling financially and I felt like our situation was hopeless. At the time, I wasn't sure how we were going to pay our monthly bills, so future plans like funding our retirement, our daughters' college education, or a lavish vacation were not … [Read More...]

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Summer Family Fun Party 06.24.15

How's your summer going? We've been spending a lot of free time at the local pool, because it is so bloody hot. And we're looking forward to an upcoming camping trip and some pool parties. I hope you're staying cool and having fun so far this summer too! I am joining 29 other bloggers for this summer's Family Fun party. Every Tuesday night this … [Read More...]

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What We ate this Week on our Budget 06.18.15

Every Friday, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Currently our monthly budget is $500 for my family of 4. I tried something new this week. I ordered our groceries online through Peapod and had them delivered to my door. It was AWESOME. Last week, I took advantage of a $20 off coupon for first time users and chose the pick up … [Read More...]