Five Easy Bread Machine Recipes That Will Save You Money

Published on Aug 01 2014 // Budgeting
Five Easy Bread Machine Recipes That Will Save You Money
Chances are you have a bread machine in your cabinet. When’s the last time you saw that old workhorse? I admit that my old trusty friend had been sitting in the dark pantry for many months, and I always seem to remember this device when my grocery budget gets a little tight. A bread machine is...

Top Three Money Mistakes Parents Make

Published on Jul 25 2014 // Budgeting
Top Three Money Mistakes Parents Make
There is no doubt that all of us parents love our kids, and that we want the best for them. However, I think it is a common trend and problem for us to love them with our George Washingtons a little more than we should. Just take a look at some of a normal parent’s expenses are, and you will find...

Are You Frugal or Just Plain Cheap?

Published on Jul 25 2014 // Budgeting
Are You Frugal or Just Plain Cheap?
If you like to save money, you may have been called “frugal” or even “cheap” by those around you. But, if you don’t want to end up on TLC’s show Extreme Cheapskates, you might want to make sure you fall on the frugal side of the fine line between cheap and frugal. Here’s how: Know About...

Love Starbucks? Here’s 4 Ways to Save Money

Published on Jul 19 2014 // Budgeting
Love Starbucks? Here’s 4 Ways to Save Money
Most financial experts would advise that you drop your Starbucks habit to save a lot of money a year. But let’s get real here, when you love your Starbucks (or other favorite coffee place) it is hard to give it up. Here are four simple ways to get the drinks you love at Starbucks for a cheaper...

Is Couponing Taking Over Your Life?

Published on Jul 17 2014 // Budgeting
Is Couponing Taking Over Your Life?
The extreme couponing obsession may have died down as far as the television show goes, but I still see many individuals who are obsessed with scoring a deal or stocking up on free items. One friend I know spends hours driving to different Toys R Us and Target locations to scan products that are wrongly...

When Your Second Child is a Different Gender – How to Save Money

Published on Jul 03 2014 // Budgeting
When Your Second Child is a Different Gender – How to Save Money
I still have a few weeks before I find out what gender my second child is. My first is a little girl, and even though we tried to keep things gender neutral, we have a lot of pink stuff. If we have a little boy, I can see the dollars signs spinning around my head, as I will have to get a whole new wardrobe...

3 Easy Ways to Save an Extra $40 a Month

Published on Jun 26 2014 // Budgeting
3 Easy Ways to Save an Extra $40 a Month
I’ve always done a good job of saving money. When my husband returned to school, we slashed our expenses and downsized to a studio apartment to make it through financially. We also did all the basics when it comes to saving money, like packing our lunch, cutting cable, and eliminating restaurants...

Frugal Activities for Toddlers: Entertaining One Year Olds

Published on May 14 2014 // Budgeting
Frugal Activities for Toddlers: Entertaining One Year Olds
Turning one is a big moment for your little ones. Once your baby turns one, the walking and talking usually begin. You may also find that your one year old has turned into a busy bee, and it may be hard to keep them entertained throughout the day. Here are some of my favorite activities for one year...

Update Your Spring Wardrobe on a Dime

Published on Apr 29 2014 // Budgeting
Update Your Spring Wardrobe on a Dime
Spring is here, and for some fashion lovers like myself, it is hard to resist going on a spring shopping spree. If you are looking for a way to update your wardrobe for spring without spending a fortune, here are three ways to do so. Focus on Spring Accessories You may not be able to afford several new...

How I Plan on Saving Money with My Second Baby

Published on Apr 05 2014 // Budgeting
How I Plan on Saving Money with My Second Baby
When I found out I was pregnant with my first child three years ago, I knew I wanted to do things the frugal way. While I did save quite a bit of money, I still bought many unnecessary items and had unplanned costs. Now baby number two is expected later this year, and I have a much tighter budget than...

Three Tips for Work at Home Moms

Published on Apr 02 2014 // Budgeting, Career
Three Tips for Work at Home Moms
Work at home moms seem to have the best of both worlds since they can still earn money and still take care of their sweet bundle of joys. Then reality hits and working at home is not always the best of both worlds. So how do you balance making money at home with kids underfoot? Try these three tips out. Realize...

Save Money on Cosmetics

Published on Mar 29 2014 // Budgeting, Cost of Living
Save Money on Cosmetics
The most frugal among us might suggest giving up make up and hair products in order to save money. And all the women in the room said … I’ll let you fill in the blank. It is no secret that a good percentage of women love or at least fully depend on their cosmetics. While it may be fun to watch your...

5 Ways to Keep Your Friends Even Though You Have Different Budgets

Published on Mar 24 2014 // Budgeting, Personal Finance
5 Ways to Keep Your Friends Even Though You Have Different Budgets
Friends can be like family.  They’re there when you need support, there to commiserate with you and encourage you.  They can share huge life milestones with you and share precious memories with you. But. . .they can also be a huge drain on your finances. In your early twenties, you probably didn’t...

3 Tips to Save Money on Kid Clothes

Published on Mar 19 2014 // Budgeting
3 Tips to Save Money on Kid Clothes
The cost of raising kids is a hot topic, and one covered at ad nauseam.  Can raising a child really be as expensive as they say – i.e. almost a quarter of a million dollars by the time they hit seventeen? Many stats show that on average parents spend $600-850 per year on just clothing alone for their...

Five Ways to Save On This Year’s Road Trip

Published on Mar 14 2014 // Budget Travel, Budgeting
Five Ways to Save On This Year’s Road Trip
Spring break is coming up, which means a road trip for many families. Whether you are going to be driving 5 hours or 20- here are some tips for you to save money and sanity on the road. Plan Your Gas Fill Ups: This spring, my family and I are planning to drive 6 hours to Arizona from California. We...

When Is It Okay To Buy Something Expensive?

Published on Feb 28 2014 // Budgeting
When Is It Okay To Buy Something Expensive?
Lately I have made quite a few expensive purchases. None of them have been anything particularly exciting, like a new purse. All of these expensive purchases have been for my kids. Still, every time I make an pricy purchase, I have to go through this exhaustive list of questions in my mind: Do I really...
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