Our Rules for Becoming Debt Free

Our Rules for Becoming Debt Free

This week is a super busy one for my family as we participate in our local county fair.  But when I heard that Kimberlee Stokes from The Peaceful Mom was accepting guest posts, I had to do it!  I’ve been a big fan of her blog for years.

So today, I hope you’ll pop over and check out my brand new guest post.  It’s called 3 Powerful Rules for Getting Free from Debt.  These rules have made all the difference for our family this year.  After years of spinning our wheels trying to break free from debt, we’ve finally gained real traction this year!

While you’re there, check out Kimberlee’s money tips (including a free 5 Day Money Makeover Course) plus a variety of ways to simplify and organize your life so you get to the things that you want to do!  (You gotta love that!)

Welcome to Medium Sized Family!

If you are new to Medium Sized Family, welcome!  Is your family also on a journey towards freedom from debt?  If you like finding ways to save money, I think this blog will be a great fit for you.

I encourage you to learn more about Medium Sized Family on the Start Here page.  There you can find links to popular posts and series and learn more about this blog.

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We all have our budget busters.  Bad habits and leaks in your wallet that leave you scrambling when there are too many days left at the end of the money.

Right now I’m offering a totally free 3 day course to help you Identify and Destroy Your Budget Busters.  You can learn all about it here.

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7 Ways to Pile Up Christmas Money: Gift Cards

7 Ways to Pile Up Christmas Money: Gift Cards

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Last time in the 7 Ways to Pile Up Christmas Money series, we talked about making a list (and checking it twice!).  Since you have your list written out and ready to go, you are probably beginning to get a general idea of what you will get for each person on your list and how much you might be spending.

Sometimes you tally up your total expected budget for Christmas presents and your eyes pop out of your head like an old Bugs Bunny cartoon.  “Wait…this is going to cost me how much??”

Now you see why we are planning ahead!  It’s time to get creative with the money you’ll be spending.  Here are a few ideas for finding money for Christmas presents.

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How to Have Stress-Free, Profitable Transactions with Resellers

How to Have Stress-Free, Profitable Transactions with Resellers

Today’s guest post is by Emily Jividen from John & Jane Doe Guide to Money & Investing.

Most of us have things we need to get rid of or no longer use. You have a few options: keep, give away, discard or sell.

I want to talk about selling your stuff, particularly selling your unwanted items to a reseller. Secondhand shops and consignment stores can be a good way of unloading your extras for cash or turning them in for trade for things you do want.

Selling items yourself has one big advantage over selling to a reseller: You cut out the middleman. Secondhand shops and consignment stores need to make a profit to stay in operation, so you won’t get the full amount that the end customer is going to pay. You’ll usually get a substantially lower price. So why sell to a reseller?

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No Money for Christmas? 7 Ways to Pile Up Christmas Money

No Money for Christmas? 7 Ways to Pile Up Christmas Money

Christmas money.  Now?  Why should I worry about Christmas money in the middle of the summer?  Or early fall?  I have bigger fish to fry.

Well, you should worry about it.  Because it’s coming, friends.

Many of us treat Christmas purchases like they’re unexpected expenses.  December comes along, and we find ourselves putting gifts on a credit card.  After all, we want to get gifts for loved ones and we can’t find another way to do it.  We’ll just pay the bills later.

Many people treat Christmas this way.  I may have even done it myself a time or two.  (That’s just another reason why we’re digging out of debt now.)

But there’s another way.

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2 Week Meal Plan for Late July

2 Week Meal Plan for Late July

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Late July in our house means it’s time to get ready for our county fair.  It’s a busy time, and that requires simple meals.  During the fair, we will end up eating out of the back of our van quite a bit.  We do a lot of PB&J sandwiches.  We will also likely eat at the fair at least one meal.  (We have constant shows all day Monday.)

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Cheap Dinner Ideas That Fit the Budget

Cheap Dinner Ideas That Fit the Budget

What family isn’t looking for ways to lower their grocery bill?  I try to fill our meal plan with cheap dinner ideas that fit the budget.  That way I don’t have to stretch that budget month after month.

These are the tried and true meals that I feed to my family regularly.  They are delicious, filling, and frugal.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 41

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 41

It’s a whole new week around here!  Happy Frugal Friday.  I hope you’ve had some successes in your spending (or more importantly, your saving!) this week.

Last week I had to admit that we’d had a rough, expensive week.  We gradually fell off the wagon throughout June, and by last week I didn’t have much to celebrate in the way of savings.

The good news is that we recognized what was going on, and were able to make changes to get back on track with our #yearofno.  We spent this week making sure we weren’t wasting hard earned money that had a job to do.

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