5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 86

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 86

The 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week series is getting a little face lift!  What do you think of the new photo?  Design is definitely not my strong suit, but I’m trying to make my graphics easier to read.  So let me know what you think of this and other pictures you’re seeing around the blog.

I’m doing all of this for you guys, after all.  If you can’t read it or don’t like it, I will change it all!  🙂

Every Friday I celebrate the small wins that have led us closer to our big hairy goal of paying off thousands in credit card debt.  We’ve been working on this goal for 19 months now.  We have times that it’s easier, and times when it’s just plain hard.

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6 Simple Ways To Get Back to the School Routine

6 Simple Ways To Get Back to the School Routine

Inside:  Love it or hate it, the school routine keeps the wheels turning. Put these 6 ideas in place and rock the new school year!

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This time of year always brings up mixed emotions.  You probably don’t miss alarm clocks and keeping up with school supplies.  But then again, getting back into a routine makes life flow more smoothly.

Over the years, I’ve found some awesome resources that keep our family on track when the school year begins.  Here are 6 things you can do to rock the new school year!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 85

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 85

Summer vacation isn’t complete without a week at Vacation Bible School.  So the kids are enjoying that this week.  It’s a free way for them to grow closer to God (not to mention others in our community).

I love to get there a little before pick up time and listen to them sing.  The first day I thought there was a choir!  It feeds my soul, and they come home more relaxed (so I suspect it’s the same for them).

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Free Biweekly Budget Sheet (Watch Out For These 3 Mistakes That Will Bust It)

Free Biweekly Budget Sheet (Watch Out For These 3 Mistakes That Will Bust It)

Inside: Why use a monthly budget when you’re paid every other week? This biweekly budget sheet will fit your life. But watch out for 3 mistakes that will bust it!

Are you struggling to find a budget that actually works?  You know that setting up a budget is the best way to control your money.  The problem is that most budget plans are set up a month at a time.  Meanwhile, most of us are paid every other week.  It doesn’t take a math degree to see that those numbers just don’t line up.

It’s tempting to just give up on the whole idea of budgeting.  But don’t do that!  There’s so much power in having a good budget.  Once you’ve found the right set up, you’ll love the control you have over your little dollar bill workers.

Budgeting each paycheck as it comes in is an easy way to set yourself up for success.  So let’s get rid of the idea of spreading 28 days worth of pay across 30 days of spending.  This is the best way I’ve found to set up a budget you can actually stick with.  As a bonus, it also makes those 3 paycheck months easier to factor into your money plan!

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Quick Pickle Dip Roll Ups: So Yummy, So Easy!

Quick Pickle Dip Roll Ups: So Yummy, So Easy!

Inside:  These pickle dip roll ups are a quick lunch or appetizer, perfect for days when it’s just too hot to cook.

Do you ever just need a quick and easy recipe for lunch or maybe to take to a party?

Of course you do!

There are some days when it’s too hot to cook anything, but you really don’t want another PB&J.  Roll ups can be a fun way to change it up a bit.  And you can make them out of just about anything.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 84

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 84

The rain was pouring down and the kids joked about going outside to play.  They could hardly believe it when I said, “Sure.  Why not?”

There’s a creek that runs right through our backyard.  Usually in a downpour like this, it swells and takes over much of our playing space.  Or it rushes so quickly that I can’t risk the kids being near it.  Too many horrible stories on the news makes that not worth the risk.  (shiver)

It’s just another reminder that the simple things in life bring a lot of joy.  Me?  I’m not going to run in the rain, but I’ll take this moment to appreciate a quiet cup of coffee.

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Cool Birthday Presents That Will Actually Be Remembered

Cool Birthday Presents That Will Actually Be Remembered

Inside:  Here’s a whole list of cool birthday presents that people will actually want! Buy the kids something they won’t throw on a forgotten pile for once.

Several years ago, Kung Zhu Pets were all the rage.  Every kid wanted them.  And because they were so cheap, I was happy to spread the word to family and friends that they could grab one for just $4 and the kids would be happy.

Remember me??

And they were.  They played with the pets for a couple of days… before they added them to their giant pile of ignored and forgotten toys.

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July Check In: Our SMART Goals and Big Debt Payoff Plan

July Check In: Our SMART Goals and Big Debt Payoff Plan

Happy July!  Summer is in full swing, and life is finally calming down a bit.  You may have noticed that there was no June check in on our goals.  Whoops!

The truth is, life was absolutely crazy in all of May and a good chunk of June.  But I did miss the accountability of this post, and I’m really happy to get back to it this month.

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