10 Money Saving Plans That Will Actually Fill Your Empty Savings Account

10 Money Saving Plans That Will Actually Fill Your Empty Savings Account

Who doesn’t love the idea of saving money?  You set money aside and forget about it.  Then that magical day comes when you want to take a trip or make a fun purchase, and the money is there waiting for you.  No need to worry about payments or how you’ll cover the cost.

Except that the whole part where you actually save the money is hard.  Even if you find money in your paycheck to save, something always seems to happen to it.  Whether that something is happy hour or too many searches through the dollar bins at Target, either way it’s gone.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 68

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 68

My Hubby got the call we’ve been anticipating for months late last week.  After that, our weekend became a whirlwind of activity as I tried to get all the kids ready to sleepover at their grandparents’ house.  They’d leave for school from there, so that added another layer of preparation to my work.

Meanwhile, Hubby and I drove two states away to attend a funeral.  We packed a lot of emotions into that overnight trip.

We also tried to keep the trip on the frugal side.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 67

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 67

Several mornings ago, I pried my eyes open and discovered that a hard storm was hitting our home.  I’d been up all night watching the radar, and nothing had come our way.  Until now.

I walked out to our dining room and looked out the window.  I couldn’t see anything.  We were being hit hard by straight line winds.

I casually told my son that maybe we should head to the basement.  I quickly woke the other kids and shuffled them downstairs.  By the time we got to the bottom of the steps, the winds had died down.

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Cut Boredom On the Cheap With a Fun Family Game Night

Cut Boredom On the Cheap With a Fun Family Game Night

Whether it’s cold and rainy outside or you’re just tired of listening to everyone complain, a family game night is the perfect cure for boredom.  Even if you choose a new game to add to your collection, the cost of playing a game is far more affordable than taking everyone out to buy entertainment.

To make it easier, I pulled together a list of our family’s favorite games.  So be sure to pop over to A Budget Friendly Life and read all about it today!

I’d love to know your favorite board game!

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 66

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 66

I love to read money saving tips.  Don’t you?  But I have to tell you, I sometimes get frustrated when the tips are all about how someone saved x amount of dollars when they bought something new.

I do think those tips can be really helpful.  (I’ve got a few tips like this in this very post!)  But the very best money saving tips are those that help you avoid spending in the first place.

Do you agree?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

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Forget About Money Saving Charts for Perfect People

Forget About Money Saving Charts for Perfect People

What would an extra $1,000 do to your year?  It’s a significant amount of money.  You could use it to cover the cost of gifts at Christmas.  You could take a decent vacation.  Or you could pay cash for that big ticket item you’ve been wanting.  (Imagine how much money you’ll save in interest and fees!)

Money saving charts are a popular way to save up.  But one problem with those charts is that they aren’t forgiving.  It tells you what amount you need to save each week.  But what if the week they ask you to save a big amount of cash falls on a week when the car breaks down?  Or maybe when you’ve got 2 birthdays to cover?

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