5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 73

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 73

Earlier this week, I took my 3 year old out to run errands.  We decided to try a new park, which was so much fun!  They have a climbing toy in the shape of a train, which my little guy just loved.

When we finally got home after a long day of running errands, I was ready for both of us to have some down time.  But as I unloaded things from the van, I saw him topple head first out of the car and into our gravel driveway.  Instead of relaxing, we spent a few hours in the emergency room.

Luckily, everything turned out just fine!  He was happy to get a popsicle and watch some cartoons, and I was relieved when the doctor said he looked a lot worse than he actually was.

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Love to Travel? Better Get a Vacation Savings Account!

Love to Travel? Better Get a Vacation Savings Account!

Inside:  Planning to travel soon? A vacation savings account is the perfect way to enjoy your trip without the stress of debt. Get a free printable for fun savings!

The first time I ever saw the ocean was on my honeymoon.  After the stress of planning a wedding and dealing with minute details for months, that was the most relaxing vacation I’d ever had.  We enjoyed it so much that we decided then and there that we’d be coming back within 5 years.

Kind of a stretch for two kids in their early 20s with not much in the way of job prospects.  But we made it work!  Five years and two kids later, we were back.

Since then, we’ve tried to take a nice vacation like this every couple of years.  A trip like this is a splurge for sure, especially with a family of seven.  But with some careful savings, we make it work.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 72

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 72

Do you give your kids gifts for Easter?  I’ve heard of some parents that decide to gift an item they were going to have to buy the kids this time of year anyway (like boots or a folding chair for ball games).  Then there are the parents that want to go all out for their kids no matter what we’re celebrating.

I’ve done both.  On baby’s first Easter, he was 4 months old.  But I decided he needed another fun toy to kick at during floor time.  (Really?  What was I thinking??)

These days I recognize the beauty in simplicity.  I like the idea of keeping this holiday focused on Jesus.  So even though some kids need new shoes and I’d like to get the little guy some toys for his sand box, I’m resisting.  Besides, who wants to start the race where you buy something for one kid and then have to even it up for the rest of them?

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How to Develop Self Control: 5 Tips to Get What You Want Most

How to Develop Self Control: 5 Tips to Get What You Want Most

Inside:  You’re so tired of caving to every little temptation. But you don’t know how to develop self control! These 5 tips will change your thinking in no time.

I was sitting in church on Palm Sunday, when the deacon began talking about the Gospel.  On Palm Sunday, the masses were laying out palms for Jesus to walk across.  But by Thursday, they were calling for His death.

It struck me that the human struggle to stay focused on our life purpose is not new.  It’s innate human behavior that we all have to work hard to rise above.

Christians, for instance, have to fight their entire lives to avoid “feels good now” temptations in order to get what they want the most in the after life.  But there are many smaller journeys in life that are a good reflection of that.  Maybe we have been given the gift of practice rounds as we go.  What if we’re missing it?

Think about the last diet you tried.  You decided to start a journey of healthier eating, with your end goal being a number on the scale or the shirt tag.  It probably started great, until you were tempted by your favorite treat.  Or there was a celebration that you needed to take part in (and that always involves delicious food!).

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 71

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 71

It’s funny how getting our largest credit card debt paid off has changed things around here.  We aren’t out of debt yet.  We have a couple more cards to go (both significantly smaller than what we owed the giant card).

Still, the free feeling of escaping that debt just makes me hungrier to do better with all of our money.  It made me curious about other parts of our financial picture.  And that gave me more motivation to get debt free.

Now that’s a circle I’d much rather be running than the old “never get out of debt” circle!

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The 52 Week Savings Plan Spreadsheet That Moves With Life

The 52 Week Savings Plan Spreadsheet That Moves With Life

Inside: If you hate math but wish you could save more money, have I got the 52 Week Savings Plan Spreadsheet for you!  Forget January 1st…start this any time!

Lately I’ve been on a mission to find ways to make it easier for people to save money.  Not just on groceries and expenses.  (Though that’s important, too.)  But in a savings account, a piggy bank, or wherever you like to pile up money for a rainy day.

I don’t exactly pride myself on my math skills.  I often joke that I married my Hubby so he could help with math homework.  He’s the math and technology guy in the house.

That said, when it comes to my money, calculators are my best friend.  Especially calculators that break down my big goals (like paying off credit card debt) into manageable chunks.  If I pay this much money on this card and this much money on that card, when will I be debt free?

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