5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #126

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #126

Summer is by far my favorite season.  Which makes it an even bigger bummer when we get sick this time of year.

When I’m not feeling great, I’m even more grateful for kids that are willing to pull their own weight!  With their help, we’ve been able to keep the house running pretty smoothly.

We’re all pretty tired of Netflix now, though.

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Brilliant Too Hot To Cook Meals That Will Make Your Day Cool

Too hot to cook? No problem! These meals will fill you up without adding to the heat. These recipes are what summer is supposed to taste like!

It’s hot as the blazes outside, but you know good and well that your family is still going to want to eat.

That doesn’t mean you’re in the mood for heating up the kitchen.  And that’s ok!

Because here you’ll find a long list of yummy recipes to try when it’s just too hot to cook.

Whether you want a cold dish to serve or something seasonally delicious that didn’t cause you to turn on the oven…you’ll find all types of recipes on this no-need-to-think-about-it list!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #125

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #125

It was a little surprising to get mail from the dealer that we bought our van from just 10 months ago.  Guess what?  They want to buy our van back from us!

It’s time for an upgrade!

I had to shake my head.  Marketing like this must work, and it’s a shame.  There’s no way they would pay us back anything close to what we paid them last year.  And people who fall for this are probably rolling lost money into a new payment plan.

Cars are already expensive enough without feeling like you deserve an upgrade every year!

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100 Interesting Road Trip Questions That Will Cure Your Boredom

Looking for fun road trip questions that are interesting enough to break up the boredom? These questions are family friendly, but entertaining for everyone!

Right now, you’re probably either…

A.) …halfway through a road trip and bored out of your mind.  The ABC game got boring miles ago and you’re tired of listening to “I Would Walk 500 Miles” (HIMYM reference).

B.) …an uber prepared person who knows they’re heading out for a road trip soon and needs to stop that boredom before it starts.

Either way, this list is perfect for you!  Let’s pull together a fun list of questions you can ask your fellow road tripees when the yellow line gets too long.

Here you’ll find questions that are great for spouses, friends, or even a big family.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #124

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #124

Ever have one of those months when it seems like you’re hit by one big expense after another?  It’s a bummer that this is happening to us before we were able to establish our sinking funds.

But experiencing it reminds you why you should keep moving towards that goal, even when it’s hard!

If you face disappointments like this from time to time and want an encouraging place to turn to, be sure to join our Facebook group!  We always love to have another friendly face…uh, profile picture.  😉

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Clever Tips That Will Help When Your Savings Takes A Hit (Again)

Feel like the world is out to get your savings? Every time you build up some cash, something comes along to take it away! Here’s how to escape the ugly cycle.

The age old advice is to pay yourself first so you can build a good savings account.

But no one ever talks about the immediate destruction of that savings account.

Like clockwork, once we’ve built our savings to a level that makes us comfortable (or at least happy), something comes along to eat it all in one bite.

You can give your theories about why it works this way.  But what we really need is ideas for staying motivated when everything in the world is trying to destroy your savings mojo!

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25 Simple Rules That Will Change Life On One Income

Follow a few simple rules and you won’t have to worry about living on one income. In fact, you may thrive better than you ever did on two incomes!

Life on one income can feel like a balancing act.  Like you have to stay upright on a ball, even as you spin more and more plates over your head.

There are some simple things you should keep in mind when you’re living life on one income.  Remember these rules and you’ll find they make everything better.

In fact, with these rules in place…you may find that life is better than ever before!

Remember, life is not all about money.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #123

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #123

Summer is in full swing (well, summer break, anyway).  We have a long list of fun things we love to do, and most of those things are cheap or even free!

We’re taking advantage of as many of those things as we can.  But the best part about summer is that we can also choose to skip any of those things if we aren’t up for it.

A slow summer of doing projects around the house, or even just doing nothing at all (gasp!) can be just the thing for busy families.

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Chores for Kids By Age And How To Make It Work (This Time!)

Grab your free printable chart of chores for kids by age here. And if you have your doubts about this chart working, you need these tips for success!

Is it a constant struggle to get your kids to help out around the house?

It’s true that we keep ourselves busy worrying over details that, in the long run, just don’t matter.  In the chaos of life, just doing everything yourself is easier.

But is it better?

Guys.  Getting your kids to learn responsibility is a fight worth having.

But don’t worry!  I’ve got some tips that will make this fight a little less of a battle on both sides.

It’s all about setting realistic expectations of the right household chores for kids and following through.

Here’s how to do it.

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Money and Life Goals 2018: June Check In

Money and Life Goals 2018: June Check In

The blog has been pretty quiet for the past month while our family trudged through the month of May.  It’s arguably our busiest time of the year.  There were fun days of chaperoning field trips and crazy days putting together last minute projects.

Mostly I’m just glad we got through it!

I am happy to say that we were able to work on some of our goals this month.  That meant other goals had to slide.  But I’m learning to be ok with that.

I tend to try to cram more things into a day than 24 hours can hold, so setting more realistic expectations is a good thing.

But I’m so happy we set these goals.  Because without this monthly check in, we probably wouldn’t get things done.

Putting things off until “some day” is a strength of mine.  😉

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