5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 112

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 112

It’s still cold outside, but it’s already time to start thinking about summer camp.  The cost of some camps are outrageous!  A teacher forwarded information on one to me the other day, and the price for one week is $1,000.  For ONE kid!

Hey, I’m all for kids having new experiences.  And I even think that overnight camp is important.  It boosts confidence and gives them so many great memories.  But I’m not going to tank our savings to make it work.

If you want to send your kids to summer camp, now is the time to look into your options.  Sign them up for a more affordable option before they fill up.  Or look for scholarship opportunities before the deadlines pass.

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The Spring Cleaning Checklist That Will Boost Your Savings

The Spring Cleaning Checklist That Will Boost Your Savings

You remembered to clean the light switches and wash the range hood. But have you gone through this spring cleaning checklist? This is the list that will overhaul your budget for the better.

When you wake up to a beautiful day, you can’t help but throw open the windows to let in some fresh spring air.  After a long winter of being cooped up inside, it’s time to give the house a face lift.

Most of us like to get started on some spring cleaning this time of year.  It feels so good to shake everything out and start fresh.

But why stop there?  This is the perfect time of year to give your finances a good shake out, too.  So today, I want to show you a spring cleaning checklist that will clean out something else.

Your bills.

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To the Person Who Feels Like Giving Up

To the Person Who Feels Like Giving Up

If you’ve ever felt like giving up on your dreams, you’ve probably missed a couple of important steps that will get you there. Whether you want to be debt free, take a dream vacation, or start a business, this formula is for you.

Spoon in hand, I stood over the stove, frustrated.  The recipe said that the sauce would have thickened by now, so I must have done something wrong.  I decided I’d give it another minute and then give up.

Within several seconds, that runny milk suddenly turned into a beautiful creamy sauce.  In two turns of the spoon, my recipe had gone from slop to something delicious.

As I did my little happy dance, I couldn’t help but think of other times this kind of thing happens.

The toddler that was several months behind on walking (compared to his big brother) suddenly decided in one day that walking was no longer a challenge.

On a larger level, something like the Berlin Wall.  For decades it was impenetrable, until one day (out of nowhere) it was open.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #111

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #111

We knew our goats would be having babies soon, but just like human Mamas, there’s no way to tell exactly when it might happen.  Then suddenly on Sunday, there were two baby goats in the barn!  And a few hours later, the other Mama had her twins, too.

We are small time goat farmers, and now we need to decide how many of these goats we will keep for our herd.  In the meantime, the bleats from the babies are adorable!

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How to Get Paid for Blogging: Is That Even a Thing??

Have you ever wondered how to get paid for blogging? It can be a great way to bring in some extra income. And yes, even us “regular people” can do it! Here are a few things you can do to earn money through your blog.

If you’re looking for ways to to add another income stream, or just bring in a little more money, we’re going to continue to talk about ways to do that today.

Last week we talked about creating a blog.  This week, let’s talk about how to use that blog to earn money.  There are hundreds of combinations you can try, and I strongly suggest that you try several different methods.  Don’t rely on just one way to earn money.

*This post contains affiliate links. Your purchase through these links helps to support Medium Sized Family.  All opinions are my own.

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The Free Monthly Bill Organizer That Will Line Up Your Cash

Can a monthly bill organizer save you from late fees? Can it get your finances *finally* organized? Try this free printable monthly bill organizer and find out.

Sometimes a simple piece of paper can change everything.  You use a scrap piece of paper to get that cutie’s phone number.  (Do people still do that?  I haven’t dated since high school.)  Or scribble lines that will lead into a masterpiece of music or literature onto a napkin.

Or, if you want to change your financial life, you might use that paper to work on your money.  Something as simple as a monthly bill organizer can be just what you need to pull your financial life into shape.

It sounds silly, but this one piece of paper can make all the difference in your life.

The Free Monthly Bill Organizer That Will Line Up Your Cash

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 110

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 110

Between ice storms and illness, we’ve had a crazy week.  But we were able to do a couple of things to get us closer to our goal, including filing our taxes.

While I’m no fan of giving the government an interest free loan, we do get a return each year.  But at least we have a plan for it!  We knew we’d be getting enough back to cover what’s left of our credit card debt.

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How Do I Create A Blog? The Steps You Need To Get Started

How do I create a blog? If you’re looking for ideas for making money from home, creating a blog isn’t as hard as you think. Find out if you have what it takes to make a successful blog.

We Moms are a scrappy bunch.  We’re often in charge of the family budget.  So when we see that the outgo is greater than the income, we do what we can to make up for it.

And since you clearly like to read blogs (thanks for checking out Medium Sized Family, by the way!) you’ve probably wondered at one time or another, “How do I create a blog?”

Since this blog focuses on the best ways to save and earn money, I don’t want to overlook the way I’m bringing in money for my family these days.  But I’m not going to promise you the moon about blogging like some people do.

How Do I Create A Blog? The Steps You Need To Get Started

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Money and Life Goals 2018: February Check In

Imagine it’s a crisp morning in early spring.  You meet your friends at the park wearing your favorite running outfit.  You’ve got your fitness watch ready to go, and you begin stretching.

Everyone is warmed up and ready to begin, so you head to the line they’ve created.  Toes go forward, and soon…you’re off!

Your friends are running with purpose.  They know which route to take, because they’ve mapped it out ahead of time.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 109

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 109

Our oldest son is in the middle of eighth grade.  While that means we need to learn how to manage life at the high school, I’m slightly alarmed to find out how quickly we have to jump right in to college prep!

Higher education is important to open yourself up to more job opportunities.  But to me, higher education doesn’t automatically mean college.  So it’s time for us to learn about the different options our students have.

I’ll be learning as much as I can about avoiding debt for college, trade school, or whatever our kids choose to do with their lives.  And once I feel like I know enough about this, I’ll be sure to pass information along to you!

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