Valentine’s Day for Kids: Love On Them (On the Cheap!)

Valentine’s Day for Kids: Love On Them (On the Cheap!)

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you can’t forget your favorite munchkins! Show your love with these adorable Valentine Gifts for kids…sure to get a smile!

It was a quiet, cold February 13th evening a few years ago.  The kids were snoozing, and I was up contemplating, as usual, whether I had done enough to make the holiday special for them.  I already had a small box of $1 chocolates for each of them.

Now I’m not the type of Mom who believes that every event needs to be over the top.  Celebrating in simple ways works out best for my family.  

The more you give to kids, the less they appreciate what they have.  It overwhelms their little systems.

So I decided that I’d give them just one more small gift.  Something I could put together at home for free.  Something that would be a small bit of “icing on the cake”. (more…)

Save Money By Finding Awesome Used Stuff for Sale

Ready to buy? Before you shop new, you should always check into used stuff for sale. Here you’ll find tips to help you get the best deal and save more cash.

Guy 1, we’ll call him Fred, set a New Year’s Resolution.  He’s going to get in shape this year.  So Fred looks through the ads, does some research, and decides on a few pieces of exercise equipment that he’d like to own.

Fred’s got some money saved up, but he wants to get a deal.  So he heads for the store with the best price.  While he’s there, he picks up a couple other things and signs up for the warranty.  

He had to put some of the cost on a credit card, but he should be able to pay that off soon-ish.

Guy 2, we’ll call him George, also has a New Year’s Resolution.  He’s going to declutter the house.  That exercise equipment has been nothing more than a clothing rack for the past 2 years.  

It still works just fine…but what’s the point if no one is going to use it?

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How To Start a House Cleaning Business and Make Savings Possible

Starting a house cleaning business isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. If you’re a reliable hard worker, the money will find you!

You may have dreams about hiring a maid.  Maybe you even put it on your Christmas list every year.  (Guilty!)  But have you ever considered getting work cleaning other people’s houses?

You don’t have to have a spotless home to start a house cleaning business.  If you’ve got a strong work ethic and know how to clean well, you can turn this idea into a money maker.

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Save Money on Groceries: Keep it Simple

Save Money on Groceries: Keep it Simple

Have you overlooked this simple way to save money on groceries?

I scraped the remains of yet another failed recipe into the trash.  I’d been pretty excited about trying the new dish I’d found on Pinterest.  It looked delicious!  

Although it did have a few odd ingredients.  

And the recipe didn’t end up being quite as simple as I’d expected.

Turns out the family wasn’t into it.  My experiment meant more time and money down the drain.

I knew there had to be a better way to put together a meal plan.  I was tired of planning elaborate meals to keep things interesting.  I was even more tired of wasting money every week.

Something had to change.  Luckily, that “something” turned out to be a rather simple solution.

Save Money On Groceries: Keep It Simple. I was totally overlooking this easy way to save money on groceries. Now that I'm doing my shopping this way, my family eats more and we save a ton of time and money.

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The Top 7 Ways We Saved Money This Year

When I became pregnant with our sixth child in June of this year, one thing was for certain… the clothing budget would have to expand.  (Get it?!)

Because I tend to get HUGE with each pregnancy (it’s hard to fit 10 pound kids into my 5’1″ frame), I knew I’d probably need a lot of different sizes.

Who wants to spend a lot of money on big clothes?  Especially ones you will only be able to wear for a couple of months?

You're Kicking Me Smalls

Ok, I did splurge on this one shirt!

Luckily, I’d learned to get creative in my spending during our #yearsofno that lead us out of tens of thousands in credit card debt!

Flexing those money saving muscles is fun (once you’ve learned how to grow them)!

(Learn more about the path we took to get out of debt.)

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14 Small Cheap Christmas Gifts For That Last Minute Gift Exchange

14 Small Cheap Christmas Gifts For That Last Minute Gift Exchange

Grab some of these small cheap Christmas gifts this year. Perfect for coworkers, teachers, or that person you didn’t know was coming! (Whoops!)

Have you ever been to a Yankee Swap party?  (You might call it a White Elephant exchange or Dirty Santa.)  You show up with a gift and wind up with a random gift from someone else.

There always seems to be one gift that is fought over.  The gift that appeals to everyone.  It’s fun to be the winner who brings home the coveted gift.  But it’s also fun to be the one who brought the gift that’s sought after.

 

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Truthfully, having a list of cheap gift ideas that appeal to a wide variety of people is handy for a lot of reasons.  Teachers, coworkers, coaches, and whoever else you’d like to show appreciation to (without breaking the bank).

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30 Day Money Challenge That Will Kick Start Your Savings for 2019

30 Day Money Challenge That Will Kick Start Your Savings for 2019

Join the 30 day money challenge designed to be finished! By keeping this challenge fun and building accountability, we’ll kick your 2019 off to its best start. Best of all, it’s free!

A couple of Januarys ago, my Hubby and I stared at a list of things we wanted to do with our lives.  Changes we wanted to make to our home.  Fun trips we wanted to take with our family.  Dream dates we’d love to go on.

And it was a shock to our plan when we realized that debt was keeping us from doing any of those things.

You probably have dreams similar to ours.  But something is holding you back.  Whether it’s too many bills, not enough savings, or the weight of money mistakes you feel like you’ll never overcome…it can make you feel hopeless.

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A Cookie Exchange Is The Delightful Way to Spread Cheer

This year, why not host a cookie exchange? It’s such a fun way to spread Christmas cheer without the cost and hassle of a traditional Christmas party!

Hosting a Christmas party probably sounds like equal parts fun and stress.  How great is it to get together with your favorite people at this special time of year!?

BUT…

It’s also expensive, time consuming, and stressful (what with the planning, cleaning, and prepping.)

Happily I have the perfect solution for you!  The answer is host a cookie exchange!

cookie exchange party

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Cyber Monday 2018 Deal!

Cyber Monday 2018 Deal!

 

Feeling a little pinched already this Christmas season?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to change that feeling next year?

If you’re ready to make big changes, you’re in luck!

Right now you can grab a copy of my book 500 Ways to Save Money: Build a Cash Jackpot for the Best Things In Life for just $3.99!

Hurry!  The price will be increasing soon, and I don’t want you to miss out on this bargain!

This book is packed with all the tips we used to get ourselves out of over $20,000 in credit card debt.  They’re tried and true methods that worked for our single income family of seven. 

And they’ll work for you, too!

Learn more about the book and grab your copy here.  (Why not gift one this Christmas to your fellow frugal friends and family?)

Click here to grab your copy of the book today!

Savings on Thanksgiving Dinner That Will Make You Thankful!

At the stroke of midnight on Halloween, many people immediately begin to think of Christmas.  The decorations, the gifts to buy, and the magic of the season.

But for frugal planners like us, we can’t forget about one important step between those two holidays.  And that is, of course, Thanksgiving!

Those of us who love Thanksgiving enjoy the simplicity of the season.  It’s a time to pause and give thanks.  And the only thing we need to really plan for is one meal.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to save money on this holiday!  

Let’s talk about some simple ways to save on Thanksgiving dinner!

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