What to Do When You Can’t Afford a Family Vacation

Wondering what to do when you can’t afford a family vacation? These ideas are affordable, but a ton of fun for the whole family!

While stuck in line at the grocery store, you decide to do a quick Facebook scroll.

There’s a cute baby picture or two.  Some people debating the latest news story.

But the next line?

Another beach photo.

It feels like all of your friends and family are taking fun trips.  But you know it’s so far out of the budget this year, there’s no way you can afford it.

You wonder if your family will regret not getting away together.  What will the kids tell the teacher when she asks what they did over the break?

Well, families can spend great quality time together without going away on an expensive trip.

You can even make fantastic memories that no one else can compare to!

Let’s talk about some fun (but affordable) things to do when you can’t afford a family vacation.

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Insider Laundry Hacks From a Mom of 6

Ugh…laundry! Luckily, using these laundry hacks makes the job simple… so you can get on to more fun things. (Anything else.)

The only time keeping up with the laundry isn’t awful is when someone forgets cash in their pocket.

Most Moms I know consider this their pay for washing clothes.  😉

Otherwise, laundry is one of the most dreaded chores a Mom has.  

As a friend of mine likes to say, “You’re never done with the laundry unless you wash clothes while you’re naked.”  Kinda sounds like an accident waiting to happen, so I haven’t attempted it myself.  (Yet.)

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The Best Cheap Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (Don’t Worry, She’ll LOVE It!)

Finding the best cheap Mother’s Day gift ideas isn’t as hard as it seems. She is sure to love these gift ideas (and so will your wallet!).

Of course you love your Mama.  And who doesn’t want to show her how special she is?  

Really, you want her to know how much you love her all year long.  But even more so on Mother’s Day.

Hardly anyone can afford to give their mother the kind of gift she really deserves.  After all the work she’s done for you (she’s your number one fan, after all!), you’d love to give her a trip to an island filled with pampering for, like, a year.

Sadly, your wallet doesn’t agree with you. 

But don’t worry!

You can still get her something special.  In fact, I’ve got a whole list of the best cheap Mother’s Day gift ideas around.  She’s going to love these ideas!

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What I Wish I Knew Before My Child’s Hospital Stay

You have enough worry about your child’s condition. You shouldn’t also have to wonder what the hospital stay will be like. Here’s what you need to know.

When your kids are mostly healthy, you’ll get a reminder from time to time that you should be grateful for that. 

Maybe it’s another mom sharing the story of their chronically ill child.  Or a Facebook page that follows the journey of a child as they go in and out of the hospital.

Even so, it was quite the shock for me to learn that our own otherwise healthy 5 year old needed a serious surgery followed by a 5 day hospital stay.  

As the date of the surgery drew closer, I realized I’d have to get out of that shock and prepare both of us for that hospital stay.

What would we need to bring along?  What should we expect the experience to be like?  I had no idea. 

Luckily, some experienced friends gave me some tips to make our stay easier.  

But even with their help, things happened that I wasn’t ready for.  

So let me share our experience with you in the hopes that we can make your hospital stay a little less stressful.  (Because there’s already plenty of that to go around.)

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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…)

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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