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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.
This week I managed to spill coffee on the top of my head.
That’s not relevant to saving money (I mean, ok, I did brew it at home!), but after a week of being sick, that seemed like a good mental image to show the kind of week it’s been. 😉
Luckily it wasn’t all awful. I did manage to find a few ways to save money!
Some weeks are just rough. Life decides to take you for a ride, and you have no choice but to follow along.
That’s been the last few weeks for us. We’ve dealt with a quickly scheduled surgery, a funeral a couple of states away, a birthday party, school functions, and the chaos of regular life.
There was a time when the fact that I couldn’t find ways to save money during the hustle and bustle of life would have added an extra layer of stress.
And to be sure, I don’t enjoy wasting money on things like fast food and other conveniences. But I’m so glad it’s an option available to us when life is tough!
This post was sponsored by NABISCO as part of an Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
If I could convince a family trying to get out of debt to try just one thing, it would be this: Always have snacks and drinks ready to go.
The trusty Coleman cooler and a bag of quick snacks would be my “get out of debt mascot”. (If a “get out of debt mascot” was a thing. Ahem.)
That’s because families these days are always on the go!! How often do you stop for a drink or quick snack for your hungry kids?
You do it, because hungry kids are not a lot of fun to be stuck in the car or on the sidelines with! And it’s perfectly fine.
I’m not telling you to stop their snacking. I’m telling you that there’s a much better way to afford those snacks! Here’s how.
Big, black spiders are a staple of any good set of Halloween decorations. And now I know why.
Every October our home becomes infested with black wolf spiders. It’s common for our area. But it’s not something any of us enjoy!
After killing or shooing away 4 or 5 spiders every day, I’ve had enough.
The plastic variety are all fun and games, but I’m done with these icky creatures! If you’ve got a great solution for spiders, let me know!
Your Money, Your Marriage is the perfect book for couples who fight about money. Don’t risk your marriage! Put the practical advice in this book to work.
Tackling debt is a subject near and dear to my heart. Our family used our #yearofno motto to help us destroy tens of thousands of dollars worth of credit card debt. So anyone else who has fought hard against debt feels like an ally!
That’s part of what makes me such a fan of The Queen of Free. Cherie Lowe and her husband paid off $127,000 (!) in debt! And they managed to stay lovingly married through the fight.
You probably know that money fights are one of the leading causes of divorce. In fact, it’s likely something you’ve struggled with in your own marriage at one point or another.