So What’s The Deal?

Hello.

My name is Jamie, and once upon a time, I was a blogger here at Medium Sized Family.

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Life in our medium sized family has been c-r-a-z-y for the past year. So much so that I had to let a ball drop. Unfortunately, that ball turned out to be the blog.

You know, sometimes I look around and see other rock star women who manage to homeschool their children, do a home makeover, and run an amazing blog, all while giving birth and keeping a well stocked freezer. And it turns out, I am not that woman.

(No, I did not give birth again in the past year. But the homeschooling and home renovation stuff, yeah. We did that. I also ran for a political office in our small town. And now we have 3 high schoolers, all in different high schools.)

But for now, let’s focus on that whole home renovation part, shall we?

We Have a Second Bathroom!

(Spoiler alert!)

A dream that we’ve had for the 13.5 years we’ve lived in this house is to have a second bathroom.

Having 8 people in a house with only one bathroom goes EXACTLY like you would think it would go.

There’s always a line. Always.

(Really? It’s 2 a.m. and someone is in the bathroom? Uh huh.)

The room smells like 5 boys use it all the time.

It’s not pretty, no matter how many ways I try to paint it.

That was life for 13 years and 6 months (almost exactly) (but who’s counting?).

But finally, my dreams have come true! I have my own bathroom in my own master bedroom!

It’s everything we dreamed of when we were living our #yearofno.

Exciting Stuff!

The addition isn’t done yet. And of course we ran into the kind of trouble you’d expect when you live in a 1950s home.

In 2021 and 2022.

When everything is running behind and/or held up on a boat somewhere.

Finding grocery bags where there should have been insulation was an interesting twist, though.

I do not recommend you use that as one of the five ways you save money this week.

Our Real Life Home Addition

I’ll dive in to the dirty details of our home addition over the next few weeks.

Just remember, this is no home decorating blog. This is real life.

We didn’t have any sponsors pay for anything, and we had to get creative in paying for things and making all those darned decisions.

But if you’re looking for ideas that work in a real live home, boy have I got those for you.

Want a Sneak Peek?

Here’s what the bathroom looks like!

The flooring isn’t quite done (we’re missing some transition pieces that haven’t come in yet) and haven’t had time to do the trim.

And since this photo, we did add a medicine cabinet and a little decor.

But, oh yes, this is my oasis. I can just come in here and sit.

And take a bath! With, like, 60% less banging-on-the-door-asking-when-I’m-getting-out than before!

It’s Been A Long Year

I never imagined that it would take us 14 months (and counting) to get this small house addition pulled together.

And we aren’t even close to finished yet.

But it’s been so worth it!

So Am I Back to Blogging?

If you’ve been a reader around here, you probably know that I’m a sucker for a new year and goal setting.

And this week, I’ve really felt the tug to get back to the blog.

So I’m looking forward to sharing what we’ve accomplished, and to hearing about how you have saved money lately, too!

Leave a comment or join us in the Facebook group! (By the way, I owe the other Jamie a huge thank you for helping with the group while I was away!)

See you soon!

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!

How to Choose Which Type of Debt to Pay Off First

How to Choose Which Type of Debt to Pay Off First

Inside: ¬†Ready to pay off debt, but not sure where to start? ¬†Let’s look at your options!

Medium Sized Family readers, give a welcome to Jacob from¬†Dollar Diligence! ¬†He’s going to give us his perspective on debt today.

A few years ago, I paid off $25,000 of student loan debt in just 15 months. This was a HUGE feat for me and I am so glad that I did it. If I did not, I would still be living in the minimum payment world with a payoff future date of 10 or more years from now. Not what I wanted.

When it comes to debt, whether you have student loans, credit cards, or even an auto loan, you want to make sure that YOU choose what debt is paid off first. If you do not choose, then your money will not be allocated properly and you will remain in debt for longer than you needed to be, which means wasted money in interest payments.

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Reader Survey 2017:  Let’s Improve Medium Sized Family Together!

Reader Survey 2017: Let’s Improve Medium Sized Family Together!

This blog exists for one reason: to serve my readers.  I work to become a better blogger every day, and I can really only do that with your help.

It’s been over a year since I last surveyed the Medium Sized Family readers, so it’s definitely time to do it again! ¬†Tell me a bit about yourself. ¬†Whether this is your first visit to Medium Sized Family or you check in often, I’d like to know how I can help you out.

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Groupon Goods: You’ll Be Surprised at What You Can Find

Groupon Goods: You’ll Be Surprised at What You Can Find

This sponsored post is brought to you by Groupon Goods.  All opinions are my own.

A great way to save money is to look for deals throughout the year on gift items. ¬†One site you won’t want to miss is Groupon. ¬†They always have super savings. ¬†But today, I want to introduce you to another part of Groupon: Groupon Goods.

Who doesn’t want to get ahead on some Christmas or birthday shopping?

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That #yearofno Family

That #yearofno Family

The Penny HoarderI’m excited to have a post featured today at The Penny Hoarder. ¬†I hope regular readers of Medium Sized Family will jump over and check it out! ¬†I’m going into detail about how our motto, #yearofno, has helped our family gain ground on our big goal of paying off debt this year.

If you are new to Medium Sized Family, welcome!  Is your family also on a journey towards freedom from debt?  If you like finding ways to save money, I think this blog will be a great fit for you.

I encourage you to learn more about Medium Sized Family on the Start Here page.  There you can find links to popular posts and series and learn more about this blog.

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If you’re short on time, no problem. ¬†I’m active on social media, so pick your favorite platform to¬†follow Medium Sized Family.

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I also offer a weekly newsletter with extra money tips.  My subscribers get a checklists to help them Spring Clean Their Finances (and save a load of cash!).

I hope that my family’s journey towards debt freedom helps you to accomplish your own financial goals.

Are you trying to pay off debt?  Introduce yourself in the comments section below.