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10 Money Saving Tips

You have saved and scrimped. You have worked and reworked your budget over and over again. Yet, you are still finding yourself coming up short every month or in need of extra cash to apply to your debt payoff plan. Figuring out where you can save can sometimes be a challenge, but these ten money […]

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How much student loan debt do you have? This one girl's story of how she paid off $50,000 of her debt in 3 years and how she's planning on hustling to pay off her student loans.

How I’m Hustling My Way to Pay off My Enormous Student Loan Debt

This is an amazing guest post from Natalie a.k.a. FinanceGirl. If you are looking for some encouragement along the road to debt-freedom, this post will do just that!  Thank you Natalie for such an awesome debt-free story! I am a practicing attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. I cannot tell you how incredibly amazing it felt to […]

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I started blogging two years ago with really no plan and no idea what I was doing. Last year I started to take my blog seriously and started honing my writing skills and content in order to start reaching new readers. Even with all that work, I still was not making much money blogging. I […]

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10 Money Saving Tips SQ

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You have saved and scrimped. You have worked and reworked your budget over and over again. Yet, you are still finding yourself coming up short every month or in need of extra cash to apply to your debt payoff plan. Figuring out where you can save can sometimes be a challenge, but these ten money […]

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4 Ways for SAHMs to Make Money

I love staying home with my kids; it is want I have always wanted. However, shortly after becoming a stay-at-home mom I found myself missing work. I wanted to do something to make extra money. After reading The Total Money Makeover * by Dave Ramsey, my hubs and I agreed to a “get-out-of-debt-fast” plan. We […]

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This post is written as part of Ruth Soukup’s Secret 13 Blog Tour, which I am excited to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more about the blog tour and to join us, click HERE. To find out more about the Secret 13 Essay Contest and your chance to […]

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How to Stress Less by Saying “No”

Learning to say “no” can be difficult. As women, we hate having to tell someone that we cannot help them. We are natural born people pleasers and as such, saying “no” seems wrong and counterintuitive. Therefore, for most us gals, we end up stressed, unhappy, and just flat-out exhausted from all the different yeses we […]

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Is Your Lifestyle Making You Broke?

I know I promised this post in video format, however life took over and that just did not happen. I am so sorry and I hope you will not be disappointed! A few months ago, I surveyed my readers to find out how much money is enough. The response to my survey, proved what countless […]

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As a mom to two little wild, rambunctious little boys, ages two and under, I have to get dinner on the table quick. My youngest, Collin, will pull everything out of the cabinets while his older brother, Conner attempts to climb inside the TV to join “Lightin’ McKeen” in a race. Dinnertime can be pretty […]

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Getting Through a Season of Spending

One of the hardest parts of the holiday season is the insane amount of spending. We are either spending money on gifts, holiday meals, travel, tithing, new experiences, higher heating costs, decorations, and the list goes on. In our yearly budget checkups, my hubs and I have determined that starting in October we spend more […]

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Ways to Give Without Spending Money

I have to be honest; I am a terrible giver, like the worse of the worst. I horde money and have an issue freely giving any of it away because well, once upon a time I was broke and had no money to give. That struggle has stuck with me for so long that I […]

My 2014 Goals Update

2014 Goals Update #11

Since, this little blog has grown exceptionally in the last couple of months, there is a huge chance that this may be the first goals update post that you have read. This is where I hold myself accountable to my blogging, financial, and personal goals and it is where I share my reading list. I […]

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11 Things Money Can’t Buy

This week marks the start of the busiest shopping seasons of the year with days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday (Okay, technically that one is next week…). However, we often forget about the things that money cannot buy us during this beautiful and wonderful season of giving. I know that I usually end up […]

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5 Tips for Showing Up For Yourself Every Day

“How do you do have time for this”? “How do you do it all”? “You are super woman”. These are all questions and statements that I have heard and have been emailed to me over the last couple of months. Truthfully, I wish I did it all and I wish I had the kind of […]

Preparing now, will ensure that you avoid the dreaded financial hangover come January. These four strategies will make avoiding a financial hangover easier.

How to Avoid a Financial Hangover

High spending, gift giving, moment sharing, Christmas caroling, and great food in the company of those you love characterize November and December. January, in comparison is characterized not just as a month of new beginnings but also as a month struggling to figure out how you are going to recover from the financial partying of […]

Hunting used to cost my family more money than save it. We are finally saving money with hunting and benefiting our family with a fully-stocked freezer.

How Hunting Saves Us Money

It is no secret; I am a hunter’s wife. I never in a million years thought I would be married to a hunter. My Daddy is not a hunter and neither is my brother (well, he is Marine, so it is kind of the same thing…). I was not raised around hunting, expect for the […]

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How I More Than Doubled My Pageviews

I have been at this blogging thing for a little over two years now and although, I am nowhere near, where I want to be, I have finally started gaining some traction. I finally managed to more than double my pagviews and they just keep going up. <insert happy dance> In my Why I Waited […]

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Marriage and Money – Finding Balance

“Your marriage will be one of the hardest things you will ever have to work for in your life.” My late Grandmother said those words to me a few days after my $500 wedding to my Prince Charming. Those words are some of the truest words I have ever heard when it comes to love […]

How much student loan debt do you have? This one girl's story of how she paid off $50,000 of her debt in 3 years and how she's planning on hustling to pay off her student loans.

How I’m Hustling My Way to Pay off My Enormous Student Loan Debt

This is an amazing guest post from Natalie a.k.a. FinanceGirl. If you are looking for some encouragement along the road to debt-freedom, this post will do just that!  Thank you Natalie for such an awesome debt-free story! I am a practicing attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. I cannot tell you how incredibly amazing it felt to […]

3 Techniques to Sticking to Your Holiday Budget

3 Techniques to Sticking to Your Holiday Budget

Oh holiday shopping, how I love to loathe you. One aspect of holiday shopping that I love is the obvious – amazing deals, sales, and deep discounts. One of the many aspects that I loathe of holiday shopping is that it is so easy to overspend. In fact, that is what retailers are hoping that […]

5 Ways I've Matured in 5 Years

5 Ways I’ve Matured in Five Years

Sometimes it is easy for us to forget the road that we have traveled on to get us where we are today. We even look at those that have found success and only see the success instead of the long, bumpy, and oftentimes, the difficult road they had to walk on before reaching their success. […]

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What Every Stay-at-Home Mom Needs

Thank you to Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Provider program for sponsoring this post! When I became a stay-at-home mom there were many things that I forgot to do, like take a shower or change out of my yoga pants. However, there is one thing that almost wrecked my family financially that I forgot to do – […]

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16 Gifts for $20 or Less

I am all about maxing out my resources and getting the most bang for my buck, especially when it comes to holiday shopping. If you are on a tight budget like me, this list of items, all $20 or less will help you stretch your holiday budget a little further. If you are interested in […]

My 2014 Goals Update

2014 Goals Update #10

Oh goodness, October was a crazy month! Holy cow, I did not expect October to be as wild and awesome as it was! My blog blew up <insert happy dance> during our 31 Days of Real Life on a Budget series so I had to put out fires like crazy and then my darling fourteen […]

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Dealing with Budgeting Burnout

As we get ready to close out our 31 Days of Real Life on a Budget, I wanted to address a very common issue with money management – burnout. Feeling overwhelmed while trying to figure out how best to manage your money is normal and very frustrating. Just recently, I had to come to terms […]

6 Savings Accounts You Should Have FB

6 Savings Accounts You Should Have

In my book Build a Budget that Works, I suggest having different accounts or funds set up for certain categories, like Medical, Auto, Clothing, etc. Having separate accounts for designated areas of spending is an easy way to keep track of and to remain in control of your money. There are six savings accounts that […]

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6 Strategies for Developing a Positive Cash Flow

Before you get out of debt, you need a positive cash flow. You will not succeed in paying off your debt if you do not first have a positive flow of money every month. Back when I was struggling with my debt, I had zero positive cash flow for the month because my bills and […]

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How to Have Fun on a Budget

The number one compliant I hear about budgeting is about having to let go of the fun stuff. I assure you that you do not need to stop having fun while on a budget. One word of caution though, if you are truly struggling, and I mean like the lights are about to be (or […]

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How to Not Burden Your Loved Ones

As a parent, I know how tempting it is to spoil children. You want to give them everything, to give them an amazing life that one day they will appreciate. You work hard for your money and in return, you lavish fun things, fun toys, new clothes, or new experiences on your children (or maybe […]

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Help! I Married a Spender

Which one are you, are you the spender or the saver? In my marriage, I am the saver and my hubs is the spender. Throughout our five years of marriage, this has resulted in many disagreements and way too blown-out-of-portion arguments. Chances are you have a similar predicament in your relationship after all, opposites attract. […]

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Work that Side Hustle

If you watched my video on How to Budget for Irregular Income or read my free eBook, The Four Basic Steps to Budgeting, you know that there are two ways you can balance your budget. You can cut expenses or earn more income. If you have cut out all your unnecessary expenses, like cable and […]

The Importance of Your Financial Report Card FB

The Importance of Your Financial Report Card

I am a member of Massive Sway. I have been compensated for my time and talents. I am all about living the debt-free dream, but there is still one thing that is extremely important, debt-free or not, your credit score and credit report. As a victim of identity theft, I can attest to importance of understanding and knowing […]

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The Half Payment Method

You may have read in my Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck post the idea of using half payments to get yourself out of financial instability. This post is going to expand on that idea. The half payment method works incredibly well to help you find financial peace. Half payments are where you take a regularly […]