20 family traditions you can start at home

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  I love making up family traditions, and over the years we've created quite a few. As I mentioned yesterday, traditions are a great way to bond as a family and build lasting memories. While the photos I'm sharing today aren't Pinterest or magazine worthy, they are beautiful; beautiful because they capture precious moments in time with … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why You Should Menu Plan

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Hi friends!  It's the 4th Monday of the month and that means that our Contributor, Laura from Inspiration for Moms, will be sharing with us today. Today she is sharing 3 Reasons Why You Should Menu Plan. Hi Everyone! Mrs. Hines asked me if I would chat with you today about my meal planning technique. Of course, I had to say yes … [Read more...]

a simple tip to save on heating costs


Growing up my Dad owned and operated an air conditioning and heating company.   Words like   capacitor  and  fan motor   and   freon  were a part of the everyday lingo in my childhood home.   So the other day, when I couldn't find that just-right setting on the thermostat, I knew what to do.  I grabbed the ladder from the … [Read more...]

cheap wireless plan for the holidays

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      Did you catch that?  The "Wheel of Fortune" double phrase? Cheap Wireless Plan/Plan for the Holidays Here's the Cheap Wireless Plan part: Last month, in an effort to cut costs and save money, we switched our cell phone service to Walmart Family Mobile.     In the process, my husband got to … [Read more...]

budget friendly unlimited plans


  Already in this 31 Days to Finished series, I've learned there a few different reasons that I procrastinate: ~perfectionism ~indecision ~lack of money Like my Dad once told me, sometimes you just have to make plans and let the chips fall where they may.   In other words, don't let money, or lack thereof,  keep you … [Read more...]

save big on Christmas gifts

Have you started Christmas shopping yet?  I have not.  I tend to focus on the decorating first, then start my shopping.  Now that I'm almost finished with my Christmas decor, I'm starting to think about gift buying. Today, I'd like to share several gift ideas being offered to my readers at a great savings. For a limited time, Vistaprint is … [Read more...]

9 budget friendly solutions for bare walls

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Our first home had nothing on the walls, largely because the budget didn't allow for it.   I have since learned that art doesn't have to break the bank.  Today, I'll share some tips I've learned along the way for creating DIY art at little or no cost.     ~Get the Pottery Barn look by taking photographs of … [Read more...]

you’ll be my savvy shoppers, I’ll be your source for coupons

I had really good intentions to use coupons last week, but I went grocery shopping empty handed.  I literally felt regret sink into the pit of my stomach as coupon items went into the shopping cart. :(  Well, it's never too late.  So far, here are the coupons that I've found for my next trip.   Do you ever get the urge to paint?  I do. … [Read more...]

$17 front porch fall makeover

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I set out this past weekend to decorate my front porch for Fall. When decorating on a budget, my first step is to consider what I already have. Then, I determine a budget for incidental purchases.  The budget for the porch was $20. My secret for decorating on a budget is to decorate with what I have on hand BEFORE going shopping. I find … [Read more...]

sunday savings with coupons

Okay, class, get out your budget binder. We're going to be clipping coupons today. ;) I'm running low on foil and I want to have it on hand when I make Julie's Buffalo Wild Wings.  She covers her stove with the foil to cut down on clean up of grease splatter.  Why haven't I thought of that?! Our cat needs some dry food to help him feel full. … [Read more...]