How to Network as a Stay-at-Home Mom

I left the workforce in 2012 by choice. I had been working at my first “big girl” job right out of college for a mere 8 months when my first baby was born and I took my paid maternity leave. After that ran out, I quit. © koti / Dollar Photo Club It was a… Keep reading →

A Frugal Gift Guide for Bread Enthusiasts

Do you happen to know a bread aficionado or someone who really wants to learn how to make bread? If you would like to get a gift for the bread lover in your life for Christmas or a birthday, you’ve come to the right place! Below I will share my gift guide for that special… Keep reading →

How We Save $105 a Year on Our Toddlers’ Messes

My toddler girls make incredible messes at the dinner table. They get food on their hands, face, hair, clothes, chair, and on the floor. It’s something I truly look forward to at the start of every meal…not. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (I’ve put a * by any link that is an affiliate link)…. Keep reading →

24 Meaningful and Frugal Family Christmas Traditions

Imagine spending Christmas Eve searching for a stranger to bring home for dinner, preferably someone who is homeless. That’s how we spent Christmas Eve as a family one year at the request of my out-of-state aunt who was in charge of the family Christmas party. Because she was out-of-state, she couldn’t fly in to organize… Keep reading →

5 Pieces of Financial Wisdom I Would Tell My Newlywed Self

When I got married more than 7 years ago, I didn’t realize how quickly my financial picture would change. I had a lot of money (at least relative to my age) in my savings account, but my husband definitely did not have money. Less than two months after our wedding, we were selling his newer… Keep reading →

One Tip that Makes Budgeting Work in My Marriage

The word budgeting often stirs up negative feelings inside of me. © alexkich / Dollar Photo Club Money in Marriage When I was a child, my parents argued the most when it was time to budget. “Mom! It’s time to do the budget!” My dad would yell across the house. I could almost hear my… Keep reading →

4 Lessons Learned from the Spending Freeze Challenge

*This is the last day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge! Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Can you believe you made it all the way to the end of this spending freeze challenge?! I just want to give you a huge high-five and chat with you about… Keep reading →

How to Use a Calendar to Evaluate Your Spending

*This is the 30th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* In a few days, you will no longer be doing this spending freeze, unless you choose to continue. That means you could easily fall back into your old ways or you… Keep reading →

Financial Habits Every Family Should Practice

*This is the 29th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* You have made it so far in this spending freeze challenge. Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? You’re almost done! © igor / Dollar Photo Club… Keep reading →

One Habit That Can Save You Thousands in the Future

*This is the 28th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Several years ago, my grandparents came to visit me and my husband. The first thing my grandpa asked me was if I had a ladder and a light bulb so he… Keep reading →

The Benefits of Delayed Gratification

*This is the 27th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Society is full of people who want, want, want, NOW, NOW, NOW. There’s no such thing as waiting anymore. © ChenPG / Dollar Photo Club You want fries with that? Got… Keep reading →

The Best Things in Life Are Free {Printable Quote}

*This is the 26th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Everyone knows that the best things in life are free. You need to take full advantage of that fact since you cannot get pleasure from buying things right now. I remember… Keep reading →

What’s Your Money Motivator?

*This is the 25th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* You’re in the final stretch of the spending freeze challenge. Just 7 more days. For me and my family it’s not the end. We still have to produce a more steady… Keep reading →

3 Easy Ways to Make Decluttering Fun

*This is the 24th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* When I was growing up, my mom would often get me and my siblings little presents for big or small occasions. I enjoyed receiving those little gifts, but I usually kept… Keep reading →

The Clever Way to Get What You Want in a Spending Freeze

*This is the 23rd day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* So you know how you’re only supposed to spend money on your needs in a spending freeze? Well, who’s to say you can’t spend your time, talents, or objects around your… Keep reading →