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How to be Happy (Even when you’re Broke)

As a wife and mother, I have a tough time being happy. When you add in the weight of debt, budgeting, and the busyness of life, it seems impossible to be happy when you’re broke.  And then I see pictures on Facebook of all the fun my friends are having – vacations, beach trips, new clothes, and fancy restaurant meals – and that’s enough to send me over the edge. Why can’t I have that?“How to be Happy (Even when you’re Broke)”

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4 Easy (and Cheap!) Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure here. This week I have a very special treat for you all. My daughter Nora wanted to contribute to the blog and she wrote this one completely by herself! (Proud mom moment!) She’s 11 years old and in the fifth grade. And she tells me all the time that “you shouldn’t start a sentence with the word ‘and’” (and I do vaguely remember that was my academic“4 Easy (and Cheap!) Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs”

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3 Easy Spring Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know

This isn’t going to be your typical “spring cleaning” article. You see, I’m much too busy to spend a lot of time deep-cleaning my home. I mean, I struggle with the basics of keeping up with the dishes and tackling the “paper clutter monster” that always seems to spiral out of control.

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5 Awesome Movies for Date Night He’ll Actually Watch

Movie night is one of our favorite low-budget date nights. The trouble is, my husband and I often disagree on what movie to watch. Do you have that problem? (Oh, please say we’re not the only ones that can’t agree on a movie to watch! HA!) There’s no question that Andrew and I are different. He’s your typical guy – he likes all the Marvel superhero movies, the Lord of the Rings, and others that“5 Awesome Movies for Date Night He’ll Actually Watch”

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5 Best Ways to Lose Weight on a Budget

It’s the start of a new year and for many that means our ambition to accomplish new and amazing things has kicked into high gear. Many of us choose weight loss as our goal and, if you’re not careful, that goal can derail your budget faster than you can say “hold the mayo.” But weight loss doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are so many diet and exercise programs out there (some good, some“5 Best Ways to Lose Weight on a Budget”

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31 Free Ways Families Can Give Thanks this Season

When focusing on a debt-free future, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in our own world of budgeting and spreadsheets that we lose sight of the true meaning behind why we’re doing what we’re doing. To be more generous. Think of the money I could give to the church, to help out friends and family, to save for my child’s college education, if I didn’t have all this debt. But while we’re busy saving“31 Free Ways Families Can Give Thanks this Season”

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Budget Fitness: Best Free Workout Videos

With the holidays here, money is tight. It seems like I’m always forgetting to budget for something: extra money in the grocery budget for holiday dinners and get-togethers is my biggest downfall this year. And with tight budgets, it’s tough to justify spending money on a gym membership. Health is important and definitely deserves a spot on your monthly budget. But if you just can’t swing it (like me), don’t worry. There is a way“Budget Fitness: Best Free Workout Videos”

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How My Debt-Free Journey Led to a 30 lb Weight Loss

Andrew and I are on this “Dave Ramsey” plan to pay off our credit cards.  Our ultimate goal is to become debt free, including student loans, car payments, our mortgage, etc – but that’s very overwhelming so we’re focusing right now on our credit cards.  They have the highest interest rates (and the lowest balances compares to our student loans and car loans), so we started with them first. Last year we cut up all“How My Debt-Free Journey Led to a 30 lb Weight Loss”

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How to Survive the First Week Back to School

As a working mom, the first week back to school is always stressful. Probably we could make it easy and hit up takeout a few nights, but when you’re watching your spending… well… that just isn’t an option. With tonight being Nora’s open house, I know the start of school is near and I’m dreading it. Normally I look forward to meeting her teacher and seeing her excitement as she checks out the new classroom.“How to Survive the First Week Back to School”

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Surviving the Guilt of Summer as a Working Mom

Every summer it starts.  The guilt of going to work every day and taking Nora to daycare.  Oh, how I wish I could stay home and play with her! I was blessed to stay home with her full-time for the first year and a half after she was born. As thankful as I am to have had that opportunity, it also made me realize that I’m not the “stay at home mom” type. I have“Surviving the Guilt of Summer as a Working Mom”

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Save Summer with these Top 5 Summer Activities for Kids

Can you believe summer is half over? I know, I don’t want to believe it either. I wish the summer months would go on and on and… But before summer is over and the kids head back to school, here are some must-do budget friendly activities to get the most out of summer vacation. Neighborhood bike parade ( – Kids love the freedom that comes with being able to ride their bike. Celebrate that by“Save Summer with these Top 5 Summer Activities for Kids”

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How to Make a Cheap Camping Kit

As a kid, my family and I went on numerous camping trips.  In hindsight, it was a great source of free family fun (since we camped at a relatives wooded property up north). But the first time I went camping as an adult I learned a hard lesson: camping as an adult is a lot more work than camping as a kid! Andrew, Nora and I went camping in June with our church.  It was“How to Make a Cheap Camping Kit”

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How To Get Your Kids to Read This Summer for FREE

Summer is coming. And for many women that makes the struggle between balancing a career and life at home that much harder. This is especially true if you have kids. How do you keep your child engaged in learning through the long, hot, relaxing days of summer? And how do you do that in between your career and other responsibilities?   And doing that while sticking to your budget? Impossible. Or is it? Even if“How To Get Your Kids to Read This Summer for FREE”

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Working Mom v. Super Mom: How do we get it right?

Today was my daughter’s fourth-grade play. And I missed it because I was at work. I was so heartbroken, I cried. This isn’t the first time I’ve cried at my desk, and I’m sure it isn’t the last. It’s harder than I thought to find a balance between work and family. Lately, I feel like she’s growing up so fast. Where did the toddler years go? Oh, how I miss those sleepless nights! (Never thought you’d hear someone“Working Mom v. Super Mom: How do we get it right?”

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