25 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas She’ll Love

With Mother’s Day just over a month away, I thought it would be good to cover those gift ideas that most moms I know would really enjoy getting. For the majority of moms, it is so much more about the thought than the actual gift. Some of my favorite gifts are the homemade cards and gifts, which … [Read more...]

Doing This One Thing Could Save You Thousands Every Year

As someone who has lived frugally for more than 21 years, I have come to discover so many tips and tricks about how to save money, live on a budget, get amazing deals, and so much more. But with everything I’ve learned, there really is one thing that stands out. And, I’m guessing it will surprise … [Read more...]

21 Lifestyle Hacks to Save You Time and Stress

Life can be crazy, can’t it? In fact, it seems like life is crazy much of the time, at least in my world. This is why every little thing we can do to make life just a bit easier makes things SO much easier. I love picking up little tips and tricks. Anything that allows me to multiply my time and … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Saving Tons on Groceries (I spend $350 a month!)

If you’ve poked around here on the blog for any length of time, you’ve most likely discovered that I’ve written a thing or two about saving money, living frugally, and spending smart. I’ve got some amazingly popular posts about how I feed my family for $250 a month. There is also the updated post … [Read more...]

Creamy Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup Using Leftover Potatoes!

In case you aren’t aware, I am the person who feeds my family of 8 for $250. Ever since I wrote that post, it has been wildly popular. Actually, these days I am feeding my family of 10 for $350 these days. One of the ways I do this is by making sure that no food goes to waste, even when it comes to … [Read more...]

What’s Your Spending Language?

You may have heard about love languages, but have you ever heard of spending languages? Maybe not because as far as I know, I came up with this idea all on my own. What is a spending language? A spending language is simply the rationale behind why you spend the money you spend. It is highly … [Read more...]

I Couldn’t Afford Elite Blog Academy Either

Are you a blogger or someone who wants to start a blog? Have you been so wanting to join Elite Blog Academy but struggle with the price tag? I’m not ashamed to say that I couldn’t afford it either. That's right, I couldn't afford Elite Blog Academy either. (this post may contain affiliate links. … [Read more...]

The Day I Decided I Was So Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

In early 2015, I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was burnt out, exhausted, and really just wanted a vacation. I am stuck in Michigan, and I hate winter. We have a large family, and we had always had a tight budget. We have always been able to make ends meet, but there had been … [Read more...]

Smart Ways to Maximize Your Tax Refund

We are in the midst of the busy tax season. I have a love/hate relationship with tax season, but it is a season that can’t be avoided. Even if I am expecting a tax refund, this time of year still drives me crazy. Can you relate? Ideally, you won’t be getting much of a return. I say this because I … [Read more...]

To the Mom Who Struggles With Making Meals

This is dedicated to the mom who is struggling to put a meal on the table. Is this you? Guess what? This was me, too. With a husband who is finishing school, kids who need to be driven to their activities, and homeschooling four days a week during the school year, it can be a struggle to keep … [Read more...]

15 Things Frugal People Don’t Pay For

Did you know there are certain things that I never pay for? With so many things that we can spend our money on while needing to maintain a frugal lifestyle, at least in my family, I have discovered little things that can add up to make s huge difference, and one of these things are certain material … [Read more...]

What to Buy & What Not to Buy at Thrift Stores

I am all about finding amazing deals from everyday retailers. However, the reality is that with a family of my size I simply have to include buying used into my buying habits. The thing is, it is way more chic to buy used from thrift stores than when I was doing it more than 15 years ago. As someone … [Read more...]

10 Easy Steps to a Brighter Financial Future, Starting Today! FREE Printable!

Are you looking for a brighter financial future? If so, then you are in the right place. Being intentional in your finances is not hard, it just takes a some time, knowledge, and effort. The thing is, if you’re not paying attention, your money can slip through your fingers without you even … [Read more...]

How This Mom of 8 Earned More Than $36,000 In Her First Year Blogging

January was a fairly laid back month for me. A huge win was actually getting my taxes together and seeing where I ended up for the year 2016. With it being my first year as a professional blogger, the whole idea was a bit overwhelming. I was unsure of whether I wanted to see the actual numbers. I … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Potato, Ham, and Corn Chowder

Did you know that soups and chowders are one of the most frugal ways to feed a family? It is also a great way to get some extra vegetables and things that maybe your kids would prefer not to eat into your kids. I share more money saving tips like this in a post called How to Be Frugal In the … [Read more...]