7 Things You Can Do to Have Less Stress & More Money This Tax Season

*This post was sponsored, and paid for, by MyFreeTaxes. All opinions are my own. It happens every year, yet somehow it manages to catch us by surprise, at least if you’re anything like me. And, whether you receive good news or bad news, I think there is always an element of stress lurking around. … [Read more...]

How to Make Simple DIY Easter Baskets For Kids In 5 Minutes!

Easter is such a fun time of year. Spring is in the air, people often get dressed in special outfits, and it is also a day to spend with the ones you love in many cases. But, how can you make Easter extra special for your kids? Make them the cutest diy Easter basket ever, of course! This is one of … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Comfort Food: Easy Mac & Cheese

Is there anything as creamy and dreamy as macaroni and cheese? I’m not sure there is, and it is an amazing comfort food if ever there was one. Especially during our long and cold winters, we love things like macaroni and cheese. My kids love this dish, and I love it not only because it tastes … [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...]

5 Magic & Money Saving Cleaning Hacks Using Baking Soda & Vinegar

Usually when we hear of baking soda or vinegar, we think of cooking and the various recipes we can make that contain one or both of those ingredients. But did you know that there are many ways to use these two household items for cleaning frugally? That’s right! There are so many things you can do … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why You Want a Meal Plan

If meal planning takes extra work, why would you want a meal plan? I feed my family for pennies on the dollar, and meal planning is one of the major ways that I use to do that. Even with a family of nine, I am still able to feed my family for $250 a month. I have learned so many tricks on … [Read more...]

5 Simple Truths to Smart Money Management

This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust. All opinions are my own. As someone who has lived a money saving lifestyle and now lives debt-free, I have learned a lot about money management. Not all of it has been easy, but the things I’ve learned have brought me to where I am now. Using … [Read more...]

Spent Too Much on Christmas? Here’s Your Free Budget Help

It can happen to the best of us. With as closely as I’ve watched my pennies over the years, it’s even happened to me! That’s right. We’re talking about overspending today. While overspending can happen at any time of the year, it is certainly a common problem during the Christmas buying spree. … [Read more...]

Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup – Perfect For the Crock Pot & Instant Pot

What is better when the cold weather sets in than a nice bowl of hot soup - and it’s even better when it’s healthy! Packed with protein and fiber, this chicken tortilla soup is perfect made on the stove, in the crock pot, or in your Instant Pot And, did you know that soups are a super healthy and … [Read more...]

How We Gave Up Cable and How You Can, Too

My husband and I debated about giving up cable long before we ever did. We were so tired of paying for it, And, since we don't watch much television anyway, it was an expense that really wasn't worth it. It got to the point where the stress and time involved in paying attention to the rates all the … [Read more...]

18 Things We Did to Become Completely Debt Free (Before Age 42!)

Are you drowning in debt? Are you skeptical to believe that it really is possible to become debt free while in your early forties? I will show you exactly how we did it, and you can, too. I will also tell you that we did it with a growing family that now includes eight children. Furthermore, for … [Read more...]

15 More Frugal Tips for Feeding Your Family

I have a family of 10 to feed and not a huge amount of money coming in. This means I have to make every penny count. How do I do this? All kinds of ways, and I love sharing my frugal tips with you so you can get the most of your money when it comes to feeding your family. Believe me, I understand … [Read more...]

Take Control of Your Holidays (Once & For All)

The holidays can be an exciting time, but they can also be a stressful time, especially if we come into this bustling time of year behind the eight ball. And, it seems to happen every year, doesn't it? The stress, the strain, and the overwhelm. We can so easily become so stressed out about the … [Read more...]

8 Must Know Tips For Creating a Budget That Works!

Creating a budget is a necessary part of maintaining a frugal lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. However, a budget does need to be accurate. Without an accurate budget, your budget simple won't work. Before you get scared off by the word "budget," it is important to just think of a … [Read more...]

The Trick You Need to Know to Buy Chicken on the Cheap!

As someone who has a family of 10 to feed, I can say that I have had to come up with every strategy possible when it comes to making the budget work - including how I buy my chicken. Smart grocery shopping is one of the keys to keeping the budget in check. In fact, did you know that many … [Read more...]