15 Simple Money Saving Tips You Don’t Know

I have maintained a money-saving lifestyle for more than 20 years. At times it has been because I have had to due to income levels. At other times it has been because my husband and I have been focused on either a long-term or a short-term financial goal. For instance, our long-term goal was to … [Read more...]

Are the Black Friday Deals Really Worth It?

Black Friday. As someone who lives frugally, these are two words that I have paid attention to for years. Black Friday is almost always thought of as the day to do your Christmas shopping, but is it? Is Black Friday really worth all the hype? My 20 years of frugal shopping experience would … [Read more...]

Are You Throwing Your Money Away? The Secret to Having More Money

No one really would throw their money away on purpose, however, it can totally happen if you are unaware of some of the ways that your money is slipping through your fingers. Generally, the things I'm going to share with you here are not huge expenses as they stand alone. However, if you add all of … [Read more...]

15 Ways Chuck E. Cheese’s Is Even Better Than When You Were a Kid

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese's . The opinions and text are all mine As a mom of nine who lives in Michigan, I can attest to the fact that winters can get long. The whole “being trapped inside with kids who have too much energy” is a real serious … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Holiday Planner With Printable Holiday Planner

It is so crazy that the holidays are right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but there are a few things that I do to set myself up for less stress during the holidays each year. There are so many things to do during the holidays from all the places we have to be, to all the gifts we have to … [Read more...]

Tailgate Foods Made Easy!

*This is a sponsored post written by me for Save-A-Lot. All opinions are my own. Making awesome food when it comes time to cheer on your favorite team doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. In fact, when it comes to hosting a tailgating party, there are some things you can do to make the … [Read more...]

15+ Genius & Cheap Family Activities For an Amazing Fall

Fall is such a nice time of year in these parts…as long as it’s not snowing anyway. Michigan does have some crazy weather during these fall months at times, but no matter the weather we try to make it a habit to have some fun while also celebrating the season. Getting out there  for some fall … [Read more...]

Simple Step By Step Holiday Spending Guide Perfect For Your Budget

This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust. All opinions are my own. Start thinking about the holidays now? Yes, absolutely! Maybe you’re like me and have experienced the most amazing holidays, only to greet January buried in all the bills that came along with the holiday spending. The good … [Read more...]

The Secrets I Use to Feed My Family of 8 For Just $250 a Month!

The price of groceries has skyrocketed, and every penny counts. For me, this means that I have had to work harder and shop smarter to get good prices. The truth is, grocery shopping on a budget, even a tight budget like mine, really is possible. As of right now, the baby is not eating foods so I … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways To Start Saving For a Debt-Free Christmas in July

Start thinking about Christmas in July? Yes! This is absolutely something you want to do to avoid going into debt during the holidays. After all, who wants to start the new year with a bunch of added debt? Not me, and you shouldn't either. Looking for some more money saving tips? … [Read more...]

Christmas in July = Amazon Prime Day!

(this post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you) YIPPEEEEEE!!!!! While I don't post deals anymore, Amazon Prime Day is a day that I have to tell you about as a lover of all things frugal. For starters, Kindles for Kids---save … [Read more...]

15 Secrets Debt Free People Know That You Probably Don’t

Living debt free is a lifestyle, and as someone who is living debt free, I can say that it is a lifetime of making the same conscious choices day in and day out. Even when it’s hard. Debt free living takes commitment and strength, determination, and focus, but anyone can do it. Yes, even … [Read more...]

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...]

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 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...]