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...]

10 Easy Things For More Calm & More Joy This Christmas

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the stress of the holidays every year? If you are like me, you might tell yourself that this is the last time you will greet the holidays as a disorganized mess. You probably find yourself vowing that next year will be different every.single.year. The thing is, if … [Read more...]

Pantry Staples List: Save Time, Stress & Money (free checklist!)

Everyone knows how easy it is to end up in the drive-thru lane when you’re looking for something to make for dinner and you don’t have anything to do for meals at home. Having a well-stocked pantry can help you stay out of the drive-thru lane. It can also make more home-cooked meals for your family. … [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...]

How to Have a Magical Christmas When You Have No Money

It really is possible to have an amazing Christmas even if you have no money? I am here to say, yes! Just like with anything else, Christmas is what you make of it, and this is especially true if you've got kids. As a parent, kids so often react to a situation, whether good or bad, as you do. If you … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Holidays a Bit More Fun!

As fall is in the air here in Michigan, I can’t help but realize how close we really are to turning the corner into the holiday season. If your life is anything like mine there are extra demands placed on your time, placed on your budget, and placed on your patience. For this reason, now is an … [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...]

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...]

How to Use a Planner To Get & Keep Your Life In Order

I am in full on planning mode. My kids start back with school next week, and the first couple of months are always such a mess. I would be totally lost without my planner since it helps keep everything in my life organized. From kids’ practices to various appointments, to lists of books I need to … [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...]

Everything You Need to Know About Planners to Stay Organized (& Sane!)

As a mom of 9, keeping things together and organized is my only ray of hope. Even with the best laid plans and organizational tools in place, the best I can achieve is what I call, controlled chaos. Even without a large family to coordinate, the demands placed on busy women to keep everything … [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...]

Patriotic Red, White & Blue Drink For Kids

So often festive holidays, especially during the summer, are focused on drinks for the adults. But, what about the kids? With Fourth of July right around the corner in the United States, now is the perfect time to get what you need so you can whip up this simple Fourth of July drink for the kiddos … [Read more...]