Word of the Year 2015 {Peace} Check-In

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Every year I try to choose a word to live. The last two years the word has chosen me. Last year was grace and this year is peace. When God gave me the word "peace," I was terrified. I had no idea what was coming down the pike and was scared that I would have to learn peace in some pretty awful circumstances. Guess what? I was right. At the start of the year, we were facing medical issues for my daughter and a surgery for me. Then there was the ever present financial stresses. I was … [Read more...]

Things to Do Now for a Frugal Christmas

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Yes, yes, I know. It's only the beginning of September. School just started back. Why am I talking Christmas already? Because if you want to have a frugal Christmas, there are some things you need to start doing now. If you wait until November or December, you will most likely spend more money. Maybe you don't want to have a frugal Christmas but it is going to be necessary this year. Maybe you just want to not spend as much money as you normally do. Whatever your reason for saving money on … [Read more...]

Book Review: Not By Sight

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.) Book review time again! This time it is Not By Sight by Kate Breslin. Not By Sight follows suffragette and patriot Grace in England during World War I. Grace is determined to do as much as she can for the war effort, including publicly embarrassing conscientious objectors. By all appearances, Jack looks like a coward who refused to enlist. However, there is more than meets the eye. After … [Read more...]

5 Ways I Saved Money in August

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Here we are, at the end of another month. Time to look back at the ways I saved money this month. Just like every month, I do this to help encourage you to look at every opportunity to save. Some of those ways are simple some involve a little more creative thinking. This month is a little different as we spent a lot of time on the road. I'd love it if you would also tell me the ways you saved. I am always looking for new, creative ways to save...or reminders on some typical ways. Shopped … [Read more...]

After School Snacks Round-Up

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Around here, schools are just starting to go back after summer break. So many things come with the going back to school time. New school supplies, back to the school year schedule, making new friends and seeing old friends, homework, and so much more. One thing that almost always happens is that those kids come home from school hungry! Of course, kids do seem to always be hungry. Most the time grabbing some crackers or some fruit is just fine but once in awhile it's nice to give them something a … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson BookLook program in exchange for an honest review.)   Yes, I realize it is August and I am just now reviewing an Easter book. I had requested it to review back in March but it was back ordered. I did finally receive it the beginning of this month. Better late than never! ;) Now, on to the review! The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book is a book all about learning about Easter and … [Read more...]

Why It’s Okay to Go to Bed Angry

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I'm sure you've all heard the marriage advice "never go to bed angry." I honestly find that to be pretty ridiculous advice. We used to follow it but all it really did was make us tired as we stayed up later to work things out...which made us more angry. It just didn't work. That is why we think it's okay to go to bed angry. Yes, I realize that this sounds crazy. But hear me out. Sometimes when you are trying to figure out a solution to a problem, your emotions are involved. This is … [Read more...]

Debt Payoff Check-In– August 2015

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It's been awhile since I've done a debt payoff check-in. Part of that reason is because I don't feel like I have much to tell you. While we have been paying down some debt, we have also taken out a car loan. Back in December 2014 we discovered that to repair Matt's little two door Focus was going to cost us almost twice what the car itself was worth. And that was just to get it to pass inspection. As it was a 2002 and a cheaply build car, that $2000 wasn't going to last long before more repairs … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Shop at Warehouse Stores (But Think You Should)

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I don't shop at warehouse stores. I once had a promotional membership to BJ's Wholesale Club but never paid for a membership when the free one ran out. We just plain didn't use it. I always said that once we had children I'd probably purchase my membership. But here Abby is three years old, out of diapers, and I still haven't purchased my membership. BJ's is 45 minutes away and Sam's Club is 1 hour away. When I go to those towns for shopping I usually only have a couple of hours to shop. … [Read more...]