Ways I Saved- May

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Another month has come and gone. Is it just me or are they going just a little bit faster each month? At the end of each month I like to share with you some ways I saved money over the month. I also love to hear how you saved! We are in the frugal living/living on a budget adventure together and I love to share encouragement. 1- There is a food/ice cream stand near my church that offers a free sundae with food purchase to moms on Mother's Day. We always stop there after church on Mother's … [Read more...]

Living Well on a Tight Budget

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It's well known that we live on a pretty tight budget. There are lots of things we don't do or purchase because we just plain don't have the money for them. However, that doesn't mean we never get to enjoy the good things or only get to buy low quality items. Sure, there are times when we are frustrated by the things we can't afford to do or buy. Most of the time, however, we are able to live quite well. There are many different methods of living well on a tight budget. Here are just a few of … [Read more...]

Book Review: A Love Like Ours

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This is the second book by Becky Wade that I have read. I remember liking the first one (My Stubborn Heart) so I decided to try this book, A Love Like Ours, as well. I was really hoping I would like it. But before I get to what I thought, he's a bit of what the book was about. Lyndie and Jake were the best of friends when they were kids, until Lyndie moved away. 20 years later, Lyndie is back but Jake is not the same person she once knew. War and PTSD have changed him. No one can get through … [Read more...]

The Magical Power of Spray Paint- My Frugal Secret Weapon

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We were given some child-sized plastic chairs. They sat in a shed for years and then sat in our shed for another year. Abby wasn't big enough for them last year. This year she is so I had Matt pull them out. They looked a little worse for the wear so I scrubbed them down. I even used a magic eraser. They still looked horrible grungy and dirty. I asked Abby what she thought and we decided to paint them. We decided on pink and green. Unfortunately, our store didn't have the right shade of green in … [Read more...]

Why Turning 29 Seems Harder Than Turning 30

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I'm turning 29 this month. On the 27th to be exact. I've always been a birthday lover. I love to celebrate. I love all the free coffee coupons I get in the mail. ;) I love to have an excuse to do whatever I want to do (well, to a certain extent, of course). I make a big deal about my daughter's birthday too. But this year I'm just not feeling it. Instead of looking forward to my birthday this year, I'm dreading it a bit. I don't feel like I am where I wanted to be by this point in my life. I … [Read more...]

Frugal Cleaning with e-cloth

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(I received a complimentary e-cloth to review for you! All opinions are my own.) About a month and a half ago I was approached by e-cloth to review one of their cleaning cloths, the Kitchen Cloth (and I get to offer one to one of you wonderful readers!). I was seriously excited! The e-cloth claims that you can clean with just water. This is because of a special combination of polyester and polyamide. The fibers are supposedly so strong and close together they can pick up more dirt and grime … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Garden for Cheap

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I don't know about where you live but it finally getting warm enough here to start thinking about planting our garden. We don't have a large garden but it's big enough for us. I actually don't even enjoy gardening. It's my husband's thing. Weeding and planting have a way of making me angry. I'm find with watering, pruning, picking, canning, and freezing but weeding and planting irritate me to no end. I'm sure you already know that gardening can save you money on vegetables. That's pretty much … [Read more...]

Learning to Be Content

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I have a confession. I really struggle with being content. Like, I really struggle with this, not just a little bit. Our house is small and in need of updating. We've pretty much out grown it. But we won't be able to move for years, if ever. Remodeling is a very slow process. I see these beautiful, open concept houses and I start to really dislike my house. Our laptop is older. The battery doesn't have much of a life. The power cord doesn't like to stay plugged in so we have to hold it on … [Read more...]

Every Marriage is Different

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I want to talk today about something I don't talk about all that often: marriage. It's been on my mind recently. Have you ever found yourself questioning, "How in the world does their marriage work? I just don't understand how they ever ended up together." Admit it. You know you have. Then you felt guilty for judging another person like that. I experienced this myself recently. Then I wound up on the receiving end of it. Just a simple little comment but it stuck. Why are we quick to say that … [Read more...]