Ways I Saved- July

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Everyone plans their budget in different time increments. I plan mine by the month. At the end of each month, I like to see what ways I was able to save money. Each month is little different. Some months all I was able to do was cook from scratch and use coupons. Other months I have a lot of different ways I saved. Here is how I was able to save money over the month of July. Used gift cards I was able to use gift cards that were part of incentives at Matt's work to finally replace our … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.) I love when I get to review children's books. I love that I get to have my daughter help and she loves getting a new book. Even better is that this time we were able to review The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival. She loves anything Berenstain Bears. The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival follows the Bear family as they enjoy a beautiful fall day then go over to Farmer Ben's for a … [Read more...]

Trusting God with Your Money

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I'm going to let you in on a secret. Every month, no matter how I much I cut back, on paper there is no way we should have enough money coming in to pay our bills. Yet, somehow, it always works. Then, whenever a big expense comes up, somehow we are always able to make it work. Or something happens to make that expense more manageable. I know that the "somehow" is God. There is no way any of this would work without His help. He is very much our provider. Trusting God isn't the easiest … [Read more...]

Book Review: In Good Company

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.) In Good Company is the second book I have read by Jen Turano. The first one was After a Fashion. While this isn't technically a series, In Good Company is a sort of sequel as it follows a supporting character from After a Fashion. Millie is a nanny with some unconventional ideas that have her often without a job. Everett is man with custody of his best friend's three children who can't … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Use Facebook to Save Money

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Most of us have and use Facebook for staying in touch with friends and family. Many of us also use Facebook for seeing what our favorite blogs and websites are posting. But did you know that Facebook is also a great place to go when you are looking to save money? Facebook is one of my favorite frugal tools. There are so many ways to use it. Here are the top three ways to use Facebook to save money that are the most helpful. Coupons/product from your favorite brands I follow a lot of random … [Read more...]

Showing Our Successes- Why We Don’t Really Have It All Together

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We all know that person. You know the one I'm talking about. The one who's Facebook page is full of beautiful meals, nice outfits, and statements about how great their kids are. We get annoyed by it, but we also wonder how in the world that person has it all together when we barely can find matching socks. We get jealous that we can't figure out how to be more put together ourselves. Sometimes these types of Facebook posts can really make us feel bad about ourselves. We start to think we are … [Read more...]

Frugal Toys for Preschoolers

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We have officially entered "preschooler" territory here. So much has changed in going from toddler to preschooler. Some of that has come in the form of play. Some of the toys that she previously loved, she has out grown. They are no longer fun or challenging to her. But when the money's tight, how are you supposed to replace a bunch of toys? There's the obvious answer of shopping consignment and thrift stores as well as yard sales. As great of an option those, I want to get the most bang for the … [Read more...]

Book Review: Be the Best Mom You Can Be

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  (I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.)   Like most moms, I want to be the best mom I can to my daughter. So when a book actually called, "Be the Best Mom You Can Be" came up for review, I had to check it out. Marina Slayton wrote this book to help moms parent in a world that is broken. She wants to help moms raise their children to be healthy emotionally and spiritually while helping them to avoid the … [Read more...]

Do You Make More Working or Staying at Home?

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It's the age old question for moms. At least since working outside the home has been more standard for women. Do you go back to work after having a baby? Do you make more working or staying home? There is no "one size fits all" answer to this question. To find this answer, you must ask yourself two questions. How much does it cost you to work? Yes, working costs you money. It isn't all about earning money. You will have travel expenses (even if this is just gas, bus fare, etc), clothing … [Read more...]