• How to get name brand clothing for super cheap by shopping at thredup

    Save Money on Name Brand Clothing by Shopping At ThredUP

    This is a sponsored post written by me for ThredUP.  All Opinions are my own.  I may be compensated for purchases made through links in this post. One of my absolute favorite ways to save money is to buy used.  Used clothing, used furniture, used sports equipment, etc.  There is nothing better than finding that perfect used item at a fraction of the cost of buying new.  This is one of the reasons that I love shopping at thredUP. ThredUP is an online thrift store featuring over 35,000 (yes, I wrote that right!) different name brand used clothing for women and children. They offer literally thousands of high quality gently…

  • 10 Secrets to Spend Less at Target

    10 Secrets to Spending Less at Target

    Is there really a secret to spending less at Target???   The clothes are darling; the jewelry is affordable; the home decor is always on point.  Oh, and don’t even get me started on the dollar section!  No matter how hard I try to avoid that dollar section, there’s no going to Target without a stop at the dollar section (amiright?!?).  There is only one downside to Target……I always leave spending to much money!  So today, I want to share with you my 10 Secrets to Spend Less at Target. This article contains affiliate links.  I may receive compensation for purchases made through links in this post. Secret #1:  Just Stay…

  • How to begin saving today for your future

    3 Steps to a Long Term Savings Goal

    Did you know that half of all Americans do not have any money saved for retirement?  I read this statistic the other day and it made me so sad.  Long term savings is so important, but also one of those things that is easy to put off until “next year.”  The future often looks so far away, it’s hard to remember to plan for it immediately. The truth is though, that the earlier you you begin to save for the long term, the more money you will have and the less stress you will feel.  If this is something you haven’t been making a priority yet, I encourage you to…

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    8 Ways to Save Money on Utilities This Winter

    It’s time to prepare for the cold winter months (I’m seriously not excited about this!).  This is a time when sadly many households see a rise in utility costs.  Fortunately, There are ways to save money on utilities during these harsh winter months. I live in a cold cold place and it is common for the temperature to dip below zero and the highs during winter are rarely over 30.  It’s cold and it’s cold for a long time!  I am determined to not allow these freezing temperatures to put a strain on our finances. 1.  Wear Layers Stay comfortable in a cooler home by bundling up and wearing layers. …

  • 25 Items You Must Have In A Frugal Pantry

    A well stocked Frugal Pantry will help you keep your grocery expenses down.  When you have a pantry stocked with Frugal Foods you will have the needs and means to “shop your pantry first” instead of heading to the grocery store or out to a restaurant. Today, I’m sharing the absolute best staples you need stocked in your own Frugal Pantry. This article contain affiliate links.  I will be compensated for purchases made through links in this post. For Baking Watch the grocery stores for sales on baking items.  These usually come in October/November.  Stock up on baking supplies so they will last you until the next sale. 1. Flour…

  • The Ultimate Fall Frugal Bucket List for Families

    “Sweet Frugal Life is an Amazon Associate.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Ahhhh fall!  My favorite time of year.  A fresh start as school begins again, the crisp fall air, and a bountiful garden harvest.  There are so many fall activities making the season perfect in every way!  With fall just around the corner, we decided to make your fall bucket list of everything we wanted to do this season.  Here is what we came up with!  As always, everything is either free or frugal! 1.  Have a Bonfire Invite some friends over, or head up to the mountains, and have a bonfire.  Roast marshmallows, snuggle…

  • 10 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Blogging

    I have officially been blogging for 1 1/2 years now (yay!), but honestly I still feel like a beginner! One of my most asked question on instagram is “How do you start a blog?”  This question always surprises me.  Probably because I’m still so far from being a “pro blogger.”  I’m just little ol Melanie, doing my best to navigate this blogging world day by day. The question always gets me thinking about those first few blog posts I made.  I really had no idea what I was getting myself into!  But, I kept pushing publish and kept studying and my blog has evolved and grown because of it. So…

  • My Honest Review of Kids on 45th

    This is a sponsored post written by me in behalf of Kids on 45th.  I may be compensated for purchases made through links in this post.  All opinions are my own. It’s no secret that I am always looking for ways to save both time and money!  I’m a busy mom of three on a small budget; so if I find something that helps make my life easier I get excited about it! That’s exactly why I was so excited to find Kids on 5th! Kids on 45th is the new, convenient way to buy gently used kids clothing.  They will ship high quality kids clothes straight to your doorstep,…

  • When Not to Feel Guilty About Spending Money…

    When it comes to spending money I usually have the motto, “Just don’t buy it.” This motto has served me well.  It has helped our family survive a crushing job loss, save for retirement and our kids college funds, build up sinking funds, and allow me to continue my favorite job as stay at home mom. However, when you live very frugally and are tight with money, it’s fairly common to develop some spending guilt.  Have you ever experienced this???? Spending guilt is actually a very good thing, even necessary in some cases.  It can give us the extra kick we need to stop overspending and to start working towards…

  • Work From Home with EF Education First

    This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. We all know how important a side hustle can be.  Side hustles can help you to pay off debt, save extra cash, contribute to your sinking funds or emergency fund, and meet your financial goals. A good side hustle is an excellent way for a stay at home mom to contribute to the household finances, or a working professional to earn extra money during their spare time, all while working from home. One of the most popular (for good reason) side hustles is to teach English online to kids in China.  This is an opportunity that allows you to work…