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    Birthday Traditions for Small Budgets

    I love celebrating my kids birthdays every year.  It’s so fun to have one day just focused on helping them feel important and loved.  I try really hard to give them a special day to remember, WITHOUT spending very much money.  I truly believe that you do NOT need to spend money to help a child feel special.  Here are a few of our birthday traditions for small budgets. Here are a few of our favorite frugal birthday traditions. Decorate Bedroom The night before a birthday birthdays, I sneak into their room after they fall asleep, and decorate.  I fill the floor with balloons and hang streamers from their doorway. …

  • How to Move While on a Tight Budget

    My husband and I have had plenty of practice moving! We have been married 14 years and in that time we have moved 9 different times.  This includes 6 different cities and 4 moves across the state border.  We have made many mistakes along the way, and over time have learned the best ways to keep the move simple and most importantly, frugal. I wanted to share a few of the tips and tricks we have learned a long the way to help you on your upcoming moves. 10 Tips for Moving on a Budget 1.  Budget The moment you know you will be moving, make a plan.  Set a…

  • 10 Items In Your House You Can Sell Quickly To Make Money

    Did you see my post 5 Places Online To Sell Your Clutter and Earn Cash?  I am a HUGE fan of selling ALLLL of my house hold clutter (because let’s be honest, there’s a lot of clutter) and making some quick and easy money. I personally try to sell a few items every month.  It’s not a huge money maker for me, but it gives me a little extra spending money, and we all could use a little extra spending money….amiright?!?!? I’ve had a few people comment to me that they just have “nothing to sell.”  I am here to tell you that everyone can find something (probably even a few things)…

  • 5 Places Online To Sell Your Clutter and Earn Cash

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I may receive compensation for purchases made through links on this post. I try to sell a few things online every month.  I don’t make a lot of money doing this, but I do make a little bit, and I am a firm believer that every little penny matters. I’m convinced EVERYONE can find at least a few items to sell.  Clean out your closets, look under the bed, search through your garage.  Try to find something that hasn’t been used in years (or even months?).  There is no use in hoarding something if it’s not getting much use.  If you need…

  • Overspending Triggers and Solutions

    Some days I feel like my spending habits are right on point.  I am sticking to my budget, spending wisely, and stashing lots of money away into savings……. But then, I have other days when I STRUGGLE!  I shop impulsively, I buy things without even checking the budget and I develop a “I need it so I get to have it” mindset. Does ANYONE else have this happen???? Obviously I know I shouldn’t spend this way.  Yet, I tend to ignore the voice of reason and spend. I have learned that these overspending urges are usually the result of a trigger.  SOMETHING going on in my life (usually emotionally for…

  • Easy Fourth of July Craft: Fireworks Stamping

    Is their really any holiday better than the 4th of July????  Sunshine.  BBQS.  Parades.  Family.  Friends.  Fireworks.  I love this holiday.  And I love a good Fourth of July craft with my kids! A lot of our crafts revolve around toilet paper tubes….because you really can’t get any cheaper than toilet paper tubes, right?!?!  This craft is one that we do every year.  It is so simple and easy! To make this Fourth of July Craft you will need to collect a few toilet paper tubes.  I used three toilet paper tubes so that I could have one for each color of paint:  red, white and blue. Once I dug…

  • Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe

    My kids LOVE making play dough, and we do it regularly.  Try making this Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe for a fun alternative to the classic play dough recipe. I was introduced to this Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe years ago in a college Child Development class.  Instantly I loved the concept of using this recipe as a sensory activity for kids.  They can touch, see, smell, and even taste it.  I think it would be fun to use for a preschool lesson about the 5 senses. My kids ask to make this play dough all the time.  I’m pretty sure their favorite part is that they are actually allowed…

  • 5 Ways to Earn CASHBACK on Purchases

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will receive compensation from clicks on my links.  All opinions are my own.   Who likes free money???  You better be raising your hand right now!  I LOVE free money! And guess what!  You can earn FREE MONEY just by shopping how you normally would!  WHAT?!?! 1.  Discover Card My FAVORITE way to earn cashback is by shopping with my Discover Card.  When I shop with my Discover Card I automatically earn anywhere from 1-5% cashback on all purchases. You don’t have to do anything, just use your card and your cashback will grow.  I earn around $500 cashback with Discover a…

  • 15 Baby Items You Do NOT Need On Your Baby Gift Registry

    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I have had 3 kids, my youngest is now 5, and I have been slowly sorting through my boxes of baby supplies.  It’s taken me years to go through these items, because I have struggled with closing that baby chapter in my life.  I love the memories that come flooding back to me as I look through my boxes of small baby clothes and sweet tender memories. I have sold…

  • 10 Tips to Stop Impulse Shopping

    Let’s talk impulse shopping. Truthfully??  I have always struggled with impulse shopping and I am constantly trying to stop. Do I budget?  YEP!  Do I love to save money and watch my bank account grow?  ABSOLUTELY!  Yet, I STILL impulse shop!  (you win some and lose some right???) Fortunately, I have learned many lessons through the years and my impulse shopping has decreased (I still have a ways to go however!). 1.  Admit you Have a Problem The first step to curing impulse shopping is to admit you have a problem.  It’s normal to want to rationalize your purchases.  You might be using phrases like, “Oh, but it was on sale,…