• The Best Tips for Budget Travel

    Over 20 Tricks for Travel on a Budget

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will be compensated for purchases made from links in this post.  All opinions are my own. Do you long to to see the world, but finances are always holding you back?  I get it, I have this inner struggle almost daily.  But guess what I have finally learned……you CAN travel while on a budget! We have successfully traveled to Disneyland, Kauai,  New York City, and more, all without spending a fortune.  You can do it too!  You can travel, make memories, and see new places….no matter your budget! Today I’m sharing 17 of my Favorite Budget Travel Hacks!  I also asked…

  • How to Cut Your Budget; When There is Nothing Left to Cut

    I get a lot of comments and messages on Instagram; and a few of them just break my little heart! These messages are from those that feel they have done every single thing they can think of to find extra money in their budget, but there is just nothing left to find.  These people have cut ALL unnecessary spending, only paying the bare minimum to live and they STILL can’t find any extra money in the budget. If you can relate to this in any way; I want you to know that I hear you.  Financial stress is one of the scariest and hardest things to go through.  This article…

  • 10 Gifts for Mom Under $10

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will be compensated for purchases made through links in this post. Mothers Day is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning!  Remember to include Mothers Day Gifts in your May Budget so that the expense is planned for and expected! I am a HUGE advocate in the sentiment that “it’s the thought that counts, not the price tag.”  You can celebrate your Mother without having to spend a lot of money.  Check out my article; Mothers Day Gift Guide: 15 FREE Gift Ideas for 15 gift ideas for your mom. If free isn’t your thing and you…

  • Overspending Triggers and Solutions

    I’ve been thinking a lot about my spending habits. Some days are really awesome days; when I am keeping to my budget, spending wisely, and stashing lots of money away into savings……. But then, I have moments where I S.T.R.U.G.G.L.E.  I shop impulsively.  I buy things without consulting the budget.  I develop a “I need it so I get to have it” mindset. Does ANYONE else have this happen???? Of course I know this behavior is wrong.  I ALWAYS know that I shouldn’t be buying “x,y, and z.”  Yet, I ignore that small voice of reason and just keep on spending. I have learned that these overspending urges are usually…

  • 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. We love to start celebrating a few weeks early with a couple of fun and easy Fourth of July crafts.  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! 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…

  • Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe

    My kids LOVE making play dough, and it is something we do often.  But, when we make Peanut Butter Play Dough they REALLY REALLY love it. Peanut Butter Play Dough is such a great sensory activity for kids.  They can touch, see, smell, and even taste it.  That is my kids favorite part!  They love that they actually get to EAT the play dough. It is so so easy to make peanut butter play dough.  It only takes three ingredients and a few minutes of your time. Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup honey Mix all ingredients in bowl.  Stir well…

  • 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.  I guarantee to never share anything I haven’t already been using for years. Who likes free money???  I LOVE free money!  And I’m betting you like free money too! This post is all about how to earn cashback, just by shopping like you regularly shop!! 1.  Cashback with Discover Card My FAVORITE way to earn cashback is by shopping with my Discover Card.  I talked in detail about why I love my Discover Card in my post The one idea I disagree with Dave Ramsey on.  In short, when…

  • 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 baby items. I have sold most of the items, gave…

  • 10 Tips to Stop Impulse Shopping

    Let’s talk impulse shopping. I have always struggled with impulse shopping and am constantly trying to work on this. Do I budget? YEP!  Do I love to save money and watch my bank account grow!  ABSOLUTELY!  Yet, I have always struggled with buying things on impulse. So, here are a few of my 10 top tips that has personally helped me stop the urge to impulse shop. 10 Tips to Stop Impulse Shopping 1.  Admit you Have a Problem The first step to curing impulse shopping is to admit you have a problem.  I have gone through so many times of rationalizing my impulse spending.  I would use phrases like, “Oh,…

  • When FAMILY becomes more important than the SIDE HUSTLE

    This week I walked away from a really great side hustle. This was not an easy decision to make.  Not at all. Did I enjoy it?  YES! Did it earn me good money?  ABSOLUTELY! Do we need the money? We can survive happily without it, but the money definitely HELPED! Then WHY did I quit???? Let me back track for a bit. Four years ago my husband lost his job. It was a devastating, punch in the gut, slap in the face, completely unexpected thing to happen.  I spiraled into a depression and struggled every day to get out of bed.  I was constantly worried.  Worried about our future and…