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    7 Easy Ways to Save For Christmas

    Christmas comes every 12 months.  We know that every 52 weeks Christmas will come again.  It’s never a surprise, and is a fact of life.  I absolutely love the Christmas season.  I love the traditions, the lights, the love shown to others.  What I don’t love is the cost (anyone with me on this??).  When you include holiday parties, gifts, travel, etc. the expenses add up fast.  One of the best things I have learned is to plan for this holiday well in advanced (like a year in advance).  Today I want to share with you  7 Ways to Save for Christmas so that you can enjoy a stress free…

  • Cheap Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Friends and Teachers

    Cheap Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Teachers, and Friends

    Christmas is coming, and with that comes added expenses.  With gifts and parties and food (oh how I love the food) the costs can add up quick.  One of my biggest passions is to help people see that gifts do not have to cost a lot of money.  A gift should come from the heart, not from a credit card.  I would much rather have a friend give me a nice note than have them feel stressed about money but felt they needed to buy me something expensive.  Here are 15 Cheap Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Friends and Teachers. “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program,…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • The 2019 Master Your Money Super Bundle Might Be For You If….

    I am an affiliate with Ultimate Bundles.  I will receive compensation from purchases made through links in this post.  All opinions are my own. I purchased the Master Your Money Super Bundle back in April and have been so happy that I did.  This bundle has taught me a lot about saving money, living frugally, and budgeting, and I already knew a lot, so that is saying something. The Master Your Money Super Bundle is a collaboration of a few favorite frugal/budgeting bloggers.  Each of these bloggers submitted their highly sought after eCourses, workbooks, printables, and more into ONE LARGE bundle.  And because these products are all being bundled together…

  • Kids Chore Chart That Works!

    “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.” My sister sent me a couple pictures of her brand new chore chart for her kids; and I LOVED it!  I begged for her permission to let me share it with all of you! I have regular chores for my kids, and I think this Chore Bucket will be the perfect way to motivate my kids each day. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it’s so cute!  A few of my…

  • 12 Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms

    This article contains affiliate links.  I will receive a commission off of purchases made through my links.   One of my very favorite joys in the world is to be a stay at home mom with my sweet kids.  I wouldn’t trade this opportunity for anything! But, as my kids have grown older and I have had more free time, I have been looking for ways to earn a little extra income, without having to give up my time with my kids. I brainstormed a list of ideas for any of you moms who might also want to earn a little extra money on the side! 1.  Clean Businesses or…

  • This is What Happens When You Give a Teen an Allowance….

    So, this afternoon I had a fun shopping trip with my 13 year old daughter.  I happen to love shopping (yep, frugal AND a shopping lover!) and I love quality time with my kids, so it was a GREAT day! However, shopping trips with my daughter tends to bring some stress (for me) and anxiety (for her). You see….once my kids reach the age of 13 they are required to pay for all of their own clothes, along with a few other expenses.  We have decided instead of mom and dad deciding what clothes are in the budget, we would give her an allowance so SHE can decide how to…

  • Dollar Tree Easter Basket Ideas

    I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. A common misconception is that the only way for kids to have a childhood full of memorable holidays and fun traditions is to spend a lot of money…..I’m here to tell you that is just.not.true. This is one of the many reasons why I LOVE The Dollar Tree.  I love watching their season aisle.  It’s fun to see what they bring in every year. Every year I buy my kids Easter Basket Stuffers from The Dollar Tree spring section.  This year I spent…

  • Here’s What You Should Do When Unexpected Expenses Arise

    Every month my husband and I sit down for our monthly budget meeting.  Is it fun?  Nope.  Do I look forward to it?  Big no!  Do I do it anyways because I know it will save me money and I love to save money????  Absolutely! The monthly budget meeting is the time for us to discuss the previous months budget.  We go over what worked, what didn’t work and we put together a budget for the new month. Our budget is a zero based budget, meaning every single penny that comes in during the month is budgeted to a certain category.  There is no excess.  This not only helps keep…