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How much to spend on kids! | Allowance, clothes, college, etc | Q&A Tuesday

My family and I have been enjoying one last hurrah in Nevada, soaking up as much summer sun as possible. Don’t worry, a vlog of the trip is coming someday! I wanted to pop in quickly and share with you my YouTube video this week (I post new videos every Thursday if my carrier pigeon

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How to pay off debt and still LIVE a little! | Q&A Tuesday

Aaaahhh….DEBT. The dreaded 4-letter D-word. Whether you love it, hate it, or have no idea what it is (which, um, if you don’t now what it is, be sure to keep reading because you have a little catching up to do…) it’s a necessary part of being a grownup. *eye roll* Have no fear! Bubba

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How to budget on a commission-based, or inconsistent income! | Q&A Tuesday

Welcome to my new series, Q&A Tuesday! Each Tuesday throughout the summer I’m going to take a money/budget/frugal living question from my blog, YouTube, or social media, and answer it live on Facebook! Then I will post it on YouTube and blog sometime later in the week…which sure makes the “Tuesday” part of Q&A Tuesday

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How to store groceries, choose a watermelon, and other FOOD HACKS!

  Happy Thursday, Freebs! If the carrier pigeon never delivered the message, I’m posting new videos every Thursday over on the ol’ YouTube. This week’s is one I filmed forever ago (…caugh…APRIL…) but just had to post because it answers so many of the grocery/food questions I’ve been getting lately! I walk through a grocery

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Where do I even start with budgeting?? | Q&A Tuesday

  Happy summer, Freebs! As you can imagine, I get hundreds of comments, messages, and emails asking me for personal financial advice. Many of the questions are amazing, and many of them are the same! Since I can’t physically answer each one personally, I’ve decided to start a new summer series called “Q&A Tuesday”. Each

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Simplest Budgeting Method EVER! + FREE printables! (Updated, new, and improved!)

5 Years ago I sat down at my kitchen desk, turned on my computer’s (horrible quality front-facing) camera, and recorded (on impulse) my simple budgeting method; how I track my weekly budget using an envelope. Little did I know that this simple method and terrible video would be one of my most viral principles ever!

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How to stay motivated (…and motivate your spouse!)

  Raise your hand if you absolutely LOVE BUDGETING!! (…awkward cough…) Right. Exactly my point. I don’t really know anyone who thinks budgeting and cutting back on spending is super duper fun. No, not even me. In fact, ESPECIALLY not me. Have I found ways to get excited about it? Have I found ways to

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Simplest Budgeting Tips…EVER!

Hello to all my new friends who might have seen me on Rachael Ray! And hello to all my existing Freebs. I’ve had lots of questions lately about good old fashioned BUDGETING (yes, the “B” word…). So today I thought I’d bust out my best, most delicious secret sauce to help you get your budget

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4 Secrets to affordable travel! (that you probably didn’t know about!)

Holy smokes, two blog posts in a row? I’m on FIRE, Freebs! I should be in bed, but I had a stroke of inspiration so I’m going to run with it for a sec. Tonight I spoke to a church group about budgeting and frugal living, as I often do. We covered many things, stopping

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DIY 3 Ingredient Sidewalk Chalk Paint

  Summer. Summer. Suuuummmmeeeerrrr. Is it killing anyone else?? My dear sweet lovely adorable children are…well…DRIVING ME NUTS! Their little brains are bored without school to keep them occupied, no matter how many time we swim in a day. However, with 5 kids I don’t have the time to do intricate, completed activities like I

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5 Ways to save $100 THIS WEEK

Hi Freebs! Today I wanted to pop in and give you some ideas for how to save (or earn!) some MAJOR-QUICK cashola this week! But first…warning…a little back-story. (Grab a snack, this may take a minute.) If you haven’t noticed, I’ve dabbled in a variety of blog topics over the last year or so. Traditionally,

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The gift of self-reliance

Those moments when you really wish you had a photographer that magically followed you around so you didn’t always have to rely on a selfie… Brought my little sidekick (Priya) with me to speak to a gymnasium full of women tonight. I love speaking to groups. In fact, public speaking will beat out just about

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