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Why a monthly budget is SO YESTERDAY (and what you should do instead)

Budget. The dreaded B-WORD. Can you feel the cold sweat brewing?  When Bubba and I went through our F.D (financial disaster) we were forced to start from scratch. He took over the role of managing our money and staying on top of the bills, I took over the role of finding everyday systems that WORK (see

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Live Q&A Recap: Bedtime with kids, timeshares, my exercise routine, and more! [May 20]

I had such a blast at the Live Q&A last night! (Psst – see all the other Q&A’s HERE.) SO MANY great questions came rolling in, thanks to everyone who participated! There was a great range of questions this time from getting my kids to bed, my fitness and diet routine, transitioning to a stay

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7 Reasons Couponing Is a Waste of Time (+ 3 Things to Do Instead) – TheStir article!

As promised, my next article for TheStir.com is “7 Reasons Couponing Is a Colossal Waste of Time (And 3 Things to Do Instead)“. It went live today, so be sure to check it out! My next article is about things you should be buying second-hand, that you probably aren’t. Brace yourself, there are some doozies in

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Lego Rental, Mickey Mouse Pendant, Get Paid for Coupons, & More! [Frugal Find Friday]

Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve posted some Frugal Find Friday steals and deals, so here are a few goodies I’ve had my eye on. The frugal finds for today include a Lego Rental company, a gorgeously sparkly Mickey Mouse necklace (perfect gift for someone), getting paid to take surveys or use coupons,

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Allowance 101: How much to pay, why, & how to make it work for everyone!

A while ago I did a post about “Chores kids can (and should) do, by age“. In that post I promised to write about how we pay our kids allowance, and how much allowance is reasonable to pay kids. I’m FINALLY getting around to writing it…after 50 million years. The delay was somewhat intentional, believe it or

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How to Afford Paying off Credit Card Debt – Q&A Monday

Howdy! Sorry I’m late getting this Q&A Monday post out, but I’m sinking into the “I’m being so lazy and it feels so good” trap at this little vacation at my mom’s house in Oregon.  Needless to say, I’m slow out of the gate. Oops. But I couldn’t let the day go by without posting

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The Simplest Budgeting Technique Ever…CONDENSED!

Today I’m being featured on CouponsDaily.com, where I share an UPDATED and CONDENSED version of the simplest budgeting technique EVER! [See the old, full-detail version (including a video) HERE]. In case you’re interested, here’s an excerpt of my post: As a frugal living expert and financial disaster survivor, I’ve learned the secret to budgeting that

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