Financially preparing for a baby

Financially preparing for a baby

When I first found out I was pregnant with my oldest son I heard a lot of comments like "sleep while you can" or "it's going to go by so fast" or "be prepared to have no money." 

And while it is true that babyhood goes by in the blink of an eye and that sleep is a commodity more precious than coffee or chocolate, the last one I have to disagree with. 

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Five ways you can start saving money THIS WEEK

Five ways you can start saving money THIS WEEK

While making more cost-effective choices will lead to BIG savings, there are also little things you can start doing today that will yield big savings results without big sacrifices. (Although I think we can argue that giving up a satellite dish probably isn't that big of a sacrifice, right?)

Today I wanted to share a few things you can to THIS WEEK to start saving money.

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How to not give up when paying off debt

How to not give up when paying off debt

“I can’t do this anymore, I feel like I am running but not getting anywhere and I want to quit.” That’s what the message I got on Facebook read. 

It wasn’t the first time I have gotten a comment or email from someone who was just at the end of their financial rope. I get hundreds of messages and comments each week from women who are frustrated, exhausted and they just want to give up. 

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Simplify your life with a budget: Four ways a simple budget worked for one family

Simplify your life with a budget: Four ways a simple budget worked for one family

I’m passionate about budgets!  Yet, they seem to get such a bad rap.  I consistently talk with people with the mindset that budgeting is restrictive, a waste of time and a one way ticket to “no fun.”  (Like ever again…)  While that is one way to look at it, I feel like our budget has actually simplified our life! 

Thankfully, my husband and I jumped on the budget bandwagon from the beginning of our marriage.  We quickly found that budgeting provided us with financial freedom rather than restriction.  

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5 tips to creating a great container garden even when you have a black thumb

5 tips to creating a great container garden even when you have a black thumb

Monday over on my YouTube channel I posted a video showing off our free front porch summer makeover. I got so many comments on my "green thumb" and how lush our porch looked.

I chuckled with every comment because I have the opposite of a green thumb, I am actually a plant killer.

However, this year we have had garden success through panting a container garden. Here are a few tips to help you succeed in the process also.

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10 Tips for lowering energy costs

10 Tips for lowering energy costs

Did I ever tell you about the time I had a $500 electric bill? That was fun. We were living in an old rental house with little insulation and an old heater.

So when we moved to our new house (purchased November 2014) we were over-joyed to lower our bills. However, just because we were living in a more efficient house didn't mean we didn't need to be diligent in order to keep our electric bill low.

Today I wanted to offer you some tips and ideas for lowering your electric bill.

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