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Budgeting on a Limited Income

Budgeting on a Limited Income

Budgeting has always been a priority for my husband and I.  We graduated from college in 2008 and 2009. The economy was trashed. Finding a job, any job, was a miracle.  Keeping that job was even more impressive.  Both my husband and I have experienced bouts of unemployment in our early careers, and it has influenced […]

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Why I Can't Lean Out

Why I Can’t Lean Out

Lean out? I’d do it in a heartbeat.  No, seriously. I’d say goodbye to co-workers, adult conversations in the break room, projects and emails and a steady paycheck if it meant I could be a stay-at-home mom. It’s all I ever really wanted to do – be a mom and stay home and raise the kids. […]

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USED CLOTHES

My Year Buying Only Used Clothes

It was time to shake things up. After several babies and the fluctuating sizes that go along with that, I wanted to make a renewed effort to dress well. I don’t mean fancy, after all I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I don’t need to “dress to impress.” But I didn’t want to succumb to a […]

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Talking about Money with your Kids

Talking Money with Kids

I grew up in a very frugal household where my stay-at-home mom clipped coupons and shopped sales while my dad worked a government job. My mom cooked almost all of our meals at home; eating out was something she and my dad did on rare date nights when they paid a neighborhood girl to come […]

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Holiday Sanity: Celebrating Without Losing Your Mind

Don’t Go Broke this Holiday Season

The holiday season not only requires our time but our money, adding more stress to the monthly budget. There are ways to still make the holidays magical but cut back on spending. “I Can Make That.” By all means, browse. Get ideas from the beautiful things in stores, but before you buy, ask yourself, “Can I make […]

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Creating a Family Budget

Creating a Family Budget

I was in my third trimester when a report came out stating that the average cost of raising a child was up to $245,000. You read that right. $245,000. I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in. Wipe the vomit from your chin. Thank goodness we live in Kansas City! Where a four-bedroom, […]

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Secondhand Shopping for Beginners

Before becoming a mom, I liked buying new furniture, new clothes, and new books with those crisp, clean pages. But now, my budget is tighter, my clothes are more well-loved, and the furniture in my home is working harder than before. So, I’ve started purchasing more items secondhand – and I love it! Secondhand shopping […]

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SaltScrub

Budget-Friendly, DIY Gifts

I don’t know about you, but I spend approximately one week singing along to Frank Sinatra’s holiday classics before the stress of the season sinks in. One minute, I’m strolling merrily down the festive aisles of Target soaking up the magic of the season, and the next I’m creating a mental to-d0 list that threatens […]

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