3 Steps: Don’t Sacrifice Retirement For College Savings
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3 Steps: Don’t Sacrifice Retirement For College Savings

Does your 12-year-old have a burgeoning desire to become a veterinarian? Do you have a four-year-old who wants to “build big things?” My kids are six and three. They’re already set on becoming a ballet teacher and a tractor driver (yes, a tractor driver!) and like many parents, I’ve taken a stab at saving for…

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Tips for Creating a Family Budget with the Kids

If you and your spouse decide that it's time for your family to be a little more frugal, it's a good idea to get the kids onboard. After all, it's difficult to reach your savings goals when you're constantly trying to explain to your kids why you can't afford to go to the movies each…

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5 Smart Ways to Get Extra Funding

As a mother, there is only so much free time in the world. And as a stay-at-home mom, free time is a luxury that only comes once the children are fed or leave to school. But what to do with your free time? You could enjoy your free time by popping on the couch and…

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Credit Cards: A Mother’s Advice

Credit cards are often seen as the great financial evil. Almost every week, you’ll hear some or other horror story about someone who blew all of the money they had and then went on to spend some more on seventeen credit cards, only to find themselves homeless or paying off a mountain of debt as…

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Setting financial goals and moving from stress to confidence

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Setting financial goals Although life in 2016 was stressful, we were able to capture the magic of Christmas that makes it my very favorite time of the year. We slowed down in December, spending our afternoons baking, committing random acts of kindness, and enjoying our favorite traditions.  This article discusses the importance of setting financial…

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7 things we splurge on as a family

Crystal of Money Saving Mom recently shared a list of things her family splurges on (as well as the things they don't). Although there are a few similarities on our lists, I had to laugh that a few of Crystal's "don't splurge" items are on our splurge list (and vice versa). It just goes to show that…

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Why we’ve moved from buying used to leasing our vehicles

I hinted at this post months ago on Instagram and Facebook, and even got the post mostly written, but in the midst of the 101 Days of Christmas series and holiday travel, I just never got it posted. Three months later, this is the story of how we moved from two older, used vehicles to…

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Chores & Allowance Revisited {Plus a Printable Time Card for Kids!}

I've shared our philosophy about chores and allowance in the past, but I thought I would revisit the topic now that I'm the mom of three -- soon to be four! -- elementary-age kids and not a whole slew of preschoolers. For us, chores and allowance offer opportunities to teach the girls about responsibility, team…

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Our Family’s Non-Health Insurance Coverage

I was originally planning to post this on Tuesday morning, but just after we finished breakfast, our 4-year-old fell off the picnic table bench and busted the back of her head open (on a flimsy plastic storage drawer that holds Legos, of all things), and we spent the morning at the ER instead. In the…

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Get a 100% Free, No-Obligation Credit Report from Quizzle!

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Money...it can be a stressful topic during the holidays, I know. But here's an aspect you may not be thinking about, especially if you're shopping online: identity theft happens every day, and the sooner you catch it, the quicker you can reverse the damage and prevent long-term headaches. Quizzle allows you to monitor your credit…

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