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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101 Days of Christmas eBook $0.99 for Kindle!

Amazon has launched a new promotion called the Kindle Countdown Deal, where books are deeply discounted and then the price increases gradually over time. As part of this promotion, 101 Days of Christmas is on sale for $0.99 through Cyber Monday, and then the price will increase by $1 each day until it's back to…

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Saving Money for College with the Upromise RewardsU Toolbar

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Upromise by Sallie Mae for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. It's been a long time since I've looked into the tools that Upromise offers families who are looking to save money for college through cash back programs, but there are really so many…

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How to Deal with Distractions that Cost You Money

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: Do you suffer from shiny object syndrome?  Do  you start one project only to flit to the next?  Get sidetracked by some great new thing (shiny object)? All of those little distractions can cost you money.  While daydreaming, you get into a fender bender with your…

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Simple Ways to Get in the Habit of Saving

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: As my husband and I dug our way out of debt, we often reminded ourselves that getting to debt-free was a marathon, not a sprint.  While it was easy to get into debt, it takes an incredible amount of time, energy, and determination to get rid…

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8 Ways to Start Saving Money for Christmas Now

The following post is from Tiffany of Mommy Goes Green: Every year my husband and I write a budget saving a little each month for Christmas and when November comes around, there is nothing in the Christmas coffer. There is always a need that ranks much higher now than the ones waiting for us come…

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