6 Expenses You Should Be Saving For

I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at For the Mommas about An Easy Way to Save for Irregular Expenses, and I’m excited to welcome Phoebe from Getting Freedom to Life Your Way: Staying in control of your finances can be really hard, especially when you're not prepared for the…

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Start Digging out of Debt Today

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: The best financial decision you can make is to never get into any debt. If you’re like the majority of Americans, you’ve already botched that one.  But you can do the next best thing: Get out of debt now and stay out. But how do you dig…

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The Positives of Paying with Plastic

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: If you have ever read Dave Ramsey, you know that he hates credit cards.  He encourages people to pay with cash (or a debit card) instead of using the plastic. Using a cash-only approach can certainly help someone get out of debt and stay out of debt.…

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How to Prepare Your Home Business for a Natural Disaster

The following post is from Lisa of Working Naked: No one wants to think about being in a hurricane, tornado, or fire, but bad things happen. While you may not know when a natural disaster is going to hit your home office (if ever), it's important to be prepared to handle whatever comes your way.…

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5 Free Things You Can Do to Help Your Finances

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: When you're feeling stuck because of debt, or you just can't seem to get any traction when it comes to increasing your income, it can be very frustrating.   Watch any late night television, and you'll be bombarded with sales pitches to consolidate your debt or make money…

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Giveaway: 250 Custom Die Cut Business Cards

This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Ashlee ([email protected])! I have a bit of a business card problem. As an entrepreneur, I regularly start new websites and businesses, and not all of those make it! Whenever I attend a blogging conference or event, I end up ordering new business cards that reflect my current…

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How Much Do You Really Need to Retire?

"People with plans achieve far more than people without plans. Successful businesses follow business plans. We even prepare written plans for after we are dead. So, it only makes sense that we should apply the same forethought and planning to our lives.” ~Stefan Wissenbach, financial strategist and founder of MagicNumber.com One of my goals for…

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Choosing (and Paying for) Summer Activities for the Kids

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: As the school year winds down, many parents' thoughts turn to one question: What will I do with the kids home all summer? From sports to camps to family vacations, there are plenty of activities available to keep your kids busy.  But how do you decide?  And…

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Reconciling Frugal Living and Unnecessary Splurges
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Reconciling Frugal Living and Unnecessary Splurges

We all have them -- things we're willing to spend more money on even though we try to live a frugal lifestyle overall. For some it may be Starbucks, while for others it may be designer shoes, eating out as a family, a more expensive hair stylist or a trip to the most magical place…

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Making Maintenance a Priority in Your Budget

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: A car won't run without oil.  A body will get sick without a healthy diet and exercise. A roof will leak if old shingles aren't replaced. It doesn't matter what you own - you've got to take care of it if you want it to last. Unfortunately,…

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