Daily Goodie Box: Great Free Samples!

  I received a Daily Goodie Box in exchange for my honest review. I don’t have a lot of time for shopping.  Before having kids, I loved checking out new products and taking my time browsing in the store.  With kids, I don’t have time or patience for that, so it was a treat when […]

How Do You Shop Smart And Save More?

  Shopping smart and saving is a lot easier online when you stick to a few simple tips. That means that you need to have a plan for saving money, and you also need to make sure that you are comparing prices of all the places that you are shopping. Comparing prices is very easy, and you will […]

Daily Deals & Flash Sales: Here’s the Scoop!

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Groupon Goods: Savings for the Whole Family!

  This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. I am always looking for ways to save money, but I don’t have a lot of time to look for coupons or bargains.  We have been using Groupon for years, and I can’t begin to guess how much we have saved. When we aren’t saving […]

How to Help a Family Dealing with Unemployment

In December, my husband was laid off from a job he had worked at for more than 11 years. We were suddenly faced with no income, no health insurance and the looming holidays. Fast forward more than six months, to the day my husband finally got his first paycheck at his new job. It was a long […]

Save Money with Flipp, and #FlippforMom! (**Plus $100 SpaFinder Gift Card Giveaway!**)

  I do lots of things to save money, and I consider myself to be extremely frugal.  Yet, I have little time for browsing store flyers for deals or clipping coupons.  We also don’t get all the flyers I would like to browse.  So I was excited to learn about Flipp, which puts store flyers […]

Teens on Tires: Today’s Top Apps for Safer Driving

  Kids grow up quickly. Before you know it, they are asking for the keys so they can pick up their friends to head to school, the movies, the mall, etc.. If you’re lucky, they will return the car with some gas left for you. Don’t worry; there’s an app that will help your teen driver find […]

Teens Behind the Wheel: Top Tips for Choosing the Best Driver’s Ed Program

Kinda scary, isn’t it? Your teen is about ready to drive. And, it seemed like just yesterday you were changing their diapers. And, today, they’re bugging you for the keys. Here’s how to get them behind the wheel and still keep your sanity. Is Your Teen Ready? Believe it or not, not all teens are […]

Money Savvy Kids ~ Getting Smart About Money! (**GIVEAWAY**)

I received this product in exchange for my honest review. I have always tried to teach my kids the importance of saving their money.  Now that my daughter is 9, it is a great time to teach her about managing her money properly, especially as she has been learning about money at school and also […]

Coupons, Sales and Savings: Why Timing is Everything for Shoppers

  Are you looking to save big with coupon codes? One problem you’ll undoubtedly run into is the timing factor. Here are a few tips to get you started. On The First Of The Month Retailers are always releasing a lot of deals at the end of the month or the beginning of the new […]

Head to Dollar General for Savings on SCOTT® Products (+Digital Coupons)!

Another holiday season has come and gone, and we had a wonderful time spent with family and friends… but then it was back to reality.  We all ended up sick with a bad cold, and the house quickly spiraled into a big mess!  After having guests and a big mess from our Christmas celebrations, my […]

Eco-Friendly Ways to Use Packing Boxes, Post Move

  Unless you are a starving college student with a mountain of debt, you’re probably too old to be scrounging around looking for boxes so you can effectively move from where you’re living now to your new home. This means, the days driving behind grocery stores in search of sturdy boxes that held produce (as […]

Save Money with These Eco-friendly Home Improvements

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Ways to Save Money When You Have Kids

I am a big money saver, and I have found that spending money on kids is expensive, from summer camps to clothing, after school activities to food.  Here are some things I have found that are useful ways to save money when you have kids – but lots of these can be applied to adults […]

Stock Up and Save on SCOTT® Products at Dollar General!

  The holidays always seem to sneak up on me, as much as I try to plan ahead.  One of the things I try to keep up with before things get really hectic is stocking up on things we need, and Dollar General is a perfect place to get lots of great household basics like […]

Practical Gifts for Kids

There are so many reasons to get kids at least some gifts that are practical and useful.  When I shop for gifts, it always helps when it is something I would likely purchase anyway.   I grew up with my grandmother on a very fixed income, so gifts were often things I needed – but that being said, […]

How to Afford Your Holiday Feast

  The holidays are beloved for their joy, gratitude, and intimacy — but definitely not for their price. Ignoring the huge costs of yearly decorations (the tree, the wreath, the trimmings) and setting aside the immense expense of presents (new toys, new electronics, new clothes), families are still faced with over-the-top expenditures on all the […]

How to Be a Financially Successful Single Mom

  To many happily partnered moms, the thought of raising one or more kids on one’s own seems unfeasible — largely because it often is. Single moms must fulfill each and every parenting role on their own, which means they are tasked with being the caregivers, the breadwinners, the disciplinarians, the role models, and more […]

Celebrating the Holidays Without Breaking the Bank


Christmas decorations in stores before Halloween can only mean the holiday season is officially kicking off! For some, this incites feelings of excited anticipation (Decorations! Fires in the fireplace! Holiday parties!). For others, it’s a looming presence on the horizon filled with stress, planning and, oh, the shopping. If you’re anything like me, the holiday […]

Tips for Buying & Selling at Consignment Shops

  One of the best things I discovered shortly after I had my first baby was a local children’s consignment shop. I had never shopped at thrift shops or other used goods stores, but it soon became a source for many children’s clothes and toys.  And soon, I found myself selling things as well, like […]

Ways to Save When You Really Need to Cut Back

    We are always trying to save money.  But there have been times when money is more tight than ever, and every penny counts.  Although I follow a lot of these things on a regular basis, others are more extreme for times you are in a real crunch! Drink water.  It’s free, and it’s […]

5 Steps to Buying Second-Hand Goods Online

  The Internet has proven to be an invaluable tool for all kinds of things from looking for new job opportunities to finding out information and even watching television or movies while out of the house. However one of the most popular uses of the world wide web is shopping or eCommerce as it is […]

Clean Your Pantry & Save Money

Do you ever notice that you end up with things that just tend to sit in your pantry?  You keep meaning to use them, and then those items are forgotten.  Eventually, items go past their expiration and you have to toss them.  I find it really frustrating to throw out food that I have been […]

Frugal Party Ideas

  Kid’s parties often become expensive. Celebrations can add up quickly, especially if you have more than one child and you are hosting a variety of events (birthdays, graduations, holiday parties, etc) each year.  Here are some tips on ways to cut down on costs, especially if you have an at-home party. ~ Latex balloons. […]

How To Survive a Layoff

This may seem like an odd topic for a blog targeting parents, but having been through four layoffs in 16 years, and facing a possible fifth, I have learned a few things through the years that I think might help someone facing their first layoff.  These tips can be put into action both BEFORE and […]

Teaching Your Kids How to Shop Smartly

My little boy always shop with me in his First Years Wave Stroller and I gradually realize it’s important to teach him something about shopping. A vast majority of people think shopping is going out and buying what you what. You could define it as such, but that doesn’t cover the whole shopping experience. It […]

A Guide to Children and Allowances

Getting an allowance is part of the image of childhood. It’s been a part of the childhood image for decades and is expressed in books and on the screen. Yet, what is the rule to giving an allowance? What is the right way? Is there a right way? How much? How often? There are so […]

Tips on How to Afford Organic Food

A lot of families are switching to an organic-only diet. Organic food is healthier because it doesn’t contain preservatives or chemicals. However, it is not cheap to eat organically; families that do not have the income to support an organic diet are less able to make these dietary changes. If you would like to try […]

Using Quicken to Manage My Family’s Money

In late 2001, my husband and I were newlyweds. He had just graduated from college and was working a temporary job to make a few bucks until he found a “real” job. We were living in the small, 1-bedroom apartment that was mine before the wedding, and we were building a new house. We were […]

Stewardship Part 4: Finances

I am finally completing my series on stewardship. I saved the hardest topic for last: Stewardship of your finances. I think it is the hardest, because I am not very good with finances. There are three things I do with money: spend it, spend it, and spend it! However, it is good to have your […]