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HOW TO SHOP YARD SALES...FOR FREE!
Stephanie writes, "I have become addicted to yard sales this spring, and it’s probably because I have found a way to do it for free!
I made it a goal that however much money I spent at yard sales, I had to sell at least enough to cover the cost of that trip… so I always had at least $20 and I was still getting all sorts of useful things for my family like clothes, toys, gifts, camping supplies, etc.
As of now, after shopping for 7 weeks I have upwards of $60 cash! There is nothing like being able to go shopping on Saturday mornings with my family and not feel like I’m breaking our budget.
Here are some tips to yard sale shop for free..."
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Guest post from Stephanie of Joshua and Stephanie I have become addicted to yard sales this spring, and it’s probably because I have found a way to do it for free! It is no small matter for me to get out of bed extra early and then to get all my kids fed, dressed and out the door with my wonderful, supportive husband, so it really takes something special to do all this just to go shopping.
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DITCH YOUR LANDLINE TO SAVE MONEY
In July of 2010, we ditched our landline for a year. It saved us $15 per month — and countless minutes of dealing with telemarketers! :)
It was really freeing to do it, although I readily admit it was also a little weird since we’d always had a landline. But it was a worthwhile experiment — and the $180 we saved that year was great, too.
Here are three things we learned...
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In July of 2010, we ditched our landline for a year. It saved us $15 per month -- and countless minutes of dealing with telemarketers! :) It was really freeing to do it, although I readily admit it was also a little weird since we'd always had a landline. But it was a worthwhile experiment -- and the $180 we saved that year was great, too.
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HOW TO HAVE A TV-FREE SUMMER
Rhoda writes, "As summer approaches, I am thinking of my yearly TV-Free Summer Pledge.
Two summer ago when I first made this pledge, it was a disaster because while I had planned for what we would not do (no TV), I hadn’t given much thought to what we would do. So the TV was turned off, and I had two little faces looking at me like, “Entertain me! Entertain me!” I was overwhelmed — nothing seemed to hold their attention for more than five minutes and there was no plan.
Now I have a plan and since that first crazy summer, my promise of television free summers is much easier to keep..."
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Guest post from Rhoda As summer approaches, I am thinking of my yearly “TV-Free Summer Pledge”. As a high school literacy coach, I am blessed that I get to spend a lot of time with my own children, but there are days when I look at a sea of teenage faces and think, “Someone else is getting to hold and love and teach my children.” This sense of helplessness led to my yearly “TV-Free Summer Pledge”. I have nine weeks of mostly uninterrupted t...
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HOW TO SPEND LESS ON TEEN FASHION
Dannah writes, "It doesn’t matter how much your daughter has watched you print coupons or chase down bargains, somewhere around the age of 13 she will “just die” if she can’t spend something-like-half-the-amount-of-the-national-debt on a pair of jeans. What’s a mom to do?
I asked a friend who was parenting a few years ahead of me and found the most amazing solution. It was so simple that in my many efforts to solve the problem I hadn’t thought of it, but it literally cut my clothing budget in half and my girls got just as much — or more — each season..."
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Guest post by Dannah Gresh of DannahGresh.com It doesn’t matter how much your daughter has watched you print coupons or chase down bargains, somewhere around the age of 13 she will “just die” if she can’t spend something-like-half-the-amount-of-the-national-debt on a pair of jeans. What’s a mom to do?
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Poor Man's Steak -- This is such a delicious and inexpensive recipe! It's been a family favorite for YEARS!
Guest post from Brigette Shevy This stick-to-your-ribs recipe is sure to be a favorite for all those meat-and-potatoes guys out there! Growing up, it was always a meal that the men in our house looked forward to. Now, my little …
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ALLERGEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CRUNCH BARS
Ingredients:
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups allowed nut butter
4 cups rice krispies
2 cups allowed chocolate chips
2 Tbsp coconut oil
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HOW WE REPLACED OUR INCOMES BY SELLING ON AMAZON (this is such an inspiring story!!)
Guest post from Jessica of TheSellingFamily.com Five years ago, I had a dream that I would be able to retire my husband from the job that he hated. Little did I know that in less than 2 years of setting that …
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QUICK & EASY HONEY SWEETENED TRUFFLES
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HOW ONE FAMILY PAID OFF ALMOST $90,000 IN CONSUMER DEBT
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Trying to pay off debt and need some inspiration? Read this post on how one family paid off almost $90,000 in consumer debt!
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UPSIDE-DOWN PIZZA
Upside-Down Pizza is an easy, kid-friendly, all-in-one dish. Add a bag of frozen veggies, and dinner is ready!
Guest post from Brigette Shevy The first time I ever made this recipe was with my great-grandma. Every Saturday for many years, Crystal and I would spend several hours at our great-grandparent’s house. After the cleaning was finished, I loved …
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HOMEMADE COUGH AND COLD SYRUP
You've got to try this Homemade Cough & Cold Syrup recipe -- it's SO easy to make and all natural, too. Just 4 ingredients and it takes just a few minutes to mix up!
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HOW TO GET OFF THE HAMSTER WHEEL & STOP FEELING SO RUSHED
A few weeks ago, for whatever reason, I woke up in a funk and I just couldn’t get back on my game no matter what.
After some serious looking at my schedule, I realized what I had done: I put more on my schedule then what was realistic. Since I’ve been working on going to bed early and getting up early, I’ve had a lot more breathing room in my schedule. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t still have to be realistic.
So this day, I just felt stressed, rushed, and overwhelmed. Like I needed to live life at breakneck speed in order to get everything done that needed to be done...
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Do you live in such a way that you always feel rushed, no matter what? It’s like you can’t ever get caught up and stay that way for more than a minute. A few weeks ago, for whatever reason, I …
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