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17 of the Best Gifts for Manly Men, Made By a Man!

17 of the Best Gifts for Manly Men, Made By a Man!

I hate shopping for my husband Ian. Last year when I got fed up with his less-than stellar suggestions for gift ideas, I went in with my best friend and we got him a gorgeous, custom-made knife. Sadly, the knife company is no longer open, but we did end up with a...

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Stick To Your Budget with these DIY Cash Envelope Systems

For $4.99 this pattern is a great bargain! I love these envelopes with their tabs, they would work well in a large clutch style wallet like the one I have. This $5 envelope pattern from MP Digital Shop is a great little pattern. For the price, you can't beat it and...

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Is Mystery Shopping Worth the Time and Effort?

Is Mystery Shopping Worth the Time and Effort?

I enjoy mystery shopping. I think it's a lot of fun, and it's a fun way to save money by letting other people pay for things and make a little side cash. The benefits of mystery shopping What I love about mystery shopping is that you have a lot of freedom. You can...

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6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Meat

6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Meat

So, can I just level with you? I tried to do the vegetarian thing for my husband. I mean, not entirely vegetarian because I don't believe that's a healthy choice. Growing up, my mother in law had bad reactions to beef and apparently they burned out on chicken, so...

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15 Minute System For Creating An Effective Budget

15 Minute System For Creating An Effective Budget

I used to struggle with budgeting until three things happened: the first was I for my food budget under control with a consistent system that worked. That's a huge area where I used to overspend, and it really messed up our budget. The second area was our income,...

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The Best Maternity & Nursing Tops for Under $40

The Best Maternity & Nursing Tops for Under $40

I had the hardest time finding cute clothes that fit me right when I was a nursing mom, especially since I was on a tight budget. There were tons of cute tops I couldn't afford, so I ended up making this list, as much for myself for when I want to start nursing, as to...

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How to Save Tons of Money on Non-Food Items

How to Save Tons of Money on Non-Food Items

Since I launched my ecourse, Become a Food Budget Boss, I've heard from a lot of homemakers that they have trouble managing the non-food parts of their budget. I know how frustrating it is to be trying to budget and not being able to get into a groove because little...

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How To Handle When You’re Discouraged With Weight Loss

How To Handle When You’re Discouraged With Weight Loss

Last week I almost gave up on my efforts to be healthier. Like, I seriously sat and stared at a bag of Smart Food popcorn (my old arch nemesis and addiction) at the store and contemplated if it was worth the almost 1,000 calories, just to make me feel better. Almost...

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Grilled Salmon and Roasted Asparagus – 30 Minute Dinner!

Grilled Salmon and Roasted Asparagus – 30 Minute Dinner!

I really like food, and recently I've been wanting to branch out from my usual "tastes good, easy to make" and make some more unique dinners that are a little more elegant. I'm also in the beginning of a challenge some of my friends and I are doing, called the 60 Day...

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2017 – 60 Day Trim Up Challenge

2017 – 60 Day Trim Up Challenge

So, I already told you about my new self-care routine that's helping me make daily progress on my word, and goals, for the year, which is healthy. I'm not even a month in and I'm already weaned off my antidepressants and feeling better than I did on them. Honestly, I...

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Weekly Groceries and Meal Plan January 16, 2017

Weekly Groceries and Meal Plan January 16, 2017

When you order your groceries online it's a lot easier to price check each item, which is part of the reason I don't shop at multiple stores and still don't spend a lot on groceries. You can read about my weekly routine here, which has saved/made us thousands of...

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52 Books in 2017 Challenge – The List!

52 Books in 2017 Challenge – The List!

Last year, Logan was born and I started to see the effects that long term depression has had on my life. I stopped doing many things I loved and told myself I didn't have time, while wasting time on social media following a lot of people who didn't mean a lot to me. I...

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How We Paid Our Rent with AirBNB

How We Paid Our Rent with AirBNB

I heard about AirBNB from my best friend, who travels a ton and uses it to save thousands of dollars a year for her business expenses. I thought it was awesome, but figured it would never work for us because most people wouldn't want an entire family in their house....

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How to Get Freebies and Avoid the Clutter

How to Get Freebies and Avoid the Clutter

I love freebies. Seriously. At one point, when I was into extreme couponing, I spent probably 10-15 hours a week signing up for freebies and entering giveaways. I've gotten a lot of awesome things through signing up for free stuff, but also got some junk and got...

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My Best Tips for Organized Moving & Packing

My Best Tips for Organized Moving & Packing

I've been preparing for a possible move since April. Ian has been applying for jobs since last year and we believed that he was going to be hired for a specific company, which fell through more than once. Although we have moved on to new opportunities our goal is to...

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Selling On Amazon 

Selling On Amazon 

Selling on Amazon sounds like a big, scary thing, or at least it did to me when we started. It wasn't really all that hard once we knew what tools to use and found a process that worked for us. We could have made a ton of more money, but we were lazy and enjoyed...

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Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling is something that I found on Pinterest, and I'm so glad I did. At first, it was just art. I wanted a new place where I could be creative, something that was tangible and wasn't confined to the screens of my Mac and phone.  The Bible was something...

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(Almost) Foolproof Yogurt in the Instant Pot

(Almost) Foolproof Yogurt in the Instant Pot

I love yogurt. I don't sort of  love yogurt, I really love it. When I couldn't eat dairy when I was pregnant with Logan, I struggled to put on any weight in the first half of my pregnancy, and actually lost weight. Homemade yogurt is kind of amazing. The cost...

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How to Pack a Minimalists’ Diaper Bag, 3 Ways

How to Pack a Minimalists’ Diaper Bag, 3 Ways

I hate having to carry a diaper bag, so I try to carry as little as possible in it. A few days ago I wrote a post about how I switched wallets so I would have things more organized and less things to carry, because I really just don't like feeling weighed down. That's...

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