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Make Your Budget Work for You

Seeing the budget as a useful tool in your arsenal to conquer debt -- instead of a burden or chore -- can mean reaching your financial goals quickly.

While a Financial Snapshot is a useful resource for see the big picture, the Budget gets down to the nitty-gritty of your financial health in a proactive, usable way. From tracking and listing your expenses, you get a good idea … Continue reading

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Budget Saver: The Meal Plan

Budget Saver Meal Plan

Grocery prices continue to rise, making the family dinner a larger financial drain on the family budget. In addition, the busier our lives get, the more we are likely to resort to takeout and pre-packaged meals to quickly satisfy our … Continue reading

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Find Your Financial Snapshot

Financial Snapshot

Do you really know where you stand financially? If you don’t, you may waste time floundering along, unaware that you are spending beyond your means. Or perhaps you are in better shape than you think, but need to reevaluate your … Continue reading

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Entertaining without Busting Your Budget

Budget Buster Guests

No matter how diligent we usually are about sticking to our budget, there are certain areas where we simply freefall into the spending abyss. I find these areas are usually ones that involve trying to please others — whether it … Continue reading

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52-Week Savings Plan: Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Participate

52-Week Savings Plan:  Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Participate 52-Week Savings Plan Pros: Anything that gets you in the habit of saving money is a good thing.  With the 52-Week Savings Plan, you start out gradually and build up (print out … Continue reading

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25 Bartering Ideas: Using Skills to Save Money

Bartering Ideas

Bartering – trading good or services without the exchange of money – is a great way to save on expenses.  Your time and skills cost nothing to share, but can be bartered for services you would otherwise have to pay … Continue reading

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Black Friday Craziness: Mommysavers on Huffington Post Live

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Last night, I had an opportunity to chat about the Gray Thursday and Black Friday craziness on Huffington Post Live. During the webcast, we talked about Black Friday shopping and our experiences. The show mainly featured two (somewhat crazy!) Black … Continue reading

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Extreme Couponing’s Hidden Costs: Spaving Gone Wild

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Extreme Couponing Hidden Costs The TLC show Extreme Couponing can be impressive for the first time-viewer.  Who wouldn’t want to scoop up carts full of groceries for only a few bucks, or better yet – have the store PAY you … Continue reading

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