7 awesome teen girl gift ideas | Holiday 2017 Gift Guide

7 awesome teen girl gift ideas

Are you stuck trying to find a gift for the teen or pre-teen girl in your life? Teen girls are notoriously difficult to purchase for. I decided to do the next installment in my gift ideas series all about teen and pre-teen girls.This teen girl gift ideas guide is mostly geared toward pre-teens and younger teens, about 11-15 years old.

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10 ways to save money on Christmas

10 ways to save money on Christmas

10 ways to save money on Christmas

The holidays are right around the corner. Can anyone else believe how fast 2017 went by?! This is about the time of year where people start thinking about Christmas. As with any event where money is going to be spend, Christmas should never be a surprise. There are lots of ways to save money on Christmas. A little planning and prioritizing can go a long way. Check our my favorite tips, and then head to the comments to add your own.

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Teaching kids about money | Helping your child to Take Control of a Bank Account

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Helping Your Child to Take Control of a Bank Account

Helping your child take control of a bank account, the latest post in the budgeting series is from Josh at Family Faith Finance. Josh recently got into the personal finance game when he decided to start up Family Faith Finance. His goal is to introduce a unique perspective while offering solid, unbiased advice.

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Budgeting Tips for New Parents

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Budgeting Tips for New Parents

The next installment in my budgeting series, budgeting tips for new parents, is a guest post by Jacob of Dollar Diligence. What happens to your budget when you have a child? Well, along with everything else in your life, it changes! Check out Jacob’s budgeting tips for new parents, and then make sure to check out the rest of the series linked at the bottom of the post.

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Save lots of money on household items! | Subscribe and Save Tips

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Subscribe and Save tips

If you have an Amazon subscription but are not taking advantage of the Subscribe and Save program, you’re going to want to read this! I’ve been an Amazon subscriber for years, but only started utilizing Subscribe and Save about two years ago. I hope that these subscribe and save tips will help you save a lot of money!
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Two tips for successful budgeting (that no one talks about!)

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Two Tips for Successful Budgeting

The second installment in my budgeting series, two more tips for successful budgeting. We all know that the key to being successful with money is having a budget. Budgeting, in a nutshell, simply tells your money where to go. It’s a far better option than looking at your bank statements at the end of the month, wondering where your money went. That being said, there are two tips for successful budgeting that are rarely talked about.

If you’re brand new to budgeting, make sure to check out my post: Budgeting 101: How to start a budget.

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Why and How I Am Saving for My Daughter’s Education

Saving for kids college is such an important topic that can often be overlooked! Check out how and why I'm saving for my daughter's college to find out what one dad is doing to prepare!

Today I have a special guest post by David from MillenialPersonalFinance.com. Most of you, along with David and myself, are parents of young children. Saving for kids college may not be the most fun subject to talk about, but it’s a very important discussion! Remember that it’s never too early, or too late, to start thinking about saving for kids college. Find out why and how David is saving for his daughters education in this informative post!

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How to get kids to do chores + teaching kids about money

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Teaching kids about money

It’s really important to teach kids about money. The general state of money handling in our culture is just bad. It’s our job to teach our kids how to handle money. I am frequently asked “how to get kids to do chores??” Honestly, my kids do chores because I tell them to. More specifically, my kids do chores because they have grown up doing chores and they don’t think anything of it. They know that chores are a part of life, and they accept that. Has it always been that way? No.

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How to save for a vacation | Prioritizing to make travel a reality

How to save for a vacation

My family gets a lot of comments about our travel habits. Most of them are positive, but a few are more along the lines of “I can’t believe you got to go to Hawaii” or “I wish I had the money to blow on vacations like you do” We don’t travel as frequently as some (I wish!) but we are still asked how we are able to afford to do the traveling that we do. The answer is surprisingly simple. Priorities.

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6 things to buy that save money over time

6 things to buy that actually save money over time

6 things to buy that save money over time

I know what you’re thinking. How do you save money by buying things? It seems crazy, but there are things to buy that save money in the long run. If you’re already on a tight budget, you might consider adding these items slowly over time instead of trying to buy them all up front.

  • Cloth Diapers – I used cloth diapers to some extent with all 3 of my children. I have probably used cloth diapers 75% of the time through my children’s diapering years. I haven’t ever added up exactly how much money I saved, but I’m sure it was a lot! I find that the most cost effective time to cloth diaper is the newborn and earlier months, when you use more diapers than you can count. However, I didn’t start cloth diapering my oldest until he was 2, and I still saved a lot of money because he wasn’t potty trained until he was 3. My favorite cloth diapers are from BumGenius AIO (all in one)and Happy Heiny pocket diapers.

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  • Diva Cup – I know that this is a taboo subject, but 99% of my readers are adult women so just hear me out! I was one of those people who thought for years that a reusable menstrual cup was disgusting. Then I decided to try it and it’s honestly a life changer. Not only is it much less disgusting than tampons or pads, but it saves a ton of money. If you only try one thing from this list, I strongly suggest trying it! I was very skeptical too.  If you’re looking to save a little, I have used this off-brand and I find it very comparable to the actual Diva Cup.

 

  • Reusable K-Cup – I love coffee and I love my Keurig, but K-cups are expensive. I had an a reusable cup with my old Keurig and recently purchased this one for my 2.0. If you are used to purchasing K-cups, this one little purchase will save you quite a bit.

It seems counter productive to buy things to save money, but these 6 products actually save money over time. Adding these items to your budget slowly will help save money in the long-term!

  • Reusable Coffee Cup – This seems pretty obvious, but making your own coffee at home will obviously save money. Even if you don’t make it at home, most coffee shops and even gas stations will give you a discount by bringing your own cup. I use a Beuno Cup from Target (clearance!) and a Koffie Straw.

Related Post: Koffie Straw Review

  • Cloth Napkins – I can’t tell you how much money I have saved over time by using cloth napkins, “un-paper” towels and cloth wipes. I have never gone so far as to use cloth toilet paper, but some people do! I have some nice un-paper towels with snaps that a friend made, but I mostly use inexpensive rags/hand towels. If you want nicer cloth napkins, I am thinking about buying this 12 pack.

6 things to buy that save money over time

  • Epilator – I am not going to lie and say that using a epilator doesn’t hurt – it does! However, if you spend a lot of money on razor blades and are looking for ways to save, it’s a great option. I’d say that it hurts less than waxing, and the results last much longer than shaving. I use a Panasonic brand epilator that also comes with a shaver attachment. It is an expensive purchase, but one that I feel will pay for itself over time.




These are 6 things to buy that save money over time, but it’s certainly not an inclusive list. What products do you use that save you money in the long run? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

 

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8 year old birthday gift ideas

Fun Fact: All six of our kids have birthdays in May-August. This means that “birthday season” is kicking off at our house. We actually aren’t doing big birthday gifts or parties this year, but instead we are taking all the kids on a summer trip and celebrating with activities instead of gifts. Even though that is what we are doing, I wanted to share some birthday ideas for all the birthday parties that you might be attending this summer!

My son is turning 8 on Saturday, and my husbands son will be turning 8 just three weeks after that! Earlier this month I wrote a post about 5 year old birthday gift ideas, so make sure to check that out too! All of the items listed are from Amazon, although you can purchase most of them anywhere. Generally speaking, I have found that Amazon has better prices than Wal-Mart or Target, unless Target is having a good toy sale. If you don’t currently have Amazon Prime, you can try it for free for 30 days. Use this link to get your Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.

If you’re on the fence about Amazon Prime, make sure to  check out my post about how to get the most out of your Amazon Prime subscription and then sign up for the trial. There are so many things included that most people don’t know about!

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Starfish Themed Beach Wedding Ideas

How to plan a beach wedding | Beach wedding ideas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HotRef Party Favors. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love the beach. I’ve been talking about Hawaii a lot lately, but I love a good beach anywhere! My husband and I got married on the beach in Galveston, Texas. I spent a lot of time researching beach weddings ideas. If you’re interested in having a Beach Wedding, you’re in luck! I’ve already found some awesome ideas for you.  I found tons of beach wedding stuff at HotRef Party Favors, but these were my favorites.

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