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5 Ways to Save Money on your Wedding

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 4, 2016 | Categories: Frugal Tips, Money Talk
Ways to save money on your wedding flowers.

Planning your wedding day can bring on a wide range of feelings, but planning your wedding day doesn’t have to be stressful. It also doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. It is very possible to have a beautiful dream wedding without breaking the bank and save money on your wedding. With these 5 […]

Don’t Miss this Great Deal: $1.00 off Coupon on Scott 1000 at Walmart

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 8, 2015 | Categories: Coupons, Frugal Tips
Scott 1000 toilet paper $1.00 off coupon at Walmart

This post is sponsored by Scott Products and The Motherhood. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. As a frugal mom who loves saving money, especially on the basic necessities that I […]

4 Cheap Things to do in Knoxville

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 8, 2014 | Categories: Around Town, Frugal Tips, Travel
4 cheap things to do in Knoxville, TN

We moved to Knoxville, TN 17 years ago and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. It’s a beautiful city near the Great Smoky Mountains. There is so much beauty here with an abundance of things to do. Whether you are traveling through the city of Knoxville on your way to a vacation destination or live in […]

How to Spend Smart for a Brighter Financial Future

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 16, 2014 | Categories: Financial, Frugal Tips, How To, Money Talk, Savings

Everyone who knows me, knows I’m frugal. I try to save what I can, and I like to think of myself as a smart shopper. Spending money is easy. Too easy. But if you have to spend or want to spend, it takes a little more work to do it smartly. To spend money smart […]

20 Money Saving Ideas

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 14, 2014 | Categories: Financial, Frugal Tips, Home and Garden, How To, Money Talk, Savings, Tips
Money saving ideas

I, like most everybody else, am looking for ways to save money. In my case, we are saving for our son’s college and our retirement. Not to mention that I am just frugal by nature and don’t like to waste money. So I’m always looking for money saving ideas. I’ve found some wonderful sites with […]

5 Steps to a More Frugal 2014

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 14, 2014 | Categories: Financial, Frugal Tips, Money Talk

I’ve had this article in a draft since January and forgot about it. It’s still early in 2014 and still very relevant… Many people set New Year’s resolutions that deal with saving money or cutting costs. They want to live more frugally so they can pay off debt, start a college fund for their kids, […]

Baked Cinnamon French Toast Made with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies: A Bottom of the Box Recipe #greatstarts

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 28, 2014 | Categories: Around The house, Baking and Cooking, Food, Frugal Tips

The phrase, “Waste not, want not”, is one I remember my Mom saying when I was a child. It’s still one that resonates with me today. Don’t get me wrong, my Mom didn’t make us clean our plates, but she did teach us to not get out more than we intended to eat. Because that […]

What to do with your old CDs – musicMagpie to the rescue #sponsored #music

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 26, 2013 | Categories: Entertainment, Environment, Frugal Tips, Gaming, Green, Information, Music

This music-filled and decluttering my home post, has been brought to you by musicMagpie.com…. I can remember how cool I thought CDs and DVDs were when they first came out(not that they’re still not cool – it’s just now they’re a bit “old school”). Today, though, we use our DVR, net-streaming, and Spotify, etc., for […]

How to Save Money Gardening This Spring

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 11, 2013 | Categories: Frugal Tips, Giveaways, Home and Garden
saving money gardening

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring. This has been a cold, rainy, snowy, winter here in East Tennessee. I’m over it. I’m ready for warmer, sunnier days. There are so many things I love about spring. From the longer days, to the warmer (but not too hot) temperatures… but […]

Care Package Ideas on a Budget #Infographic

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 20, 2013 | Categories: Charities, Frugal Tips, Infographs, Money Talk

When times are tough it’s difficult for some people to give like they may have once given. Yet, you still want to help. This infographic shows how a little goes a long way to help the needy or homeless. Check out the statistics and some care package ideas that won’t break the bank: Infographic by […]