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Get Your Family Finances in Order

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 18, 2017 | Categories: Financial, Money Talk
Get your family finances in order

Financial planning takes some of the stress out of family life. Many people associate budgeting with deprivation, but the opposite is true. When you have a good handle on your finances, it is actually freeing. It provides family security and allows you to set realistic goals for the future. Here are some steps to becoming […]

20 Ways You Can Save $600 This Year

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 29, 2016 | Categories: Financial, Money Talk, Savings
20 ways you can save $600 this year

Is there a place in your budget that can use a little help?  Most of us have weak spots or areas that we just don’t see as an issue.  If you feel like you need to save a little bit more, here are some tips to help you save $600 this year! 20 Ways to […]

DIY Guide: How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 23, 2014 | Categories: Around The house, Home and Garden

My husband and I have been researching what it takes to make the perfect outdoor kitchen. My b-i-l has an amazing outdoor kitchen, which is what inspired us to do an outdoor kitchen ourselves. I’ve always loved the idea of bringing the indoors… outdoors. We already know we have a concrete patio as our base, […]

How to Look Like a Million Dollars On Any Budget

Image Source In our modern society, EVERYTHING is influenced by your physical appearance. Your relationships, your happiness – even your job – are all influenced, in a big way, by your looks. While this is not very fair, it is the truth. If you doubt whether or not your looks can influence something like your […]

How to Spend Less by Dressing Smarter This Winter

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 7, 2012 | Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Frugal Tips, Guest Posts

Image Source Winter is barreling in again, and right now many of you probably have your eye on a new coat or a new pair of boots. Unfortunately, while the allure of a new wardrobe is certainly tempting, you’ve got more important things to spend your money on – like groceries and your heating bill. […]

How to Have a Great Vacation without Overspending

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 3, 2012 | Categories: Frugal Tips, Guest Posts, Money Talk

Guest Post Image Source Planning the annual family vacation doesn’t have to break the bank; it is poor planning that often results in vacations going over budget. How can you plan a fun filled family vacation, without overspending? Set a Budget, and Stick to It Setting a budget before traveling is essential. Set a budget […]

Utilizing Debt Snowball Method to Manage Debt

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 21, 2012 | Categories: Financial, Guest Posts, How To, Money Talk
Utilizing Debt Snowball Method to Manage Debt

Guest Post Image Source “Debt” is one of the worst financial crises that a human being can ever face. Statistics reveal that an Average American family carries a credit card debt worth $8,400 and over 40% of people actually spend more than they actually earn. If you are a victim of debt and wondering how […]

9 Ways to Save Money Without Sacrificing Your Social Life or Beauty Sleep

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 16, 2012 | Categories: Financial, Guest Posts, Money Talk

Guest Post Are you looking noticeably tired today?  Do you toss and turn at night, worrying about lost sleep or a void social life?  Is money management making you a social martyr?  Are you tired of losing sleep due to working a second (or even third) job? Stop the insanity!  Get a hold on money […]

The Young Person’s Guide to Finance

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 20, 2012 | Categories: Financial, Guest Posts, Money Talk

Guest Post Image Source When you start to become responsible for handling your own finances it can be exciting and liberating, but it can also be a scary time, as you go through the process of learning how to manage your own money. Creating a Budget The first step for anyone taking on new financial […]