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Planning a Decorating Job on a Budget

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 15, 2017 | Categories: Home and Garden
Decoraing your home on a budget

Decorating your home is a way to show off your sense of style, but the costs can add up quickly. You can decorate with style for less money by planning your priorities, and with some do-it-yourself projects. Check out these ideas for staying within your budget when decorating your home. Decorating Within Your Budget Many […]

Budget Friendly $10 Tuesday Pizza at Papa Murphy’s

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 6, 2017 | Categories: Restaurants
Get $10 Tuesday pizza from Papa Murphy's on a budget

We are huge pizza lovers in my home. I enjoy making fresh homemade pizza, but being the busy mom I am, it’s not always easy to find the time to make them. It doesn’t always fit into a family’s budgets eating out all the time, either.  Thanks to brands like today’s sponsor, Papa Murphy’s, for […]

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 […]