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7 Smart Things to Spend Your Tax Refund On

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 1, 2016 | Categories: Money Talk
7 things to spend your tax refund on.

This sponsored conversation about being smart with your tax refund is brought to you by DriveTime. 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.   Now that tax season is almost over, […]

Summer Time Salads with Suddenly Salad + $15 Cash Giveaway #SuddenlySalad

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 15, 2015 | Categories: Coupons, Food, Giveaways, Recipes

It’s spring, but it feels more like summer here already with temps in the upper 80s and low 90s this week. I’m not complaining (not yet, anyway), but it seems like we went straight from winter to summer. One thing I love eating in the summer (or when the temps are warm) is salads. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beautiful Salon Hair Brilliantly Priced with Vidal Sassoon #KrogerVS #spon

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 21, 2013 | Categories: Beauty, Hair, Reviews
Vidal Sassoon shampoo and conditioner

I am forever trying new things to and on my hair. All you have to do is check out my about me page to see for yourself. The only thing that stays the same is the length of my hair. I haven’t mustered up the nerve to cut my hair short. Maybe one day… Whether […]

How to Save Money on Valentine’s Day Shopping + $500 Cash Giveaway

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 7, 2013 | Categories: Bargains and Deals, Coupons, Deals of the Day, Giveaways, Savings, Shopping

It’s that time of year again… time to find that special gift for mi amor. Make that my loves, because I need gifts for the two special guys in my life. I think harder about Valentines gifts then I do most other gifts (except birthday gifts). I think they should be more personal. I do […]

What is Frugality, Anyhow?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 7, 2013 | Categories: Financial, Frugal Tips, Guest Posts, Money Talk, Savings
What is frugality

Guest Post Image Source Ever talk to someone who tells you that they’re interested in frugality, love to read about frugality, and their biggest role models are thrifty people like Amy Dacyzyn and Dave Ramsey? Then you discover that these people are not poor at all – perhaps they’re even richer than you’d ever hope […]

Crafty Things to Do With Leftover Party Decorations

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 9, 2012 | Categories: Frugal Tips, Fun, Guest Posts, How To

Guest Post Image Source Decorating is a must for birthday parties. Using discount party supplies is a great way to save money. Putting up streamers and using balloons with matching plates and cups is part of what makes the party fun. When you have plates, napkins and streamers left over, you might tuck them away […]