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Tag Archives: budget

8 Reasons Why Your Family Budget Isn’t Working

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 28, 2018 | Categories: Financial, Money Talk
family budget

The most common piece of financial advice that you’ll hear is that you need to have a budget. If you’re not keeping track of your spending and budgeting your money correctly, you’re never going to be in a stable financial position, and you won’t be able to save up money for the future. The problem […]

Sensible Ways to Manage Your Personal Finances

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 14, 2018 | Categories: Financial
personal finances

Managing your personal finances is absolutely critical to enjoying a happy life with enough money to spend. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be hard to make time to do this, but it really is worth the effort. Luckily, the steps towards sensible management of your financial affairs are pretty simple […]

Finances a Mess? Here’s Why and What to Do About It

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 27, 2017 | Categories: Financial
Finances a mess? Here's why

Finances a mess? If you’ve ever looked at your bank balance and vowed never to look at it again, had your card declined, had to borrow money from a relative, or all of those things, chances are you’re not dealing with your finances properly. It takes strength to admit that your finances are a mess, […]

Money Advice To Help You Leap Into The Real World After College

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 5, 2017 | Categories: Financial, Money Talk
Money advice to help you leap into the real world after college

If you’re reading this then it means the curtains about to fall on your college experience and the inevitable feeling of doom and gloom that is synonymous with the real world has crept into your brain. Don’t worry, everyone feels like this, and ‘by this’ we mean is totally and utterly unprepared for adulthood in […]

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, […]