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7 Smart Things to Spend Your Tax Refund On

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 15, 2019 | Categories: Financial, 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, […]

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How to Save Money Gardening This Spring

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 11, 2018 | Categories: Frugal Tips, 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. And I’m ready to start gardening. There are so many things I love about spring. From the longer days to the warmer […]

Summer Time Salads with Suddenly Salad

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: Frugal Tips

Everyone who knows me, knows I’m frugal. I try to save what I can when 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 […]

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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: Baking and Cooking, Food

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 […]

Beautiful Salon Hair at Home with Vidal Sassoon

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 21, 2013 | Categories: Beauty, Hair

I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions regarding beautiful salon hair at home are 100% my own. I am forever trying new things to my hair and on my hair. All you have to do is check out my about me page to see for […]

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How to Save Money on Valentine’s Day Shopping

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 7, 2013 | Categories: Coupons

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 Valentine’s gifts then I do most other gifts (except birthday gifts) because I think they should be more personal. Save […]

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What is Frugality? And Why You Should Be Frugal

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 7, 2013 | Categories: Money Talk
What is frugality

There’s a myth that frugality means you don’t have a lot of money. In reality, this is more often than not, not true at all. Many frugal people are actually middle class to upper class.   People who love to read about frugality and their biggest role models are thrifty people like Amy Dacyzyn and […]

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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 […]