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Using Your PASSION and PURPOSE to Bring in Extra Income

I read a lot of books. I mean a LOT. I’ve read over 150 this year, and we still have 2 months left. Recently I read a book that was so good, I just had to tell you guys about it. And to make things even better, I’m going to do a giveaway! Money Making Mom is an amazing book by the famously talented writer & founder of MoneySavingMom.com, Crystal Paine. I expected it to be sort of a how-to manual on starting an at-home business for a busy mom. It was that… and so much more. Crystal showed me how to find the right business for me, Read More

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How We Live On $650 a month

{See our most up-to-date budget here, which is now $550/month!}    We have 6 people in our family – including 4 crazy kids! And we manage to live on $650 a month. This is how we do it! Groceries = $250/month I am very careful with my meal planning. I buy in bulk, cook from scratch, and we do not buy pre-packaged or convenience foods. I do one week a month where I cook from the pantry, and we don’t get groceries at all. I stretch the meat in my recipes to make it go farther. I check store ads to I can price-match and Read More

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From Drowning in Debt to Financially Free

Sometimes people ask me how I got this way. HOW did I become such a crazy money-saving lady? I think all stories start with parents. Most kids don’t learn much, if anything, about financial management in school, so the bulk of their money education happens at home. My own parents lived a typical life in the 90’s. They had a mortgage, credit cards, little savings and nothing for retirement. So when I got out on my own at 18, I joined the Army. Not long after those paychecks started rolling in, I had a credit card and a big fat car payment. In less than Read More

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Endless Weekends

I’m sure you have heard the old saying “You never get to the end of your life and wish you had spent more time working or earned more money or success. You wish that you had spent more time with your family.” I’ve gotten several comments lately about how lucky I am to have my husband around all the time. I know, BELIEVE ME, I know. 18 months ago, Byron was a First Sergeant in the Army. He was up at 4 am every day and off to work. He often didn’t come home until 8 or 9 pm, or later. Sometimes he worked all night Read More