household tips

7 Smart Things to Teach Kids About Money

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Growing up in my family, the first rule of money was this:  We don’t talk about money.  All I ever knew is that we had more than enough.  While my parents did encourage me to work both around the house and at part-time jobs, there wasn’t a whole lot of guidance when it came to [...]

Part 7: Laundry 101

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This is Part Seven of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  At this point in our series you should be feeling pretty good about your progress.  Almost every room in your house is now spic and span, [...]

How to Remove (Almost) Any Stain

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It's happened to all of us at one point or another.  We dribble coffee on our favorite shirt.  Our 2-year-old decides to color herself--and her Sunday dress--with rainbow assortment of felt-tip markers.  Our husband gets a little overly enthusiastic with his barbecue sauce.  Our romantic candlelit dinner leaves us with candle wax all over the [...]

Is Your Bank Taking Advantage of You?

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Believe it or not, your bank does not always have your best interests at heart. They are in business to make money, and to make money off your money. From interest rates to extravagant fees, not only are you beholden to the services they [...]

Part 6: How to Clean Your Bedroom

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This is Part Six of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  We’ve now tackled our living spaces, kitchen, and bathrooms, which means at this point, your house quite possibly looking better than it has in years! I’m [...]

6 Smart Ways to Save on Car Repairs

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Few expenses are more annoying to pay than car repairs, especially when something goes wrong that we could have possibly avoided.  But sudden car trouble--and the costs associated with it--can be far more devastating than just an annoyance.  Most of us can't go long without reliable transportation, which means that no matter how high the [...]

Part 5: How to Clean Your Bathroom

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This is Part Five of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  With two major spaces—your living spaces and kitchen—now out of the way, I truly hope you are feeling like you’ve found your groove and are ready [...]

10 Smart Ways to Build an Emergency Fund

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There is nothing that can derail your financial progress faster than an emergency.  You think you’re doing okay, making headway towards your goals, and boom!  The refrigerator stops working, your car breaks down, or your child falls off her bike and needs four stiches in her chin and suddenly you are right back in crisis [...]

Part 4: How to Clean Your Kitchen

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This is Part Four of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  After getting your hands dirty last week and tackling some of the most visible areas in your home—your living spaces—hopefully you are feeling inspired and motivated [...]

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray

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There are a lot of ways I save on beauty products & toiletries.  I use coupons for toothpaste & razors, make my own dry shampoo, do my nails at home, and haven't had my hair cut or colored at a salon in years.  But when it comes to beauty, the one thing I am willing [...]

10 Minute Meals: 5 Ways to Get Food on The Table FAST

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Today I am so happy to introduce you to my dear friend Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and 10 Minute Dinners.  Not only is Jen one of the sweetest, kindest, and most genuine people you will ever meet, she is also FULL of wisdom, especially when it comes to getting food on the table fast! [...]

Part 3: How to Clean Your Living Space

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This is Part Three of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   * Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning!  So far in this series we have addressed the "why" and the "when" of cleaning,taking an honest look at the reasons having a clean house even [...]

DIY PB&J Uncrustables

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I don't know how things are in your home, but in our family weekday mornings can be just a little bit hectic.  And while there are many things that contribute to the chaos, at the top of our stressor list is the dreaded task of making school lunches. Every time we hit the freezer aisle [...]

How to Save BIG on Household Goods (Without Leaving Home)

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When I first started down this path of living well and spending less, I was an avid coupon-user.  The thrill of getting food and household goods for next to nothing was incredibly exciting, and I couldn’t wait to shop the sales each week.  Thursday mornings were always spent hopping from one grocery store to the [...]

Part 2: Cleaning Supply 101

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This is Part Two of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   * Over the years, I’ve had to learn the hard way that more cleaning supplies will not necessarily result in a cleaner house.  Even so, there are definitely a few essentials that every home needs [...]