household tips

4 Easy Tricks to Avoid ATM Fees

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings As much as I try to avoid ATM fees, I always end up paying at least a few per year. It's super frustrating. $2.00 here, $4.00 there, and the cost to pull out just one $20 bill adds up month after month. You have network fees from [...]

How to Illness Proof Your Home

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One of my biggest goals this year has been to keep myself and my family illness-free.  After a couple of really bad, illness-prone years, where it felt like all of us--and especially me--were constantly getting sick, I have been much more vigilant and proactive about staying healthy. We've already talked about some great ways to [...]

5 Habits of Successful Debt Slayers

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 Today I am absolutely honored to welcome the Queen of Free herself, Cherie Lowe.  Cherie shares her wisdom and frugal adventures daily on her blog, Queen of Free, and she is also the author of the incredibly inspiring book, Slaying the Debt Dragon, which chronicles Cherie and her husband's journey of knocking out more than $127,000 [...]

5 Things to do Right Now to Prepare for a Catastrophe

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I’m not really one for conspiracy theories, and I don’t generally tend to panic or automatically assume the worst.  I wouldn’t call myself a “prepper,” and we don’t have a secret bunker built in our basement, an arsenal of supplies on hand in the event of a zombie apocalypse, or plans to go off the grid. [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour: Part 4

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  Here at Living Well Spending Less we are 100% committed to bring you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, especially as [...]

Sweet & Spicy Chinese Chicken

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My personal theory is that you can never have too many quick & easy freezer meals ready to go, especially ones that use budget-friendly chicken!  This juicy, flavorful sweet & spicy Chinese chicken was a huge hit with both my husband AND kids; in fact, my five year old, after cleaning her plate in about 2 [...]

How to be an Effective Goal Setter

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If you've read this blog for any length of time, you've probably figured out that I am pretty passionate about goal setting.  (Some, including my husband, might call it obsessive.  I like to think of it as focused!)  And while for me, achieving my goals has usually meant getting up before dawn or working 12 hour [...]

Setting My Goals for 2015

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Happy New Year Friends! I don’t know about you, but to me there is nothing quite like the promise of a whole new year, of a fresh start and a new beginning, where I can reflect both on where I’ve been and where I want to go.  There is nothing I love more than goal-setting, and [...]

How to Start Your New Year on the Right Foot

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I hope you all had a wonderful joy-filled (and drama-free) Christmas with your family and friends! After a very busy Thanksgiving, our Christmas was actually pretty low-key this year, celebrated with just the four of us and a few close friends. We stayed in our pajamas for two whole days, which is just the way I [...]

10 Smart Ways to Save on the Holidays

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With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is sometimes easy to get to a point where you simply fling your hands up in the air, throw caution to the wind, whip out the plastic and tell yourself you’ll deal with after New Year’s.  There is seemingly so much to do and [...]

Holiday Planner 2014

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Happy November! Is it just me or has this year seemed to fly by?  I am having a hard time believing that it is already time to start planning & preparing for the holiday season once again. As my girls get older and begin participating in more activities, my husband and I are finding it [...]

7 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have

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I am not a decorator.   Not even close.  While it is lovely, it will never be featured in House Beautiful or Better Homes & Gardens.  I am totally okay with that.   My goal is not to win any decorating awards, but to have a functional, cozy space that I love.  For me, that [...]

How to Create a Rock Bottom Price List

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While most of us would love to cut our grocery bill in half, over the years I have found that for most people, the biggest obstacle to saving money on groceries is simply just knowing where to start. Figuring out the very best deals and rock bottom prices might truly seem impossible at first, especially if you’re brand new [...]

Join the LWSL Clutter Free Challenge!

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Do you ever feel like your STUFF is controlling your life? Life is busy and sometimes hectic and often very, very full. Full of obligations, full of things to remember, full of paperwork and bills to pay, full of things to put away and stuff to manage. There are times where it all just feels [...]

Best-Ever Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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Oatmeal butterscotch cookies have been my husband's favorite for as long as we've been together, so over the years I've tweaked and refined this recipe until he finally declared this particular version the very best ever.  I'm not sure why it never occurred to me to share this recipe until now, but here you go!  Trust me, [...]