thoughts on life

All About Me Kid Collage

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This is the last Week of our 12-week Summer Fun with Kids series here at LWSL!  Today we are welcoming Michelle & Kira from Sunshine and Hurricanes,  who are sharing a mixed-media all about me collage. For more summer fun, check out the overview page. *** Hey Friends! This is Michelle & Kira from Sunshine [...]

10 Smart Ways to Save on Clothing

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Do you ever look at your closet full of clothes and think, I have absolutely nothing to wear?  Creating a wardrobe we love while sticking to a budget we can afford is not always easy, especially when we settle for items we don't like that much simply because the price is right. And while in a perfect [...]

Introducing…..LWSL Everyday

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Happy August everyone!  Today I am so excited to finally share the BIG project that my team and I have been working on for months.....a members-only site & community forum for Living Well Spending Less readers called LWSL Everyday! I originally started LivingWellSpendingLess.com in 2010 as a way to hold myself accountable.  I was struggling [...]

Leap of Faith

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Today I am in North Carolina at the She Speaks Conference, where I am speaking about using Pinterest to build a platform.  To be perfectly honest, it is sort of a full-circle moment for me, and although I had originally planned to write something completely different today, I couldn’t help but take a few minutes to reflect [...]

7 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Next Car

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings “No money down!” “Zero credit needed!” “We’ll even throw in a free laptop….and a cruise!” As the slick car salesman shouts all sorts of promises on your big screen TV, you’re either annoyed, or intrigued. Maybe you really can afford a new car after all! [...]

10 BIG Money Mistakes You Might Be Making

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Most of us want to believe we have a pretty good handle on our money.  Oh sure, we may splurge on the occasional overpriced coffee, but in general we practice sound principles of saving where we can, and at least trying to plan for our future financial well-being. We don’t fall victim to obvious scams, [...]

5 Ways to Lavish Love on Your Kids

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Today I am happy to introduce you to my friend Emily Wierenga.  I first met Emily last October, and in the months since I have been so blessed and inspired by her writing about faith, parenting, and life after anorexia.  Her brand new memoir, Atlas Girl, launches today, and I can’t say enough good things about it!  It is a [...]

6 Smart Ways to Get Your Kids to Stop Fighting

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Summer can sometimes be a pressure cooker for sibling rivalry, and if your kids are anything like mine, they somehow manage to fight over pretty much anything! While the battles may be over the tiniest details,  the effects of that constant turmoil wear on everyone's nerves.  Have you ever wished for surefire way to just get your kids to STOP fighting? [...]

25 Cruise Secrets Everyone Should Know

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This weekend my family and I are heading to Fort Lauderdale to board the newly refurbished Carnival Freedom for eight days of fun & sun in the Caribbean.  Needless to say, we are pretty pumped!  Cruising is by far our favorite way to travel.  Not only is it a great value and relatively easy to find fantastic deals, [...]

9 Smart Ways to Save on Car Insurance

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Much like having to pay for utilities or car repairs, paying for car insurance is one of those annoying expenses that we all have bear, even if we don’t really want to. But while purchasing auto insurance may be unavoidable, paying too much to insure our vehicles IS something to watch out for. Although most [...]

How to Take Back Your Schedule (Like a Boss)

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This is a guest post from Tammy of Grace Uncommon If you're anything like me you're well enough into parenting and life to know that the calendar isn't slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it's quite possible it may never let go of it's fierce hold on me unless I get downright bossy about it. [...]

Summer Fun with Kids

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Summer has officially begun!  I don't know about you, but as much as I love the relaxed schedule, there is also a small part of me that is dreading the inevitable question: Mom, what can we do?!   This year at Living Well Spending Less I thought it would be fun to put together a handy resource [...]

7 Secrets to Throwing a Fabulous Party on a Budget

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This weekend my youngest daughter will turn five.  While part of me is mourning the fact that my baby will be five, another part of me is sad that this year, for the first time, we will not be throwing a big party to celebrate her birthday.  You see, little Annie was born on Memorial [...]

How to Overcome Self Doubt

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Do you want to know the honest truth?  Public speaking scares the you-know-what out of me! In college, taking Speech 101 was a requirement for graduation.  Because I dreaded it so much, I put it off as long as possible, until the very last semester of my senior year.  And while I don’t exactly blame Speech 101 for [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour

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If you follow this blog regularly, you know I’m a pretty big fan of simple, easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  I’m also a huge fan of recipes that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic [...]