finances

How to Not Give Up Your War on Debt

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Today I am happy to welcome back my friend Cherie Lowe from the Queen of Free, who has graciously joined us here at LWSL as a regular monthly contributor.  Cherie is the author of the amazing book, Slaying the Debt Dragon, which she wrote after paying off more than $127,000 in debt!  I am so excited to have [...]

5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Every year around tax time, I anxiously wait for a call from our CPA letting us know whether we owe or get a refund this year. It's anxiety-inducing to say the least, but for the most part, we've been lucky enough to get a nice chunk [...]

10 Painless Ways to Save

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Let's face it--being a responsible adult is not always easy. In fact, the idea of saving money can feel painful sometimes!  Few of us actually want to give up our creature comforts or drastically lower our standard of living in order to pinch pennies.  It's downright hard to have to tell a child or spouse that something [...]

How to Think Like a Millionaire

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Rich people stay rich by living like they're broke; broke people stay broke by living like they're rich." - Anonymous While I'm nowhere near millionaire status, I am always inspired by the stories of ordinary people who manage to work their way into a wealthy lifestyle. Some of them [...]

7 Lies People in Debt Tell Themselves

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Today I am happy to welcome back my friend Cherie Lowe from the Queen of Free, who will be joining us here at LWSL as a regular monthly contributor.  Cherie is the author of the amazing book, Slaying the Debt Dragon, which she wrote after paying off more than $127,000 in debt!  I am so excited to [...]

What to Buy at Wholesale Club Stores (and What to Avoid)

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Update 4/21: For a limited time, Groupon is offering a discounted Sam's Club Membership package that is a really great deal if you don't currently have one (but want one!) For $45 you get a one-year membership PLUS a $20 gift card PLUS 3 fresh food certificates.  The total value is $142.94. Get all the details HERE. [...]

How to Get a Part Time Job

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Today I am thrilled to be introducing you to a young woman who blew me away when I met her last September.  She started her blog, Teens Got Cents, when she was just 15 years old, after listening to Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover audiobook with her mom.  She decided to get serious about learning how [...]

9 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have

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Marriage is....well, it is a million different things at once. It’s wonderful and heartbreaking and comforting and difficult. It can be invigorating and infuriating, peaceful and tumultuous, good and bad, exciting and dull—sometimes all at the very same time. It takes a lot of hard work to make a marriage work.  During the honeymoon phase [...]

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 [...]

How to Give a Great Handmade Gift

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings  DIY gifts are all the rage these days, no matter where you look -- Pinterest, Facebook, even the cover of a glossy magazine. All proclaim to have the perfect gift that can be made cuter, cheaper, and faster, and everyone, including myself, can't get their hands on [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Smart Ways to Control Impulse Spending

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Whether you're amazingly frugal or just starting out on your journey toward financial freedom, there's probably one area most of us still struggle in -- impulse spending.  Recently, I had the opportunity to learn how not to impulse spend from one of my not-so proud-impulse moments. [...]

20 Smart Ways to Save on a Disney Vacation

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Ahhhh, Disney. Where else can an otherwise rational, perfectly frugal set of parents throw every ounce of common sense out the window and happily pay $15 for a balloon that deflates almost immediately, $40 for their 4-year-old daughter to dine with Princesses, or $10 for the exact same disposable rain poncho they sell at the [...]

How to Get Magazines for Free

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   This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings I have a confession to make.....I am a hopeless magazine junkie! The vibrant covers, glossy pages, and multiple tips and tricks buried inside each page hold a magnetic attraction that is oh-so-hard to resist. Even though Pinterest has replaced magazines in a way, I'm still a [...]

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