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Find out How Chris & His Wife Paid off $52,000 in 7 Months

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Today’s Debt Free Story is a guest post from Chris Peach. He and his wife paid off $52,000 in just 7 months. That’s crazy, right? How is that even possible? Keep reading… We Were Normal. In 2011, Andrea and I were normal. We had been married for 3 years and we both had great jobs.

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Jen & Her Husband Paid off $212,000 in Debt & Medical Expenses in 48 Months

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Today’s Debt Free Story is from Jen. She is a speaker, author, and volunteer firefighter. Her website is The Iron Jen. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies?

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Find out How Brian & His Wife Paid off $109,000 in Credit Card Debt

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Today’s Debt Free Story is from Brian. He writes at Debt Discipline about about how his family of 5 deals with money, budgets and debt. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies? .

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25 Ways to Find Money for Your Emergency Fund

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Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Just last week, my husband sent me a short text, “truck $700.” ” My stomach sank. He took the truck to our mechanic because a light came on on the dashboard.

3 Monthly Expenses to Reduce Without Feeling a Sacrifice

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Are you looking for more ways to cut your monthly expenses? When my husband and I wrote our Debt Freedom Plan earlier this year, we made a commitment to scrutinize our monthly expenses to find money to put towards our plan.

15 Ways to Save on Summer Activities

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Fun things to do in the Summer don’t have to be expensive. I find that you can enjoy most any activity inexpensively, if you are flexible on the when, where, and how. Original Photo Credit: Jim Larrison via cc.

Crispy Parmesan Chicken Tenders

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Typical conversation at my house when I’m planning our weekly menu: Mom: “what do you want to eat this week?” ” Daughter #1: “chicken tenders” Daughter #2: “chicken tenders” Mom: “really? That’s all you’ve got?”

Shannon & Her Husband Paid off $22,000 in 9 Months

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Today’s Debt Free Story is from Shannon. She writes at Growing Slower. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies? Include anything that you’d like to add to give the reader an idea about your personality.

10 Smart Ways to Become Debt Free

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It’s no secret, I am fascinated, encouraged, and border-line obsessed with debt freedom. The idea of becoming debt free makes me downright giddy. So I love to hear the success stories of others who have found debt freedom. But selfishly, I wanted to know their secret.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

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My family loves chicken wings and Garlic Parmesan is our favorite flavor. We usually order wings from a favorite local wing joint, but they are so easy to make at home. My family voted that these Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings were just as delicious as any restaurant which makes me a happy home cook!

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31 Days to Organize Your Finances

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Do you feel completely overwhelmed by your finances? Are you routinely late on paying bills? Do you regularly overdraw on your checking account? On any given day, do you know how much money is in that checking account? Are you and your spouse arguing constantly about money?

20 Ways to Use Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Are you stuck with too many hard-boiled eggs the Monday after Easter? I guess you could just eat them plain, but in case you get bored with that option, here are some interesting recipes that use hard-boiled eggs.

20 Frugal & Tasty Rice and Beans Recipes

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Rice and beans are two inexpensive ingredients that people equate with frugal cooking and boring recipes. Instead they are a tasty way to keep your grocery budget in line while adding protein and fiber into your diet.

My $2.50 Homemade Pizza

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My husband doesn’t always get to eat dinner with me and the girls during the week due to his work schedule, so I like to make a big deal out of dinner time on the weekends.

How to Make Buttermilk

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No buttermilk for that recipe you’ve been wanting to try? No worries. It’s easy to make a substitute without having to purchase a quart of buttermilk, which is the only size I can find in my area.

No Fuss DIY Swiffer Dry Sweeping Refills

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I hate to spend money on things that end up in the trash. I am also madly in love with my Swiffer Sweepervac. And there lies my dilemma. The flooring in every room in my home is either laminate or hard wood. I love our floors, but they quickly appear dirty or dusty and that drives me crazy.

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Meet Jackie. She and Her Husband Paid off $147,000 in Debt | Debt Free Stories

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Welcome to Debt Free Stories. Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to Jackie. She and her husband paid off $147,000 in debt–including their home. After paying off the debt, she was able to quit her job to pursue her passion. She blogs at The Debt Myth. Tell us about you and your family.

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5 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Busy Weekday Mornings

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Raise your hand if you’ve left the house in the morning without eating breakfast? Raise your hand if you attempted to eat your left foot by 10 am? Weekday mornings can be very hectic. I get it. Especially the beginning of the school year when we’re all trying to get back into a routine.

15 Smart Tips to Save Money When Eating Out

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Who doesn’t love to dine out? The thought of someone else preparing my meal, serving it, clearing the table AND doing the dishes is quite dreamy. At one time, we ate out every Friday night and again on Saturday and Sunday for lunch.

Summer Staycation Ideas for Harrisburg, PA

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Are you a resident of Harrisburg or Central PA and looking for some budget-friendly staycation ideas for the summer? Or are you making plans to visit the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg this summer?

Family Travel Destinations: U.S. National Parks

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Welcome to your guide to the U.S. National Parks. As a family, we have dreams of traveling extensively throughout the United States. And with travel comes planning, both financial and logistical, so my goal is to create a database of travel bloggers’ reviews of the U.S. National Parks.

How We Watch Great TV Without Cable

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A year ago, my family gave up our beloved cable TV. I said good-bye to the real housewives of Bravo TV and my husband said adios to ESPN. When our bill spiked up unexpectedly last March, we called the cable company hoping for some relief.

Find out How Drew & Farrah Paid off $200k of debt, including their HOME

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I am a big Dave Ramsey fan and I often listen to his show while I’m cooking dinner. So I’m thrilled to bring you today’s story, because I actually watched this couple’s debt free scream when it was live on the show. Please welcome Drew & Farrah.

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How to Cook Dried Beans

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Cooking dried beans sounds like a lot of work, but I’m going to show you that it is quite easy. The benefits of cooking your beans instead of buying them canned far out number any extra work. Cooked beans taste better than canned beans.

New England Clam Chowder

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Every weekend, I plan our menu for the week ahead and my oldest daughter has taken an interest in helping me. She’s always been my little foodie and I enjoy the help. She requested New England Clam Chowder and I thought that was a fabulous idea!

The Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Program

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This is the ninth year that my family has sponsored another family through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Christmas program. I wrote extensively last year about how and why my family became involved with this ministry.

Keeping a Clean House without Stressing Out

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Please welcome, Elle from Couple Money , for today’s post. Beautiful sunny kitchen, sitting and dining room. Like most parents with little ones, keeping a sparkling clean house can be a ton of work.

30 Taco Tuesday Recipes

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Take your next Taco Tuesday up a notch with this list of 30 creative Taco Tuesday Recipes. From sandwiches and salads to casseroles and skillet dinners, you’ll transform your next Taco Tuesday from a plain taco night into a festive and delicious event.

20 Leftover Ham Recipes

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Are you baking a ham for Easter dinnr? My mother typically makes the ham and I contribute a side dish or dessert, but I’ll probably take advantage of the low holiday prices and buy a ham for my. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

10 Smart Tips to Save Money on Meat

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I’m on a mission to eat well and serve my family tasty food on our limited budget. Meat can be one of the largest grocery purchases, but with these ten smart tips you can have your meat and eat it too! 10 Smart Tips to Save Money on Meat. Know Your Prices and Stock Up when you find a Good Deal.

Fiesta Black Beans & Rice

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Are beans and rice regular ingredients in your menu planning? Sometimes the combination can get boring and bland, but Fiesta Black Beans & Rice makes a great side dish or even the main course–just add a side salad.

FREE Christmas Gift & Spending Budget Excel Spreadsheet

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The holiday spending season is about to begin–are you ready for it? If you haven’t put together a gift & spending budget for the holidays, I urge you to do so and I’d like to make it easy for you.

Find out how Jessica & Her Husband Paid off $175,000 of Debt

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Today’s Debt Free Story is from Jessica. She writes about living naturally and intentionally at Jessica Munday. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies?

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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

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My family loves baked oatmeal in the morning. I’ve been making it almost once a week since school began, so it was only natural that I added fall apples to my most recent batch. I usually make baked oatmeal on Sunday night for the week and I store it in the refrigerator after it cools.

Find out how Deacon & his Wife Paid off $52,000 of Debt in 18 Months

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Today’s Debt Free Story is from Deacon. He is a financial coach and blogs at Well Kept Wallet. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies?

Egg & Sausage Burritos (Freezer Recipe) | Breakfast on the Go

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School started for my kids last week and in an effort to alleviate the morning rush, I spent some time in the kitchen making breakfast burritos for our freezer. They were a HUGE hit and saved me so much time.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Pin this Recipe. My oldest daughter requested Chocolate Chip pancakes recently for breakfast and who am I to deny my sweet daughter chocolate chips for breakfast. Of course, I let her know that it was a special treat and won't happen often.

How to Achieve Your Financial Goals (tips from the achievers)

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Wonder what sets you apart from the people that seem to crush their financial goals? They seem to be everywhere on Facebook, blogs, radio shows, and websites.

Homemade Burrito Bowls

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On crazy busy weeknights, I need a quick & easy, but hearty dinner to satisfy my active family. My new go to meal is Homemade Burrito Bowls. I use rotisserie chicken, Minute® Rice, and all the fixin’s. Everyone creates their own bowl to their liking and no one leaves the table hungry.

10 Ideas to Find Cash for Christmas

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The Christmas season is upon us. The season of family, faith, food and…shopping… collective sigh… The spending part of Christmas can get crazy, so I’ve come up with a list of last minute ideas to find some extra cash for your Christmas spending.