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How Angela & Jeff paid off $58,000 of Debt in 2 Years

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Meet Angela. I watched her and her husband’s debt free scream on The Dave Ramsey Show. When I heard her mention that she had a You Tube channel, I just knew I had to ask her for an interview. I was thrilled that she agreed, and I think you are going to love this couple’s story.

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How this Couple Eliminated $180,000 of Debt in 12 Months!

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Meet Kristy, aka, The Former Mrs. Jones. I first heard her story on the Dave Ramsey show. The segment was so inspiring that I reached out to her to see if she would participate in the Debt Free Stories series. I was thrilled that she said yes, and I’m super excited to introduce her to you.

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Introducing: Family Budget Spreadsheets

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I’ve been working behind the scenes on a tool that I personally use to track and organize our finances: Family Budget Spreadsheets. This package of 9 Microsoft Excel spreadsheets is designed to help you organize your finances, plan for major purchases, create a budget, understand your cash flow, and track your net worth. Many years ago, we could say yes to the questions in the above graphic. This blog was based on my very first spreadsheet, the Family Balance Sheet.

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What We Ate this Week 07.14.18

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Here’s what we ate this week on our budget. I made a huge salad to get us through the week, tried a new recipe that I found on Facebook, and whipped up a batch of Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with some ripe bananas that I had on the counter. We also ate a lot of summer fruit and corn on the cob…tis the season. This Week’s Dinners: Monday: grilled chicken, pasta salad. Tuesday: One Pot Cheese Italian Pasta and Chicken. Found this on Facebook.

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10th Birthday year is a landmark for Well Met Conferencing

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2017 has been an impressive year for Well Met. As well as opening the £4.5m newly restored Cloth Hall Court venue in the heart of Leeds, the conference department for Leeds Beckett University also celebrated its 10th Birthday in October.

Over 40 and Worried about Money? Start here!

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I’m a proud member of the over 40…+… club! And by over 40, I mean I’m on the down slide to 5……nope, can’t quite type that number just yet. I really am enjoying this decade though.

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40 Summer Dessert Recipes

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These 40 Summer Dessert Recipes are sure to delight your family and/or guests, and you will no doubt have trouble deciding which one to make first. From luscious popsicles to no-bake pies, you will find something for every occasion and every palate. Enjoy this delicious list!

Chit Chat: 06.17.18

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Here’s a peek at what’s going on with me, my family, and our life. Date night! My husband and I had a planned date WEEK recently. Our kids spent their first week of summer vacation at the beach with their Girl Scouts troop. We sent them off on Monday morning and they came home Saturday afternoon. One thing that I didn’t want to do much of on our date week was COOK, but I didn’t want blow our budget.

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What We Ate This Week 06.16.18

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Here’s a list of what we ate this week. For the first time this summer, I grilled pizza, one of our favorite things to make on the grill. It’s so easy and you’ll find my method below. This week’s dinners: Sunday: Spaghetti night! I also served garden salad and garlic bread. Monday: Leftover night. Tuesday: Shredded pork sandwiches, wild rice, garden salad, homemade applesauce. Wednesday: Grilled chicken breast , grilled Brussel sprouts, garden salad, fresh fruit.

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Find out how Richard paid off $40,000 of debt

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Today’s Debt Free Story is from Richard of Frugality Magazine , where he shares frugal living tips for financial freedom. 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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How to Start a Budget (and be successful at it!)

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Do you feel like you have more month than money? Do you look at your bank account and wonder, “where did all the money go?” ” We’ve been there too. Many years ago, our cash flow sucked, we put Christmas on a credit card, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for a large tax bill. During that time, I started to budget for everything. Every aspect of our lives was included in our budget.

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Find out how Anna paid off $23,605 in college, personal loans, and credit cards.

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Today’s Debt Free Story is from Anna. She is on a mission to help others become debt free. She writes at her personal finance website, And Then We Saved. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? . I grew up in Newport News, Virginia.

Find out how Jessica paid off $56,000 of student loans, credit cards, and a car loan.

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Today’s Debt Free Story is from Jessica. She owns Every Single Dollar , an online financial resource dedicated to helping single women make informed financial decisions and set themselves up for financial success. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you for a living?

30 Camping Recipes

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Camping is one of my family’s favorite hobbies. I’ve pulled together 30 creative camping recipes that I plan to add to our next trip’s menu. Choose from burgers and kabobs to hearty breakfast ideas and sweet treats. You’ll find a delicious variety for your next camping trip.

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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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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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.

Ebates Review: How to Earn Cash Back

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This is my honest Ebates review. All links to Ebates are to my referral link. When you join, you will also get a referral link to share with your friends to earn additional cash back. . If you do any shopping online, whether it’s at a department store, discount store, travel, or vacations, you are leaving money on the table if you’re not shopping through an online portal, such as Ebates. What is Ebates?

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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.

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31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending: Day 1

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Do you feel like your grocery spending is out of control? Are you shocked by how much you’re paying at the check out and how little food is actually in your cart? Do you constantly struggle at dinner time trying to figure out what to feed your family?

5 Steps to Crush Debt in 2016 + FREE Debt Payoff Goal Tracker

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Are you ready to crush debt this year? We’re going to give it everything we’ve got and hopefully pay off the last of our non-mortgage debt by the end of this year.

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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.

Introducing Honeycrisp Apple Inspired Products, PLUS a $25 GIANT Food Stores Gift Card giveaway!

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This post and giveaway are sponsored by GIANT Food Stores. Fall is truly my favorite season of the year. My birthday is in the fall. My husband and I were married in the fall. My husband and one daughter also both celebrate their birthdays in the fall.

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Considering buying an Instant Pot? Here’s my review!

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The Instant Pot has taken the home cooking community by storm. Have you considered buying one too? Or maybe, you’re wondering what exactly is everyone talking about? . We are extremely busy with activities and homework during the week, so I took the plunge, because I need to simplify my meal planning and prep. Here’s my experience so far! I bought the 8 quart version of the Instant Pot (IP), but it also comes in a smaller 6 qt version.

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30 Free but Thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas

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This is my third installment of Free (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas. I LOVE the ten ideas listed in this post (#5 & 7 are my all time favorites), but be sure to find 20 more ideas in the two posts linked to below. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Homemade Popsicle Recipes

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Popsicles aren’t just for kids! In fact, this list of 40 creative homemade Popsicle recipes offers ideas for everyone’s taste buds. From fruit and yogurt to fudge and coffee, you’ll find unique flavors and ingredients that turn an ordinary ice pop into a fun dessert.

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

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Wondering how to cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot? It’s so easy! Let me show you how! How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot. These directions are based on MY experience and what worked for me with my 8 quart Instant Pot.

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 10.20.17

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Welcome to my weekly series, What We Ate this Week on our Budget. Grocery spending can get out of hand quickly, so I post our weekly menu to ensure that I am planning it weekly. Our monthly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500.

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Day 16: How to Stop Food Waste in the Kitchen

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Day 16 of 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending: Avoid Food Waste. The next time you open your refrigerator, consider this troubling statistic: According to the U.S. Dept of Agriculture**, a U.S. family of four discards around $1,500 a year on food. Let’s reread that sentence: A U.S.

Earn Cash Back with these Four Simple Grocery Apps

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It took me awhile to jump on the grocery app bandwagon. They seemed more time consuming than they were worth. But I have found 4 grocery apps that I now use regularly and I have a system in place to use them efficiently.

Get your FREE Family Balance Sheet Excel Spreadsheet

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October is a big month for me. I met my husband in October. We married in October. Family Balance Sheet , the website, turns 9 in October 2017, but Family Balance Sheet, the spreadsheet, turns 14.

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How to Build a Better Lunch (tips from Nutritionists) PLUS a $25 Gift Card Giveaway

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This post and giveaway are sponsored by GIANT Food Stores. The kids are heading Back to School! Reading, writing, arithmetic…and the school lunch. My kids have a love/hate relationship with their school’s cafeteria.

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What We Ate this Week on our Budget 10.13.17

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Welcome to my weekly series, What We Ate this Week on our Budget. Grocery spending can get out of hand quickly, so I post our weekly menu to ensure that I am planning it weekly. Our monthly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Your Next Pet {This Weekend}

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PetSmart Charities for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Long before my husband and I had children, we were the proud parents of an adorable dog named, Toby.

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What We Ate this Week on our Budget 10.06.17

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Welcome to my weekly series, What We Ate this Week on our Budget. Grocery spending can get out of hand quickly, so I post our weekly menu to ensure that I am planning it weekly. Our monthly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500.

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Take Control of Your Retirement Planning in 2016

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This post is sponsored by Chris Hogan and Retire Inspired. This quote from Chris Hogan’s new book Retired Inspired made me chuckle. As the mother of two young daughters I can totally relate to delusional thoughts about fairies as I have been waiting for the cleaning fairy to stop by for years.

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What We Ate this Week on our Budget 09.29.17

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I’ve recently re-started the series, What We Ate this Week on our Budget , because I missed the accountability and I had several readers ask for its return. Our monthly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500.

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Turn 1 Rotisserie Chicken into 3 Easy Meals

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Rotisserie Chickens are one of my time savers. They are extremely convenient, inexpensive and my family thinks they’re delicious. You could buy raw whole chickens for less per pound and roast yourself, but rotisserie chicken makes a very quick dinner when time is short.

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What We Ate this Week on our Budget 09.22.2017

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I’ve recently re-started the series, What We Ate this Week on our Budget , because I missed the accountability and I had several readers ask for its return. Our monthly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500.

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Find out how Charissa and Her Husband Paid Off $7665 of Debt and Cash Flowed College

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Today’s Debt Free Story is from Charissa. She helps readers gain control of their finances and live well on a budget at her blog Cook with a Shoe . 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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