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. To plan for our monthly spending, I started searching online for a budget spreadsheet. Family Budget Spreadsheets. Budget

Family Budgeters Unite!

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I started a closed Facebook group, Family Budgeters Unite! I envision the group to be a place to find and share tips, motivation, encouragement, and inspiration about family finances and budgeting. We’ll talk about what works for us and doesn’t work for us when it comes to saving and budgeting our money. Join the Family Budgeters Unite! The post Family Budgeters Unite! BudgetOn Facebook?

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5 Easy Budget Categories to Reduce

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The 5 Easiest Budget Categories to Reduce. They are by far the easiest & quickest category to reduce in a household budget. Restaurants can be a huge drain on any budget, but there are ways to enjoy a meal out without spending a lot of money. BudgetNeed to cut your spending? We did too and these categories were the easiest to cut without feeling too much pain. Groceries. If you are trying to reduce your expenses, groceries should be the first thing you attack.

Easy & Budget Friendly Meal Planning

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Easy & Budget Friendly Meal Planning. The post Easy & Budget Friendly Meal Planning appeared first on Frugal Texas Diva. I have been one of those people who says they need to start meal planning and never does it. Why, I think it’s because I never knew where to start and even know how to put the menu all together and gather up what’s needed and do the calculations.

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25 Easy and Budget Friendly Football Recipes

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So here are 25 awesome easy and budget friendly football recipes : Love to cook? Easy Recipes budget friendly recipes easy recipes football recipes gameday recipesFootball season is here! and it is no secret how much I am a U of M (Michigan Fan) football fan — GO BLUE! like the picture choice?

How to Start a Budget (and be successful at it!)

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During that time, I started to budget for everything. Every aspect of our lives was included in our budget. When people hear the word budget, they think “restriction” and “no fun”, but honestly that couldn’t be further from the truth. A budget might not change your circumstances, especially if the problem is income, but a budget will help prioritize the funds that are available. Another way to think of a budget is a spending plan.

Introducing the 2014 Grocery Budget Challenge

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Are you spending more on groceries every month than your budget allows? This year, I need to reduce our monthly grocery spending to $450 a month to stay within our overall budget I have planed for 2014. The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to keep our grocery spending in line and to be creative with our meal planning so that we aren’t over-spending. Why YOU should participate in the Grocery Budget Challenge: 1.

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5 healthy and yummy recipes for under 2 dollars – friendly budget

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Times can be tough and we need a way to budget our cash whenever possible. A good way to budget your bill on this one is to buy rice in bulk from Amazon at only $18 for a 15-pound bag. The post 5 healthy and yummy recipes for under 2 dollars – friendly budget appeared first on Coupons Do Work! Most of us have been there. These five recipes will not only keep some extra cash in your wallet, but they’ll make sure to give you the proper nutrition that you need.

Budgeting for Life

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My husband and I live within our means and budget and hope our children will learn from example. It’s Not Just Important for Children Currently, I’m getting a crash course in just how vital budgeting, preparing and planning for the future is to the stability of your financial future. So, how have you budgeted for life? Having two small children, it is of upmost importance to me that they develop a solid value system.

Grocery Budget Challenge | January Meeting

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The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we aren’t over-spending. January’s homework was to figure out your monthly grocery budget and start meal planning. My success : My January grocery budget was $450. Thankfully we came in right on budget for the month. Meal planning remains my number one way to stay within my grocery budget. Grocery Budget Challenge

Grocery Budget Challenge | February Meeting

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The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend. We don’t want to make our families miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house, but we must stay on budget. O n the 30th of each month, between January and November in 2014 , we will meet here to discuss our challenges and successes for the month with our grocery budget.

FREE Printable Budget Forms

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FREE Printable Budget Forms How many times have you heard about people living on a budget and making a big difference in their savings? The post FREE Printable Budget Forms appeared first on FTM. Budget Free Stuff Freebies InstagramDid you want to try the same but had no clue where to begin? For The Mommas is going to make this east for you as you step into 2018 with […].

20 Fun & Budget-Friendly Summer Activities

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Here are 20 ideas that are family friendly, fun, and easy on the budget. We love to watch a movie on the big screen, but at $7 a ticket, the whole experience can really blow the budget. I teamed up with over 50 bloggers from across the United States to put together this list of budget-friendly staycation and travel ideas from different parts of the country. Woo Hoo! Summer is here. Three glorious months of sunny skies, warm weather and family time.

Grocery Budget Challenge | July & August

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The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend. We don’t want to make our families miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house, but we must stay on budget. On the 30th of each month, between January and November in 2014 , we will meet here to discuss our challenges and successes for the month with our grocery budget. My budget is $450.

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Grocery Budget Challenge | March Meeting

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The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend. We don’t want to make our families miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house, but we must stay on budget. O n the 30th of each month, between January and November in 2014 , we will meet here to discuss our challenges and successes for the month with our grocery budget. Grocery Budget Challenge

The Final Grocery Budget Challenge Post

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Back in January I introduced the 2014 Grocery Budget Challenge. I really wanted to reduce our grocery spending for my family of 4 from the average of $634 a month in 2013 to a budget of $450 a month in 2014. While we needed to stay on budget, I also didn’t want to make my family miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house. Did you follow along this year with the Grocery Budget Challenge? Grocery Budget Challenge

Grocery Budget Challenge – April Meeting

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The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend. We don’t want to make our families miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house, but we must stay on budget. O n the 30th of each month, between January and November in 2014 , we will meet here to discuss our challenges and successes for the month with our grocery budget. Grocery Budget Challenge

Free All Budget iOS App

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Contingency Budgeting: Low, Medium, and High

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Have you ever made a contingency budget- a plan for how you would pay your bills if you suddenly lost your income or how you would handle an unexpected windfall of cash? Have you even created a budget for your current expenses ? It can be beneficial to have a strategy in place for all three of these contingencies- or, as we’ll call them, a low, medium, and high budget. The Low Budget. The Medium Budget. The High Budget.

How To Get Your Budget To Balance

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We all know that one of the best personal finance strategies is to have a budget and you’ve probably tried to create one at some time. Maybe you’re like me and could never get the budget to balance; I always had more expenditure than income and couldn’t see how I was going to be able to cut expenses. I even managed a reasonably balanced budget once but then some things in my life changed and it all went out the window. Losing Focus and Ignoring The Budget.

20 Fun (& Budget-Friendly) Christmas Activities

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20 Fun (& Budget-Friendly) Christmas Activities. I look forward to Christmas and the month of December all year and once it’s here, it always seems to fly by. It is so easy for the month to get lost in the commercialism and the frenzied pace and while it is fun to receive a gift, my husband and I want the month to be focused on our faith and our family. This month, don’t forget to slow down, create memories and traditions, and most of all enjoy the season with your family.

Budget Friendly Camping for the Whole Family

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photo by: The post Budget Friendly Camping for the Whole Family appeared first on Prairie Eco-Thrifter. Camping is an awesome activity if you want to be closer to nature or get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s also a wonderful experience for the whole family, and spending some time in the great outdoors can teach the kids a thing or two about “roughing it” and what it takes to survive out in the wilderness (even if you’re in a park).

3 Tips to Ensure You Adhere to Your Budget

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I remember when I first started budgeting, I found it extremely easy to stick to my budget. As a result, I always knew where I stood financially, and had detailed budgets and spending reports should anything go awry. This is because I couldn’t afford to stray from my budget. I was a broke student, living paycheck to paycheck , and I knew that if I went over my budget in one area for one month, it would derail my spending plan for the whole year.

New Budgeting Tool from Dave Ramsey: My Christmas Budget!

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Dave Ramsey is offering a FREE new budgeting tool called My Christmas Budget ! More than a simple budgeting tool, My Christmas Budget will help you get and stay organized for this season’s Christmas shopping. My Christmas Budget is mobile-friendly, so you’ll always have your Christmas shopping budget at your fingertips. To learn more, read 5 Ways Our Christmas Budgeting Tool Will Change Your Life from Dave Ramsey.

Free Budget Cookbook Kindle Edition

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Free Budget Cookbook Kindle Edition Amazon has Budget Cookbook: 103 Delicious & Easy Recipes That Will CUT Your Grocery Bill in Half Kindle Edition for Free. The post Free Budget Cookbook Kindle Edition appeared first on FTM.

FREE Christmas Gift & Spending Budget Excel Spreadsheet

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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. Back in January, I offered my Christmas Gift & Spending Budget excel spreadsheet for FREE. If you don’t remember 2012 now, just use the spreadsheet to create a budget for 2013 and then enter your actual spending once you’re done with your shopping. Have you created a budget for your holiday spending?

Thanksgiving on a Budget : A Printable Guide : Price Comparison List

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You can do it on a budget and here is a printable guide for this week – store price comparison : Click Here to Print a Chart of This Week’s Store Price Comparison. Holiday Deals budget Coupons Deals frugal thanksgiving turkeyday Want to start stocking up for Turkey Day? BEST PRICES ON HAM this week: Aldi – Appleton Farms Smoked Ham-Shank Portion, per lb – $0.89. Publix: Publix Premium Sliced Spiral Ham Half, per lb – $2.49.

Grocery Budget Challenge | September & October

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The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend. We don’t want to make our families miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house, but we must stay on budget. On the 30th of each month, between January and November in 2014 , we will meet here to discuss our challenges and successes for the month with our grocery budget.

A Sweeter Way to Cook Your Budget

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I like to bake cookies, and I like to budget. I’ve failed at many budgets this way. If you Google how to make a budget, you’ll find the same boilerplate list of steps on thousands of sites. This is what I like to call the Toll House budget. It’s a list of steps that brings about a generic budget completely void of any hopes, dreams and personal aspirations. You can’t get what you want out of your personal finances on the Toll House budget.

Going Green on a Budget

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Guest Post Author Bio: This is a blog swap post from LaTisha at Financial Success for Young Adults where she writes about budgeting for college students and easy investing for beginners. Some people just take that obstacle as an excuse and decide to continue polluting the environment with nasty chemicals because they prioritize budget over the environment. There are ways to build a green budget without breaking the bank.

Grocery Budget Challenge: May & June Meeting

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Ok, Ok, let’s talk grocery budget! The Goal of the Grocery Budget Challenge is to be creative with our meal planning and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend. We don’t want to make our families miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house, but we must stay on budget. The good news is that we stayed within our grocery budget of $450 for each month. Action Step 1 : Plan your grocery budget for July. Oops!

Budget Friendly Online Clothing Sites

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When shopping for clothes, especially for my kids, I’m all about budget shopping. They stay in their clothes for a limited time due to how fast they grow, so luckily, budget friendly sites are popping up all over the place for children and adults. Do you know of any other budget friendly online stores? The post Budget Friendly Online Clothing Sites appeared first on Couponing 101. I do most of my shopping for clothes online.

FREE Download: Dave Ramsey’s Guide to Budgeting

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Hurry and download your FREE copy of Dave Ramsey’s Guide to Budgeting ! You’ve heard all about the benefits of living on a budget: naming every dollar, controlling your money, using the envelope system, and being on the same page with your spouse. For the first time, we’ve put together an awesome Guide to Budgeting that looks at all the nooks and crannies of making a budget. It’s a new year.

10 Fun & Budget-Friendly Christmas Party Ideas

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It’s not too late to pull a holiday party together for Christmas or New Year’s and you don’t have to blow your budget. It’s PARTY time. The holidays are a fun time to get together with friends and family. Everyone is in a festive mood and these get-togethers don’t happen too often during the rest of the year. Follow these holiday entertaining tips to relieve some stress: Your home will most likely be decorated for the holidays, so cross that off your list.

FREE Download: Dave Ramsey’s Guide To Budgeting

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LearnVest: FREE Personalized Budget Tool

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Need a little help getting your finances on track and sticking to your budget? Sign up for LearnVest and you’ll get access to a FREE personalized budget tool that helps you figure out a budget you can actually stick with. LearnVest: FREE Personalized Budget Tool is a post from Couponing 101. Freebies Frugality Budget Budgeting budgeting tools create a budget financial advice financial tips financial tools LearnVest

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LearnVest: Free Personalized Budget Tool

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Need a little help getting your finances back on track and sticking to your budget? Right now, they are also offering a cool Create A Budget tool that helps you figure out a budget you can actually stick with. LearnVest: Free Personalized Budget Tool is a post from Couponing 101. Freebies Frugality Budget Budgeting budgeting tools create a budget financial advice financial tips financial tools LearnVest

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What We Ate this Week on our Budget 12.14.18

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Here’s a peek at what we ate this week on our budget. I’ve had to bump up the budget over the years as my kids have grown and started to eat as much as adults. The post What We Ate this Week on our Budget 12.14.18 I now spend $600-700/month on groceries and I struggle to remember those days when I spent $400-500. My kids ate like birds back in day and now they are famished every time they walk into the kitchen. This Week’s Dinners: Sunday: Pizza night!

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What We Ate this Week on our Budget 11.20.15

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Every week I share what we ate on our budget. Our montly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500. How I Saved this Week: I picked up my free turkey that I earned at Giant. On top of getting the turkey for free, I also received $1 cash reward at Snap by Groupon app –my referral link. A neighbor gave me several green peppers back in September, so I chopped them all up and put them in a freezer bag. I used those chopped peppers in Monday nights dinner.

How to Make Your Budget Work for You

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One of the hardest things to stick to is a budget. I don’t like budgets myself, and actually refer to what I do with my money as a “ spending plan.” ” But budget or spending plan, the reality is that it can be hard to stick to your money commitments when something else comes along. Building a budget or a spending plan around what’s most important to you, at your very core , means that you are far more likely to stick with the current plan.

6 Spring Break Budget Tips

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6 Spring Break Budget Tips Spring Break is a wonderful time to go on vacation. The post 6 Spring Break Budget Tips appeared first on FTM. Articles BudgetNot only is the weather getting warmer, your kids are also on break from school. All around, this makes it the perfect time of year to take a trip somewhere special. If you and your family are ready to embark […].

What We Ate this Week on a Budget 11.13.15

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Every week I share what we ate on our budget. Our montly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500. We pretty much used up our entire restaurant budget this week, but we were able to follow some of. This post contains affiliate links. How I Saved this Week: I bought 4 participating products and saved $4 off meat (no min. purchase). I stumbled on a stellar meat deal this week. Giant of PA offered $4 off meat if you bought 4 participating products. See below picture.)