2018

Control Pests without Poisoning Your Lawn – Organic Solutions

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Pests are a big problem for any homeowner looking to keep his or her lawn in tip-top shape. Along with diseases, lawn pests can wreak havoc on your lawn and turn a once lush and beautiful yard into a complete disaster. The natural solution to this, of course, is pest control. Unfortunately, most pest control solutions aren’t natural.

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My Honest Review of Blue Apron Meal Kit Delivery Service

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This is not a sponsored post, however, any direct links to Blue Apron are my referral links. You will receive dollars off your first order and I will earn a credit. I only write my honest opinion on products that I have tried. Thanks for your support.

Camp Communication Email Templates: Camp Registration Open

Simply CVS

While there are tons of ways to market to new families and increase your enrollment for next summer, with all the talk about “new families” sometimes marketing to your existing families gets forgotten.

ShopRite: FREE Smithfield Ham Steaks Thru 9/15!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: FREE Smithfield Ham Steaks Thru 9/15! We have a NEW Smithfield coupon, woot! This week thru 9/15 Smithfield Ham Steaks on sale for $1.00 each and in addition to this, we have a new $1.50/1 Smithfield Anytime Favorites product coupon available to print.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Couponing

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Couponing 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Couponing. Never used a coupon in your life? This beginner’s guide to couponing will teach you the basics so you can start saving money with coupons. Get Some Coupons. The Sunday newspaper is a great source of coupons.

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Six Eco-friendly Ways to Save Money for You and Your Family

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Transportation. From a money-saving and environment-friendly perspective, this may be the most obvious solution to making room in your budget in an eco-conscious manner. Heading into the summer, gas prices will continue to go up, so transportation alternatives can really help. Carpooling, public transportation, and biking are all terrific ways to cut down trips to the gas pump while decreasing your own personal carbon footprint left on the environment.

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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 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. I now spend $600-700/month on groceries and I struggle to remember those days when I spent $400-500.

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2018 Reader Survey: Help me make FBS better for YOU!

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I have a big favor to ask you. I know that you all are extremely busy, but could you please, pretty please with a cherry on top, complete my reader survey. Now before you roll your eyes and leave, let me explain why I’m asking this of you.

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7 Aldi Dinner Ideas

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Whether you’re an avid Aldi shopper or new to the store, I’ve pulled together 7 Aldi Dinner Ideas for $70 to make your next meal plan easier. I bought all the main ingredients for these 7 dinners at Aldi and the cost was around $70–AND there were leftovers for additional meals.

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30+ Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

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Looking for ways to use leftover Halloween Candy? I’ve got you covered! I’m a big fan of all things sweet and chocolate, so I look forward to Halloween candy.

How We Frugal-ed this Week: 10/12/18

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Frugal Friday: A recap of how we frugal-ed our way through the week. so that we have more money to put towards our financial goals. Our mission: Live WELL On LESS Money. What We Ate this Week: I make an effort each week to serve my family delicious food but still stick to the budget.

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The first Swago: Shopping Edition of 2018!

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Disclosure: Links to Swagbucks in this post are my referral links. Thank you for using my links. I also earned SB for sharing this promotion. Still recovering from all of your holiday shopping? The online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save when you spend. Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a

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Giant: 4 FREE Maple Cheerios Cereals Thru 11/8!

For the Mommas

Giant: 4 FREE Maple Cheerios Cereals Thru 11/8! We have a great deal to make savings at Giant. Maple Cheerios Cereals is priced at $1.88 In addition to this price you will save $6.00 off when you buy 4 of this product.

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FREE BIC Disposable Razors with Rebate!

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Right now you can use this rebate to get FREE BIC Disposable Razors – up to $10 value !

Facing 50

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It happened. I turned 49 last month. I survived…but my mom’s homemade birthday cake had a lot to do with it. Now I’m on the road to the big 5-0! Half of me is in such denial that I want to hide in bed under my covers.

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Chit Chat: End of Summer 2018 Edition

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The end of summer edition of Chit Chat. Here’s a peek at what’s going on with me, my family, and our life since my last Chit Chat. . I was vacant from the blog and its social media for much of the summer.

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How to Take the Stress Out of Job Hunting

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The journey you take when looking for a new job can be filled with stress and anxiety. It’s easy to lose hope, particularly when money is tight and you’re desperate to find a new job, but it’s important not to let the strain of the experience get to you. While job hunting is an intense and emotional experience, keep in mind that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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How to Save Money on An Engagement Ring

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When you finally decide that you’ve found “the one” and you’re ready to splash out on an engagement ring, you want to make sure that you choose the perfect stone. Unfortunately, a lot of us assume that we can’t afford to buy a diamond – when that isn’t always the case. There are actually plenty of ways that you can get your hands on an affordable conflict-free diamond without having to work all the hours of the day, or compromise on appearance.

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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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Four Side Hustles for You and Your Family This Year

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There comes a time in all our lives when we have been faced with financial difficulties. Most of the well-meaning people will advise you to cut back on your overall spending. But you find that that alone may not cut it sometimes, and may not be the best solution. It will help lessen the financial strain, but not fully eradicate it. The next common and probably better advice that you are most likely to get is to earn more income by getting a side hustle.

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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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A Couple of Things to Be Aware of Before You Invest in Bitcoin

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Before you decide to invest in Bitcoin , there are a couple of things that you need to take into consideration and be aware of. The first thing you are likely to want to understand that is just why bitcoin is suddenly becoming so popular. Because everything is now available online, it is really no surprise that currency needed to be developed for this as well. Just like much of the internet, bitcoin is open to everybody, being completely decentralized in nature. Do You Want to Invest in Bitcoin?

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CVS Extra Buck Deals & the Best to Roll Current ECB's Onto for the Weekly Ad of 1/14/2018 with Coupon Match-ups

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Here are the coupon match ups for extra buck deals for the CVS weekly ad of January 14, 2018. There's a pretty good deal on Boost this week, if you can get your hands on two of last week's coupon inserts. This would be great to donate to a food pantry, adult daycare, or Hospice!!! These include the best CVS extra buck deals for rolling. Each week I make a list of the extra buck deals that. 1 14 CVS ad rolling extra bucks

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ShopRite: FREE Maple Cheerios Cereals & More Starting 11/25!

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ShopRite: FREE Maple Cheerios Cereals & More Starting 11/25! Starting 11/25, ShopRite has Maple Cheerios Cereal and Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal priced at only $1.49 In addition to this, we have a Cheerios Cereal coupon or insert to use on this deal that will further reduce the price.

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Sharpie Special Edition 23-Piece Permanent Marker Pack Only $15.29

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Right now Amazon has the Sharpie Special Edition 23 Piece Permanent Marker Pack on sale for only $15.29 (reg. 25.99)! Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or any order over $35. This special anniversary edition includes 16 colors, 4 neon colors, and 3 metallic colors.

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Medi-Share Update: One Year Later

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This is NOT a sponsored post. However, links to Medi-Share’s website are referral links. I only suggest products that I believe in, and this is my honest experience and opinion of our first year with Medi-Share. Health insurance is a struggle for many people, and for us it became a big source of anxiety at the end of 2015 when our insurance company went out of business.

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Our 2018 Financial Goals

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Did you make 2018 financial goals ? My husband and I discussed some ideas over our holiday break and we decided on 2 solid must-achieve financial goals for the year. If we complete them early, we’ll move on to 2 additional goals that are on our radar. Our 2 Main Financial Goals for 2018: 1 – Finish the will. Shame on us for dragging our feet on this for too long.

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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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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6 Reasons Why Gold has a Bright Future

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Gold as an investment option was not so common earlier, as most of the Indians acquired this precious metal as jewellery or gold coins. Unaware of the various means of investment offered by this yellow metal, people in the past used gold as an auspicious commodity that was offered/gifted during weddings, in festivals like Dhanteras, Akshaya Tritiya etc. However, with time, gold has started gaining its importance as an investment option.

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Family Budgeters Unite!

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On Facebook? 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. I have a lot of plans for the group and I hope you’ll join me. Join the Family Budgeters Unite! Facebook group.

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Using Tax Pros Can Be Cheaper Than You Expect

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This post is sponsored by H&R Block. Beyond the two well-known certainties of death and taxes, lies the almost-certainty: that doing your taxes yourself will create a world of stress, hours filled with mind-numbing forms and the possibility of a costly error that you will need to pay for in the near future. So H&R Block aims to close off that scenario with an option that combines the cost-saving DIY preparation with the peace of mind of having a tax professional check your work.

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My Personal Goals for 2018

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2017 was a great year, but for some reason I did not create personal goals for myself last January. I had every intention of doing so, but I blew it off and now I feel like I’ve paid the consequences of missed opportunities…and my favorite jeans no longer fit. Everyone who rocks goals talks about accountability, so this year I’m sharing a few top personal goals that I made for myself and I’ll update you throughout the year on my progress.

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Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule 2019

For the Mommas

Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule 2019 This is the tentative Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule for 2018. This includes the P&G, RetailMeNot Everyday and SmartSource list. We will publish the rest as they become available.

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National Frozen Yogurt Day February 6th – FREE Frozen Yogurt at TCBY, Sweet Frog, Yogurtland, Menchie’s!

Couponing 101

Tomorrow, February 6th, is National Frozen Yogurt Day! That means you can score FREE frozen yogurt at several different establishments! TCBY : FREE 6 oz frozen yogurt ! Yogurtland : FREE 5 oz cup with unlimited toppings , from 4 pm – 7 pm.