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When the budget is tight, buying gifts can be hard. But you can still give great gifts that don't have to empty the wallet!

When looking for ways to save money, even little things like gift giving can make a difference. Gifts are important. They let others know that you care and  they are special to you, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Here’s what I changed about our gift giving in order to save

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A Perfect, Imperfect Birthday Party

Last week we celebrated Caleb’s first birthday. It was the first big party that we had in our home, and I had a lot of fun getting ready for it. Let me start out by saying that not everything went as I had planned… I never got around to creating a birthday wreath for the

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10 Ways to Save Money on Baby Items

  Many couples believe that they have to wait to have children until they can afford them. But the truth is children don’t have to be expensive. This past year I have saved thousands of dollars on baby costs, and you can too! 1. Borrow Chances are you know someone who has recently had a

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How to Make Your Dishwasher Work More Effectively

When we bought our house last year, I was so excited to finally get a dishwasher for the first time! But after using my dishwasher for a few months, my excitement started to wane because my dishes were not coming out clean. I was having to rewash half of the dishes. Ugh! After much trail

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How to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

This past year I started making my own cleaning supplies. I started out by using a mixture of vinegar and water to clean the mirrors and windows in our home. Slowly, I have added several DIY cleaning supplies to my list.   Laundry Soap I love this no-grate soap by Budget 101. If you have

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4 Ways to Keep the Grocery Budget

Before becoming a SAHM, I wasn’t super concerned about sticking to a grocery budget, but now that we are living on one income, the budget is super important to keep. Last week I shared how I save by making more things from scratch. Today, I’m sharing 4 other ways that help me stick to the

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Rustic Patriotic Wreath

One of my favorite things about summer is all of the red, white, and blue that appears! I think it is important to celebrate America and commemorate those who selflessly gave their lives for our freedom that I know I often take for granted. Happy Memorial Day! To help celebrate Memorial Day I put up