As a creative soul, I dreamed of getting a Cricut for a while. I pinned endless blog posts about amazing creations but figured it wouldn’t ever be for me. That is until I found a way to get it affordably and start creating without spending a ton of money.
Now I love my Cricut and can’t imagine not having it. I’ve made my family tons of cute things, I made nearly all of last year’s Christmas presents with it, and I’m even making a little money on custom shirts.
If you’re dreaming of getting a jump on your Cricut dream, try some of these ways to do it on a cheapskate’s budget. (more…)
All I can say is thank goodness school is almost over. Between running to dance classes, baseball practices, and PTO meetings, I’m pretty much exhausted. But I don’t want the year to end without properly thanking the saint-like teachers who have nurtured my kids and helped mold them into smart and kind people.
Here are some super simple ideas for teacher gifts that you can make for just a few dollars each, as well as tons of printable gift tags to make them look perfect. No need to sift through my previous posts and pay separately for each tag, you can get them all here in one bundle for just 99 cents! (more…)
We’re a big baseball family primarily because of my husband. He’s a lifelong St Louis Cardinals fan and we love going to games whenever we can.
We’re also lucky to live in Southwest Florida where lots of teams come for spring training.
But going to the ballpark can be a huge expense, especially with kids, and especially if you don’t plan ahead.
So check out this checklist before you go so you can save a ton of cash. (more…)
Birthday parties can be a ton of fun and have a ton of character without costing a ton of money.
My son’s recent Pokemon party was a blast… and it was fun to plan too. With vibrant colors and images to work with, I came up with some fun and affordable ways to put a huge smile on his face.
They can work for your party too. And save you a ton of money! (more…)
Even though we don’t get much of a winter down here in South Florida, I still relish the start of Spring. It’s such a breath of fresh air. It’s a time to renew and refresh your goals and your plans and clean out some clutter.
It’s also a great time to spruce up your home with some bright and light colors. And you can do it easily without spending a lot of money. Don’t buy new furniture or rugs.. just changing out a few accents will make a huge difference. (more…)
We’ve all been there… whether you’re a mom or not… at our breaking point. And it’s usually self-inflicted. (more…)
There are a bajillion subscription boxes out there right now. The craze has caught on in every category including food, makeup, perfume, jewelry, and education. And it’s really big in clothes… for adults and kids. But I recently discovered my absolute favorite kids’ clothing subscription box, Echo Kids. Why is it the best? Well, read on my friend! (more…)
I’m a really big fan of everything Dave Ramsey. Positive motivation, good values and smart ways to save money? Yes and yes, please. I’ve done his cash envelope budgeting system religiously in the past. And it’s one of the few ways I’ve actually been able to stick to a budget and save money.
But I’ve since switched to a cashless system. And it might be right for you too. That’s why I’ve created a free Cashless Budget Tracker that you can download and print for free. (more…)
Nearly two years ago I did what I previously thought was unthinkable.
I walked away from my career.
For someone who has worked and hustled for everything I’ve had since I was 15, it was an adjustment, to say the least.
I’ve learned a lot about what not to do as a new stay-at-home mom.
Thankfully, I’ve finally learned a lot of healthy things to do as well.
And even though I traded boardrooms for carpool…
And spreadsheets for bake sales…
There are a lot of similarities between corporate life and stay-at-home mom life. (more…)
Part of being frugal is being smart.
And one of the smartest things you can do with your spending is to get some of your money back.
In fact, if you’re not taking advantage of rebates, you’re basically throwing money away.