SingleCare FREE service helps you find the best prices on medical care #ad

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My mom did a great job raising two kids on her own. It wasn’t easy to be a single mom in a foreign country, but she worked her fingers to the bone to provide for our little trio. At the time, I didn’t realize how much she must have worried when we fell ill with one sickness or another. You see, my dad held the family’s health insurance, and that luxury went away with the divorce.  That’s why I’m really excited to share SingleCare with you today. Who hasn’t worried about health care costs at some point in their adult lives?  Have you lived the balancing act of figuring out provider networks, deductibles, or coverage limitations? You NEED to know about your SingleCare option.

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Back to School clothes #KidGoals #Gymboreestyle

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It’s hard to believe that my summer break is almost over!  Somehow those weeks just flew by.  This year we went shopping for school supplies in mid-July to avoid the rush.  My next step? Check out Gymboree’s Back to School Collection for great deals.  I like to shop online for the kids’ school clothes, since I can do that from home. [Read more…]

Brand names and your back to school shopping budget


You guys already know about my love for office supplies.  The fact is, I’m kind of a snob when it comes to pens and paper.  Some store brands miss the mark in terms of quality and durability.  My desk usually contains familiar brand names that are sure to stand up to grading papers.  Here are a few ways you can stick to brand names without compromising your back to school budget.
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Buying a car is a family activity #ad #CarsCom

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When we’re on the road, our family plays a travel game.  We look for yellow vehicles, which have different values based on type.  When you find one, you have to shout, “Yellow car!”  If it’s a truck, it’s worth more points.  A bus is the highest value.  You’d be surprised how many yellow cars we now notice after playing this game!  Finding cars can be really fun, and the whole family can get involved.  A great resource like Cars.com can make all the difference.  In 19 years of marriage, my husband and I have bought and sold 15 cars.  We’ve spent more than our fair share of time doing car research!  [Read more…]

Memorial Day decor does double-duty for Independence Day

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Memorial Day is almost here.  This year is the first time I’ll be putting memorial arrangements out for a veteran.  My father and grandfather both passed away last year, and they were military veterans. I will take time to remember their service during the holiday.  If you’re gearing up to put out patriotic decor, consider using it again for Independence Day.  I always love getting a 2-for-1 deal, don’t you?  The DollarTree has lots of Memorial Day decorations that are both affordable and adorable.  [Read more…]

How to shop at a thrift store

Recently, one of my friends surprised me by saying she has never shopped at a thrift store.  The statement was offered when she complimented my dress and asked where I bought it.  I told her that I purchased it at a consignment shop, which is similar to a thrift shop in terms of inventory.  She said she’s never shopped in one because she “didn’t know how.”  I can understand how a thrift shop experience could be intimidating, but it’s so rewarding for a frugal shopper!  My best thrift store bargains have included a Lilly Pulitzer dress for $1.  A cute dress I recently found has garnered many compliments (people keep asking me if it’s a LuLaRoe).  Many of my purchases still have the original store tag on them; they’ve never even been worn!  Thrift stores are really fun; it’s kind of like a treasure hunt.  Here’s what I do….. [Read more…]

5 Books I read in December – The Frugal Gazette + more

In December, I went through a reading blitz. I tried to speed through some of the books that had been sitting on my shelf so that I could make room for 2017 new releases. These 5 books were actually set aside for my husband, since he usually prefers nonfiction (I don’t.) They’re books that the guys may want to read, but don’t let that stop you from sharing them with the women in your life, too!

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Have a bookish spring fling! Get 2 books for less than $4 shipped

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Amazon Prime,  you’ve become my enabler.  I can one-click submit, and end up with 5 new books on my doorstep within 2 days.  The problem is, I never send those books BACK to you.  Now, I’m taking matters into my own hands — literally – and saving a bundle.

How to get 2 books for less than $4 shipped

Does that conversation sound familiar (or maybe a little disturbing?)  If so, you may need PaperBackSwap.  I’ve been using it for years, and I love it!  It’s so easy to exchange my gently loved books for new titles to put on my shelf. In fact, PaperBackSwap should probably be called PaperBackRevolvingDoor for me.  Here’s how to get your books for super cheap, and keep that cycle going!  [Read more…]

The Budget Kit book review

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The Budget Kit #giveaway

Is 2016 shaping up to be your financial bang or bust?  The family budget can be a tough ship to sail.  In particular, spring seems to be a pricey time of year for many families. Between all the graduations and weddings, baby showers and birthdays, you may find yourself stretching those dollars a little more.  Tuck in summer vacation planning, and it’s likely that you’ll hear those pennies start to squeak.  No matter the income level, or a lack of budget prowess, The Budget Kit can be a great resource for any household. This workbook-style toolkit is easy to use, and simple to understand.   [Read more…]

Live Your Life for Half the Price by Mary Hunt – book review

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See this banana bread?  It’s all because of Mary Hunt.  [Read more…]

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