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Should I Have a Second Child? 7 Reasons Why Two Kids Are Better Than One

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PG. The opinions and text are all mine.   My friends are just about to welcome their second baby. The first was quite an adjustment for them (as it usually is for most). They are a little nervous and apprehensive that this second one

5 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Communicate with Your Spouse About Money—Without Having to Talk

The following 5 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Communicate with Your Spouse About Money—Without Having to Talk have helped my husband and I be in the ‘know’ of what’s going on with our finances without actually having to broach the topic in a conversation.  Communicating with a spouse about money is sometimes tough. More often than

10 Ways to Save Big on Halloween Costumes

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing my kids up and attending parties, carving pumpkins, and eating caramel apples. Although many costumes can be expensive, here are 10 ways to save big on Halloween costumes. 1- Borrow costumes from a friend.  Ask friends if they have any old costumes that they’d be willing to

How to Upgrade Your Dishwasher to Stainless Steel for Around $100.00

I was upgrading my friend’s home and he loved the dishwasher he currently had—the only problem was it was out of date/black. All of his other appliances were stainless steel. We searched around and the equivalent dishwasher in stainless steel would have cost him over $450.00. I decided to see if we could change the

How to Teach Your Toddlers to Work, Earn Money, and Become Frugal

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Children thrive in environments where they learn to help, have skills to do things, and feel like they contribute. Children should be taught the concept of earning something through work at a young age. I have been learning by experience how to teach toddlers to work, earn money, and become frugal. My daughter, Aurora, is

Flipping an Older Cabin into Your Luxury Vacation Home

We all dream of a luxurious vacation home where we can bring our family and friends to make memories for years to come. Unfortunately, luxury homes come at a premium that most of us are not able to afford. But you don’t have to give up your dreams of owning a fantastic vacation home. Consider

How You Can Use Your 401K to Start a Business (Tax-Penalty Free)

  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Guidant Financial for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. How You Can Use Your 401K to Start a Business (Tax-Penalty Free) I am a business woman at heart. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. As a result, I am constantly thinking

How to Make Money from Home with Contena

Welcome to Money-Making Stay-at-Home Moms: How to Make Money from Home with Contena There are 38+ interviews in this series (see links to additional interviews below). Today I’m continuing my Money-Making Stay-at-Home Mom Series (this is 38) by adding an awesome company to it. Working from home by writing for Contena.  Freelancing for Contena is a legitimate

Financial Illiteracy—Why It’s a Problem and How to Avoid it

“Financial illiteracy is not unique to any one population. It affects everyone; men and women, young and old, across all racial and socioeconomic lines. No longer can we stand by and ignore this problem. The economic future of the United States depends on it.”—President’s Advisory Council. Below you will find tips and links to resources

Estate Planning for Blended Families

I have two kids from a previous marriage and my husband has four from his. As we have become a blended family, the need to draft a will has become too difficult to do on our own. So, I reached out to a friend who is a lawyer and specializes in estate planning. I’ve asked him a

7 Extremely Effective Ways to Save Money Booking a Disney Cruise

Today, I welcome my friend and Disney Travel Expert Danielle who shares 7 extremely effective ways to save money booking a Disney Cruise below.        The phrases “Disney Cruise” and “saving money” don’t typically go together! As a seasoned Disney cruiser (I’ve done 7) and as a busy, active travel agent I have

How to Smoke a Papa Murphy’s Pizza

I was compensated for this review of Papa Murphy’s. All opinions are 100% my own. #DealsAt425 #Ad My boyfriend and I have a combined six kids. Eating out with 8 people is not only very expensive, it can also be somewhat disruptive to those around us. Although we all really love a variety of food and flavors,

Why Financial Literacy Is Not Enough

This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust.  All opinions are my own. When I started back to college after a four-year-break, I struggled. I could understand the literature and topics but my grades were not doing well. On my mid-term report card I was averaging a C across the board. After seeing my

15 Ways to Save Hundreds and Get Free Food At Kroger

This post is sponsored by U.S. BANK and Kroger. I love to shop at Smith’s Food and Drug Store aka Kroger. There are many reasons why I love to grocery shop at Smith’s, but the main one is that the savings opportunities are awesome! There are so many ways to save and many opportunities to

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