Yearly Archives: 2016


Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Tex-Mex Style

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Tex-Mex Style   Who doesn’t love good old fashioned homemade macaroni and cheese?  It is delicious, cheesy, and comforting.  During the holidays I feel like I am always preparing something for a party, get together, cookie exchange, or big meal so during the other days during that week I like to try and keep our dinners simple and cheap.  Not to mention, it seems to be super gloomy and rainy in December here in Virginia (but of course no snow!) so I am always craving some comfort food. Sometimes I like to put a little […]


Amazon Prime – Is It Worth It?

Last updated on February 28th, 2017Amazon Prime – Is It Worth It? Do you have Amazon Prime?  Is it something you have been considering, but you’re not sure it is worth it?  As a previous skeptic, I am here to tell you that it is! Not only is the annual cost really low compared to how much you would otherwise spend on shipping, but there are so many great features to be found once you sign up.  Plus, you have nothing to lose if you sign up for a free 30-day trial!  That is how I started out.  I signed […]


How to Create a Christmas Budget

Last updated on October 28th, 2017Christmas comes at the same time every year.  So why do so many people go into debt or not create a budget for Christmas? Christmas 2015 was the first time we ever set a true budget for spending on Christmas items.  While we did go over that budget, we were lucky and still did not go into debt because of overtime that my husband worked in November. Related: Christmas Budget Planner –> Not ready to think about Christmas yet?  Pin this post for later to your Christmas board so you can track your budget when […]


Slow Cooker Chili

Last updated on February 3rd, 2017 Slow Cooker Chili I love fall, especially when it means you get to make warm comfort foods.  This slow cooker chili is easy to make and absolutely delicious.  Chili is great for tailgates, football parties, and just regular old weeknight dinner.  It can easily be frozen so you can save the leftovers or stock up for later.  Did I mention that it smells amazing and so after a day of being in the crockpot, your house will smell wonderful! This slow cooker chili takes about 30 minutes to prepare and 8 hours to simmer on […]


3 Ways to Save Money this Thanksgiving

Last updated on November 14th, 2017Thanksgiving is almost here and whether you are planning on hosting for just your family or a whole host of guests, the time and money spent on preparing a large meal can be overwhelming. I have hosted Thanksgiving exactly once so far in my adult life and while I had a blast doing it, I did not realize how much really went into the planning and execution.  Here are three easy ways to save money this Thanksgiving, no matter how many people you are hosting. {affiliate_disclosure] Stock up on food you need ahead of time. If […]


How to Not Spend Your Savings

Last updated on June 12th, 2017I have been using the best little trick since I can remember to ensure that I do not spend money allocated for savings before I actually save it. If you do not already have your paycheck direct deposited into a checking account, STOP AND DO THIS NOW.  This may seem like a no-brainer but I just want to be sure you have it done as this is key to getting your money to where it needs to be.  I am not sure that most employers even send out paper checks anymore but having your paycheck directly […]


How to Track and Manage Your Budget

Last updated on September 10th, 2020If you are just getting started and do not have a budget yet, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to start a budget. Now that you have created a budget and started to plan out your budget each month each month, it is time to learn to track and manage your budget. Getting in the habit of checking in with your budget and your spending on a weekly, or even daily basis, is going to take some practice. First, you need to decide whether you are going to use a spreadsheet, a budget tracking […]


How to Plan Your Monthly Budget

Last updated on March 19th, 2018If you have not created a budget yet, or are interested in how I suggest creating a budget, go ahead and check out my first post in the series to get yourself started! Alright, so you have determined your monthly income, listed out your mandatory and discretionary expenses, and balanced your budget to ZERO for your first month.  If not, go ahead and create your first budget here. But how do you keep yourself organized and accountable for creating a new budget each and every month BEFORE the new month begins? How do you plan […]


How to Earn Money Grocery Shopping

Last updated on February 28th, 2017 How to Earn Money Grocery Shopping I used to be really into couponing to save money on groceries.  I was no extreme couponer, however I was pretty excited when I would save $30 or so on a grocery trip.  I truly thought that this was the only way to save money on groceries.  In spite of this, I was still in my phase of buying whatever I wanted every time I went to the grocery store and as long as I saved some money it was all good, right? Wrong.  I have since stopped couponing in […]


14 Ways to Save up to $33,000 this Year

Last updated on March 19th, 2018There are things in life that we all do or buy on a daily basis that while may seem like small expenses in the short term, really add up to larger expenses over time.  Here are 14 ways to save money… up to $33,000 in the next year!  You will have to make some sacrifices and lifestyle changes, but with big sacrifice comes big rewards. 1.  Make a Grocery List and Meal Plan This is a major one where you will have the most control over.  I went from walking through the grocery store and […]