Welcome to GrowingSlower! I’m Shannon, and this is the real mom’s guide to simple living on a budget. At GrowingSlower you’ll find simple strategies for…Saving Money, Cutting your Grocery Budget, Simple Living, and Family Life.
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I’m so excited to reveal my $79 Budget Living Room Makeover Before and After pictures along with 4 simple steps to do your own room makeover on a budget.read more
Today we’re going to do some digital decluttering! Try these 5 simple steps for How to overcome email overwhelm. This worked for me to go from 16,554 to almost inbox zero and stay there!read more
suddenly all these little light bulbs started going off over my head…I actually started to believe that I could conquer all those little things that added up to make me feel like certainly the worst housekeeper and cook in the world and quite possibly the worst wife and mother too. Suddenly all these overwhelming tasks just seemed manageable. Not instantly of course, but it was for the first time in a while I had hope that I get all these struggles under control.read more
Today’s the day to clear the clutter, both physical and mental in Day #3 of our 7-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge! I absolutely love to Clear the Clutter! It just feels so exhilarating to clear out the unneeded stuff from every cabinet, drawer, and shelf. It is so freeing to ship off those sacks of extra clutter from my home and my mind.read more
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Find out how you can cut your budget right now with this huge list of 97 Easy Ways to Save Money. This list includes simple money saving tips on everything from saving money on groceries to health care, kids stuff, utilities, transportation, gifts, entertainment, and more! Commit to adopting two or three of these money saving ideas each month. It really will add up over time!read more
Don’t forget these 18 commonly forgotten budget items in your personal budget. From tax prep to car registration, plan ahead and stick to your budget at last!read more
Wondering How to Be Debt Free? Try these 9 crazy ways to save money and get out of debt fast. This is how we paid off $22k in less than 9 months. It works!read more
Back when I first read about the concept of being “debt free” I immediately dismissed it. Ya right, there’s absolutely no way we’ll be able to do that on one low-income with one little kid and another one on the way. That’s great for them, but they don’t know how much debt we have and how small our income is!
At that point, I had pretty much accepted the fact that my husband and I would finally be paying off our student loans about the time our kids hit college age. There wasn’t even a tiny inkling of hope that our family would be debt free within ten years, let alone one!
At long last, our toddler started sleeping through the night on a consistent basis. We tried absolutely everything to help him of the course of our long journey in pursuit of sleep. If you’re struggling with total exhaustion, desperate to help your toddler sleep, here are all the details of how we finally got there!read more
Just over three months ago, almost on a whim, my hubby and I decided to start putting a little extra on our student loans. It seemed like a small amount that would hardly make a dent in the huge sum we owed, until we really started looking at the numbers. You see, I’ve lately learned the value of what once seemed like an inconsequential amount and what a big difference it can make in helping you pay off debt faster.read more
These statistics are just a sampling of the evidence that should make us rethink business as usual when it comes to birth in America. Each one represents a choice that many pregnant women are called upon to make about their births. If women had this information available to them, they might choose differently for themselves and their babies. It’s easy to see how without it, many births lead to unnecessary inductions and c-sections.read more
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