Shannon Brown of GrowingSlower blogWelcome 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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How Much Should You Budget for Groceries?

How Much Should You Budget for Groceries?

How Much Should You Budget for Groceries? Check out this grocery spending guideline to see how much you should be spending (and how much you could be saving) on groceries per month. Includes a chart to help you calculate your grocery spending based on family size, ages, and genders.

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My Top 5 Stress Management Tips for Moms

My Top 5 Stress Management Tips for Moms

One Friday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I finally found it: My limit. It had been creeping up on me for days and weeks, and probably months and months, despite my trying to ignore it. I was at the end of myself, a place I’ve found myself all too often... read more
How to Pay Off Debt Fast with a Low Income

How to Pay Off Debt Fast with a Low Income

An in-depth look at How to Pay Off Debt Fast with a Low Income (from a frugal mom who has actually done it!)

You’ll learn how to get out of debt even if you don’t think it’s possible, make a better budget, save money even when you’re already living frugally, and find ways to earn extra money to throw at your debt. Plus, you’ll be inspired by more debt free stories of real families who are paying off their debt fast, even on a very tight budget.

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My Interviews with Mint.com and Coupons Daily

My Interviews with Mint.com and Coupons Daily

A little while back I had a big moment as a frugal living blogger. I was contacted by Mint.com for an interview. There are few sites that I would be quite that excited about talking with, as Mint’s budgeting software played such a big role in helping my family... read more
My Debt Free Story in 14 Questions

My Debt Free Story in 14 Questions

Today I’m over at Family Balance Sheet chatting with Kristia all about the story about how we paid off over $22,000 in less than 9 months. We are both very passionate about helping families live out their best stories even on a tight budget, so it was a joy to... read more

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97 Easy Ways to Save Money

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!

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4 Step Plan for Financial Freedom for Families

Today I’m sharing the simple 4-step plan that helped my family achieve financial freedom at last! You see, we had tried to get control of our finances for years. We faithfully kept a budget every month, but nothing ever changed. We never seemed to move forward... read more

Debt Free in 2015

I NEVER thought that it would be possible for us to be out of debt within a decade, let alone less than a year. My first instinct was to avoid disappointment and just accept it. Then I started to realize all the ways that our debt (more specifically the $400+ we had... read more

35 Cheap and Healthy Recipes

It’s all to easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner, especially when you’re trying to feed your family on a tight budget. I know I’ve been in that situation so many times over the years! For when you just need some meal planning... read more

How to Use the Debt Snowball Calculator

I’m so excited to share how to use the debt snowball calculator with you because I believe that, not only will it help you with the cold hard numbers, but it will also help you get motivated to be debt free! Once you see how paying even a small extra amount... read more

A Simple Morning Routine for Work at Home Moms

I had this completely crazy moment this morning. It was 8 am. I was sitting drinking (still hot) coffee, doing my best dramatic presentation of Green Eggs and Ham for my 3 year old. The house was picked up. There were no dishes in my sink. The counters gleamed as the... read more

How we paid off $22,047 in less than 9 months to be debt free

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!

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Free Printable Grocery Price List

Wow! What a difference a year makes! Over the past year we have saved a total of $5,616 on groceries, just by making a few simple changes. And more importantly we are now debt free! If you asked me a year ago, I would not have thought it was possible. And just in... read more

11 Gentle Ways to Help Your Toddler Sleep (8 and 9 work for moms too!)

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!

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1 Simple Tip to Pay Off Debt Faster

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.

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110 Positive Natural Childbirth Stories

When I was pregnant with my first child, I devoured natural childbirth stories almost as much as I scarfed down bowls of cable car chocolate topped with brownie bites at our local frozen yogurt shop. Every time I indulged in one of these heroic stories, I felt even... read more

6 Surprising Stats that will Change the Way You Give Birth

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.

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Will this be the year you finally go from 'wanting to' make a successful budget to actually doing it?

Sign up now to have the free family budget challenge and how-to guide sent directly to your inbox, including: quick and simple bi-weekly challenges to help you...

  • Set financial goals, AND take the first steps toward meeting them.
  • Design a budget, AND stick to it, at last!
  • Find the right (free) tools to track expenses in minutes a day
  • Reach your biggest financial goals one day at a time
  • Plus you'll continue to get exclusive tips and printables from GrowingSlower to help you stay motivated after the challenge

Want to join us for the 2015 Family Budget Challenge?

Join the 2015 Family Budget Challenge (it's free!)

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Will this be the year you finally go from 'wanting to' make a successful budget to actually doing it?

Sign up now to have the free family budget challenge and how-to guide sent directly to your inbox, including: quick and simple bi-weekly challenges to help you...

  • Set financial goals, AND take the first steps toward meeting them.
  • Design a budget, AND stick to it, at last!
  • Find the right (free) tools to track expenses in minutes a day
  • Reach your biggest financial goals one day at a time
  • Plus you'll continue to get exclusive tips and printables from GrowingSlower to help you stay motivated after the challenge

Want to join us for the 2015 Family Budget Challenge?

Join the 2015 Family Budget Challenge (it's free!)

No thanks, let me keep reading.

Will this be the year you finally go from 'wanting to' make a successful budget to actually doing it?

Sign up now to have the free family budget challenge and how-to guide sent directly to your inbox, including: quick and simple bi-weekly challenges to help you...

  • Set financial goals, AND take the first steps toward meeting them.
  • Design a budget, AND stick to it, at last!
  • Find the right (free) tools to track expenses in minutes a day
  • Reach your biggest financial goals one day at a time
  • Plus you'll continue to get exclusive tips and printables from GrowingSlower to help you stay motivated after the challenge