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How to Do a Zero Sum Budget with Mint.com

How to Do a Zero Sum Budget with Mint.com

Today I’m sharing another one of the simple shifts that transformed my ability to finally stick to a budget and get out of debt fast. I’ve previously shared that I use Mint.com to track my expenses for free. Today I’m showing you exactly how I use... read more
1 Essential Tip for Saving Money on Groceries

1 Essential Tip for Saving Money on Groceries

As part of the Simplifying Life series, I’m sharing one tip that drastically simplified my life. You all know I am all about keeping it simple and making small changes that make a big impact! In this post I’m sharing my 1 essential tip for saving money on groceries, and how it has drastically simplified my grocery shopping routine. Plus, I’m sharing my actual grocery shopping list from November, so you can see exactly what this looks like put into action.

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My Debt Free Budget Breakdown

My Debt Free Budget Breakdown

Since our debt free story went viral,  I’ve been getting a lot of questions about exactly how we did it. Today, I’ll be answering one of the most common questions by sharing my real life debt free budget percentage breakdown.  Specifically, I’ll be... read more
15 Minutes to Figure Out Where Your Money’s Going

15 Minutes to Figure Out Where Your Money’s Going

I’m going to warn you. This might be a shocking experience. The first step to making a budget that works is to know what your spending habits are right now. Because I know you don’t want to spend hours mulling over your bank statements, today I’m... read more
4 Step Plan for Financial Freedom for Families

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

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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

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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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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97 Easy Ways to Save Money

Don’t try to take on everything at once. Commit to adopting two or three of these money saving ideas each month. It really will add up over time!

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Getting Ready for Baby #2 Checklist

All right, who stole my week? Last week I was happily thinking about how Baby #2 would be arriving in about 14 weeks. The next day, I got my pregnancy update email and poof! Just like that a whole week was gone. I thought I was 26 weeks, but I was actually 27! Now I... read more

How to Afford to Be a Stay at Home Mom

It breaks my heart when I hear moms longing to be at home with their children but have to send them off to daycare everyday. It’s the worst when after a too-short maternity leave a mom returns back to work daily in tears missing her baby. For many women, working... read more

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  • Reach your biggest financial goals one day at a time
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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