This Library Hack Will Save You Hundreds on Books

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Inside: Love reading the latest books but hate paying for them? Bookworms everywhere will love this little known library hack that will save you SO much money on books!

If you love books, like I do, and you follow blogs that share the latest and greatest books, you’re probably itching to get your hands on those new releases. But for any number of reasons, you hesitate to click “purchase” after you add it to your Amazon cart.

Maybe you love physical books, but don’t want to clutter your bookshelf with a book you’ll likely never read again.

Maybe you’re living on one income, and your book budget is non-existent.

Maybe you just love being careful with your money and would rather borrow than buy yourself.

Maybe you homeschool, and if you bought all the books for your kids that you want to buy, you wouldn’t be able to pay for groceries!

I get it. Books are expensive, and I’d much rather let my library foot the bill for my reading habit (though we do chip in from time to time to pay off our rather large fines).

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How to Stop Eating Out (& save money instead)

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Inside: This simple solution will help you stop eating out and wasting hundreds of dollars every month.

Eating out. There’s nothing like the instant gratification of a delicious burrito from Chipotle, or a juicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-a, or what used to be my favorite guilty indulgence – a grande vanilla latte, no foam with whip.

In college, I succumbed to the eat-out temptation over and over again, and I did it without giving it a second thought.

Fast forward to the baby years when we had to makeover our finances so we could afford to live on one income. We had to get serious about ditching our bad habit of eating out whenever we felt like it, along with tightening our belt in other budget areas like groceries.

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52 Ways to Save: So You Can Afford to be a Stay at Home Mom (it IS possible!)

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Inside: Do you want to stay home with your kids but don’t know how to afford it? Here are 52 ways we cut costs, so I can afford to be a stay at home mom.

Do you want to stay home with your kids, but just don’t see how it’s possible? When staying home means living on one {small} income, that dream can feel extremely out of reach.

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” I believe that for most moms, staying home is possible.

There are so many ways to cut costs to make up that lost income. I know because I’ve been a stay at home mom living on one income for the past eight years.

It won’t be easy, especially at first, but just because something is difficult doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.  

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The Paperless Kitchen Experiment

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Paper towels are my mainstay. With four kids seven and under, I am constantly cleaning up messes. I mean, CONSTANTLY. It feels like they are just waiting for me to turn my back so they can knock over yet another glass of water.

I’ve tried to stop using so many paper towels in the past, but when they are sitting right there on the counter just begging to be used? I can’t NOT use them.

I always succumb to the awesomeness of disposables. Is it even possible to go without paper towels with this many little kids? I wanted to find out.

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18 Frugal Living Tips I’m Skipping Right Now (because I’m just too tired)

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Inside: Pinterest is chock-full of frugal living tips, but when you’re a tired mom, sometimes you just need to know it’s o.k. to skip a few.

Frugal living bloggers love to write articles like “15 Things Frugal People Don’t Pay For”. Before I had this many kids, I loved reading them, too.

I really enjoyed seeing how other people saved money by living frugally. I saw every tip as a personal challenge, and back then, I had the energy to tackle them.

Then I had another kid who just won’t sleep through the night (yes, ANOTHER – why me?!). Then, I was just too tired to do the extra frugal living stuff. 

I could barely keep my eyes open, let alone hang my clothes to dry. I could barely move them from the washer to the dryer on time, for heaven’s sake.

For tired moms struggling just to keep up with the dishes and the laundry with a baby that doesn’t sleep, a lot of those frugal living tips spell two things they just don’t have: time and energy. The thought of adding ten more things to your to-do list just to save a few pennies makes you want to cry, literally.

And that’s why I’m writing this: to tell you to give yourself a break, if only for a little while.

You don’t have to do it all, not right now.

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Cheap Useful Wedding Gifts: 16 Ideas for $20 or less!

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Inside: Need cheap, useful wedding gift ideas? These minimalist wedding gifts are perfect for anyone with a small gift budget.

We recently received an invitation to a cousin’s wedding, which of course started the wheels turning: what could we find for a cheap useful wedding gift?

Receiving wedding invitations is such a different experience now compared to when we were a married without kids, dual income couple.

Attempting to find cheap and useful wedding gifts is a real challenge.

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4 Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

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It’s that time of the year again: tax time. When you’re a family paying off debt and living paycheck to paycheck, anticipating a windfall like your tax refund is like looking forward to Christmas. You’re not quite sure what that pretty package has in it, but you’re certain it’s going to be amazing!

And you already have about fifty million exciting ideas for how to use it.

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5 Online Sources for Big Savings on Clothes

Inside: Get 5 online sources that will help you slash your clothing budget for big savings.

Online shopping has a bad reputation, and for some, it can trigger overspending and impulse buys.

But if you’re self-disciplined and pick up a few online shopping hacks, online shopping has the potential to be a vital source for saving a LOT of money on clothes.

You just need to know where to start.

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7 Tips for Finding Hand-Me Downs (when your sources run out)

Any parent on a tight budget and a growing family knows that finding a reliable source for hand-me-downs is a key factor to saving big on clothes. Even with all the free brand new clothes I get, hand-me-downs still play a huge role in our savings on clothes.

But what if you run out of sources? Or don’t have any to begin with? Don’t despair! I’m going to give you several ideas on how to get your hands on some good hand-me-downs.

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My Secret to Getting Brand New Clothes (more than $1,000 worth a year!) for FREE

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Inside: If you’re looking for ways to save money raising a family, this is a good way to save BIG. Learn how I get clothes for free every single month.

After our second child turned a year old, my husband and I realized we both wanted a big family. We loved seeing the personalities of each child blossom, seeing the fun and unique people God made them to be. With that realization, however, came the money doldrums.

Have you been there? When all you can see is one [small] income for years and years as far as you can imagine? I was committed to staying home with my kids, but stretch that out for years with multiple kids, and you start to wonder how the numbers are going to work out.

Our sources for hand-me-downs were drying up (why oh why did my daughter need to outgrow not one, but two kids a year older than her?!), and I knew I needed a sustainable way to get the majority of our clothes for less…much less.

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