Frugal Ways To Be Healthier As a Family

Being healthy seems to be the focus of many as we get into the full swing of the New Year.  I’m already looking forward to regaining my shape once this last pregnancy is done!  As a parent, we’re always trying to make sure that our family is healthy . . . and for good reason.  Being healthier means that all of you can be more active, get sick less, and have more fun together.  The best part is that you can achieve these goals for your family, without breaking the budget.   

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10 Cheap And Easy Alternatives To Store-Bought Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that can quickly become expensive.  Mr. Smith used to send beautiful bouquets of flowers to my office.  They were lovely, but honestly, a waste of money.  Nowadays, we’re saving our money to pay down debt and fund future adventures.  But the kids should still get to participate in Valentine’s Day festivities with their friends at school.  These cheap and easy alternatives to store-bought Valentine’s Day cards are a great way to help them enjoy the day without spending too much money.

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How Are We Going To Pay For College . . . With Five Kids?

Reactions to our news about expecting twins, when we already have three young kids, have been pretty interesting.  There is usually a bit of shock, followed by one or more of the following questions: (1) are you going to move, (2) are you going to buy a new vehicle, and (3) how are you going to pay for college with such a large family?  The twins were a surprise, but whether we ended up with four or five children, it would still cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to take on the entire cost of a college education.  We have a plan, consistent with our new financial priorities and definition of success, for how our children will be able to attend college.  And, it doesn’t involve any type of regular contribution to investment accounts.


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10 Tips On Shopping For Kids: How To Buy Everything You Need, Without Spending A Fortune

As we prepare for the arrival of twins in May, we’re going to need to buy some “new” things.  And, it’s not just purchases for the babies (because babies don’t really need that much).  The other children will be passing down everything from outgrown toys and clothes, to their beds, so these items will need to be replaced.  We’re usually big fans of buying used things for the kids, but that means that some of the hand-me-downs are in rough shape.  In addition, it would be nice to have at least a couple of coordinating twin outfits, something we’ve never had to purchase before 🙂  Here are some great tips to keep in mind when shopping for kids, so you can buy everything that you need without spending a fortune.


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Things To Do With Kids In Bar Harbor, Maine

We had a great time on our recent family vacation to Bar Harbor, Maine.  One of the best parts about this destination is that you really don’t need to spend money on entertaining your kids.  The main expenses for our trip were renting a van, gas, and food.  We didn’t really spend anything on fun, but still had an awesome time.  There are just so many free things to do with kids in Bar Harbor.

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Free Ways To Entertain Kids This Summer

Welcome to July!  Summer is in full swing and you’re probably busy making plans to enjoy as many fun family activities as possible.  Our family skips out on things like costly vacations, expensive amusement parks, or all-inclusive summer camps, because of our current battle with debt.  However, there are plenty of ways to keep kids entertained for free this summer.  With a little bit of planning you can pack their days full of free things to do, so you’ll never hear children complaining about being bored.


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The Most Practical Baby Gifts

The arrival of a new baby is always exciting. I have a friend who can’t wait to find out next week whether she’s having a boy or a girl.  I’ve written before that babies don’t really need all that much.  However, you may still want to give a gift to friends or family to celebrate the upcoming arrival.  Many baby gifts, such as clothes, won’t last very long. They can grow out of something in a matter of weeks, so they could only get a couple of wears out of it.  If you want to make the most of your money, you should think about getting them something special, that will last. 


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Why We’re Not Having A First Birthday Party

My youngest is about to turn one year old. I ran into a friend at daycare the other day, who asked about plans for his birthday party. She seemed genuinely confused when I told her that we are not having a party for him. Why in the world would we not celebrate our baby’s first birthday party? I gave her a vague answer and excused myself to go fetch my children. If there had been time or I had a desire to more-fully explain myself, I could have given her plenty of reasons to skip out on this typical parenting responsibility.


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Free Fun For Kids: Home Depot Building Workshops

We are always on the lookout for free, fun activities for the kids.  They seem to have the most fun playing outside with sticks, dirt, water, and rocks – all free!  It’s still a bit chilly to be spending too much time outdoors.  I was really excited to find out that Home Depot does free building workshops with kids.  Mr. Smith and Goofball went to one recently and had a lot of fun.  It’s just another example of how you don’t need to spend money on admission fees in order to entertain your children.


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