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Expert Hacks to Travel With Only a Carry-On

Traveling with luggage is a hassle. From waiting at the baggage carousel to the added fees the airlines charge to check a bag, it’s stressful and can get quite expensive. The secret to worry-free flying is to travel with only a carry-on suitcase. But is it possible to fit everything you need using only a carry-on? Is Traveling with a Checked Bag Really that Bad? If you’ve never had a bad experience traveling with...

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How to Achieve Financial Independence and Retire Early

The traditional retirement age in America is 65. But a large number of Americans are unable to announce their retirement at the right age. They are spending their golden years on the job. People in our nation have to delay their retirement due to the lack of savings and debt. Many older Americans are struggling with credit card debt, and mortgage and student loan debt. Thus, they can’t say goodbye to the 9-5 work...

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Top 6 Must-Have Skills to Master Life as a Working Mom

As a working mom, life is full of challenges. If I’m being honest, there are some days I’m not even sure I’ll make it to bedtime! Between packing lunches, juggling daycare, sick kids and household chores, making time to progress in your career can seem a laughable pursuit. I’m here to tell you there is hope. It is possible to manage a successful career while being a “Super Mom.” With these 6 skills, you...

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10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary on a Budget

Life is filled with reasons to celebrate: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, newborn babies, promotions… it doesn’t matter the time of year, there’s always a reason to spend money. But what happens when you’re living paycheck to paycheck and you’re broke when your anniversary rolls around? How do you celebrate your anniversary on a budget? This time of year is especially difficult when it comes to celebrations. It’s graduation AND wedding season! My calendar is full...

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How to be Happy (Even when you’re Broke)

As a busy wife and mother, sometimes I struggle with being happy. When you add in the weight of debt, budgeting, and the busyness of life, it seems impossible to be happy when you’re broke.  And then I see pictures on Facebook of all the fun my friends are having – vacations, beach trips, new clothes, and fancy restaurant meals – and that’s enough to send me over the edge. Why can’t I have...

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3 Easy Spring Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know

This isn't going to be your typical "spring cleaning" article. You see, I'm much too busy to spend a lot of time deep-cleaning my home. I mean, I struggle with the basics of keeping up with the dishes and tackling the "paper clutter monster" that always seems to spiral out of control. ...

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Top 5 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

After months (or years!) of paying off debt and saving money, deciding to buy your first home can be one of the most exciting times in your adult life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for that excitement to be overshadowed by confusion and overwhelm. ...

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5 Awesome Movies for Date Night He’ll Actually Watch

Movie night is one of our favorite low-budget date nights. The trouble is, my husband and I often disagree on what movie to watch. Do you have that problem? (Oh, please say we’re not the only ones that can’t agree on a movie to watch! HA!) There’s no question that Andrew and I are different. He’s your typical guy – he likes all the Marvel superhero movies, the Lord of the Rings, and others...

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Overcome the Guilt of a New Year Resolution

The new year elicits all sorts of images and emotions in us.  Most prominently is the idea that a new year’s resolution (or several!) must be made.  Just in the past two weeks, I’ve come across hundreds of articles about how to make a new year’s resolution and how to stick to the resolution once you’ve made it. It’s a little overwhelming. In fact, a few years ago I swore off resolutions – I never...

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5 Best Ways to Lose Weight on a Budget

It’s the start of a new year and for many that means our ambition to accomplish new and amazing things has kicked into high gear. Many of us choose weight loss as our goal and, if you’re not careful, that goal can derail your budget faster than you can say “hold the mayo.” But weight loss doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are so many diet and exercise programs out there (some good,...

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