May Expenses

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May was an extremely busy and hectic month for us. We moved out of our house after the 1st week of May, and are now currently staying in temporary lodging until July, when we will be moving out of state. … Continue reading

R2R Heads to Universal Studios Orlando

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R2R is going to Orlando! Our annual family vacation will be spent at Universal Studios for 4 days at 3 parks. We will be staying at on-site hotels, and have 2 days with Universal express unlimited tickets, allowing us to … Continue reading

Stop Over-Scheduling Your Kids

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I get it. I’ve been that mom. I wanted to desperately give my kids every opportunity to find their interests. When my daughter turned 3, she started gymnastics. Two years and $1,000 later, the poor kid couldn’t even do a cart-wheel. … Continue reading

Four Things You Can Learn From the Wealthy

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You see a friend pull up in a brand new shiny truck. He eagerly lists all of the bells and whistles.  The best part, he financed it with 0 down at 5%  APR.  What a deal! You find yourself thinking, … Continue reading

Learn to be Content

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One study suggests that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Changing how we think about money is like forming a habit. We have to break the habit of spending, and form a new habit of saving. What’s challenging … Continue reading

April Expenses

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Each day we are still learning and exploring new ways to save. Our budget is a constant work in progress, and although I strive to save at least 40% of our income, as you can see, sometimes we fall short. … Continue reading

How We Paid Off $32,000 of Debt in a Year

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As much as I hate to admit it, before we began our financial journey, we also lived like millionaires. We were swimming in debt, committing financial suicide. I came across a blogger called Mr. Money Mustache. I realized after binge … Continue reading

How I Paid 60% Less for my Daughter’s Birthday Party

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We live in an area that doesn’t offer much for entertainment, so when a local fun center opened, we were all thrilled. The fun center has a large arcade, laser tag, bowling, bumper cars, and go karts. This year, my … Continue reading

Mother’s Day No Money Challenge

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I’m a practical woman. I love getting gifts that I need or have a use for, but lately I’m finding that I don’t need a whole lot. Often times, I end up receiving a gift that sits on a shelf … Continue reading

5 Reasons You Should Give Your Kids an Allowance

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We started giving our children an allowance about 3 years ago. Before that, we bought a few toys here, and a few video games there. After we set out on our journey to pursue financial independence, I realized that I … Continue reading