Motivation Time Tuesday: Freekin’ Weekend Edition

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how-to-save-moneyIf you’re looking  to travel, get out of debt, or splurge on  a caseload of dark chocolate, you have to regularly take care of your money.

You’re stopping yourself from that dream vacation with fancy drinks on the beach or whatever dream you may have on your vision board.

It may sound like a lot of work.

I understand, but . . .

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How to Waste Less Food and Save Money by Drinking This

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The first step to save money on groceries is to waste less food.

Also, you have to start being more proactive about what you eat each day.

How often do you put it off?

In fact, how many times have you said you’d print out a free printable meal plan but didn’t?

Sometimes we just don’t know where to begin.

Maybe you’re beat up from your job or you just have a lot going on.

Or maybe you think it’s too hard.

Today I’ll share a quick fix for that to get you over this initial hurdle.

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The Takeout Zombie Trance and How to Ditch it

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How would you like a simple go-to meal to get food on the table quickly?

It would be fantastic!

Right?

So what is stopping you from doing so?

You can spend less money by eating a no-fuss, home cooked meal.

That’s a no-brainer.

I believe most people who say they can’t fit making simple meals into their routine suffer from what I call a Takeout Zombie Trance.

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Make a Healthy Meal Plan and Get Cheap Dinner Ideas

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You may already eat from home and save money doing so, but you know you could do better.

You may think it’s food costs or other outside factors, but don’t get discouraged.

Thinking too hard about it might be the real issue.

In order to stay motivated to eat decent food for less, you have to switch things up in the kitchen once in awhile.

If you click off this post, you’ll miss out on the savings you deserve.

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Money: Let’s Chat About it

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When’s the last time you talked about money?

Whether it’s with your significant other,

a family member or even yourself . . .

It isn’t always easy.

Today our special guest  is teaching us how to do so.

I have an interview with Dorethia Conner, author of the new book #MoneyChat.

She breaks information down into bite size chunks and makes what may seem overwhelming, more manageable in her new book.

Here’s our Q & A about her new book.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Cards That Will Save You Money

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By Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend at GiftCards.com

When it comes to shopping for presents, I’m a classic over-spender.

Though I often have a budget in mind, I sometimes spend more than planned.

 I either can’t find something within my price range (so I bump up the limit to allow for more choices)

or I find the absolute BEST gift and buy it despite the price being more than I can afford.

It’s a problem.

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas That Don’t Seem Last Minute (and a Bonus!)

Are you stuck shopping last-minute?

Perhaps fearing that your gift may appear as if you didn’t put much effort into finding it?

You can often tell when someone haphazardly slapped together a gift.

It’s a little harder to be creative and thoughtful when you don’t have much time to think… the clock is ticking!

Fortunately, there are still some presents you can find that won’t reek of Shopping Like a Last-Minute Larry.

Here are five totally decent gift ideas for last- minute shoppers.

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Quick Ways to Save More While Holiday Shopping

money-saving-tipsMaybe you picked up a holiday gift or two, but you know you could do a little better with getting a great deal or spending less in general.

You might think you straight up stink at the whole thing.

Don’t give up yet.

Working too hard at it might be to BLAME.

Here are three tips that can generate some savings with little effort.

Don’t miss the savings you deserve.

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Living Room Ideas: Little Known Ways to Pick the Perfect Decor

living-room-ideasMany people think it’s hard to have a beautiful, inviting home without having to drop major bank roll.

Whether you’re looking to add a little something new or completely revamp a room, you can decorate on a budget and still add charm to your home for less.

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Talking Money with a Child

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Guest post By R. Bradley Snyder and Marc Engelsgjerd

Our ultimate goal in writing What Every Child Needs To Know About The Economy
was to help our daughters understand why people have (or don’t have) jobs.

It also explains why they can’t necessarily have every toy or treat they ask for.

Ultimately, it’s about why they shouldn’t even want some of the things that they say they want.

But before we could address topics like markets and scarcity, we needed to talk about money.

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