How I Scored an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker for Free

This post contains affiliate links. I never recommend anything I don’t use or believe in. All opinions are 100% mine.   I think most anyone who knows me well, and had to describe me in just a few words, would call me a hardcore bargain hunter. Everyone may not have the extra few minutes it takes to score a really good deal, but sometimes it’s simply a matter of ingenuity and timing. I recently scored the oh-so-trendy Instant Pot…for free. Actually, that’s not true. I ended up making money on the purchase! While everyone was oohing and aahing over the Amazon Prime deal on the 8 qt Instant Pot for $90 a few weeks back, I was holding strong. That was a good value but I’m glad I waited. I’ll take the 6 qt version for…

Stop the Clutter Madness…Give This Gift Instead!

This post may contain affiliate links which help pay for this website. I never recommend anything I don’t use or believe in. All opinions are 100% mine.   So, I’m going to let you in on a little secret—I absolutely, positively despise clutter. And nothing seems to clutter my house up more than my kids’ toys and stuffed animals. Now I know toys have their purpose; they help little ones learn and in the case of that special stuffed animal, may even give them a sense of security, yada, yada, yada. But many children, mine included, have more than enough to last the rest of their childhood! Not to mention, more often than not, the latest “must-have” toy sadly gets tossed aside in just a few short months, never to be touched again—except when you say it’s time to donate some things and…

For Your Meal Plan: Fresh Orange Summer Salad

Today’s guest post from Mallory at Mindful with Mal is geared towards anyone looking for an inexpensive and fresh recipe that will be great for your summer meal plans! Let me hear your feedback in the comments! And if you’d like to see more recipes in the future, please let me know! Bon Appetit!   Nothing feels more like summer than fresh ingredients mixed together in a tasty salad. I used to be a little hesitant to add fruit to salad because I didn’t know what dressing would go well with it. Recently, I went over to my sister’s house and she had put oranges in her salad and I LOVED it. I couldn’t believe I had gone so long not adding fresh fruits to a salad. For the next few weeks after that I have done a lot of experimenting and found…

Practicing This One Skill Can Really Save You Money

Tonight I’m bringing you a post that I guest wrote for Mallory at Mindful With Mal. She runs an awesome blog about frugality, fashion and food–a little something for everyone on there! So, please hop on over here, check out my post and poke around her site. You won’t be disappointed…

Calling All Christians–How Would You Like $100?

This post may contain affiliate links which help me keep the blog running. I never recommend something I don’t believe in. All opinions and recommendations are 100% mine.   If you’re a regular reader of mine, I’m sure you have an emergency savings account (and if you don’t, I implore you—please get one ASAP. I’m about to tell you about a good place to open one, so listen up!). But one can never be too prepared right, so what’s another? Don’t like managing more than one account? What if opening another account earned you a cool $100—worth it then?! Thought that might help. We have a few savings accounts because they each serve different purposes. Our main account is online at CIT Bank and has the vast majority of our emergency savings specifically for, well, emergencies! CIT offers the highest…

Real Estate Investing–the Right Passive Income for You?

The path to financial freedom is forged by decreasing expenses and increasing income. But when you don’t have the time or inclination to take on additional hands-on jobs, you might want to consider streams of passive income. Passive income is defined as money that continues to flow regularly with little effort to maintain. So, you may put in a ton of work in the beginning, but then the money starts to come in and there’s just some maintenance on the back end to keep it up. One popular passive income stream is real estate investing. Think it might interest you? Check out my interview with a real estate investor that I happen to know pretty, pretty, pretty well…because he’s my husband. Haha!     When and how did you get started investing in real estate? I began reading and learning towards the end of my…

How Do You Define Worth?

I’m back from the Memorial Day break with a new post. I’m excited to share that tonight’s post was accepted as a guest piece on one of the largest personal finance blogs on the web, One Cent at a Time! Please click through here to read my latest about defining worth. If you enjoy it, please give it a share! Be sure to drop me your feedback in the comments too…

Best Money Making and Money Saving Apps of 2017

This post contains affiliate links. I never recommend something I have not used myself. All opinions and experiences are 100% mine.   Who doesn’t love easy money? There’s not much better than making some fast cash utilizing the wonderful world of technology. Money making and money saving apps are some of my favorite ways to bring in a little extra dough. But which ones are worth the time and storage space on your phone?These are a few of my favorite money makers and money savers for 2017.   Surveys are So 2016 Have you ever caught yourself saying, “Geez, if I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that, I’d be rich!” Guess what?! Now there’s an app for that and it’s called 1Q! Okay, so maybe it won’t make you rich—scratch that, it definitely will not make you…

Meal Planning 101: Save Time and Money

This post may contain affiliate links. I never recommend anything I have not tried myself. All opinions are 100% mine.   I have previously talked about meal planning before as a means to lowering food costs. And since that time, I’ve had a few people reach out to inquire about it more. So, I thought I would dedicate a whole post to meal planning and include a few recipes to get anyone who’s interested, started.   Like Anything, Meal Planning has its Pros and Cons. Pros: Meal planning eliminates the 5:00 panic of what to make for dinner. When you have a plan, your proteins can be thawed out and ready to go when you walk in the door from work. No more unsafe thawing practices or defrosting chicken in the microwave and trying to cut off the dried-up edges—you know the nasty parts…