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Budget Advice Round Up

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Spring Break Trips For Every Budget

Is it terrible that we already long for a spring break trip just weeks out from Christmas break?

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Blain’s Farm & Fleet: Our Favorite Spring Picks

It's no secret we are big fans of Blain's Farm & Fleet, as mentioned in this post here.  We remain impressed with their huge selection of products in a variety of categories. But, let's be honest -

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Valentine’s Day: 10 Fun Ways To Say I Love You

Who knew February could be so interesting?

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Top 3 Budget Blunders

Let's pretend that we didn't go over our Christmas budget (which we did) and that we didn't have any unexpected expenses this month (which we did) and that we are totally on track for 2017 so far with the family budget (which we are close enough to pretend so we are). Whew - okay now let's look at the past year and how we budgeted like crazy yet still had leaks. Leaks that caused money to trickle out more than we thought until we went back to see what happened. And guess, what? We think we aren't the only ones finding these top budget killers lurking around. Go ahead, take a peek and see if these apply for you too!

Budget blunder #1: kid costs

Wow - how things have changed over the past few years for us. Babies are expensive thanks to diapers and formula and child care costs, but our older kids are costing us a fortune all of a sudden. From increased eating to pricier outings, both kids just aren't as cheap as they were! Between sports, school and friends our kids are draining more and more of our money each month. Now that we are a full year in to these increased spending habits we can plan for them better. Still, we know parents of even preschoolers who are shocked when they go back to see the what was spent "on" their children. Also - tips on saving  on sports equipment , teacher gifts, and general advice for the whole school year.

Budget blunder #2: poor planning

Okay, so poor planning is a general term. What we mean is that we noticed on weeks when we did not meal plan, dinners involved another trip to the store or possibly even eating out. Huge money leak there. Another example, we underestimated costs on vacation because we tried to be frugal and wound up going over budget instead. Or we did not appropriate research deals and coupons prior to purchase so we spent more than necessary on a couple of items (ugh, cell phones). Poor planning. New technique now involves harnessing the power of technology for smarter accountability and planning.

Budget blunder #3: impulse buys

In the history of every budget the impulse buys are the downfall aren't they? But it's true. Impulse buys came in the form of buying popcorn and soda at the theater, stopping by Target instead of the grocery for Tylenol and finding a pair of shoes on sale, etc. That's another reason that we are back to setting an intention of mindfulness for 2017. If we can't kill our impulse buys completely surely we can reduce them by having more awareness of our actions. So, notice any of these in your own family budget leaks? Let us know on our Facebook page!

The Only Intention You Need For 2017

This year we've noticed that there's been a shift toward letting go of New Year's resolutions and embracing intentions instead. What's the big deal - why set an intention rather than a resolution?

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Gift Baskets: The Surprisingly Perfect Present For Guys

Last year we mentioned why we love the Gourmet Gift Basket company. And we explained why these gift baskets are a universally fantastic option for Secret Santa family parties. Of course, these baskets are always great choices for employees, employers and teachers. With gift tower choices that include chocolate, coffee, gluten free and Kosher selections it would be pretty hard NOT to find an amazing Gourmet Gift Basket for just about everyone. Still, maybe it feels weird to think about the words gift basket when selecting the perfect present for guys. But after you see the options we've found, you'll agree these really are a surprisingly perfect gift for just about any guy!

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5 Reasons To Shop Online For Black Friday

We know that many people genuinely look forward to Black Friday sales and deals. Who are we kidding? WE look forward to Black Friday sales and deals. What we don't necessarily look forward to is the chaos that comes with it all. And we personally are thrilled that so many stores are planning on closing for Thanksgiving Day. Of course, we still want to get crazy discounts and door busters...but this year we don't want to get out. Lucky for us, we won't have to and after you read these 5 reasons to shop online for Black Friday you might not want to either.

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Retailer Spotlight: Blain’s Farm And Fleet

For a budget shopper discovering a new discount retailer is a little like scratching off a winning lottery ticket. While we love the most well-known ones we get a thrill over discovering one previously unknown. That's why we are excited about having a retailer spotlight on Blain's Farm And Fleet this week. If you are looking to find value without compromising quality, read on to learn more about what we love regarding Blain's Farm And Fleet.

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Best Apps For Frugal Families

Even those old enough to remember life without a smart phone wouldn't be willing to go back to doing things that way. So many aspects of our lives are more manageable and easier to navigate thanks to the incredible advances in technology. In particular, there are several apps available that make managing money much simpler and keep us more inclined to stay within our budget. Here are some of our favorite apps for frugal families.

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