Printable Cash Envelopes – Great Way to Stay on Budget

Printable Cash Envelopes are a great way to stay on budget.  I haven’t used them for quite a while and getting back on a budget is one of the top things on my list this year.


Printable Cash Envelopes


Dave Ramsey swears by using cash and in his kit he includes cash envelopes.  That’s how we came to use this method.   We went through ours and instead of buying new ones I decided it would be best to create and print our own.  Especially since we use our cash envelopes for so many different things such as groceries, gas, clothing and so on.

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Easy Back to School Lunch Prep Moms Will Love!

School is starting school and getting back into a routine is hard.  Therefore, I wanted to share with you my Easy Back to School Lunch Prep idea.



Easy Back To School Lunch Prep


Let me first explain that as much as I would love to make those cute bento box lunches…. you know the ones with the cute cut out sandwiches in the shape of my kids favorite characters.  However I just don’t have time for that. Mornings and me don’t get along too well.  Therefore a weekly lunch prep is a lifesaver.   After I get up, I have the kids get showered then dressed. Once one child is done they go downstairs, have breakfast and are responsible for getting their lunch together. [Read more…]

Why I got rid of my wardrobe

Every time I walked into my closet and I stood there looking at all of my clothes in disgust.  So many clothes and nothing to wear.  I have daily overweight meltdowns.  (I know I’ve gained weight… My clothes prove it to me everyday) Walking into my closet wasn’t any fun.  It was the start I needed to get rid of my wardrobe.

And let me just say… getting rid of my wardrobe was the best thing I’ve done in years.  It gave me motivation to start looking more at my appearance and the drive to look my best.

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One Year Christmas Planner Printable

A Christmas Planner Printable?  Christmas is over!  I know and I’m so thankful. It’s such a stressful time of year. From Oct on… I feel like I’m underwater!  I’m ashamed to say it’s been hard to celebrate.  I finally feel relieved when it’s 11:59 pm Christmas Eve.  That’s when my celebration begins.

I don’t want to feel this way.  I want to be able to enjoy the season.  So I started thinking of what I could do and realized I just need to get organized.  I created a 1 year Christmas Planner to help me remember things I needed to do, that I could do months ahead of time, to stay organized.  If you’ve been feeling the same way, then you’ll definitely want to pin, print or save this planner. [Read more…]

Top 10 Back to School Lunch Must Haves

Looking for Back to school lunch ideas?  Making a home lunch is one of the ways we save money, but with that in mind I want to make sure that the items we use can make life a little simpler.

back to school must haves

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35 Tips on How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

How to have a successful yard sale.  This may be something your are thinking of in order to pay off some of that holiday debt. Having a yard sale is a great way to make some extra money, so I put together 35 tips on how to have a successful yard sale.

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale, @gina_horne
I asked the savviest people I know their ideas on how to have a successful yard sale and here are the 35 tips we came up with.

  1. Advertise in your local newspaper and on Craigslist.  
  2. Get Group Yard Sales together, especially with your neighbors.  This will help attract more people and help save you the cut the cost with advertising.
  3. Takes some pictures of the items you are selling and provide a link in the ad of photos.  You can use sharing sites like Photobucket, Flickr and so on.
  4. Make Lots of Signs.  List Big Items on your signs, such as:  Tools, Baby, Furniture etc..
  5. For your signs, use a bright background color and keep the colors consistent.
  6. Make Letter BIG!  Stand across the room and make sure you can read it.  Letters on your sign, should contain Big, Bold and Black lettering.
  7. Make a big sign that says You are Here!
  8. Have your yard sale around the 1st of the month.
  9. Consider the weather.
  10. Make your displays attractive as possible
  11. Try to get everything up off the ground.
  12. Group Like items together
  13. Hang up your clothes and make sure they are clean.
  14. Don’t have enough tables?  Use totes and boxes as tables instead.
  15. Keep it simple, people don’t want to dig through a bunch of stuff.
  16. Place large items near the curb
  17. Color Code your pricing – Use plain dot stickers
  18. Don’t ask for a lot, people want deals, not somewhat reduced retail prices.
  19. Keep prices under 50% of retail.
  20. Create a price layout plan, so everyone helping out knows the prices.
  21. Have a least 2 people working at all times.
  22. Keep your money with you at all times.
  23. Don’t use a cash box.
  24. Run larger bills inside and place it in a safe place.
  25. Get lots of small bills and change.
  26. Don’t accept large bills such as $50’s and $100’s.
  27. Go with your gut feeling if a bill seems fishy.
  28. Don’t let people inside to use your bathroom.
  29. Save all of your grocery bags to use for the items you sell.
  30. Offer something free with purchase, such as balloons for the kids.  You don’t need helium, just blow them up, the kids will love it.
  31. Have a free box to pick out items from.  Spend $5 get 1 free item, Spend $10 and get 2 free items and so on.
  32. Offer fill a bag items.  $5 to fill a bag.  This will help you quickly sell off books, nick knacks, etc..
  33. Make Signs that say the following:  All Sales Final, No Returns, Items sold As-Is, Cash Only – No Checks, No Bathroom.
  34. Wait until the last day to discount items.  Start discounting them 2 hours before you shut down.
  35. Pack up all remaining items and donate them.


You may want to check out my other post:  5 Tips on How Can I Get Money and Payoff that Holiday Debt.

Do you have anything you’d like to add to the list on how to have a successful yard sale?

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