All About Smart Living Strategies

Teaching Goal Setting to Children

January, it is the months of resolutions! And no plan, hope or goal seems to fail like a resolution. So for the most part, I don't believe in resolutions but I do believe in goals.…

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Making Your House Seem Clean

This holiday cleaning tips post is brought to you by Swiffer® as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post. Guests, we all love having them but sometimes we just don't have the time to…

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Black Friday Walgreens List

Lets look at Walgreens! Remember that you need their Balance Rewards card to get all the deals and you can also use manufacturer's coupons! 1)$25 Apple/iTunes gift cards ($25) and get a $15 Walgreens gift…

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Advent Jar Calendars

We are all super familiar with Advent chains, calendars, and the like that call count down to Christmas starting December 1st. But I have some new ideas and instead of taking links off chains or…

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How to Negotiate a Discount

Ok, you know those people. Those that always seem to get a slightly better deal, better than advertised and certainly better than the one you got? Those opportunities are out there for you too but…

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Tips for Do It Yourself Halloween Costumes

When Halloween comes around I am always amazed how expensive Halloween costumes are! When did the fun, kids' dress up night move into a night where parents spend hundreds? I mean, it is just 1…

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Affordable Non-Candy Halloween Handouts

There are some quality, cheap candy options like Tootsie Pops and Tootsie Rolls from the Dollar Store. But really, who needs more candy on Halloween? We get way too much!!! So why not hand out…

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Prep List for a Dinner Party or Holiday Meal

We are heading into the fall and holidays! As it cools off instead of just having causal BBQ's we are moving inside with more structured dinner parties and big holiday meals. But that doesn't mean…

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Using Gift Cards as a Budgeting Tool

(Make sure you scroll to the bottom for a gift card giveaway!) Money and budgeting is always an issue that lives in everyone's life, even if they do it well. I have counselled people before…

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My Job Chart

I am a big believer on teaching kids the importance of chores and how to be responsible. Of course the official reason is that it is important to help our children become self supporting, responsible…

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