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    Tracking Your Checkbook with iBank (or Quicken)

    Last week I shared how I work our weekly budget. This week I want to tell you about the software that I use to keep track of our checking/savings accounts. Yes, you can keep track of your checking account the old fashioned way with a …

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    Working our Budget

    If you’ve been around here for any length of time you know that I’m a big fan of a budget! Being on a budget isn’t something to be scared of; you’re simply telling your money where to go each month. Ever 1-2 weeks I sit …

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  • Don’t Be Afraid To Change Up Your Budget

    Over the weekend Trent and I took a look at our budget and decided to make changes in a few line items. If you remember, earlier in the year we ran into a snag and had to use most of emergency fund. (Boy, I’m thankful …

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    5 Things We Splurge On

    When people hear that Trent and I are thrifty they often think that we don’t spend any money. On the contrary – we save in certain areas so that we can spend in certain areas. It goes along with Dave Ramsey’s famous quote, “Live like …

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  • Pennies

    Creative Planning

    My mom recently sent me an article on Fox News sharing how a Massachusetts man made his last mortgage payment in pennies. “Thomas Daigle in April dropped off about 62,000 pennies weighing 800 pounds.” Wow, now that’s a lot of pennies. He started saving pennies …

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  • House Foundation

    A Solid Foundation Is A Must

    Someone in our neighborhood is getting a new house. Oh how excited they must be! The lot has been vacant for years so it’s been neat to see the changes that are being made daily. I’m always amazed at how quickly houses are built, aren’t …

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  • Thankful We Saved For A Rainy Day

    God is good…that’s the only way I know how to start this post! If you’ve been reading my monthly goal posts you know that Trent and I have been working hard to put money back for our emergency fund. It’s been a slow process but …

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  • It’s that time of year…

    It seems like the older I get the faster time passes. It doesn’t seem like it should be Christmas in a few weeks. I guess I better see how much is in the Christmas budget and get my list made. (No, I’m not kidding. I …

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  • Budgeting: A straightjacket or not?

    It amazes me how people feel about budgeting.  The other day I heard someone comparing budgeting to wearing a straightjacket.  I know that I’m in the minority of people but I feel as though it’s quite the opposite – it’s so very freeing. Don’t get …

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  • Thinking Outside the Box…

    I love to hear stories of people winning with their money.  I truly believe that big things happen when we’re intentional with our finances.  Every penny counts and sometimes we have to think outside of the box to get where we want to be and …

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