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Our Family Budget Results on My Third Quitting Anniversary

Our Family Budget Results on my Third Quitting Anniversary

On my one-year quitting anniversary, I reviewed our family budget, and the results proved that my efforts to budget within our new one-salary income every month was working! We didn’t dip into our savings, and we actually still saved money that first year.

Then I was able to replicate those successes in year two, despite even bigger unexpected expenses! Across those two years, we saved about $750/month.

So, in keeping with this tradition, I’m reflecting on the past year’s budgeting for our family and sharing it with you for the third time.

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Make a wood patio table top for your old patio table frame

This project was inspired by my own unfortunate patio table accident. I was setting up our old patio table furniture outside in the spring. When I tried to put the patio umbrella through the hole in the middle of the table, I lost my footing. Because the umbrella pole was only partway in, it fell sideways. The glass top couldn’t handle the pressure and, as a result, shattered into millions of tiny pieces.

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Self Isolating? Over 50 Frugal Ideas for Spending Your Time at Home

By now, I think all of us have heard the strongly suggested advice to self isolate and, if you must leave your home, to socially distance yourself from others (by at least 6 feet). Recommended group sizes keep shrinking. And as I am writing this, groups of 10 or more is now a no-no. If you can stay home, stay home. I know it’s not going to be possible for everyone to stay home, and this pandemic is going to…

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Try these 7 calming meditation apps and breathing exercises – for free

I was working on some other topics to share with you here on Frugal Thumb this week, but in light of the current news about coronavirus, I thought maybe a post about calming meditation apps and breathing exercises might be more helpful for us all right now. I know I need to remember to take deep breaths and meditate more often in the coming weeks! It seems like every email I open, every post on Facebook, and every scroll through…

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Beware of this scammy gift card practice – plus lessons learned

I want you to be aware of this gift card practice that I came across when using a gift card online. After reading this post, you’ll know what to do if it happens to you–and prevent it from happening to you! This literally happened to me this week: I tried to use one of my gift cards for Office Depot and their website told me it was invalid. Now, other people might assume that they just forgot that they’d used…

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