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10 Food Staples To Buy When You’re Broke : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Aug 15-21

BUILD YOUR PANTRY LIKE YOU WOULD YOUR WARDROBE   Instead of saying, “I am broke” look at what you can do to change that and create an action plan. It may sound like boring financial advice but I can tell you that if you have no interest in making changes you will always have a negative mindset. Guess what? No one cares. That’s right although people may feel sorry for you and some people will help you out they are likely fighting their own battles, have fought them or just don’t want to deal with someone else’s problems. Where does that leave you? At the mercy of yourself because you CAN make changes if you want to. You CAN get out of debt if you want to. You CAN live the life you dream of BUT not if you’re going to sit there and complain about why it isn’t happening, why it won’t happen, why it can’t happen and you continue to make excuses for yourself. Forget about everyone else and focus on YOU!   The Broke Pantry   Most people I run into want to know either how to start saving money or how to survive when they are […]

How a recent car accident opened my eyes

CAR CRASHES CHANGE YOUR LIFE   I was reading statistics on car accidents recently that says most drivers will be involved in at least 2 car accidents throughout their lifetime.   At the age of 31 I now fall into this statistic, being involved in my second car accident just a couple weeks ago now. I am hoping it will be the last. Being an experienced driver with over 14 years on the road neither of the car accidents I was involved in was I behind the wheel. I was the passenger both times and that has changed the way I feel about being a passenger. Read on. My first car crash was when I was 15 and was unavoidable. What happened was that some local livestock got loose from a farm and the dark country roads made for a crummy ending to my mother’s and my day. The most recent car accident I was involved in could have been avoided and was caused due to inexperience and panicking due to poor road conditions. Both car accidents have left me a cautious driver behind the wheel but the lack of control being a passenger in a vehicle has left me […]

How I Changed My Life- I Won The Debt, Divorce, Drugs and Drinking Jackpot!

I won the debt, divorce, drinking and drugs jackpot because I wanted to take back what I gave away, me. My name is Cindy and in 2008, I decided to change my life and today I’m going to share with you my most compelling years in hopes of motivating others who believe there is no way out. I went from a single mom of 2 boys with a drug and alcohol addiction with no job and $10,000 in debt to debt free in less than 5 years. How I Changed My Life It all started when I was in a toxic relationship while living in the Southern United States. I quickly became addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs and driven into a life that seemed like it had no end in sight. We had every earthly possession that two people could want and a thriving real estate business, but it was never enough. We were toxic for each other. I didn’t have the strength or self-esteem to break away. He told me over and over I would never make it on my own. I felt trapped yet I kept telling myself I need to change my life. I needed a quick escape of the life […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge #2 April 8-14, 2013~Tracking Grocery Expenses

We’ve talked in the past about tracking grocery expenses in order to help cut expenses and stay true to your monthly grocery budget. The average household grocery budget is likely to accumulate more in unplanned products in the shopping cart unless they have a list of groceries and a plan of action. When we started to track grocery spending seriously, I’m not talking when we felt like it, I mean every week, things started to change for us. What we thought were grocery savings actually ended up costing us more in the long run and that’s when things needed to change. No, we don’t use a fancy grocery tracking app, nor do we think it should take hours to know how much money groceries cost us each week. The Grocery Game Challenge essentially is the simplest grocery expense tracker around and we are growing each week with more fans joining in on the action. The more we learn about grocery bills and how they affect our overall budget the more we want to improve the grocery game. Many fans have sent in their suggestions and we have implemented them as we go along. The grocery game is a work in […]

How I Turned My Passion and Skills Into Making Extra Money

  HARD WORK AND DEDICATION REALLY DO PAY OFF   My friends always ask me how I make extra money and I tell them I took what I do best and turned it into cash! Up until 4 years ago, working a full-time job was as easy as getting up, going to work, coming home and collecting my pay-check. Then I had my son, which made things a little more difficult, 19 months later my daughter joined our family, followed 4 months later by a divorce. Not so easy anymore……Many nights I laid awake thinking “how can I do this all on my own?” How can I make extra money so that the kids can do things like swimming lessons and soccer? I could not wrap my head around how I could go back to work full-time. I have over ten years experience in the landscaping industry, but now I have a life that makes that job impossible. I have always enjoyed working so I decided I would look for a part-time job instead.   Part-Time Job   I found the perfect part-time job while viewing an online posting board. No experience needed!! I got that job and for two years now […]

How I Support My Family On One Income

This is a Guest Post written by Tanya a fan who wanted to share her story about how she supports her family on one income in hopes to inspire others. Tanya’s Story: I live in Prince Edward Island with my two young children. Money wasn’t always streaming in to my bank account, but we were able to get by. The bills were being paid, we had just bought a house and we were comfortable. When I was pregnant with my second child, I ended up being put on sick leave. With my pay gone and my sick benefits nowhere in site yet, things started to get tight. With only my husband’s salary to go on, one child in full-time day care (I was on bed rest) and another child on the way, the bills started to add up. We started using my credit cards to cover the extra expenses, always saying we would pay them off as soon as possible, but the balances started to add up.It didn’t help that my husband refused to even try a budget – if he wanted to eat out, he did; if there was a movie he wanted to rent, he rented it. By the time […]

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