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I wanted to share some BIG News with you!

My 20-page printable money management bundle, Living Richly Budget Printables, will be available at a sliding scale price of $1 – $27 until next Friday, September 5, 2014.

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I’ve made this affordable to everyone so pay what you can, whether it’s $1, $5, $10, or $20 or more. The price is right for a limited time so don’t let price be an obstacle. Every dollar helps. This is how I’m supporting my family so we appreciate your generosity!

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You can read all the budgeting books and articles you want but if you don’t put a plan into action, nothing will change. I urge you to take action, if you don’t have a budgeting system in place.

Next, I need your help:

If you know anyone who would be interested in the Budget Printables, please let them know about it!

Again, they can pay the sliding scale price of $1 – $27 until 9/5/14. I really appreciate it!

Click here to get the Budget Printables.

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For college students, it’s the first time you’re going to be away from the umbrella of your parents. It’s the first time, you’ll be offered a T-shirt or some other cheap “gift” to open your first credit card.

It’s the first time you join a fraternity or sorority to build lifelong friendships. But do you know all the costs involved?

What you do now will affect your financial future later. As corny as it sounds, it’s true.

You might think that you’ll find a great paying job right after college and be able to pay off things. Sometimes that does happen. Most times, especially in this tough economic time, it may be years before you find a well paying full-time job. And you might not even like that job!

Are you going to fall into a money trap and start going into debt or will you be prepared?

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7 Money Traps to Avoid

1. Credit Cards

Many, many years ago, when I was in college, I came across a booth outside of the student union, that was giving away a free T-shirt. I passed this booth several time a day.

And I wanted a free T-shirt. I mean who doesn’t love free T-shirts, even if they don’t fit or you would never wear them. So I did it. I signed up for my first credit card there.

In my mind, I wanted to start a credit history, be responsible, and feel like an adult. I was able to pay off my balance every month because I had a part-time job and it was ingrained in me since I was a child to manage my money carefully.

Unfortunately, this is where lots of people get into trouble. They get their first credit card and spend, spend, spend. And they never look at the statements or keep track of the due dates. Or they don’t have enough money to pay it off in full, which incurs finance charges.

Then they’re screwed, for years. Don’t let this happen to you (or your kid who’s going to college). When you get a credit card, know that it’s not free money. It’s responsibility.

You have to pay in full every month or you lose your 30 day grace period. And once you lose it, it’s very hard to get it back.

Lesson: When you open a credit card, make sure you have a job or income to pay for your purchases. Otherwise, don’t do it!

2. Student Loans

My parents didn’t save up money for me to go to college but luckily, I went to a state university, which was fairly affordable back then. I did have to take out a loan to pay for some of my tuition and books.

I borrowed the least amount that I could get by on. They offer you a lot more though. One of my friends, borrowed more to have extra money. When she graduated, she owed twice the amount that I did.

Even though I didn’t borrow that much, it was still overwhelming to receive loan repayment letters after I graduated. And, it was hard for me to find a full-time job right away.

Even at that amount, I didn’t think I could pay it off in the near future. Finally, I was able to pay it off with part of an inheritance. The enormous burden of owing thousands of dollars was lifted. I know most people owe more than I did but still, it was a heavy burden to carry.

Lesson: Borrow only what you need.

3. Textbooks

When I was in college, the Internet just started becoming popular. I mean I’m talking about getting my first e-mail account at school and dial-up modems. What?

E-mails were in DOS format. And I had to enter command scripts to log into my e-mail.

I had to buy used textbooks from the school bookstore. They were expensive! One friend photocopied all the pages of our textbook so others didn’t have to buy it!

Now you can rent textbooks instead of buying! Check out:

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Lesson: Rent your textbooks.

4. Housing

Since I went to college closeby, it was literally across the street from my high school, I lived at home, rent-free. I didn’t even own a car as I took the bus to school and sometimes biked there for exercise. Hey, I lost so much weight doing that!

According to U.S. News, the average cost of room and board is $15,000! Wow! If you’re in high school, looking at colleges, think about this when you’re choosing a school.

If you live off campus, share a house to split rent. The more people, the lower your rent will be.

I know it’s not an option for many or you might not want to do it, but going to a nearby school and living at home will save the most amount of money. I still loved my college experience and met many wonderful people who are still my friends, while I still lived at home.

Lesson: Save on housing expenses by going to a local college and living at home.

5. Eating and Hanging Out

In college, there are endless opportunities to hang out with new friends. There’s also endless opportunities to spend a lot of money, especially on food and entertainment.

If you share a house or apt, one thing you should do in college is to learn how to cook! It will save you so much money to cook on your own vs. going out. Invite friends to come over instead of going out. Or at least have an eating out budget set. Stuff like this adds up quickly.

If you live in a dorm then you have the meal plan. Stick to the meal plan and limit eating out.

Lesson: Learn how to cook for yourself. You’re an adult now!

6. Drinking

Drinks cost an average of $5 – $20 depending on whether you’re at a bar, restaurant, or club.

I wasn’t much of a drinker in college and I’m still not, which is great because I save a lot of money that way! Not only will it save you money but you will be in control at all times. And that’s important especially if you’re a female.

If you do plan to drink, be responsible. Designate a sober driver and a trusted friend to watch over you if you get drunk.

Lesson: Don’t drink or at least know your limits.

7. Fraternities and Sororities

Part of the college experience is joining a fraternity or sorority. I wasn’t part of one but my best friend was.

When you join, you probably don’t think of the cost of formals, clothes, gifts, and events. Some people spend thousands of dollars. Check out a breakdown at Budgetsaresexy.com.

Lesson: Know the real cost before joining a fraternity or sorority.

What to Do:

1. Get a part-time job.

First things first. If your parents are paying for college, great! But don’t take advantage of them. Now is the time to start an employment history and get real life work experience. It’s even better if you can get a job working in your field.

If you don’t think you have time, then think like this. If you have time to be on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you have time to work at a part-time job.

2. Start a budget.

You need a budget. End of story. If you want to be rich someday, you need to budget.

Budgets help create financial freedom. Budgets help you stay on target and reach your goals.

Start by calculating monthly expenses and things that come a few times a year, like car insurance. You can get started quickly and painlessly with this Monthly Budget Planner, which is part of my Money Management Kit.

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Once you see what’s happening for a few months, you can project what you will spend in future months. When you can plan, then you can starting creating your financial future.

It lists expenses that most people have. There’s also an option to customize your budget.

3. Track expenses.

Tracking expenses is an important part of budgeting. It can be as simple as jotting down daily expenses in a log or a Daily Expense Tracker.

Or save all your receipts and do it once a month. I think this is harder to do and overwhelming.

4. Keep expenses low.

After you start a budget and track expenses, you will start to see where you’re wasting money.

Learn to be frugal. Learn how not to spend money and instead save money.

Again, be mindful that how much you spend in college has a lot to do with your financial freedom after college. Get into debt now and you’ll be in debt after you graduate.

Rack up student loans and credit card debt now and pay for it later – 10 or 20 years later!

5. Start investing NOW.

The one thing I wished someone told me when I was in college was to start investing. Hello! Time is on your side.

Want to be rich one day? Invest your money.

Everything that you invest now, even a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, will grow in your favor. That means you can invest less money than a person 10 – 20 years older than you and still have more money than them when you retire.

 

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Budgeting is hard. You feel like a mess. You feel overwhelmed.

When bills come in the mail, doesn’t it seem like you just paid them already? Wait, it’s already been a month? How did that happen?

You’re paying late fees because you missed the due date by a few days. While your children are fast asleep, you stay awake worried about not having enough money.

You feel stressed out because you don’t know how much money you really have. You have debt but it seems like you’ll never pay it off.

You’ve tried budgeting before but it never worked. You’ve tried budgeting on paper, Excel, and online. But nothing ever worked. Nothing has stuck, not for more than a few months anyway.

You hope things will get better but it never does.

Your financial situation won’t improve if you don’t take control of it. Your situation won’t get better if you do nothing about it.

Stress less, spend less, and feel more in control of your money and your life when you see your money clearly. 

When you write things down, something magical happens. You become more aware of what’s going on. You spend less.

When you set specific financial goals, you’re more likely to stick to your budget.

My story:

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I used to feel overwhelmed with my finances. Every month, there were so many bills to pay and I always lost track of when I paid them and when they were due. It was super stressful 

I was really overwhelmed by everything. On top of taking care of my family and managing this blog, I felt like I didn’t have time for budgeting.

Then I decided to do something about it, once and for all. I wanted to take control of money instead of it controlling me. So I created these Budget Printables – something super cute to keep me motivated but also easy to use.

I felt like tracking daily expenses was a pain so I made it easier. I created a worksheet that has dates and expenses already filled out. So all I have to do is fill in a number, the amount I spent that day. It can be done in 10 seconds.

It only takes 10 seconds a day to manage my expenses, our expenses. My husband is doing it now too. OMG! This is such a transformation for him and for us.

Now we are both aware of what we spend on a day-to-day basis and because of it, we spend less. Because we have to report it on the Daily Expense Tracker, it keeps our spending in check.

And our bills, I write them down in the Bill Pay Tracker once and I’m done. For bills that come a few times a year, I track them in the Non-Monthly Bills Tracker. Now I know when each bill is due so I don’t freak out about it anymore. I don’t feel surprised by bills anymore. 

I feel more in control of my money and not as stressed anymore. There’s something about writing things down that subconsciously works with your brain, making you more aware of things.

- Fanny Seto, Editor-Chief, Living Richly on a Budget

When you buy Living Richly Budget Printables, you’re getting a system that will save you money and time and help you stress less.

  • Feel in control of your money. No more worrying if bills have been paid because you’ll know. Have a definitive timeline on when your debt will be paid off.
  • See everything all in one place. See what’s going on with your money.
  • Stress less, spend less, and feel more in control of your money and your life when you see your money clearly. 

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What I’ve got for you:

  • A 20-page printable bundle with 16 productive worksheets to help you organize your finances once and for all.
  • This includes a cover page (for your binder) and a quick guide to help you get started.
  • The worksheets are beautifully designed to match and go together, either in a binder or folder.
  • All of the worksheets are printable. Print as many times as you want!

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Benefits:

  • Take the stress out of finances when you know where your money is going.
  • Save money by keeping track of when bills are due so you can pay them on time and avoid late fees.
  • Make better informed, buying decisions when you know what is happening to your money.
  • Have more fun with budgeting and handling your finances with these cute printables!
  • Attack your debt with the Debt Eraser Tracker. Keep track of your payments and watch the amount go smaller and smaller.
  • Set financial goals and track them. This is key to sticking to a budget.
  • Brainstorm what expenses you need to cut or how you will earn extra income.
  • Finally get organized and put all of your money stuff all in one place.

What’s included:

1. Cover
2. Getting Started Guide (3 pgs)
3. Monthly Budget Planner
4. Monthly Budget Planner with Categories
5. Monthly Budget Planner Blank Template
6. Daily Spending Log (Days 1 – 15)
7. Daily Spending Log (Days 16 – 31)
8. Daily Spending Log (Days 1 – 15) Blank Template
9. Daily Spending Log (Days 16 – 31) Blank Template
10. Bill Pay Checklist
11. Non-Monthly Bills Checklist
12. Debt Eraser Tracker (Jan-Jun)
13. Debt Eraser Tracker (Jul-Dec) 
14. Financial Goal Setting
15. Achieving Goals Worksheet
16. Income Brainstorming Worksheet
17. Checkbook Register
18. Credit Card Tracker (Bonus)

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No more excuses! Start managing your money better right now!
Buy now for $1 – $27. Pay what you can afford.
(Sliding scale price ends at 11:59pm PT on 9/5/14)
Every dollar makes a difference. Thanks!

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1. Cover
Use this cover as the cover for a binder, to create your new budget binder.

2. Getting Started Guide
This quick guide explains how to use each worksheet.

3. Monthly Budget Planner
Use this to create a budget quickly. Categories and subcategories are already created here for you so you can jump in and get started right away.

4. Monthly Budget Planner with Categories
Categories are already created here for you. Just fill in your custom subcategories.

5. Monthly Budget Planner Blank Template
If you want to customize your budget and add your own categories and expenses, use this template.

6. Daily Spending Log (Days 1 – 15)
7. Daily Spending Log (Days 16 – 31)
Keep track of daily expenses will save you money.
You will become more conscious about how you’re spending money when you have to write it down, thus saving you money.

With this easy-to-use daily spending log. This can be done in 10 seconds a day. How easy is that?

The dates and budget categories are already filled in and correspond with the Monthly Budget Planner. Simply enter the amount you spent in the relevant category. Days 1 – 15 and Days 16 – 31 are on separate sheets.

8. Daily Spending Log (Days 1 – 15) Blank Template
9. Daily Spending Log (Days 16 – 31) Blank Template
Want to use your own categories for spending? Customize the Daily Spending Log with these blank templates.

10. Bill Pay Checklist
Never feel surprised by a bill again. Enter your monthly bills here only once for the entire year!

Post it on the wall or use to to add the dates to your calendar to remind yourself when each bill is due. Then check off each bill when you pay it each month.

11. Non-Monthly Bills Checklist
Bills that come a few times a year always seem to sneak up on us. Use this to track bills that come every other month, a few times a year, or once a year like car insurance, car registration, property taxes, etc.

12. Debt Eraser Tracker (Jan-Jun)
13. Debt Eraser Tracker (Jul-Dec)
Use this to stay motivated when paying off debt. Track your debt payments here and watch them snowball down to smaller amounts. Then reward yourself for each debt paid off.

14. Financial Goal Setting
Want to build an emergency fund, save up for a computer, or for holiday gifts? This worksheet will help you track goals that are less than 6 months long and ones that will take a year or more to achieve.

15. Achieving Goals Worksheet
Once you’ve set your financial goals, track them with the Achieving Goals Worksheet. Automate your savings from your paycheck, if you can, and watch the savings grow.

16. Income Brainstorming Worksheet
When your expenses exceed your income, you need to either cut expenses or earn extra income to connect the gap. Use this worksheet to brainstorm ideas. Follow through by cutting expenses or make progress towards earning extra income. Then reward yourself when you reach your goal.

17. Checkbook Register
Use this beautifully designed checkbook register to manage your checking accounts.

18. Credit Card Tracker (Bonus)
This worksheet is helpful for keeping track of credit card login info, especially if you have several credit cards.

No more excuses! Start managing your money better right now!
Buy now for $1 – $27.
Pay what you can afford.
(Sliding scale price ends at 11:59pm PT on 9/5/14)
Every dollar makes a difference. Thanks!

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FAQ

Why are you charging for these printables?

Actually, these printables will save you money in the long run. You won’t find this printable bundle anywhere else.

I poured my heart and soul into these worksheets. I wanted to create a quality product that will help YOU.

This is what I do full-time and how I support my family. That’s why I’m charging.

Why should I buy this?

These are printables are unlike any other. You won’t find another bundle with all of these amazing worksheets all in one place. And, you get options.

  • 3 budget worksheets to choose from. Find the one that fits your needs.
  • Daily Spending Log (track daily expenses quickly and easily) and corresponds with the Monthly Budget Planner, with the option of a worksheet with prefilled categories or one that you customize with your own categories
  • Non-Monthly Bills Checklist (track bills that come every other month of a few times a year so you’ll be prepared)
  • Financial Goal Setting – set financial goals
  • Achieving Goals Worksheet – get an overview of how you’ll save for you goals
  • Income Brainstorming Worksheet (exclusive worksheet not found elsewhere) – brainstorm what expenses you can cut

What if I can’t afford it?

Pay what you can afford, from $1 – $27. Every dollar helps. Thanks so much!

I already budget with Excel or Mint. Why do I need this?

Even if you already budget in digital format, you’ll still find these worksheets helpful for tracking bills that are due each month and ones that occur a few times a year. Excel and Mint don’t have an easy way to track all of your upcoming bills in one place.

Plus, there’s something about writing things down with pen and paper vs. entering or looking at them on the computer.

Isn’t everything online nowadays? Why do I need printables?

Printables can be printed to be posted on the fridge, the wall, your desk, or anywhere to remind yourself to stay on target and on budget. Printables are easier and quicker to access without having to turn on the computer.

Is my payment secure?

Yes! Payment is handled through a payment processor, Gumroad, who uses SSL security.

No more excuses! Start managing your money better right now!
Buy now for $1 – $27.
Pay what you can afford.
(Sliding scale price ends at 11:59pm PT on 9/5/14)
Every dollar makes a difference. Thanks!

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Please Note: This is a digital product. You will not receive anything physical in the mail.

 

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Over the past month, there have been a lot of changes to my blog and in my life. If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you may notice my new blog design, free printables, and the Living Richly Budget Printables.

It’s all because I have been working with Sage of SageGrayson.com. She is a life editor and my amazing life coach.

I never thought of working with a life coach but this was exactly what I needed. Someone to help me focus on breaking big goals down to bite size chunks.

I am way more productive now in less time. In 2 weeks, I redesigned my free printables and redesigned this website. Then in 3 weeks, I created my new printables.

Read the interview here >>

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10 Ways Millionaires Think Differently http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/rich-people-think-vs-poor http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/rich-people-think-vs-poor#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:33:55 +0000 http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/?p=14831 I came across this book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker, and was blown away. It illustrates the differences of thinking of rich people vs. the not-so-rich. These are generalizations because this doesn’t represent all lower income people. But still, it’s interesting to see how the mindsets are completely opposite. If we […] Read more...

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I came across this book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker, and was blown away. It illustrates the differences of thinking of rich people vs. the not-so-rich.

These are generalizations because this doesn’t represent all lower income people. But still, it’s interesting to see how the mindsets are completely opposite.

If we replace the rich people phrase with Donald Trump, we can see how these statements reflect on him. After wavering through 4 corporate bankruptcies, he emerged richer than before.

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There is something about having a positive, creative mindset. These are some of the principles from the book.

1. Rich people believe “I create my life.” Poor people believe, “Life happens to me.”

2. Rich people think big. Poor people think small.

3. Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on obstacles.

4. Rich people admire other rich and successful people. Poor people resent rich and successful people.

5. Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to get paid based on time.

6. Rich people focus on their net worth. Poor people focus on their working income.

7. Rich people manage their money well. Poor people mismanage their money well.

8. Rich people have their money work hard for them. Poor people work hard for their money.

9. Rich people act in spite of fear. Poor people let fear stop them.

10. Rich people constantly learn and grow. Poor people think they already know.

What do you think? Do you think like a millionaire?

 

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Do you have old, deactivated cell phones lying around? What can you do with them besides sell them?

How about turning them into a working phone and texting options, for no cost? This could be your new “landline” phone.

My husband has been doing this for years. He found an app called Talkatone, that will turn your old Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a working phone. And they even give you a free, local phone number!

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Here’s what you get:

  • Free phone number
  • Free texting
  • Free incoming calls
  • Up to 20 minutes of outbound calls, free. Add 60 minutes for $.99.

What’s the catch?

  • You need to be on WIFI for this to work. This is a VOIP (Voice Over IP) service.
  • There are Ads. You can pay a small fee to remove them.
  • Voice quality is not the greatest.

Scenarios to use this for:

Replace your landline. Of course, there are some situations when it’s great to have a landline, like in an emergency situation. It’s great to not have to search for a cell phone when you have to make an emergency call quickly. Landlines are attached to a cord so there always in the same spot and are easy to access.

Business line. This is a great option for an inexpensive business line. Check the voice quality first.

Traveling overseas. If you’re traveling overseas, assuming you have a Talkatone U.S. number, call or text any U.S. number free over WIFI (within your 20 free credits for outbound calls). Avoid the roaming and international call fees.

What do you use for your phone service? Do you use Talkatone or another service?

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Over the past few weeks, I have been working hard on some things. First, this site got a new face lift (a good one).

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2. Weekly Menu Planner

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25 Things Worth Buying at Dollar Tree http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/25-things-worth-buying-at-dollar-tree http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/25-things-worth-buying-at-dollar-tree#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:03:15 +0000 http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/?p=14730 Dollar Tree is a fun place to shop. You can get a lot for not much money. If you go at the right time, you can score awesome deals. For instance, late January and early February is a good time to get those kid’s Valentine’s Day cards. Go a few days before Valentine’s Day and they’ll be sold out. And August […] Read more...

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Dollar Tree is a fun place to shop. You can get a lot for not much money.

If you go at the right time, you can score awesome deals. For instance, late January and early February is a good time to get those kid’s Valentine’s Day cards.

Go a few days before Valentine’s Day and they’ll be sold out. And August is the prime time to stock up on back-to-school supplies and calendars.

For seasonal items, the key is to go weeks before the new season or before a holiday to find the best selection. The only thing that I don’t buy here is food but that’s my personal preference.

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25 Things Worth Buying at Dollar Tree

1. Cards

At Dollar Tree, cards are 2 for $1. You can beat that price anywhere! These cards are the same brands and quality that you’d find in a card store or drugstore.

2. Balloons

Mylar balloons, the ones that last for weeks, are totally worth buying here. Any other place will charge $2 or more for a balloon.

3. Gift Bags

We always go to Dollar Tree for their wide assortment of gift bags. They cost $5 – $10 elsewhere so we don’t even think about going anywhere else.

4. Calendars (available in August)

When I found calendars at Dollar Tree, I felt like I scored big time! I used to spend $10 – $20 on a calendar. Now I just pay a $1!

Plus, they have the month-to-month planning calendars that usually cost $4 or more at the office supply store.

5. Children’s Toothbrushes

My daughter chews through her toothbrushes pretty quickly, like every month. I love that I can get her toothbrushes 2 for $1.

6. Hair Accessories

Hair clips and hair ties tend to get lost around the house. The hair ties are the same quality as the ones at the drugstore. The hair clips might not be the same quality, but they still work for us.

7. Back to School Supplies

120 page, 3 subject notebooks and composition books are a great buy in August. Although Walmart may have a lower price during their back-to-school sale, they are 1 subject notebooks.

Notebooks at Dollar Tree are still cheaper than the drugstore.

8. Cleaning Supplies

Where else can you find brooms, buckets, bleach for $1?

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9. Storage Containers

Dollar Tree always has different kinds of storage containers in various colors.

10. Holiday Decorations

I love, love Dollar Tree for holiday decorations. I have found the cutest things for Christmas and Halloween.

11. Seasonal Items

In May, my daughter and I got sand toys, a bubble set, and kid’s sunglasses. They also had hoola hoops, flip flips, and pool noodles. I try to go early in the season to grab the best selection as they tend to sell out quickly.

12. Party Decorations

Dollar Tree has a huge party decoration aisle. You can find different themed napkins, paper plates, and invitations here.

13. Coloring Books

I always browse the selection of coloring books on my visits to Dollar Tree. Last time, they had Hello Kitty.

14. Teacher Supplies

I’m sure teachers know about Dollar Tree. But I had no idea that there were so many teaching items available. The alphabet and numbers set are great for teaching my daughter.

15. Overstock Books

On every visit, I make sure to check the books. One time I found the perfect hardcover book for my in-laws.

16. Mugs

There’s no reason to spend more than $1 on a mug.

17. Mailing supplies

Manila envelopes, padded envelopes, and mailing envelopes are worth buying at Dollar Tree.

18. Straws

My daughter goes through drinking straws pretty fast. And 180-ct for $1 is a good deal.

19. Stickers

This is the only place I go for stickers. I love the selection of characters as well.

20. Foam Boards

For art projects, you can find good sized foam core at Dollar Tree.

21. Kid’s Cold Packs

They have the cutest shaped cold compresses for kids.

22. Pregnancy Tests

These basic pregnancy tests work just as well as the more expensive electronic ones.

23. Gift Wrap

Dollar Tree has a great selection of gift wrap.

24. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

These cleaning cloths work well for cleaning glasses or dusting monitors.

25. Stocking Stuffers

Lastly, Dollar Tree is THE place to go for stocking stuffers and small gift baskets.

What are your Dollar Tree favorites?

 

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10 Things You May Not Know About Me http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/10-thing-may-know http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/10-thing-may-know#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:29:08 +0000 http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/?p=14616 If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you’ve probably noticed some subtle changes. I am only posting once a week so that I have more time to work on other projects. Gone are the sponsored posts and promotional posts. This is not a coupon blog anymore. In its place, the focus will be on […] Read more...

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If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you’ve probably noticed some subtle changes.

I am only posting once a week so that I have more time to work on other projects.

Gone are the sponsored posts and promotional posts.

This is not a coupon blog anymore.

In its place, the focus will be on more meaningful, thoughtful posts that will help you save money, make money, and make the most of what you have.

Goodbye to the old blog and hello to the new. As I refocus, I want to reintroduce myself to you.
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10 Things You May Not Know About Me

1. I’m a huge UFC fan. It’s probably the only sport I follow. I like the strategy and skill involved. With the inclusion of women now for title fights, it makes it more exciting to watch! I want to see a live fight one day.

2. I play guitar and ukulele. And, I got to meet my guitar and ukulele idols – Lisa Loeb and Jake Shimabukuro, respectively. Wow!

3. I need to sleep at least 9 hours a day to feel well rested. I wish I could get away with less.

4. After my daughter was born, I developed multiple severe food allergies. And I had just moved to a new city. It was an isolating and difficult time because I was afraid to eat out or let someone else prepare my food. The good news is, I found a way to get better. Now I can eat everything again but I don’t feel the same way about food anymore. This experience inspired me to write 2 books – Eating Organic on a Budget and Eating Gluten-Free on a Budget. ukulele 5. For almost a year, I didn’t eat sugar, wheat, dairy, or fruit. It was part of the strict diet that helped me heal from food allergies.

6. My degree is in Radio and TV Broadcasting. And yes, it’s a real major.

7. I was a wedding videographer for 5 years.

8. I am gluten-free and dairy-free most of the time.

9. It annoys me when people complain about their situation but don’t do anything to improve it.

10. I am passionate about all things related to natural health and holistic healing. Acupuncture, chiropractic work, and nutrition response testing helped me overcome a lot.

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101 Free or Low Cost Things to Do with Your Kids This Summer http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/free-things-to-do-with-kids http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/free-things-to-do-with-kids#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:41:18 +0000 http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/?p=14280 Summer is here! Are you looking for free things to do with your kids? How will you keep them entertained? Before the days of the Internet, we did lots of low-tech activities. I certainly built a fort, had a scavenger hunt, and made home movies. Share these with your kids to build fun memories. Unplug and enjoy. Check out my […] Read more...

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Summer is here! Are you looking for free things to do with your kids?

How will you keep them entertained? Before the days of the Internet, we did lots of low-tech activities.

I certainly built a fort, had a scavenger hunt, and made home movies. Share these with your kids to build fun memories.

Unplug and enjoy. Check out my list of free or cheap things to do with your kids to have fun.

101 things to do with your kids this summer

  1. Go to a museum or aquarium. Check your local library for free passes.
  2. Make a rubber band guitar.
  3. Build a fort.
  4. Bake cookies.
  5. Make popsicles.
  6. Play board games.
  7. Fly a kite.
  8. Make your own play kitchen.
  9. Write stories.
  10. Create your own newspaper or magazine.
  11. Make cartoon flipbooks.
  12. Have a picnic.
  13. Build sandcastles at the beach.
  14. Ride bikes.
  15. Have a scavenger hunt.
  16. Plant a garden.
  17. Make your own movie with your phone camera or video camera and edit on computer.
  18. Camp in the yard.
  19. Build the longest flying paper airplane.
  20. Make a sailboat out of a laundry basket.
  21. Make a comic book.
  22. Put together a scrapbook.
  23. Make homemade cards with rubber stamps.
  24. Visit the library and get free books from the Summer Reading Program.
  25. Check Groupon for deals on kid’s activities.
  26. Get a discounted family membership to a theme park, aquarium, or zoo with a Groupon.
  27. Have a dance party.
  28. Go to a park with a water play feature.
  29. Visit the pet store.
  30. Watch a movie on DVD and make popcorn.
  31. Build a cardboard castle.
  32. Visit friends or family.
  33. Play hide-and-seek.
  34. Attend a free workshop.
  35. Visit a construction site.
  36. Go bowling (kids bowl free).
  37. Visit a farm.
  38. Visit the zoo.
  39. Learn magic tricks.
  40. Make ice cream or frozen yogurt.
  41. Ride a train or bus.
  42. Write letters and mail them.
  43. Make a care package for a soldier.
  44. Make your own indoor ball pit.
  45. Make your own pizza.
  46. Brew ice tea.
  47. Play frisbee.
  48. Make s’mores.
  49. Pitch a tent in the living room and “camp” indoors.
  50. Go to story time or movie events at the library.
  51. Teach the kids to play chess.
  52. Finger paint.
  53. Catch bugs.
  54. Make your own playdough.
  55. Bake a cake or cupcakes and decorate.
  56. Build a volcano with clay, baking soda, and vinegar.
  57. Have a tea party.
  58. Feed the birds.
  59. Go fruit picking.
  60. Play card games.
  61. Make a Chinese rubber band rope and play Chinese jump rope.
  62. Play Jacob’s ladder with just a string.
  63. Make a paper fortune teller.
  64. Make a paper ninja star.
  65. Make an origami dollar ring.
  66. Make an origami dollar shirt.
  67. Play Jianzi or Chinese Hacky Sack.
  68. Make tissue paper flowers.
  69. Play the Asian bean bag toss game (Otedama), similar to jacks, and sew your own bean bags filled with rice.
  70. Create paper plate masks.
  71. Make paper dolls and clothes using these free printable templates.
  72. Play store with paper money printables.
  73. Make shadow box puppets (printables for Bambi with background).
  74. Pick flowers and make a necklace.
  75. Learn simple secret codes.
  76. Make paper boats and float them in water.
  77. Make your own ballerina tutu (no sewing needed).
  78. Play with stacking cups.
  79. Ripping magazines, great for toddlers.
  80. Play Mancala with an empty egg carton and beans.
  81. Make a sand castle out of cornmeal dough.
  82. Put together a sensory box.
  83. Make balloon animals.
  84. Make cardboard trains or cars.
  85. Make a cardboard play house.
  86. Make a cardboard pinball machine.
  87. Make a cardboard dollhouse.
  88. Make a cardboard aquarium.
  89. Make a cardboard pirate ship.
  90. Make a straw flute.
  91. Make a coffee can drum.
  92. Create your own sandbox.
  93. Use sidewalk chalk to draw a racetrack or hopscotch layout.
  94. Make a marble launch with a pool noodle.
  95. Make Star Wars light sabers out of pool noodles!
  96. Make Lincoln Logs out of toilet paper rolls.
  97. Play frisbee golf with laundry baskets.
  98. Make frisbees out of paper plates.
  99. Make a marble maze out of drinking straws and a shoebox lid.
  100. Have a spy training day.
  101. Make giant bubbles.

I’ve done more than half of these as a child. Which one is your favorite?

 

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