Month: December 2016

Blog Resolutions and Action Plan- 2017

 

Looking forward to that bookmark of the New Year and making resolutions? It feels like a weight has been lifted and a fresh clean slate is readily waiting.

I’m excited about what the New Year has entail for me and my family and I’m wishing you all the best, my friends!

Blog resolutions - 2017
Blog resolutions – 2017

As it is the norm to set personal New Year’s resolutions, it is also important for me to set some blog resolutions as well! I haven’t always been a fan of resolutions because I believe, if you want to do something, you should just do it! However, I do get it.  It just feels good to have a deadline to start anew and try to do things differently in the new year.

I’m a planner by nature and having something written helps me drive my car into the right direction. I’ll be driving towards success this year (I hope:-). So come along with me for the ride!

I’m hoping to improve my blog and learn as much as I can in 2017. So without further adieu… drum roll please… here is what to look for in my iheartfrugal.com blog in 2017!

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10 Awesome Ways to Reuse Christmas Cards

Wondering what to do with all of those small little burst of Christmas joy you received in the mail this year? Christmas cards are such an old, fun tradition and they make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Opening up Christmas cards is the start of the Holiday Season for most! Pretty glitter, cute pictures, Holiday scenes…It is no wonder we rip open the envelope immediately upon receipt.

Reuse old Christmas cards
Reuse old Christmas cards

Nonetheless, I was raised not waste.  I often wonder what other people do with the cute pictures I spent tons of time on. You know, all the fun of picking out cute outfits, getting pictures, typing or writing address labels. Not to mention, these sweet little well wishes cost money?

Don’t get me wrong. I love this thoughtful tradition as much as the next. With that being said, I have to admit, I have a hard time throwing away Christmas cards. It could be my sentimental side… People took time out of their busy lives to send me and my family a special Holiday note. What a great way to say you care.

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20 Free and Frugal Workout Ideas

Anyone looking to workout in the New Year but an expensive gym membership isn’t in your New Year, New Budget plan?  Of course, most of us have the best intentions to get into shape and stay healthy in the New Year. For this reason, good results can come from hiring a personal trainer and hitting the gym 3-4 times a week, right?

Free & Frugal Workout Ideas
Free & Frugal Workout Ideas – Get in shape this New Year!

No doubt, it is discouraging that a good workout has to cost so much. All things considered, paying $50 for a gym membership and an extra $20 for classes or a trainer is too much for the average person.

You may be thinking… I have to pay in order to stay healthy and do something I don’t necessarily look forward to doing?  I’d rather just hang out and watch a movie! (Yep – That’s me!)

Staying Healthy on a Dime

Moreover, since I think health is a top priority, I had to figure out a solution.  Can you work out and stay on track with your budget? Of course! Where there is a will, there is a way!

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Easy Budget 2020 – New Year, New Budget

Easy Budget 2020 – New Year, New Budget

Easy Budget with Simple Budget Categories - Learn how to budget better and get control of your finances! #savemoney #budgets #budgeting #personalfinance #moneytips
Easy Budget with Simple Budget Categories

Ahhh… The New Year is upon us.  Many look at the New Year as a time of reflection. A time to reevaluate what is working in our daily lives and what needs a facelift.  Yet, in all the Holiday hustle and bustle, we forget to reevaluate one important thing…our budget.

After the Holidays, many are left with mounds of credit card debt and are left thinking, “Now what?” Where are the funds to cover the debt. or pay bills?

Moving forward, it is best to enter the New Year with a fresh outlook on your budget, among all the other resolutions that come to mind. Furthermore, you are reading this post, so you are making a step in the right direction.

As you plan out your resolutions, keep your budget as a top priority! Staying within your budget in 2019 will help everything else fall into place like a key into a lock. With a few simple budget calculations, this will be a great year for all of us, my friends!

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Gift Guide for the Lady in Your Life

Gift Guide for the Lady in Your Life

Gift Guide for the Lady in your Life
Gift Guide for the Lady in your Life

Do you still need to do your Christmas shopping? Wondering what to get the lady in your life? Sometimes the people closest to us are the hardest to shop for.

It takes time to search the Internet or brave the mall to pick out a gift for your girl! Instead of using your weekend to shop, take some pointers from my gift guide below and you will have a happy momma this year!

No worries if you are a last minute shopper. These gifts are all found on Amazon which offers two-day shipping. This is a great time to sign up for that free trial of Amazon prime if you are not a member. You will get free two-day shipping and will have a no hassle Holiday. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

So if you don’t want to brave the retail lines this week, shopping online is still a great option. I’ve compiled a list of gifts for you that are budget-friendly and a one-stop shop… Amazon!  There is still time to shop all these gifts listed below and you will receive them by Christmas.


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Frugal Living Blog – Why I Started Mine

Why I Started A Frugal Living Blog – My Story

Reading through my posts, it occurred to me that I haven’t given you, my readers, much information as to why I chose to start a blog.  I’ve been posting my recipes, deals, and tips, but before I go on… Let me tell you a bit more about myself!!

Why I Started a Blog!
Why I Started a Blog!

Since I was young, I have always had an interest in writing.  I aspire to write a book one day. (As I continue to research about blogging, I’m finding it is possible with an e-book). I know I am not the best writer out there, but I enjoy it, so that is good enough for me – and hopefully you too 😀.

I have also enjoyed writing in journals throughout the last few decades of my life. Writing is so therapeutic and relaxing.  It feels good to put those words on paper!

Life as a Mom

Fast forward, I am now a former special education teacher turned homemaker! Yet, I really never dreamed of being a stay-at-home mom.  I used to tell my mom that I would go back to work when I had the baby, no problem. She advised me I would change my mind once I saw my baby… And once again, mother knows best.

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