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A Millenial Housewife keeping Things Easy in a Budget

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A Millenial Housewife keeping Things Easy in a Budget

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    BOB Books Reading Levels (NEW Lexile levels)

    bob books beginning readers set 1 & 2 Level Our family is using bob books photo books to help our daughter learn to read.  After finishing Set 1, I thought I’d like to flip through our children’s book library to find some other books that she would be able to tackle next.  I found that […] More

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    Use Toothpaste to Remove Cell Phone Screen Scratches?

    Remove scratches from plastic screen So, I knew that I’d be opening a can of worms when I started posting videos to YouTube.  One of the unforeseen consequences has been watching a lot of videos and getting crazy ideas that I would never come up with on my own. Case in point: smearing toothpaste on […] More

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    How to Fold a Fitted Sheet (queen)

    How fold fitted sheet The last time I folded a fitted sheet in front of someone I heard “Wow!  Right there!  What was that trick?”  So, I decided to make a video about how to fold a fitted sheet The same as you now, it was a mystery for me once too. I couldn’t do […] More

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    5 Things We Learned Becoming Airbnb Hosts

    Airbnb host experiences :5 things we learn! 5 Things We Learned Becoming Airbnb Hosts One month ago we started hosting guests in our upstairs apartment on Airbnb. We already had an extra bed and TV, so all we’d need would be a couch and maybe a table.  We thought it would be an easy way […] More

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    Real Estate Is Exhausting

    Almost three months ago, I asked the question: “Is Family Worth $400,000?” After an hour of discussions and spreadsheet preparation, today I can say that the answer for us is “absolutely”. We will be moving into our new super expensive house in less than two weeks.  This will be a huge change for our family […] More

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    Spending the Long Weekend at Home

    Holidays are a wonderful time to spend with the people you love.  They are also a time filled with traditions and expectations.  I love celebrating my favourite traditions every year and creating new traditions for our family (that’s why I opted for Bilbo, the Engagement Cat instead of a diamond). Traditionally we would travel on […] More

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    Selling on Etsy: Getting Past the Learning Curve

    I was pleasantly surprised when I logged into Etsy on the weekend and noticed that I had a pile of free listings. After a minute I realized that it meant that a few of you have found my referral links down at the bottom of my page and used them to start your own store! […] More

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    7 Free Indoor Places to Take your Toddler

    Free places for kids to play indoors Keeping kids entertained can be tough when the weather keeps you inside.   Today is Family Day in Ontario, so we’re enjoying Daddy having the day off.  The temperature is going up to a high of -23C with the wind chill, so even though I’d like to go sledding, […] More

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    Signup for SwagBucks to Make Money Online

    WARNING The following is an unveiled attempt to get you to sign up for Swagbucks with my referral link.  Other than being a user, I am not connected with Swagbucks in any way.  I have received no compensation for this post.  But, if you sign up for Swagbucks using my “Refer Friends” link, I will […] More

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    2015 Budget for a Family with a Toddler

    Personally I love budgets.  I love planning.  I love math.  I love setting little challenges for our family and tracking our success. Maybe you’re one of those baffling to me people who live without a budget. Some people are so good with the money that they can manage their spending without one.  Some people just […] More

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    January No Eating Out Challenge

    I’ve mentioned a few times that if we don’t stick to our budget then we’ll just eat out all the time.  It’s our weakness.  We always come back to eating out. I know cooking everything from scratch is cheaper and healthier and I’m jealous of you readers that can get ‘er done day after day. […] More

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    You Have to be Pretty Cheap to Cut Your Own Hair

    You Have to be Pretty Cheap to Cut Your Own Hair In order for the Simple Cheap Faamily to live on half of a single income, we’ve in sourced many services that we might have paid money for in the past.   In the Simple Cheap Household, we cut our hair at home.  I cut Simple […] More

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    5 Reasons To Consider Paying Off Your Mortgage

    Much of personal finance is common sense.  We know we should spend less than we make.  We know we should avoid credit card debts. But there are some choices that we needa to make that aren’t so clear.  Whether to use extra money to pay off your mortgage or to invest in one of those […] More

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    50% Savings Rate Challenge Accepted

    One of the questions I’ve asked myself since starting this site is how much of our personal finances I’m prepared to share with the world.  Does it actually add to the conversation if I share our budget, incomes, spending, debt levels, and net worth? One of the financial goals that I have decided to share […] More

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    Early Christmas Presents for Simple Cheap Mom

    A couple weeks ago I posted five frugal gifts that were on my Christmas wish list. Well, Christmas has come early for me and in a very cheap kind of way. My last post on whether to pay off your mortgage or invest was a bit heavy, so I’m hoping this one will lighten the […] More

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    How To Cut Your Own Hair

    How to cut own hair ( how to trim your hair ) It’s pretty standard for frugal guys to buzz their own hair.  A set of hair clippers can be as cheap as just one haircut. I’ve noticed something recently.  I’ll read an article about how to cut hair yourself and then there will be […] More

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    Wait, Why Don’t You Have a Will?

    Many people put off important grown up things like getting a will. If you know that you need a will, but haven’t got around to getting one done, I can relate. I’m married, own some big things, like a house, have a pet, and a kid. Until this week, I didn’t have a will. Dying […] More

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    Things I’m Thankful For This Thanksgiving

    In honour of Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving, eh?), I’d like to share the things that I’m thankful for this year. The Sappy Personal Stuff. I am thankful that our little girl is healthy and happy and am so grateful that I get to spend so much time watching her grow. I am thankful that my husband […] More

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    Guess How Much We Cut Our Electricity Bill

    I’ve tried to reduce our energy bill before by making the changes everyone suggests. I started doing my laundry and dishes at night and I turned off the lights in rooms we weren’t using. No matter how hard I thought I was trying, there never seemed to be any difference to my monthly bill. I […] More

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    Engaged without a Ring: The Tale of our Engagement Cat

    Before Mr. Simple Cheap Mom and I were married, we were in that awkward phase when you know you want to spend the rest of your lives together, but you’re not officially engaged. Weekend trips away would turn me into a sulky mess and, once it was clear he wasn’t proposing, the trip would end […] More

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    52 Mini Date Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

    No cost date ideas Sometimes the cost and hassle of a traditional night out on the town make the idea of another night relaxing in front of the tube look pretty appealing.Last Christmas we decided the perfect gift for a spouse who has everything was quality time together.  We each came up with 26 mini […] More

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    Get Paid to Buy Groceries: Checkout 51 App

    So I was sitting at the park yesterday talking with the other grownups and the conversations turned to frugal stuff.  This is kinda my roundhouse, but I didn’t really know this particular person and so I didn’t want to get too excited.  Then she mentioned something I had never heard of before: Checkout 51.  Later […] More

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    Fast, Cheap and Easy Meal Ideas: Oatmeal Banana Cookies

    Basically these cookies turn into a meal at our house because we eat the whole batch.  So, I felt like they’d be a great first entry in my collection of Fast, Cheap and Easy Meal Ideas.  These cookies really satisfy my coffee and pastry breakfast cravings but don’t get sickening quick like a coffee and […] More

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    Cheap Places to Take Your Kids: IKEA $1 Breakfast

    If you’re fortunate to live around an IKEA and have small kids, you’ve got a great opportunity for a cheap outing.  It’s not the healthiest meal option out there, but I’ll be honest with you: I don’t always eat healthy food.  Surprise! Today the Little Miss and I met with our friends at the local […] More

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    3 Canadians Who Can Increase Your Financial Literacy

    November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada. Before the month comes to an end, I wanted to highlight some of the Canadian* influences that have helped me on my financial literacy journey. A Thanksgiving of sorts. While Canadian readers may be familiar with the list, Americans and readers from around the world might see a […] More

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    Why Do You Want a Budget?

    The holidays are over and now ‘this is the season for many to make the annual effort to improve their finances. When you’re used to spending as you please, suddenly having to stick to a budget can seem frustrating and discouraging. Maybe you’re used to shopping for pleasure or meeting friends for dinner.  Now those […] More

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