Financial baby steps: pay off your house and give like crazy

The past few weeks we explored the basics of Dave Ramsey‘s baby steps — save up $1,000 and pay off debt, then save up a fully-funded Emergency Fund and start investing for the future. Today, we’re exploring the last two steps — paying off your house, building wealth, and giving like crazy.  And I can’t (read more…)

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Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood – giveaway!

Longtime reader of Simple Mom and blogger over at Steady Mom, Jamie Martin has just released her first book, Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood. She gave me a copy to read  before its release, and it is fabulous. Jamie has a big heart and an encouraging spirit, and her book drips of (read more…)

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How to create a paperless kitchen

Over the past year, I have had a great journey going green except for one issue. Until very recently, I struggled with my desire to have a paper-free kitchen. I wanted to rid our home of so much throwaway paper, but I wasn’t sure it was possible. How can you run a kitchen with no (read more…)

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Financial baby steps: save and invest

Last week, we explored the basics of baby steps 1 and 2 — save up $1,000 in a beginning Emergency Fund, and pay off all non-mortgage debt. Today, we’ll explore Dave Ramsey’s baby steps 3, 4, and 5. To recap, the “baby steps” are: 1.  Quickly save $1,000 as your beginning Emergency Fund. 2.  Pay (read more…)

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6 tips for getting organized this year

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get organized. Organized in your home, in life, on your calendar, and in your finances. So many people feel disheveled and disorganized in every area of their lives — and when you can’t see the trees from the forest, you’re easily overwhelmed. That’s why my (read more…)

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