In my bestselling book, The Recovering Spender, I tell my story of overspending - how I got my family into $40,000 of debt, what happened when I broke the news to my husband—and then I give you the step-by-step plan we used to become completely debt-free in 4 years.

  • How couples can get on the same page about money

      

    It's pretty hard to ignore data that says that couples who fight about money have a significantly higher divorce rate than couples who do not. If you're married (past or present) or in a...

  • 5 awesome slow cooker Super Bowl recipes

      

    Yes, it’s the Super Bowl, but it’s all about the food, right? Here are 5 awesome slow cooker Super Bowl recipes that your guests will devour! Now let’s be honest for a minute...

  • 5 ways you can literally save thousands of dollars using your crockpot

      

    The crockpot (or slow cooker) had a bad rap for a while. But once people started discovering how to use it the right way, everything changed. But, you might ask, how can just using a kitchen...

  • 27 health food items you have to try at Aldi

      

    I'm pretty sure ALDI is my favorite place on earth. And the organic and gluten-free foods at ALDI are an incredible value. Their prices are better than any chain grocery store, and with my...

  • How to set a Black Friday budget

      

    The holidays are almost here! While I think you can start decorating for Christmas too soon (think August), you can never start planning your Christmas and Black Friday budget too early...

  • The #1 thing you can do to curb overspending NOW

      

    Have you ever wondered why you just can’t make ends meet each month or maybe why your income and spending just aren’t adding up? Where is your money going? Well, the majority of...

  • 5 steps to protect yourself from overspending

      

    Are you overspending?  Maybe you don’t realize you are. But if you are currently in debt you are an overspender whether you like it or not.    If making your spending a...

  • How I fed my family on $50 a week

      

    When my husband and I took a leap in the dark by deciding to dig our way out of $40,000 of debt while having no idea how to budget and running a $1,000 deficit each month, we knew we had a real...

  • 7 items for your home that will easily pay for themselves

      

    Purchases that pay for themselves are often called investments, and for good reason. These investments won't literally print out money (I wish), but they will help keep spending...

  • 7 ways to make more from garage sales

      

    Garage sales can be a lot of fun. But not so much if you don't sell stuff. How do you arrange your items so they sell? How do you price those items? How do you earn the most money...

  • 2 Reasons Not To Use Coupons

      

    Lauren and I love coupons. In fact, we were able to cut down our grocery bill from $1,000 per month down to $200 per month – and we owe a healthy portion of that savings to...

  • 5 Ways To Ruin a Marriage With Money -- and How To Stop!

      

    You get married, and it’s amazing at first. Hopefully it stays amazing, but after a few months, those inevitable differences with money will come into play. She wants to buy a new car, but...

  • How To Create a Successful Meal Plan

      

    Did you know that for every extra minute you stay in the grocery store, you spend an extra $1.75?  We will talk more about that later in the article but for now we want to talk about meal...

  • 4 Easy Ways To Jump Start Your Emergency Savings Fund

      

    One of the most common questions about budgeting is, "How do you budget for big unplanned expenses?" Here's the unfortunate answer: you can't. But don't abandon all hope...

  • 3 Ways To Budget as a Couple So You Don't Kill Each Other

      

    What word could strike fear in the hearts of grown men and women alike more than the word “budget”? Maybe not everyone has that fear, but chances are that in a married couple, at least...