How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Candles

When I was a teenager, my uncle had his own candle making business. His candles were amazing. Strong scented without being over powering and they burned forever.  One fall when I was around 14, I spent some time at their house where I got to see them make their homemade candles. … [Read more...]

A Sneak Peek at Our 2019 Financial Goals

I have this thing; I don't set resolutions. I feel like resolving to do something is a sure-fire way to set myself up to fail. After all, how many people do you know who keep their resolutions each year? The answer is "not many." I know from experience that when I resolve to do … [Read more...]

Our January 2019 Budget- Picking Up the Pieces of a Smashed Emergency Fund

It's a new year and for our family, that means taking stock of our previous years spending, our savings and any other financial related tasks that happen once or twice a year. I thought it would be fun this year to show you our monthly budget at the beginning of the month and how … [Read more...]

2018 State of the Blog Address

Ya'll, I'm tired. 2018 has been the literal definition of a roller coaster year for me and mine. In some ways, it has been the best year of my life. In others, it has been the most painful of my life. For Six Dollar Family, it has been a year of getting pushed off and sometimes … [Read more...]

How to Use the Amazon Echo to Save Money on Your Utilities

Two months ago I bought an Amazon Echo Dot. I had put it off because I'm not real big on the idea of having something that could potentially record my conversations in my house. Given that we all have smartphones though; I finally gave in and bought one. I have to say; I'm … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Crafts -Reindeer Noses Kids Craft Idea

When my daughter was little, her favorite Christmas song was always Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. What kid doesn't love Rudolph, right? That's when we began making these easy mason jar crafts. She loved making them and they make amazing DIY gift ideas for kids to give! Plus, … [Read more...]

36 Best Gifts for Truck Drivers Wives

Buying a gift for someone can be stressful, can't it? It's especially stressful if you're trying to find a unique gift for someone.  These best gifts for truck driver wives are just those types of gifts.  They are the type of gifts that they will always remember. These truckers … [Read more...]

How to Start a Blog with Bluehost

In 2011, I was a single mom, fresh out of a homeless shelter with my daughter who was only six years old at the time. Out of desperation, I began using coupons again.  I had used them when she was born to save money on diapers but had walked away from it after I burned myself … [Read more...]

3-Step Chocolate Peanut Clusters Recipe

One of my favorite things to do each year during the holidays is to make my favorite Christmas candy recipes. Having yummy candy nearby is one of the hallmarks of Christmas for me. These 3-step Chocolate Peanut Clusters recipe is one of those candy recipes I make every single … [Read more...]

Wedding on a Budget | How to Save Money on Your Wedding Dress

In March, Steve and I will be getting married. We chose the date of March 1 as a way to honor my parents. Having lost my mom in February 2018, I wanted a way to bring them into the ceremony without going overboard. My parents were married 37 years, so I consider the date to be a … [Read more...]

39 Uses for Leftover Gift Wrapping Paper

With Christmas right around the corner, most of us will soon have rooms full of used wrapping paper and closets full of unused rolls. It seems such a shame to throw out the used stuff or to let the unused sit for another year. Throwing away the paper is a huge waste and one that … [Read more...]

DIY Snowman Earrings – Super Simple Homemade Christmas Earrings

I love snowmen. In fact, I love them so much that I've had a snowman collection since 2008. I just find them super cute and can't resist a snowman figuring or other piece of home decor! One of the things that I didn't already own though was an adorable pair of snowman earrings! … [Read more...]

How to Live on a Fixed Income Successfully

One of the most common budget issues I hear from my readers is that they're trying to figure out how to live on a fixed income, but are having trouble. Let's face it; if you only have a specific amount of money each month, life can be downright hard. There are a few things you … [Read more...]

11 Ways to Save Money on Christmas

As a mom, I always want to give my girls the best Christmas they've ever had. It's a desire that never goes away and each year I can't stop myself from trying to out do the year before. Sometimes I take it too far while other years I am able to keep myself under control. It all … [Read more...]

Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

I originally come from a small town in South Central Ohio that is home each year to The Pumpkin Show. This yearly festival bring hundreds of thousands of people into town as it features pumpkin EVERYTHING that you could think of! Not only the typical pumpkin pies, but ice cream, … [Read more...]

Homemade Gift Idea – DIY Snowman Candle

I absolutely adore snowmen. So much so that during the holiday season, my home usually becomes covered in snowmen. I have candles, wall decor, wreaths and more. They are adorable to me and I can't seem to get enough of them. When my daughter and I downsized to live in a hotel, I … [Read more...]