Category: Money Management

52 Week Money Saving Challenge

Are you familiar with the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge? I like the idea of a savings challenge, but I am not 100% on board with how it is set up. The typical plan challenges you to save $1 the first week, $2 the second week…until you save $52 the last week of the year. It’s a simple way to save an additional $1,378 in 52 weeks, but I do see how this can be a struggle when December rolls around.

52 Week Money Saving Challenge Printables

Compare what you are saving the first 4 weeks of the year to the last 4 weeks of the year.

  • During the first 4 weeks, you save a total of $10. Average: $2.50 per week.
  • During the last 4 weeks, you save a total of $202. Average: $50.50 per week. 

Saving $2.50 per week is probably not a huge struggle. $50.50 per week may be harder to accomplish, especially considering that this takes place in December.

I created a 52-Week Money Saving Challenge Printable back in 2014. The original printable was for the year 2015, but now I have an undated version for you to use any year. You can start this challenge at any point throughout the year.

The original 52-Week Money Saving Challenge ($1 per week, $2 per week, etc.) results in a savings of $1,378 in a year. You will still end up saving $1,378 with this updated challenge, but it will be easier to save when you spread it out. 

If you do decide to start this challenge in January, this schedule will be much easier as you will be set up to save the least amount in December. You will save $110 during each 4-week cycle, with an exception of the last 4 weeks of the year. If money is tight in December, you will feel relief! This schedule asks you to save only $58 during the last 4 weeks. You will only have to set aside $8 in your budget to save the last week of the year. $8 is much easier than $52!52 Week Money Saving Challenge Printables FREE Printable52 Week Money Saving Challenge

I am also including the reverse version of the original challenge. Save $52 the first week, $51 the second week…until you save $1 the last week. Pick the schedule that works best for you.

52 Week Money Saving Challenge Reverse Printable

FREE Printable: 52 Week Money Saving Challenge_Reverse

It can be easier to make saving a priority when you know what your goals are. Writing down your goals can make you feel more accountable. At the bottom of the printable, there is a place to write down your savings goal.

Write down what you are saving for: Mortgage? Vacation? Home updates? College fund? Credit card debt? Feel free to share in the comments:

Why are you saving? What is your goal?

Do you need to establish financial goals, develop a budget and stick to it, kill off debt, and get clear on what your financial picture looks like? Check out the Real Life Money Plan eCourse by Jessi at jessifearon.com.

Here is more info on the course:

  • The course includes 13 video lessons.
  • This is a self-paced online course, which means that you can take this course at your leisure. There is no time restriction on when you can start.
  • There is a 25 page pdf workbook to accompany the course that acts as practical application for the lessons you will learn in the course. 
  • There are bonus trainings that will walk you through setting up a zero-balanced budget and reconciling your bank statements. 
  • There is a 30-day money back guarantee. If you are unhappy for whatever reason, you get a refund. 

She is gifted at encouragement and is an enthusiastic teacher. If you have ANY desire to design a money plan that fits your life, I suggest you check out her eCourse.

I had the opportunity to view Jessi’s course and her passion for helping you is so evident. She asks you to commit and not just go through the motions as she wants you to succeed! She wants you to focus on progress, not past failures. She will motivate you to move forward with the best decisions for YOU.

Jessi’s work has been featured on Buzzfeed, Rockstar Finance, TIME/Motto Magazine, Money Saving Mom, and The Penny Hoarder. 

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52 Week Savings Challenge Printable. Save money every week and track your progress on the printable

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Christmas Planner

Get organized this Christmas! Christmas Planner. Holiday Planner.

Are you overwhelmed and stressed every holiday season? That is not the way it should be. A little planning can go a long way and can help us focus on the real meaning of the season: our Savior’s birth!

I encourage you to step back and focus on what matters the most this Christmas. While it can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season, I have found that planning ahead and staying organized minimizes the stress. It helps to keep my focus on the real joy of the season and helps me enjoy celebrating with family and friends.

I cannot promise you a stress-free holiday season, but I have a tool to help you get organized this Christmas.

My Christmas Planner is a simple 12 page printable planner. Many of the planners I have come across feel so hectic, so I wanted to create a simple version. I left off many of the pictures and icons to help save your printer ink.

I hope you find it helpful to plan ahead, get organized, stay under budget, enjoy your traditions, and create memories with your family.

Get Organized this Christmas

Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.

The Christmas Planner includes the following pages:

  • Cover Page
  • Gift List – get this page free here!
  • Christmas Card List
  • Party Planner
  • Menu Planner
  • Recipe List
  • Traditions & Memories Tracker
  • Christmas Budget
  • To-Do List
  • Notes Page
  • November Calendar Page
  • December Calendar Page

Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars. Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.

If you want to stay organized this holiday season, now is the time to start! 

While the calendar pages are for 2016, the rest of the pages are undated so you will be able to use the planner in future years.

Get your Christmas Planner here!

If you want to try out one of the pages, here is the Christmas Card List from the planner. Get the free PDF here. 

Christmas Gift List Printable

How do you plan to get organized this Christmas?

Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.

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The Ultimate Blogging Resource

The Ultimate Blogging Resource

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Blogging is not always easy. It can be overwhelming. Many bloggers run out of steam before they reach their full potential.

You start looking for ways to build your blog, but before long your inbox and brain are filled with conflicting opinions. You wind up feeling MORE overwhelmed than you were in the first place.

One thing that I quickly learned is that you need to focus on what works for you. It’s key to research and learn what is applicable to your blog and your business, and ignore the rest. Or write it down to be a priority in the future.

You don’t have to do all the things to be a successful blogger.

Whatever your blogging goals – whether it’s time management, increasing income, growing an audience, addressing technical challenges, or just staying current without spending a fortune – I want to share this with you. If you know you need to make changes in your blogging routine but lack the roadmap (or even the motivation) to do so, The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit will help you.

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is a collection of 62 eBooks, eCourses, audios, and printables on blogging from some of the greatest mentors out there. The FULL list is included at the bottom of this post.

The combined value of the resources in the toolkit is over $3,600, but you get everything for 98% off! The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is available until Tuesday at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. 

{Update} The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is no longer available, but Ultimate Bundles continues to offer other bundles throughout the year. If you do not want to miss out on future bundles, sign up here to be notified. I will keep you in the loop of future bundles and occasional flash sales!

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Here’s everything you get when you buy The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit:

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Blogging Resources

These resources will help guide you through the journey. Some of the titles I am most excited about include:

  • 17 Strategies I Used to Go from 17K to 350K+ Pageviews in 9 Months by Lena Gott
  • Blogging Roadmap: The Simple Method for Creating A Profitable Blog by Wellness Mama
  • Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook Master Package by Abby Lawson (I already owned the book, but am excited to now have the Master Package! The Master Package includes 20 step-by-step instructional video tutorials, 18 video interviews with expert bloggers, blog binder printables, and access to private Facebook group. Check out what is included in her Master Package and you will see how valuable of a resource this is!)
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  • How to Move from Blog to Business by Caz and Craig Makepeace
  • Pinaffiliate Masterclass by Adeline Ganley
  • Social Media Marketing Workbook and Planner: How to Master Engagement in 15 Minutes a Day by Dwainia Grey
  • Strategies Worth Sharing eBook & Workbook by Brittany Ann (this is about Facebook)
  • The Daily Productivity Guide for Bloggers by Ruth Soukup
  • The Must-Have Guide To Blogging: How I Built and Grew a Profitable Blog (and You Can, Too!) by Kayla Aimee
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 Here are a few of the resources included:





Here is the FULL list of all the resources included:

Professional Blogging

  • Blogging Roadmap: The Simple Method for Creating A Profitable Blog by WellnessMama ($97.00)
  • Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook Master Package by Abby Lawson ($75.00)
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  • Asana for Bloggers by Matthew Giovanisci ($25.00)
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  • 17 Strategies I Used to Go from 17K to 350K+ Pageviews in 9 Months by Lena Gott ($25.00)
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  • Content Cookbook by Prerna Malik ($199.00)
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  • Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: The Fundamentals by Tasha Agruso ($75.00)
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  • 2 months FREE from ConvertKit ($58.00)
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{Update} The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is no longer available, but Ultimate Bundles continues to offer other bundles throughout the year. If you do not want to miss out on future bundles, sign up here to be notified. I will keep you in the loop of future bundles and occasional flash sales!

Note: This is not my usual newsletter. By signing up here, you will only receive notifications on Ultimate Bundle sales. If you were looking for my newsletter sign up, click here instead.

PS…If you want to see what the process of setting up a blog is like: check out my step-by-step guide here. I have used Bluehost for my blog for almost 2 years now and have been 100% happy with them! Just a few days ago, I renewed for another two years.

You can also check out my list of Blogging Tools & Resources to see what I currently use on my blog.

If you have considered starting a blog, I invite you to start one today. Make sure you share your blog name with me so I can check it out!

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Why I Started a Blog

Why I Started a Blog

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I don’t often post about blogging and other business, but today I am going to stray from my usual topics. I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know WHY I started a blog in the first place.

Even before my husband and I got married, we talked about our shared desire to have me stay at home when we had children. This was very important to us and from the start, we made many of our financial decisions based on this. We saved much of our income when we were first married and had two full-time incomes coming in.

We now live primarily on one income. It’s not always easy and we have to make sacrifices often.

While I have been home for the last 5 years, I have been blessed with a few side projects (many with my previous employer) over the years. With each temporary job, we put the income in savings. The savings has helped with medical bills, car and home repairs, and other things outside our day-to-day living expenses. We have also been able to build up our children’s education fund, as our main goal is to pay for a Christian education for them. (A majority of our financial decisions are made with this sole goal in mind – their Christian education.)

Why I Started a Blog

I started my blog two years ago for two main reasons.

  • I wanted to create an early morning habit and the blog held me accountable to waking up early.
  • I wanted to find a way to contribute financially to our family, to build our savings, and to grow our daughters’ education fund. I was only looking to do something flexible that would allow me to “work” completely on my own schedule. Blogging is not typically a fast way to make money, but I knew that there was potential in it if I was willing to put in the time and effort.

Here is the thing: I would NEVER have thought of myself as an entrepreneur. I never thought of myself as creative. I never considered owning a business or making income on the side.

Shortly after I started blogging, I realized that I enjoy this! I was excited with the potential that working online has. There is SO much to learn, but I love researching and learning. I quickly found that my favorite parts of blogging include the design, the back-end of the site, strategy, connecting with other bloggers, and learning. The actual writing part is further down the list!

  • Have you ever considered starting a blog?
  • Do you currently have a blog?
  • Do you have dreams to work from home?
  • Do you want to take your current blog to the next level?
  • Do you desire to make money on the side while staying at home?
  • Do you have a small side business, but want to know how to take it up a notch by adding a blog to help your business?

Enter: The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit

This bundle is a collection of 62 eBooks, eCourses, audios, and printables on the topics of professional blogging, time management & productivity, social media, product creation, tech help, photography and images, blog growth, content creation, and monetizing.

You can get the 62 resources for a combined 97% off. The bundle includes 24 eBooks, 33 eCourses, and 5 printable packs valued at $3,665.40. The 17 digital bonuses are valued at $1,387.00. The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is available until Tuesday at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. 

{Update} The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is no longer available, but Ultimate Bundles continues to offer other bundles throughout the year. If you do not want to miss out on future bundles, sign up here to be notified. I will keep you in the loop of future bundles and occasional flash sales!

Note: This is not my usual newsletter. By signing up here, you will only receive notifications on Ultimate Bundle sales. If you were looking for my newsletter sign up, click here instead.

If you want to see what the process of setting up a blog is like: check out my step-by-step guide here. I have used Bluehost for my blog for almost 2 years now and have been 100% happy with them! Just a few days ago, I renewed for another two years.

How to start a blog. Includes domain name availability checker and brainstorming printable.

You can also check out my list of Blogging Tools & Resources to see what I currently use on my blog.

Top Blogging Tools and Resources. Many are free blogging resources!

Sign up for my Blogging Tips & Resources Newsletter.

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If you have considered starting a blog, I invite you to start one today. Make sure you share your blog name with me so I can check it out!

Why I Started a Blog

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Get Organized this Christmas

Christmas Planner.

The holiday season can bring overwhelm and stress, but that is not the way it should be. A little planning can go a long way and can help us focus on the real meaning of the season: our Savior’s birth!

I cannot promise you a stress-free holiday season, but I can encourage you to step back and focus on what matters the most. While it can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season, I have found that planning ahead and staying organized minimizes the stress. It helps to keep my focus on the real joy of the season and helps me enjoy celebrating with family and friends.

I am excited to share my Christmas Planner with you. It’s a 12 page printable planner that is available here. Many of the planners I have come across feel so hectic, so I wanted to create a simple version. I left off the pictures and icons to help save your printer ink.

I hope you find it helpful to plan ahead, get organized, stay under budget, enjoy your traditions, and create memories with your family.

Get Organized this Christmas

Get Organized this Christmas

The Christmas Planner includes the following pages:

  • Cover Page
  • Gift List
  • Christmas Card List
  • Party Planner
  • Menu Planner
  • Recipe List
  • Traditions & Memories Tracker
  • Christmas Budget
  • To-Do List
  • Notes Page
  • November Calendar Page
  • December Calendar Page

If you want to try out one of the pages, here is the Christmas Card List from the planner. Print free PDF here. 

Get Organized this Christmas with the Christmas Planner

How do you plan to get organized this Christmas?

 

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