15 Simple Ways to Save Money this Summer

This post has been sponsored by Lexington Law.  All opinions are mine alone and are honestly conveyed. 

 

Summer is here.  The kids are out of school and the weather is nice and warm.  While there may be some summer activities that can be expensive, the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours also give you a nice opportunity to take advantage of some simple ways to save money as well.  Put that saved money toward paying down account balances or getting bills up-to-date and improve your credit score for a brighter financial future.

15 Simple Ways to Save Money this Summer // Money Savvy Living #summer #savemoney #waystosavemoney #lexingtonlaw

Try these 15 simple ways to save money this summer and help get your finances back on track:

Grill out—not only is it a fun time to grill out when you have a backyard bar-b-que with friends, but grilling out during the warmer temperatures can actually save you money.   Instead of turning on the oven and heating up the entire kitchen, fire up the grill and keep the heat outdoors.

Give your dryer a rest—with warm summer temps and a nice breeze you can hang your clean clothes outside to dry rather than running the dryer.

Turn off the lights—another great way to save money during the summer is to turn your indoor lights off.  You may be used to just flipping on the light switch during the darker winter months, but longer daylight hours during the summer can help you save on your electricity bill by just opening the curtains and letting the natural light in.

Look for free community events—many communities offer events throughout the summer that are family-friendly, fun, and free!  From concerts at the park, to parades, festivals, and carnivals, three are many events throughout the summer that are sponsored by local organizations for the benefit of the community.  Check with your local visitor’s bureau, chamber of commerce, or community calendar for free local events.

Go camping—you really don’t have to go far to have a fun camping experience– you can just camp out in your own backyard!  Of course you can find a nice campground for an economical price, but you can just pitch a tent in your backyard and have fun “roughing it” for a few nights.  Cook hot dogs over a little camp fire and roast some marshmallows and get the full camping experience!

Make a day of fun at the park—pack a picnic lunch and take the kids to the park for the day.  Do a little research to see if there are any local parks that offer a splash pad or water activities– which would be especially refreshing on a hot summer day.  Your kids will have fun for countless hours at the local playground.  Pack a picnic lunch and don’t forget to take the cooler for some ice cream treats.

Go to the library—signing your kids up for a summer reading club will help avoid the summer learning slump, but there is a lot more to do at the library than just picking out books.  Your local library often times has train tables, Lego building area, coloring and so many more activities for kids.

Take a day at the beach—if you live close enough to drive to the beach for the day, you can have fun just soaking up the sun, swimming, or building a sandcastle.

Have a fun day at the lake—even if you aren’t close enough to a beach, you can probably find a lake nearby.  Have a family fun day canoeing, water skiing, boating, or just splashing in the lake.

Visit a national park—not only can you see the beauty of nature all around the country, many of these parks offer free admission.  Even the ones that do require payment are free for you and your fourth-grade student.  Learn more about the Every Kid in a Park program to plan your visit.

Catch fireflies—sometimes just being outside alone in nature can be beautiful and entertaining on its own. Take time to enjoy the beauty of the fireflies lighting up in the evening, look at the stars, and listen to the sounds of the crickets…

Watch fireworks—many towns across the country have fireworks displays, along with parades and other free activities around Independence Day.  Research the schedules ahead of time and take in a few shows.

Let the breeze in—on cool summer nights, turn of the air conditioning and let the cool breeze in.  It will save you a few bucks and it is just as refreshing.

Grow a garden—think about how much it costs to buy a salad or even lettuce at the grocery store.  If you plant your own, you will spend less for the seeds than what you can buy it for at the store, and you will have salad all summer.  Plant some veggies and herbs and you can greatly reduce your grocery bill over the summer.

Go to a discount movie—several theatres nationwide offer summer movies that you can take your kids to for $1.00 or even less if you buy the package ahead of time.  Many of the theatres offer special deals on popcorn and drinks for these events too.  Check out the summer movie schedule here:

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How can the summer savings help you improve your credit?

Utilizing free or cheap summer entertainment or even being able to save some money on regular expenses gives you a bit of extra spending cash.  But be aware and make sure that you don’t spend that money frivolously—use that money to pay down credit card balances, or even get some of your bills up-to-date that may have slipped behind.  Perhaps, you are at the point that you need to track and protect your credit, finances, and identity.  Taking a few dollars of your summer savings to invest into monitoring these aspects of your life can help to set you up for a better financial future.

 

 

 

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#93}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: share your latest and greatest posts for money saving ideas, recipes, DIY, crafts, parenting and more on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up.

Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Meet our Co-Hosts!

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Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Krystal at Little Light On A Hill | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Shannon at Daily Momtivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

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Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Beautiful Budget Life Pinterest Group Board

Our brand new blogging community, Beautiful Budget Life, is now LIVE!!  And, we have a group Beautiful Budget Life Group Pinterest Board… sooooo, just one more way to share your posts with a bigger audience!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too (it makes it so much easier to add you to the group boards!):

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Fun Money Mom

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Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Side hustles that can create full-time income:

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

 

Feel free to grab this 150 x 150 button and share on your page to let others know about this link up:

Share the Wealth Sunday grab button

Check it out!

We are so excited!  Beautiful Budget Life is now LIVE!! This will be a collaborative community of frugal bloggers with the best tips on how to save money… join us as a blogger to share your best money saving posts (more exposure for your blog!) or stop by just to read the great money saving ideas!

You can join us now on social media:

Beautiful Budget Life   |   Facebook   |   Instagram  |  Twitter   |   Pinterest

Link Up:


Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#92}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: share your latest and greatest posts for money saving ideas, recipes, DIY, crafts, parenting and more on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up.

Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Meet our Co-Hosts!

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living
Carly at Carly On Purpose | Facebook | Pinterest

Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Krystal at Little Light On A Hill | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Shannon at Daily Momtivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

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4 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Beautiful Budget Life Pinterest Group Board

Our brand new blogging community, Beautiful Budget Life, is now LIVE!!  And, we have a group Beautiful Budget Life Group Pinterest Board… sooooo, just one more way to share your posts with a bigger audience!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too (it makes it so much easier to add you to the group boards!):

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Fun Money Mom

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Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Side hustles that can create full-time income:

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

 

Feel free to grab this 150 x 150 button and share on your page to let others know about this link up:

Share the Wealth Sunday grab button

Check it out!

We are so excited!  Beautiful Budget Life is now LIVE!! This will be a collaborative community of frugal bloggers with the best tips on how to save money… join us as a blogger to share your best money saving posts (more exposure for your blog!) or stop by just to read the great money saving ideas!

You can join us now on social media:

Beautiful Budget Life   |   Facebook   |   Instagram  |  Twitter   |   Pinterest

Link Up:


Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#90}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: share your latest and greatest posts for money saving ideas, recipes, DIY, crafts, parenting and more on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up.

Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Meet our Co-Hosts!

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living
Carly at Carly On Purpose | Facebook | Pinterest

Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Krystal at Little Light On A Hill | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Shannon at Daily Momtivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

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4 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Beautiful Budget Life Pinterest Group Board

Our brand new blogging community, Beautiful Budget Life, is now LIVE!!  And, we have a group Beautiful Budget Life Group Pinterest Board… sooooo, just one more way to share your posts with a bigger audience!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too (it makes it so much easier to add you to the group boards!):

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Fun Money Mom

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Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Side hustles that can create full-time income:

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

 

Feel free to grab this 150 x 150 button and share on your page to let others know about this link up:

Share the Wealth Sunday grab button

Check it out!

We are so excited!  Beautiful Budget Life is now LIVE!! This will be a collaborative community of frugal bloggers with the best tips on how to save money… join us as a blogger to share your best money saving posts (more exposure for your blog!) or stop by just to read the great money saving ideas!

You can join us now on social media:

Beautiful Budget Life   |   Facebook   |   Instagram  |  Twitter   |   Pinterest

Link Up:


Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#87}

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up: a money saving blog hop.
Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Meet our new Co-Hosts!  We are excited to welcome Krystal and Shannon and we know that you will enjoy their money saving ideas too!

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living
Carly at Carly On Purpose | Facebook | Pinterest

Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Krystal at Little Light On A Hill | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Shannon at Daily Momtivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

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3 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Fun Money Mom

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Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

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Feel free to grab this 150 x 150 button and share on your page to let others know about this link up:

Share the Wealth Sunday grab button

Big News!

We are so excited to launch Beautiful Budget Life in January! This will be a collaborative community of frugal bloggers with the best tips on how to save money… join us as a blogger to share your best money saving posts (more exposure for your blog!) or stop by just to read the great money saving ideas!

Beautiful Budget Life launch January 2017

You can join us now on social media:

Beautiful Budget Life   |   Facebook   |   Instagram  |  Twitter   |   Pinterest

Link Up:


Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#86}

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up: a money saving blog hop.
Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Meet our new Co-Hosts!  We are excited to welcome Krystal and Shannon and we know that you will enjoy their money saving ideas too!

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living
Carly at Carly On Purpose | Facebook | Pinterest

Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Krystal at Little Light On A Hill | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Shannon at Daily Momtivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

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4 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Sunday Pinterest Group Board!

Beautiful Budget Life Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Beautiful Budget Life Pinterest Group Board!

Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Fun Money Mom

Money Savvy Living

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Carrot Crust Pizza

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

 

 

Feel free to grab this 150 x 150 button and share on your page to let others know about this link up:

Share the Wealth Sunday grab button

Big News!

We are so excited to launch Beautiful Budget Life in January! This will be a collaborative community of frugal bloggers with the best tips on how to save money… join us as a blogger to share your best money saving posts (more exposure for your blog!) or stop by just to read the great money saving ideas!

Beautiful Budget Life launch January 2017

You can join us now on social media:

Beautiful Budget Life   |   Facebook   |   Instagram  |  Twitter   |   Pinterest

Link Up:


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Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Meet our new Co-Hosts!  We are excited to welcome Krystal and Shannon and we know that you will enjoy their money saving ideas too!

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living
Carly at Carly On Purpose | Facebook | Pinterest

Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Krystal at Little Light On A Hill | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Shannon at Daily Momtivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

Features:

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Eat, Drink, and Save Money: Easy DIY Ornament

Fun Money Mom: Sugar Cookie Pancakes

Money Savvy Living: It’s A Credit Card Christmas

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Morgan Manages Mommyhood: Ultimate Guide for Baby’s First Christmas

Little Light On A Hill: 10 Easy Ideas for Christmas Traditions with Kids

Daily Momtivity: Kids Detox Bath

Popular Posts from last week:

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My Stay At Home Adventures: What Killed My Pageviews & Facebook Reach

Mom’s Small Victories: 4 Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts on My Social Media

Reviews, Chews, and How-To’s: 25 Christmas Countdown

3 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Fun Money Mom

Money Savvy Living

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

50 Homeschool Supplies you can get for $1

Mocha Mint Chocolate Truffles

Must-Read Christmas Books

Easy Burlap Ornament

 

 

 

Feel free to grab this 150 x 150 button and share on your page to let others know about this link up:

Share the Wealth Sunday grab button

Big News!

We are so excited to launch Beautiful Budget Life in January! This will be a collaborative community of frugal bloggers with the best tips on how to save money… join us as a blogger to share your best money saving posts (more exposure for your blog!) or stop by just to read the great money saving ideas!

Beautiful Budget Life launch January 2017

You can join us now on social media:

Beautiful Budget Life   |   Facebook   |   Instagram  |  Twitter   |   Pinterest

Link Up:


The Payday Savings Plan

The Payday Savings Plan

The payday savings plan enables consistent savings, sets aside money before it is spent on other disposable income items, and prioritizes savings as a part of your budget. You must plan to save money.  It is just like the 52 week savings plan for those who get paid weekly or choose to set aside money every week.  However, this retirement savings plan is a bit easier to follow because you are setting aside money each time you get paid.

Payday Savings Plan | Money Savvy Living

 

It’s a simple concept: pay yourself when you get paid.

 

Instead of just budgeting to pay bills, make savings a part of your monthly budget. If savings aren’t a part of your monthly budget, then the chances of you actually setting money aside each month are greatly diminished.

Realistically, most of us spend based on what we see in our wallets or as our checking account balance. After all your bills are paid, if you have $500 left in your account, you probably feel that this entire amount is your disposable income. If, however, you have included savings into your budget—let’s say, $200—and prioritized it as you would any other expense, you would now only see $300 in your account as disposable income. This would force you to adjust your spending.

 

The payday savings plan enables consistent savings, sets aside money before it is spent on other disposable income items, and prioritizes savings as a part of your budget.

 

Pay Day Savings Plan | Money Savvy Living

 

You must plan to save money. Saving is not something that is going to happen on its own. It is a habit that you must purposefully implement into your budget.

 

Look at your entire budget.

Before you can decide how much to save, you must look at your income and expenses. After all of your bills are paid each month, the money that is leftover is your disposable income. So, for example, once you know that you will have approximately $500 a month left after all your bills are paid, you can then decide how much to set aside for savings.  Build savings in as a part of your budget.

 

Decide how much you can afford to save each month.

After you have taken a look at how much money is left over each month after all of your monthly obligations have been met is your disposable income. The disposable income is the money that you spend on the stuff you want—not the stuff you need. This is your fun money. Yes, it is fun to eat out or buy a new pair of shoes, or whatever your extra money each month goes to, but the short-term disappointment of sacrificing some of these wants will reap huge benefits for you in the long-term by saving and planning for retirement.

 

Commit to a fixed amount that you can put into savings each pay period.

It is easier to save each month when you are setting aside a set amount each time you get paid. Some savings plans tell you to start out saving $1 the first week and working your way up to saving $52 the last week of the year; this sounds good, but the reality of this means that the first month, you are saving $10, and the last month, you are saving over $200. That is a huge swing in your budget, one that can be hard to stick to, especially when unexpected expenses come up. Setting aside a specific amount allows you to budget more consistently.

 

Set up automatic funds transfer.

Whether your savings are through an employer-sponsored retirement plan or just depositing in a savings account each, set it up to go directly from your paycheck to that account. If the money is set aside before it even hits your bank account, it is not every likely to be spent. You know the old saying: out of sight, out of mind…

 

Don’t turn down “free” money.

If you have an employee sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401k, you are turning down free money if you aren’t participating in it. Many companies have some sort of matching component to their 401k plan. So if you contribute 2% of your paycheck, your employer will match that and also contribute 2%. If you aren’t contributing to a company sponsored plan, you are literally turning down free money.

Even if your employer doesn’t match or if you are self-employed and it is just you contributing to your account, you are still missing out on free money if you aren’t contributing each month. How is that possible? It has to do with the time value of money and the compounding effect that it has. Ok, this may sound a bit confusing, but simply stated, your savings account balance grows by compounding on the principle and interest each month. So the more you contribute, the more interest you will get on the larger balance each and every month. So the sooner you can start saving, the better.

Payday Savings Plan // Money Savvy Living #savings #retirementplanning

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Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng

Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!

 

Feature:

Share the Wealth Sunday 10 | Money Savvy Living 

East, Drink & Save Money: Best Time to Buy Anything

Fun Money Mom: Why I’m Going From Fashionista to Frugal Mom (and how you can too)

Money Savvy Living: 5 Ways for Kids to Earn Money this Summer

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

How to Raise a Money Savvy Kid I cannot stress enough how important it is to teach your children these principles

How to Avoid the Scary Feeling of Running Out of Money  Very inspirational view of finances

Grilled Beer Cheese Fondue  YUM!  Enough said.

 

Feel free to grab this 150 x 150 button and share on your page to let others know about this link up:

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Enter Restaurant.com Sweepstakes: Plates of Thanks

 

I love to eat out, but it can get expensive for just my husband and I to dine out, not to mention when our whole family eats out– and my kids are still young enough to order off the kid’s menu!  I don’t even want to think about how much it will cost to feed them when they are teenagers.

I was first introduced to Restaurant.com several years ago by my sister.  When I heard about it, I thought it was too good to be true… there had to be a “catch.”  But there’s not.  Not with this website. You can buy gift certificates—to use for yourself when you eat out, or to give as a gift—at discount prices. You simply enter your zip code and it will give you a list of nearby restaurants to choose from.  When you find one you like, you can buy the gift certificate and get anywhere from 50-75% off the face value!  For example, gift certificate values and discounts are different from restaurant to restaurant, but you could pick up $25 gift certificate, but pay only $10!

*Money Savvy Living Tip: Check out the zip code for your next vacation destination on Restaurant.com and save money eating out when traveling too!

Restaurant.com #PlatesofThanks | Money Savvy Living

 

In addition to the already great savings that you can get at Restaurant.com, right now, you can enter their #PlatesofThanks giveaway:

Restaurant.com is celebrating 20,000 partner restaurants across the nation with the Plates of Thanks Sweepstakes! Twenty (20) winners will be selected randomly to receive a free party for up to six people at a participating Restaurant.com restaurant.

 

How to enter:

1. Visit www.restaurant.com/sweepstakes

2. Get social!

  • Follow Restaurant.com via Twitter or Instagram
  • Snap a photo dining out
  • Tag either Restaurant.com’s Twitter or Instagram with a caption that indicates the photo is part of the Sweepstakes
  • Use #PlatesofThanks to enter

3. Don’t forget: Sweepstakes end June 21, 2015

 

*This is a sponsored post; however, I have been a Restaurant.com customer for years and truly love the service and can honestly recommend their website/product.

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