Momtrepreneur 101: Businesses You Can Run From Your Home

With varying maternity leave and the high cost of childcare, the decision to leave the workplace after kids isn’t an easy one, but a reality for many families. Sticking with a 9 to 5 might not be feasible, but home-based employment is becoming easier to access.

Working from home is never easy, and managing a business with little ones underfoot is more challenging than even the sternest board members. Once you’ve found the schedule and business that works best for your family, staying at home can be a rewarding (and compensated) way to spend your time.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite work-from home mom jobs that are making it more accessible for families to maintain a two income household throughout childhood.

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The Burden of Overspending

Today, many families are burdened with confusing their best intentions to give kids all that they want with what they need.  Nice cars, the newest gaming systems, the best clothes, the newest electronics – all to help keep their kid “with the times”. But do our kids really need all of this? Are these necessities, or are they taking over our lives, deepening our debt, and adding to our stress level? The saying goes, “we were born with nothing and we will die with nothing,” so, what is the point of overworking ourselves to provide every possible thing to our kids? What happened to kids working for what they wanted? Why do parents feel the need to stress over providing the biggest and best, when really the moderately priced off brand works exactly the same? Why can’t parents say no?

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How to Throw a Birthday Party on the Cheap

Birthday parties have evolved since the time when most of us were growing up. Simple family celebrations have been replaced with over-the-top, themed bashes. While no one doubts you would love to spare no expense when celebrating your kid’s birthday, the truth is that you may not be able to afford such extravagance, especially if you have several children. And if you did splurge on such a party, you might have to scrimp on gifts. But what if you could throw a birthday party that covers all of the bases… fun, games, food, gifts, and friends… that doesn’t break the bank? You can! We have gathered some great tips for cutting costs while building traditions and memories, as well as some low-budget party theme ideas so that you can do just that.

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5 Things You’re Paying For That You Could Get For Free

Saving money doesn’t always mean you need to have to give up the things you enjoy. There are plenty of things we pay for everyday that you can find some savings on (making coffee instead of going to Starbucks) or even get for FREE with a few extra steps.

We’ve rounded up a few of the creature comforts you might not know you could snag for free with just a couple of easy steps.

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How To: BST on Facebook Like a Pro

Online shopping has taken on a new form when it comes to buying that Persnickety dress your 3-month old is sure to grow out of as soon as she wears it once, or even the essentials such as cloth diapers and baby wearing gear. Facebook has its very own underground world of Buy/Sell/Trade groups (BST) for just about anything you can think of. An added bonus is that most items are marked down by 70-80% off the original price, and still in excellent condition. But, buyer beware: here are the top 10 tips for completing smooth transactions with other mama’s in these groups.

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How to Cut the Cable Cord

If budget living has you looking to cut expenses, doing away with the $100+ cable bill might be a great item to remove from your monthly cost list. Do you really need all 300 channels, or are you just regularly watching only 5-10 of your favorites?

We’ve outlined the steps you need to go through to cut your cable bill for good, and still have access to everything your family wants to watch.

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Race to Win Big with Tony Stewart and J.D. Byrider

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of J.D. Byrider. All opinions are 100% ours.

There’s an unstoppable team when it comes to cars: Tony Stewart and J.D. Byrider. Tony Stewart and J.D. Byrider have a relationship that goes back a long time (since 1997), and together they’ve been a staple in the stock car racing world and in the car sales world. Tony has kept on racing all these years and J.D. Byrider has kept innumerable families on the road by offering better cars and better care to everyone who walks through their doors. If you are unfamiliar with Tony Stewart and J.D. Byrider, we would love to introduce you to them both. They want to share the winning spirit that is the basis of their relationship with a generous giveaway that you need to race to enter!

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The Flexible Family Budget: Adjusting Spending Habits as Your Children Grow

If you are raising a family you won’t need to be told how expensive it can be, with seemingly constant demands on your cash for the various things they need and activities they want to do. Their needs change as they get older and your family budget needs to reflect that fact and keep pace with the changes. Here is a look at how to adjust your family budget and plan for future needs. There are some tips on how to slash monthly costs, plus a sensible and necessary suggestion to try and predict future financial requirements.

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“Cut it Out!” Cereal Box Tops With Dave Coulier

Remember those red dotted lines on the top of your favorite cereal box? The Box Tops; and now Box Tops is celebrating a major milestone by reinforcing its commitment to schools and offering new ways for people to get involved. Imagine if critical items like musical instruments and library books went missing from elementary schools around the country. Actor and comedian, Dave Coulier joins General Mills and Box Tops 4 Education to celebrate the program’s 20th birthday and show what the world might be like without Box Tops in the “Don’t Be Absent from School” campaign. As part of the initiative, he will be featured on specially marked packages of Cheerios cereal to help launch a sweepstakes that will give away $1 million in Box Tops for schools and remind people that every clip counts. Are you ready to cut-it-out?

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Can You Afford A Large Family?

… of course that depends. How many times have you heard, “If we were in a better financial place, we’d have more”? What exactly does that mean? When pressured a little bit more into what that really means, you realize that that was just the short cop out response. No actual dollar figure was ever mentioned, or location preference; nothing tangible as far as being measurable. So how do you really afford a large family if you want more children? What is your measurement? And if your spouse isn’t into having more children because they have been deemed “too expensive”, well then, perhaps they are, or perhaps there’s more to discover about children and how much they really cost once you put a figure to it.

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Affordable Makeup Must Haves

With all the makeup products out there, it can be hard to know which ones are worth the money. We’ve compiled a list of our top favorite affordable makeup products to take the guesswork out of your decision. From primers and foundation to blush and false lashes, we’ve got you covered with amazing products with a wallet friendly price tag. Whether you’re in need of new makeup, you’re just starting your makeup collection, or you just love trying and learning about new makeup, read on to see which ones made our list and why!

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DIY – A Recipe for Budget-Friendly Bathroom Renovations

From simple updates like switching out hardware and paint, to more complex installations like a new vanity or floor – there are some go-to techniques and products from The Home Depot to help make any bathroom project easy.

Meet Kelly Edwards, lifestyle expert and HGTV and STYLE Network TV host, she’ll show you that adding a bit of vintage charm to a basic bathroom or turning a dated bathroom into a contemporary space is a breeze with the right equipment and know-how. It is possible to spend as little as $200 or as much as $2,400 transforming a bathroom. Here to help you cook up some tips for a simple and stunning bathroom makeover is lifestyle expert and host of “Design on a Dime” and “Tacky House”- Kelly Edwards. Grab a power tool, it just may be your new toy to your newfound hobby. 

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7 tips for Holiday Budget Success

Budgeting year round is a big enough challenge, but preparing for the holiday season can add an additional layer of intricacy. Planning in advance and starting shopping for the holiday season early can help alleviate some of the stress that comes with this expensive time of year. 

We’ve rounded up some finance experts to share their top tips for sticking to a budget throughout the holidays.

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