June 27, 2016

Enjoying my Free Shopping – Super Swagbucks Friday

Oct15

Today is Mega Swagbucks Friday! That means it’s the best day to search on Swagbucks because they often give out higher Swagbucks just for searching! Swagbucks is just a way to search on the internet but they award you “bucks” […]

This is What We are Striving Towards….

Oct7

How would you like to save $100,000 in fifteen years? For most of us, the thought of paying off our mortgage doesn’t hold one tiny spark of reality for the future. (Please, don’t click off because you think this isn’t […]

31 Days to More with Less: How Much Do You Want It?

Oct4

From personal understanding, getting ones family finances under control requires many of the same tactics that I’ve been experiencing as I ride this weight loss roller coaster. As I share tidbits of money lessons learned, there will be those reading […]

New Series: Personal Family Finance (Balancing the Budget)

Aug13

The amount of resources through out the world wide web, especially in reference to deals, saving money and personal finance is extensive. Here in my little corner of the blog world, I am one blip in the world of frugal […]

Beautifully Budgeted Bathroom Redo – Before and After

Aug1

In my mind, my home decorating skills are living large with HGTV quality, but in reality, I have put many household renovations on the back burner for years. If I spent half of the time doing, rather  than just dreaming […]

Share Your Stories…with us

Jul12

One of the things I cherish here at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam is the interaction and community that is created in my comment section, but also the stories that you email me. Every week, I receive blessings galore when I […]

Invisalign – Clear Alternative to Braces

Jul11

A few months ago, we had an interesting discussion in my comments about expensive investments, namely the frugal reality of braces. Above you see our second born son, sporting his newly perfected smile – sans braces. We have two down, […]

Surviviving Unemployment – God Watch Financial Update

Apr30

I watch. I wait. I wonder. Some call it courage. Some call it foolish. I call it faith. It’s been a LONG year. No, honestly, it’s been a long 17 months. The unknown is difficult. On December 29, 2008, I […]

Mega SwagBucks Friday

Apr16

Have you guys checked out Swagbucks yet? If not, you will want to take just a minute to read over my past posts. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to get items for free with no strings attached. […]

Financial Update – Needs vs. Wants

Mar7

Last week, we celebrated the one year anniversary of our God Watch – a time of watching and waiting expectantly. One year of transition, one year of unemployment, one year of unknowns, and one year later…we have grown, changed, cried, […]

Setting Financial Goals: For What Dream are You Saving?

Feb15

(Edited to add: We are Celebrating!! The porch that took 17 years to build has finally been completed.) When we built our house thirteen years ago, we purposely designed a colonial style because our dream style for our home was to […]

Expensive Investments – the Frugal Reality of Braces

Feb12

As much as I love the thrill of free things, some things in life are not free. In fact, some things in life are not even frugal. More importantly, some things in life are just down right expensive. So where […]

Frugal Fashionista Fashion Show

Jan29

Welcome to our Frugal Fashionista Fashion Show. If you’re curious on how I shop thrift, check out yesterday’s VLOG featuring my latest trip to Goodwill Last week I shared that it’s crucial to buy clothes out of season to really […]

Get Free Gifts with Swagbucks

Jan16

Rarely, do I jump on board something that seems too good to be true, so I wait…to make sure. Well, the fact that I waited and didn’t tell you about Swagbucks earlier is something I highly regret. Our Christmas could […]

Dress for Less – Holiday Edition

Dec23

If you’re new to my Frugal Fashionista posts, go back to the beginning of the series and see my challenge to dress for less..second hand.

Every outfit that I put together never exceeds $15 (including accessories and footwear).

Looking at the pieces below, I’m maxing out this post at a total cost of $7 (I know, I know…you never find deals like that ;)) .

Showing you the possibilities that are out there for fun, festive holiday attire may encourage you to finally throw away that stenciled Christmas tree sweatshirt that Grandma gave you back in the 90’s. Yes, I admit, I had a growing wardrobe of outdated Christmas clothes that I just couldn’t part with since I thought…”well, they’re festive.”

I GOT RID OF THEM!! Yes, I did and now I am free to dress without the small voice in my head whispering that I must wear it so I don’t hurt momma’s feelings.