Category: Money

Small Business Spotlight: Mestebla Gifts

Right off the bat I thought I would say that I have not been paid to do this Small Business Spotlight.  I love highlighting women and caregivers who are taking care of themselves and I think Melissa does an amazing job balancing it all.

I did design Melissa’s new Etsy shop cover photo and icon, so she gave me a set of free hair clips!  Score!

Small Business Spotlight

I had the pleasure to talk with one of my favorite Etsy shop owners this week, Melissa from Mestebla Gifts, about how she got started and what she has to offer in her store.  It was quite a treat to interview such a talented artist!

Holiday shopping is just around the corner and we all know shopping online is a great way to save time and get that one of a kind gift.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford the stress of Christmas shopping last minute!

Melissa’s shop is 100% special orders so you know you are getting exactly what you want.  She can easily add a monogram or change the color of the item or add any other personal details to make your loved one’s day.

Here are just a few of the fun creations in Melissa’s shop right now:

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3 reasons to try Every Dollar!

Every Dollar

The Every Dollar Budgeting Tool

Let me start out by saying that I’m in not being compensated for this review and I’m not an employee of Dave Ramsey!  This is just an honest review and rave about a quality product that has blessed our family in the last year. 

We have been big fans of Dave Ramsey’s message for years- we did our debt free scream on his radio show 13+ years ago and have worked as a team with our finances since.

So, why should you give it a try?  I have 3 big reasons why I think everyone should give this app a chance.

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5 Teen Money Makers that think outside the box

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Teen money-making ideas

Teens have a tough time finding employment before age 16 and even after 16 it’s difficult to balance a job with homework and other activities.

My daughter was going to lifeguard this summer at the local water park, but decided that working with a 1:1 swim coach, joining a swim team, and catching up on her tutoring hours, she couldn’t fit it in.  I know many teens struggle with keeping to a good schedule when school’s out.

She still needs to earn some money, though!  She has her eye on a trip next summer and I’m sure dreams of the freedom of owning her own car.  (scary stuff)

Here are our top 5 teen money makers that you might not have thought of. Some of these we have done and some we plan to try this summer.

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Goodwill Outlet Tutorial: Is it worth it?

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Goodwill

I discovered the Goodwill Outlet a few years ago.  I have been a fan of regular Goodwill stores for years and I knew outlet meant cheaper items- but how do you make a thrift store even cheaper?

How cheap is it really?

I’ve never been one to get super excited about an outlet mall.  50% off of a lot of money is still a lot of money!  Goodwill Outlet is an awesome place to really save, but they sure make you work for that cheaper price let me tell ya.

Let me tease you with the savings before I get to the nitty gritty stuff.  Everything is sold by the pound- only bigger items like furniture or electronics are individually priced.

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These are the prices in my town and I would assume the prices are similar in other places, but the only guarantee is that it will be cheap! Bin items mean everything in those giant blue bins.

Now that you are excited let’s scare you a bit…

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