How do you spend your tax refund? ($100 Amazon Giveaway)

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Ahhh, it’s that time of year, again. It always seems to come back around too quickly, doesn’t it?! Dreaded tax time. It can be stressful! We try to stay organized throughout the year so that when it comes time to file taxes, a lot of the work is already done. We have a filing cabinet with folders for receipts, expenses, purchases, etc. I also keep a folder in my email account for things related to taxes–receipts for business expenses or payments.

Things for

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“When you’re done with my money, I need it back!”

This post on teaching kids about money was written by me in a partnership with the SheHeard Influencer Network.

Every Tuesday night my husband takes the kids to his grandma’s house for dinner. One day she gave Ryan a little antique bank where you put coins in a dog’s mouth, push a lever, and the dog flies through a hoop held by a circus man and drops it in a barrel. He LOVES it and his great-grandma started giving him quarters on special occasions to use just for his new bank.

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How our house handles the money issue

I’m pretty sure one of the biggest topics of argument among couples is money. Understandably–you’re used to managing your own money and holding only yourself accountable… then you’re married and suddenly there’s this thing called “our” money and more bills, and kids, and who pays for what and whose money do you use?!

I’ve talked to friends and family many times about how they figured things out and how they handle money issues with their spouse. Seriously every family does something different. The key is finding what works for YOU. Some relinquish all duties

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Financial Success and Independence guest post for Financial Literacy Month!

As you know, April is financial literacy month. If you haven’t already gathered from my previous posts, the Baby Dickey household is big time against debt! I found a wonderful writer from debtconsolidation, named Nicole Bostic, who wanted to share some of her best tips for becoming financially independent and staying out of debt.

It seems everyone these days is looking for the key to financial success and independence. What most people tend to overlook is the fact that success and independence does not start or stop with your finances. The truth of

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How Baby Dickey (And Family) Takes Care Of Money!

April is the unofficial financial literacy month here in the United States and even mommy bloggers can participate. While I am in no way claiming that I’m some kind of financial expert, what I will say is that we do a pretty damn good job of taking care of our money and we’re proud of our conservative approach! After we graduated from college we started listening to a famous financial radio talk show about wealth building (well Steve did at first but now he makes me and I love it!). What we

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529 College Savings Plan

I know Ryan is only 1, but Steve and I have actually been discussing starting a college fund for him since before I pregnant! I’m sure other parents can relate. It’s kinda one of those cliché conversations that all parents have that loses priority after the baby is born. Everyone said to open up a 529 savings plan, but didn’t have a lot of information about them. Steve and I never actually did open an account until after his first birthday. Steve’s grandma and a family friend of ours each gave us

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10 Tips for Getting Away with Great Family Travel Deals

Steve and I have been trying to decide whether or not to take a vacation this year. We have been on the fence about whether or not to take Ryan. We ultimately decided that we would go without Ryan for this trip, taking a 4-7 day trip, because pretty soon we’ll want him to go with us on all of our vacations. The fact that Steve lost his job has now made it so we really have to save money now if we want to go on any vacation at all. Now, more so

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