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    Creativebug’s Having a Sale

      One of my hobbies is arts and crafts so a few years ago I signed up for a subscription to Creativebug Great thing is with your subscription you can take as many classes as you want, sewing, cooking, painting, you name it. You even get to put 12 classes per year into your own library so if you ever quit your subscription they’re still there for you. I’ve learned a ton of stuff from their site. Yes, even stuff like sewing skills that can save me money. I’ve even learned some art skills and sold a few of my doodles so you can make money too! I enjoy the site so…

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    Are You On Track With Your Financial Goals?

        We’re almost mid-way through the financial summer makeover/challenge so how are you doing? Are you on track to meet the financial goals you set? Here’s my update. I’ve been keeping track of money I spend and what I spend it on. It’s taught me a couple of things. One, there’s always room for improvement because even the most budget conscious of us will splurge once in a while. It’s human nature I guess, and yes, like a diet it’s sometimes a good thing because it stops you from going off the diet completely. Second thing is that being accountable if only to myself, is improving my ability to be totally…

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    Ways to Save with Amazon

    Before I begin, a full disclosure, I recently signed up to be an Amazon associate which means I can earn affiliate fees if anyone clicks on or makes a purchase through one of the links I’m providing in this post… and actually that’s my first tip for saving and making money on Amazon is to become one of their associates. Coupons I never thought I’d find coupons on Amazon but yes, they have them and here’s a link (no, this isn’t one of the affiliate links). You can use them for lots of stuff and another way to shave off some money from your order. https://www.amazon.com/Coupons     Prime Member and…

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    Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

    A few of you asked for a recipe to serve with the cilantro-lime rice I posted last week and here’s one of my favorites. This delicious, healthy slow cooker recipe is as easy as it is versatile. This flavor-packed chicken is perfect for burrito bowls, lettuce wraps, (or over a bed of flavorful cilantro-lime rice0. Tip: Don’t skip the squeeze of fresh lime juice after cooking. It really brightens the flavors and pulls them all together.   Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 3–8 hours Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 10-oz. cans Rotel fire-roasted diced tomatoes & green chilies, undrained 2 15-oz. cans black beans,…