Crazy for a Deal

Stop by to witness my crazy life as a frugal wife! I blog about online deals, coupon codes, freebies, coupon deals, and also about life in general. I do product reviews and giveaways too. As long as it has to do with money saving opportunities,...

Riki is a winner of Top 25 Money Saving Blogs by Moms - 2012

What's the single best decision about money you've made?

Signing up for Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University! We now budget, use the envelope system, and haven't had any money fights - just budget meetings!

Does your child receive an allowance? If so, how much? (Please share how old your child is.)

They have to learn that you have to work to make money, so they do not get an allowance. If they do the chores on their chore chart they do get paid for their work. Some things are expected as a part of living at our house and being in the family, but I give them chances to earn up to about $5 or $6 a week. They honestly make about $3 most weeks, but when they're motivated and saving for a certain item, they're more likely to do more chores and ask for ways to earn money.

What's an easy way moms can trim their family food budget?

Use coupons while looking at matchups. A sale with a coupon is the best way to get a huge discount. We shop at Sam's club for many of the things we eat weekly because buying in bulk makes sense if it's something that we have as a staple in the house. I will admit eating healthier seems to cost more money - but in the long run it should be worth it for your health!

What's one of the worst messes your child has made? Please share a link to a photo if you have one.

Riki D.

My kids went crazy on the walls one day while I was working downstairs. I quickly learned that sharpies are not easy to remove from the walls (or from the kids themselves). I have a video in the post - can't believe I recorded it, but I was in shock!
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What's your best tip for teaching a gradeschooler about money?

Riki D.

When we started paying cash for things like groceries, restaurants, gas, etc. They were both amazed that I had to pay "real money" for something and not just use a card. Bingo! Now they're getting it.
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