Free Printable Wedding Planners, Online Bridal Organizers, Checklists, Expense Summaries

My husband and I paid for our own wedding. We paid everything off, including the honeymoon, beforehand so we incurred no debt. The total wedding and reception tab cost less than $1,800. Granted this was 1987, but we could do it again now. How? By doing many things ourselves, including wedding planning. Brides and grooms planning your own wedding, here are free printable wedding planners to help. Print organizers, gift registry trackers, checklists, guides, schedules, calendars, budget tools and expense sheets to manage your big day.  Free Printable Wedding Planners, Online Organizers, Checklists, Expense Sheets

Budget Homemade Memorial Day Party Fun for All Ages

Holiday party planning is easy when dealing with one age group. Planning for young and old is more challenging. Easily-bored kids want to romp while grandparents want to sit (quietly!) and visit. Here's a cheap, easy backyard Memorial Day party--crafts, food, parade, patriotic games and activities--everyone from toddlers to seniors, yes even parents, will love! High on fun, easy on the budget! Lots of recycled and homemade fun. Cheap Homemade Memorial Day Party Fun for Toddler to Grandparent

Free Printable Spring Coloring Pages, Activities, Lesson Plans

I just sat outside in the sunshine--our first warm day since October in Michigan. Spring is a glorious season, isn't it? Birds chirping, nest-building. Today's penny pincher tips are links for free printable spring coloring pages and lesson plans. Homeschoolers, teachers, parents, you'll want these. Maybe you're hosting a spring birthday party. Or wedding or bridal shower. Use these for decorations and crafts. Work at home parents, take the kiddies outside and let them color at the picnic table while you work. Have kids make Mother's Day cards! Free Spring Coloring Pages and Lesson Plans

Lose Weight, Save Money With These A-Z Fat-Burner Food Swaps

I've lost nearly all the 100 pounds I gained taking the antidepressant Paxil. I've shaved 11 BMI points and eight clothing sizes. I didn't use invasive methods like surgery. I cut calories, controlled portions and made healthier food swaps like those in Men's Health "Eat This, Not That." I follow weight loss gurus like Dr. Oz and amend my diet as I learn more. Sometimes, advice is contradictory. So I experiment. If it works, I keep doing it. Here's an A-Z guide to food switches that helped me reduce. Simplifying my eating has cut grocery expenses too! I Lost 98 Pounds With These A-Z Fat-Burner Food Swaps

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Freelance writer, Top 100 Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo! News, Shine, Michigan, Detroit), blogger, teacher, mom of 4, happily married 25 years. Graduated GVSU 1986, psychology/general education and special education. continuing ed up to present. Certified MI teacher. Writing Michigan history mystery, children's Gothic fantasy. Areas of expertise: education, relationships, mental health, nutrition, history, world cultures. Passions: faith, Catholic church, sustainable living, interfaith initiatives, living simply that others might simply live. Working on MA in EI education. 

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