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About Robin McDaniel

About Robin McDaniel

Robin is a freelance writer who chronicles her financial missteps and victories on her blog, www.TheThriftyPeach.com. When not chasing around her very busy toddler, she likes to make fun of herself on her blog and figures humor can be found in any financial mistake she has made.

Awesome Ideas for a Frugal 4th of July Party

The heat is finally here, and nothing says summer like a great 4th of July celebration. There’s really no better time than our nation’s Independence Day to throw a great summer party (or to join someone else’s!).

Add together some icy cold beverages, fresh watermelon, and fireworks, and I’m all in. Here are my best ideas for a frugal 4th of July party that’s both kid-friendly and easy on the wallet.

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How to Plan a Frugal Family Vacation

These days, a vacation can set you back a pretty penny in a hurry, especially once you have children. Flights, hotel rooms, rental cars, expensive cuisine, and entertainment add up quickly.

Once you have a child (or 2 or 7), it gets even pricier when you have to book larger hotel rooms and feed more people.

But don’t despair! No one, I repeat, no one says you have to book that all-inclusive, wallet-robbing Disney vacation for your little princes and princesses. Disney isn’t for everyone, it’s ridiculously expensive, and the whole idea sounds exhausting.

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Easy Tips to Save Money As a Stay At Home Parent

It’s always easy to spend money, especially when you have a kid. But after I had my daughter, I knew I wanted to spend more time with her. That led to my decision to quit my job. That also meant I needed to take a hard look at our budget and cut our spending where I could.

At first it was tough, but now that I’ve developed several new habits, it’s not a big deal, and I’m able to enjoy so much extra free time with my daughter without the worry of blowing our budget. Since becoming a stay at home mom, I’ve had to figure out lots of little ways to save money so that we could make it work financially. If you’re looking to do the same, here are my easy tips to save money. Continue reading

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10 Ways to Clean with Vinegar

These days, there’s really no reason to buy any of those harsh, chemical-laden household cleaners on the market, especially when you can find some great cleaners in your own pantry.

Vinegar, in particular, is like a magical, do-it-all potion, just without the sneaky snake oil salesman. You can use it to clean just about anything, and it’s cheap, green, and healthy for your home.

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10 Must Have Baby Items

Let me be honest here. I was never one of those perfect moms you see out at the park that make motherhood look completely effortless. You know who I’m talking about – the freshly showered, perfectly pony-tailed, fresh-faced moms with the blissfully silent, perfectly clean baby in tow, probably wrapped around them in some fashionable sling.

Apparently those kind of moms do, in fact, exist.

Me? I’m not one of them. I’m the mom hiding in the corner with the toddler who has the sloppy, lopsided pig tails and a milk mustache while she is hanging from my leg. Continue reading

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How to Travel with a Toddler

There was a time in my life when I could hop on a plane with a single carry-on bag and be anywhere in the world within a few hours.

I clearly took that for granted, because no one told me that after I had a baby, traveling would be vastly different. I had no idea how to travel with a baby, much less a toddler!

Everything changes after you have a baby, but I didn’t think about it affecting my travel plans until I was faced with traveling with a baby, and then a toddler. Yikes!

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