by on Nov 27 2015 - 0 Comments

FREE 2016 Editorial Calendar for Download

Pretty much every company is participating in Black Friday, so why not us?

Today we have a free 2016 editorial calendar in Google Spreadsheets that you can download and use to plan and organize your blog posts!

If you don’t have a blog, be sure to check out our post on how to start a blog.

This is the third year we’ve shared a free editorial calendar in Google Spreadsheets. We’ve had very positive feedback every year so we knew providing a 2016 editorial calendar was a must.

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by on Nov 25 2015 - 0 Comments

Parent PalThis post is by our regular contributor, Kristi.

This is a sponsored post. I am a Shop Your Way blogger, but all opinions are my own.

I’m a parent to two great kids. While I try to brave the world of parenting with a mask knowledge, confidence, and grace, the truth is that I am just flying by the seat of my pants.

I don’t always know what to do or how to fix a situation. And that is a terrifying element of being a parent, feeling like your best isn’t good enough.

I wholeheartedly agree with the saying “it takes a village to raise a child.” Unfortunately, I don’t have a village to help me raise my two kids. There have been times where I desperately wished that I had someone I could turn to for help, advice, encouragement, or guidance.

Our nearest relatives are three hours away, and any time spent with family has to be planned out weeks or months in advance. I know one or two of my neighbors fairly well, but they’re busy with their own kids and schedules.

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by on Nov 23 2015 - 42 Comments

Want to take a stand against the consumerism of Black Friday and focus on holiday spirit instead? Here are 8 things you can do instead of shop!This post is by our regular contributor, Erin.

Can you believe that in just a few short days, most of us will be sitting around a table with friends and family, stuffing ourselves silly, all in the name of Thanksgiving? Sounds like a great way to enjoy the holiday, right?

You know what’s not a great way to enjoy it? Cutting it short by going shopping in the wee hours the morning after.

Unless you have a family tradition of going out to shop on Black Friday, I’d argue it’s not in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Aren’t we trying to focus on things we’re thankful for? Like our family, food, shelter, pumpkin pie, and clothing?

Are you really thankful for the chance to participate in one of the most spectacular (not in a good way) displays of consumerism the United States has?

There are plenty of things to do on Black Friday instead of shop – things that celebrate the spirit of the holidays. Plus, by not shopping, you’re saving money!

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by on Nov 20 2015 - 7 Comments

 Most of the Most of Holiday Deals This post is by our regular contributor, Kristi.

Black Friday used to be the most exciting shopping day of the year. It was a day to buy the things you wanted or needed at prices that weren’t prohibitive.

It was an exciting time for retailers as well.

The day after Thanksgiving marked the unofficial start of holiday shopping and the point in which their account ledgers went from red entries for losses to black entries marking profits, thus marking the occasion as Black Friday.

Starting at 6:00 AM shoppers would eagerly line up outside store windows for a chance to score a great deal on toys, movies, and more. People weren’t trampling other people to get a $10 toaster oven.

The past decade has shown an irreversible trend in holiday shopping, though. Stores now offer many of the same deals online as they do in stores, and the deals extend throughout the week and even into the end of December.

There isn’t just one day to score great deals on things you want or need. While I don’t usually buy too much on Black Friday or other deal days, I do try to use the holiday deals to my advantage, using the steep price cuts to buy things like necessary appliances for hundreds of dollars less than they are usually listed.

With so many holiday deal days anymore, it’s hard to decide when to strike on a purchase or whether it’s even worth it to go shopping at all.

If you decide to go shopping this year, use these methods to navigate the many sale days and make the most of the holiday deals.

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by on Nov 18 2015 - 23 Comments

Having trouble figuring out how to stick to your debt repayment plan when you have years to go? Here are a few solutions you can use to pay off your debt.This post is by our regular contributor, Erin.

Are you in credit card debt? Student loan debt? Medical debt? Do you have a car loan, or are you trying to pay off your mortgage quickly?

Paying off debt can be a lofty goal, especially as a young adult; there’s so much pressure and temptation to spend. At times, you might feel like you’re making compromise after compromise, all in the name of being debt free sooner.

If you have a lot of debt, you may be wondering how you can stick to your debt repayment plan for the next few years, as it’s normal to experience some loss of motivation along the way.

Since you’re reading this, I’m assuming you don’t want to fall off the wagon. Here are a few tips that will keep you going when paying off your debt.

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