Huge Weekend Magazine Sale: Family Handyman, Eating Well + More

weekend magazine saleDiscountMags.com is back with another really fantastic weekend sale!

This huge magazine sale is a great opportunity to get a deal on your favorite magazine subscriptions at some of the lowest prices of the year.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 2.09.55 PMYou can purchase magazine subscriptions as gifts, for yourself or even to renew existing subscriptions.

This sale will end Sunday night, February 1st, 2015, at midnight EST.

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Why We Make Time to Really Talk About Our Finances

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This post is part of the How We Saved This Week weekly feature.

My husband and I talk about pretty much everything. That’s one thing that we established well before going into marriage (we met when we were 9 and 10 and were good friends for years before we actually were in a serious relationship) and it’s the “glue” that holds our marriage together.

Since I’m a verbal processor and Jesse’s highest receiving love language (meaning: how he feels loved) is quality time, we spend a LOT of time talking. In fact, our friends tease us about how much we talk together because it’s rare that something happens that we don’t talk about it. :)

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There’s No “Mine” or “Yours”

I truly believe that one reason we’ve been able to make a lot of financial traction in recent years is because we’ve really become a strong team when it comes to finances. We’ve set aside the whole “his money, her money” fights and made it all “our money”. We don’t talk about “your earnings vs. my earnings”; it’s all “our earnings”.

We don’t have separate bank accounts. We don’t make big financial purchases without consulting each other. We don’t give to a cause or need or person without both agreeing to it. And we don’t move forward with any long-term financial plan without both of us being on the same page about it.

Yes, We’ve Had to Learn to Compromise

We’ve had a lot of intense discussions about finances over the years, and while it sometimes takes a lot of talking and time and discussion, we’ve found ways to compromise so that we’re both feeling “heard” when it comes to our budget. (Such as having a blow category in our budget so that Jesse can have some wiggle room to enjoy spending money! Or cutting back in some areas so that my frugal self doesn’t feel like we’re wasting money.)

Over the years, the practice of making unity a priority when it comes to finances has paid off well. We have a lot less friction, we’ve grown in our communication skills, and we’ve learned a lot about the needs and fears we both have.

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Thinking Long-Term About Property Investments

This past week, we sat down and talked about our long-term financial goals — especially when it comes to rental property investments. This is an area that we were just experimenting with for a year or two, not sure how it would work out. Well, it’s worked out really, really well.

Jesse has loved the process of researching areas to buy rental properties in, he’s loved reading and listening to books and podcasts on how to have a successful rental management business, he’s loved working with the rental management company we hired to manage our two houses in Kansas, and his enthusiasm for this whole idea has only been strengthened from a few years of doing it.

And not only that, but the cash flow from our rental properties has turned out to be a good income source, even after deducting all the expenses involved (such as taxes, rental management company percentages, maintenance, and repairs).

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How We Saved This Week

We sat down and talked about all of that this week. We spent some time dreaming about the future and then talking realistically about where we want to be in 5 to 10 years. We talked about pros and cons to single family houses versus multi-family residences, where we wanted to purchase rentals in the future (Kansas, Tennessee, or somewhere entirely differently), and we talked about what was doable with what we’re able to save each month + the rental income we’re earning.

We set some short-term and long-term goals, we discussed a couple of big dreams, and we mapped out a game plan for the next few years. While I can’t tell you a dollar amount we saved (or earned) by having this discussion, I truly believe that taking the time to talk about these things in-depth will end up paying off in significant dividends and savings in the months and years to come.

What are some ways that YOU saved this week?

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Weekend Giveaway: $25 Jamberry Gift Card (10 Winners)

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Jamberry Nails is a company that offers a wide variety of non-toxic, latex-free nail wraps. They offer over hundreds of different adorable nail wrap designs — there’s truly something for everyone!

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Jamberry Nails are heat-activated vinyl nail wraps that last up to 2 weeks on fingers and up to 6 weeks on toes. Each sheet provides enough for at least 2 manicures and 2 pedicures — making each application less than $3. Watch this video here to see how to apply them.

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Kaitlynn is getting quite good at doing my nails these days and I’ve perfected the art of holding a book and reading to the kids while she paints them. She loves it, it helps her listen, and I get a free manicure to boot!

Ruthie sent me some Jamberry Nail Wrap samples, so after Kaitlynn was finished doing my nails and I was finished with our read aloud time one day this past week, I surprised her by offering to give her a Jamberry manicure.

She loved it. And aren’t the colors on her nails so much fun?? This is definitely the perfect option for cute nails for someone like me who has almost zero artistic talent!jamberry

Ruthie is also offering a special offer for MoneySavingMom.com readers: Buy 3 sheets of wraps, get 1 FREE! You can browse all the styles at Ruthie’s site here.

Also, you can join Ruthie’s Jamberry Jazz Facebook Group here.

Would you like to win a free $25 gift card to spend on anything on the Jamberry Nails site? Just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address to be entered to win. This giveaway ends Sunday, February 1, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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