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Q&A: “How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?”

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance requires constant change and adjustment on my part. I have to choose to hold dear to my heart what matters most.

For example, while I love social media for connecting and networking with others, I am not a rule follower. I don’t want to be chained to a regular schedule, even if it’s what the experts say is best for growing my business.

I don’t want a blog that is a burden to me and my family. I want it to be a blessing, and so there are some choices I make for myself in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance and manage my time well.

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Brigette’s $88 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

Cauliflower – $1.99

2 Butternut Squash – $2.58

1 4-ct pkg Zucchini – $1.99

3 Avocados – $2.07

1 Spaghetti Squash – $1.99

1 box Cinnamon Crunch Squares – $1.69

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.49

1 32-oz container Half and Half – $1.79

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $2.59

3 pkgs Rice Cakes – $3.87

1 Artisan Baby Lettuce – $1.99

1 3-ct pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

Total: $26.03

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Harris Teeter

1 3-lb bag Clementines – $3.49 (not an amazing price, but my children love and beg for these!)

2 Dawn Dish Detergent – $2.00, used 2 $0.25/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00/2

2 McCormick Gravy Mix – $1.00, used $0.50/2 RP 10/25 (doubled) – FREE

4 pkgs Sargento Shredded Cheese – $7.98, used 2 $0.65/2 printable (doubled) – $5.38/4

2 8-oz pkgs Challenge Cream Cheese – $3.00, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00/2

1 large pkg Mission Corn Tortillas – $2.49, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.99

Total: $11.88

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Save-A-Lot

4 large Pumpkins – $3.96 (I’ve been working on cooking and freezing these)

1 bunch Bananas (3.56lbs @ $0.34/lb) – $1.21

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.49

Total: $7.66

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Sam’s Club

(A friend called to tell me she found large jars of Almond Butter for $3.91 each, which is a fantastic price! I’m guessing Sam’s Club is discontinuing them. The expiration date wasn’t until July, so I was thrilled to be able to stock-up! While my weekly grocery budget is around $65 a week, that does not factor in occasional bulk purchases such as this.)

10 24-oz jars Almond Butter – $39.10

Total: $39.10

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Zaycon

(We LOVE Zaycon! The only thing I have ever ordered from them is chicken, but we have been thoroughly impressed with the freshness, quality and pricing, as well as excellent customer service. I highly recommend checking to see if they offer a drop-off in your area.)

40lbs of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (@$1.89/lb) – $75.60, used $72.00 referral credits (from many of you – THANK YOU!) – $3.60

Total: $3.60

Weekly Total, including Bulk Purchases: $88.27

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2

Oatmeal with Fruit (from the freezer) x 3

Veggie Omelettes x 2

Lunches

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Apples x 2

Build-Your-Own-Tossed Salad, Oranges x 2

Almond Butter on Rice Cakes, Bananas x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Mashed Cauliflower, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Wipe Your Mouth B-B-Q (Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook), Homemade French Fries in the Oven, Broccoli

Chicken Gravy Over Brown Rice, Roasted Butternut Squash, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins

Leftovers x 2

Read Chapter 1 of Money-Making Mom for FREE!

Download the first chapter of Money-Making Mom for FREE!

Thank you so very much for all of your kind words, your Instagram posts, your tweets, your emails, and your sweet words of encouragement about my new book that released yesterday. I spent the day feeling so humbled and touched by you all!

If you haven’t yet purchased your copy of Money-Making Mom and you are looking for ways to increase your income and use your skills and gifts to earn money, you’ll want to go get your copy of the book here.

If you’re still on the fence wondering whether this book would be a good fit for you or not, you can read the introduction and Chapter 1 here.

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You’ll notice that much of what I share in this book is brand-new stories and information — stuff that you’ve not read here on the blog before. I had so much fun digging deep, writing from my heart, and writing new material that has come from years of having my own business and making many mistakes.

I think you’ll enjoy getting a closer look at the behind-the-scenes of what has made MoneySavingMom.com successful, as well as hearing about many, many failures I’ve made along the way.

Best of all, this book doesn’t just share my story, but there are dozens and dozens of success stories from many different women who are in different seasons and who have a wide variety of different businesses and income-earning ventures.

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Money-Making Mom is not a book about about making money as a blogger or even just about making money online. Instead, it’s a hands-on manual to help you discover your passions and talents and turn those into a profitable business — whether online or offline.

Woven through the pages is my heart to inspire women to uncover their gifts, use their talents, and make a difference in this world! Because you have a story. You have a message. You have gifts and talents. And the world needs your story, your message, your gifts, and your talents!

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Go download the first chapter here. Then go get your copy here, if you haven’t already!

Stop Feeling Guilty About Asking for Help

Stop Feeling Guilty About Asking for Help

I am so glad I decided to extend last week’s book club into this week, because I am absolutely loving Brene Brown’s Rising Strong. It is challenging me personally on so many levels, and I have really enjoyed taking my time and soaking up the words as I read through it slowly.

“Connection doesn’t exist without giving and receiving. We need to give, and we need to need.”

I scoped about this quote yesterday in-depth, because it hit me SO hard this week. When I first read this quote, I thought to myself, “Need to need?” That seemed almost strange to me at first, until I really started reflecting on it.

I was raised by parents who modeled what it means to be a giver. I’m so grateful my parents taught me how to be a servant.

As a result, though, I saw firsthand how draining it can be when people are always needing and taking and asking and are never giving back in any way. I told myself I didn’t want to ever be that person who was constantly taking and needing.

So what did I do? I swung the pendulum to the other side. I decided I wanted to always be the giver — the solutions girl, the girl who has her act together, the girl who is always pouring into other people.

I became what Brene Brown describes as an over-functioner: “Over-functioners say ‘I won’t fail. I will do. I don’t need help. I help.‘” 

Why We Need to Stop Feeling Guilty About Asking for Help

I don’t like to feel needy. And if I admit I’m struggling, I usually feel like I am letting people down or being a needy person.

I’m slowly learning, though, that it is equally as important to ask for help, and that letting people into our lives and struggles and needs is a gift we can give to them. It’s being real, vulnerable, authentic, and human.

Chapter 8 of Rising Strong on needing to need really hit home for me in this area.

When was the last time you asked someone to help you?

This is a question I had to ask myself and be honest about. You see — the past few weeks have been a really difficult time for me, personally. There have been some issues going on with situations that I can’t talk about publicly that have left me feeling overwhelmed, hurt, frustrated, sad, and a whole host of other emotions.

I’ve wanted to keep it all together and be okay, but it’s been SO heavy, and it’s been hurting pretty badly. There have been many days when I walked around feeling on the verge of tears — and I’m not usually one to be super emotional or cry.

Stop Feeling Guilty About Asking for Help

On Sunday, I shared with my community group a little bit of what’s been going on and asked for prayer. On Monday night, I did the same with out Monday Group. In both cases, those there just cared and listened and prayed for us.

And I’m so grateful. But honestly, it was hard for me to do that, and I came away from it feeling like I was some sort of needy, drama queen. I was wondering if I should have shared and thinking maybe I should have kept my mouth shut, until I read this chapter and was re-reminded that it’s okay to need help sometimes.

“When you judge yourself for needing help, you judge those who are helping. When you attach value to giving help, you attach value to needing help. The danger of tying yourself worth to being a helper is feeling shame when you have to ask for help. Offering help is courageous and compassionate, but so is asking for help.”

Wow. If we act like we never need help, it’s almost a sign or value we wear…”I don’t need help. I’m the person who helps.

I’ve been saying this my entire life. But the truth is that we all need to need, and there are times in our lives when we all need help.Stop Feeling Guilty About Asking for Help

“In a culture of scarcity and perfectionism, asking for help can be shaming if we’re not raised to understand how seeking help is human and foundational to connection.”

Vulnerability and honesty leads to trust within relationships. It’s important not to be afraid to share your struggles with those closest to you, and I am learning to be better about this as I embrace authentic friendships.

“The bottom line is that we need each other, and not just the civilized, proper, convenient kind of need. Not one of us gets through this life without expressing desperate, messy, and uncivilized need — the kind we are reminded of when we come face to face with someone who is in a deep struggle.”

Just recently, one of my friends was in a really traumatic situation. When I called her up to see how she was doing, she immediately broke down into ugly sobs.

In that moment, I didn’t think, “Oh, what a needy person.” Instead, my heart broke for her and it actually knit my heart closer to hers because of her willingness to be honest and vulnerable with me.

My challenge for you today:

Do you need to ask for help, instead of being frustrated or hurt because nobody is giving it? Or do you maybe need to ask someone if/how you can help them?

Q&A: “Is your book, Money-Making Mom, just for moms?”

Yes, I wrote Money-Making Mom with the target audience of moms.

But I believe that any woman will benefit from reading Money-Making Mom.

Maybe you’re feeling stress from financial crisis, you’re the primary bread winner, or you just need a little extra side income.

Whatever your situation, I hope the ideas in my new book Money-Making Mom will inspire you and help you get started on the journey towards making a full-time income from home!

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