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Mom On A Budget

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Hello! I'm Ashleigh! I live in Michigan with my family of 3 girls (4 year old twins and a 2 year old), husband and abnormally large lab mix. Since I was little, I have loved to save money, but my bargaining skills were kicked up a notch when we found out we were having twins. I can spot a red clearance sticker from a mile away! I write tips and recipes on my blog Being Cheap is Easy and also on Recipes4Living. I love to cook, read, listen to music and watch anything on Bravo (so addicting!). Say hello on Twitter or Instagram!

Fitness on a Budget {5 Tips To Get Motivated!}

Categories: budget friendly, budget skills, family activities, self care

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So I’m going to be honest: I’m not the most athletic person (I run like Phoebe from Friends).  I will find any excuse to not workout.  But in the past year I’ve learned to loathe it a bit less.  Baby steps!

Here are a few tips to save on your fitness.

1. Get a pedometer and set a goal!

I got a Fitbit for Mother’s Day last year and I love it.  Yes, it was around $50, but I now know how active I am and I’ve set goals.  A simple pedometer can be found anywhere and it can cost as little as $5.  I try to get 10,000 steps a day.

2. Checkout Fitness DVDs from your library

I love the library, that’s no secret.  I started checking out fitness DVDs a few years ago and it’s such a great way to keep at-home workouts fun.  Plus, you don’t have to invest a lot of money in a DVD you might not like.  I have ended up buying a few of my favorites.  Also check out Netflix and Amazon Instant has a ton! Here’s a few I love:
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Why You Should Dust Off Your Library Card!

Categories: budget friendly, budget skills, family activities, parenting, shopping

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When I was little, I was such a book worm.  I grew up in a small town and was able to walk to the library whenever I wanted…I couldn’t miss a new Baby-Sitters Club book!  Once I was in college, reading became a chore and the library was for cramming sessions before exams.  It wasn’t until after I had the twins that I started to love reading again.  If you have a family who loves to read or watch movies, the library can really save you tons of money!

I know that you can probably get movies quicker with Redbox, but who remembers to return them on time?  We always pay like $5 for a “free” movie.  With our library, I just put movies or TV shows we want to watch on a hold, even before they are released, and they will alert me when they’re ready.  Yes, we do have to wait for more popular ones…but it’s not a big deal for us.  In the winter, we tend to binge watch a new TV show (we’re on 24 now!) and you can check out whole seasons at a time.

Trying to workout at home?  Before you go off buying every Jillian Michaels DVD at Target (they are all amazing, though!), check them out at the library first!  Our library even has P90X and Insanity!  You can try them out for 3 weeks before investing tons of money.  Plus, it’s good to switch up your routine.  After you return it, get a new one for a well-rounded (and free!) at home workout!  Aside from DVDs, you can also try the Zumba game.  The Wii one is so much fun!
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