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         As I sit in front of my computer calculating the end of the 3rd quarter financial goals, I noticed I spent over $500 in food & dining for the month of September! Yikes! That's clearly a car note or a new fall wardrobe. Thanks to the best budgeting tool Mint.com I can track my spending and identify just where my coins are going.

    Scrolling through the transactions to see majority are fast food restaurants. It was heartbreaking. Honestly, I went to the grocery store twice and spent only maybe 60 bucks each time. I'll admit I'd like to consider myself a pretty frugal gal when it comes to grocery shopping and will spend money on fast food without blinking. I love eating out. I enjoy it more than I do buying clothes. Well, almost more. 

    I do know as a single parent it is extremely important to keep hold of a budget and invest as much as I can into a savings account for emergencies. Even when it seems to liek the most convenient thing to do inorder to catch up on lost time, eating out can become extremely expensive. It can make or break your budget goals.

    My initial step was to just admit I hate cooking to a friend and see if she had any advice. I knew that was not going to be enough. I needed to search for a few life hacks to beating the eating out blues. There is a crockpot in my kitchen collecting dust. I have to get a grip on my food budget, I finally decided to do something to change this guilty habit. I was determined to collect as many crockpot recipes as possible in an attempt to stop eating out. Of course I immediately went to Pinterest for recipe ideas.

 I stumbled across this post from Moneysavingmom.com and thought it would be awesome to share this if you could relate or are anything like me when it comes to realizing the reality of making most of your time and money as a single parent. #4 has a link to about 40 crockpot meals! SWEET! I hope this helps. Let me know what are some of your rather challenging objectives? Comment below!

 Until next time, Happy Saving!

 Ty Johnson 

 

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Advice for Single Parents as we get BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

 

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 When you think of self-sufficient you would say it means being able to do it all on your own, without help from anyone. Take a second to look at your daily routine. Is that really realistic? Even the most successful people rely on others for support, from parents who are willing to babysit, to friends who are willing to teach you how to change the oil in your car. You're doing it all on your own, it can be challenging to figure out how to build a support system for yourself and your kids.

As you prepare for the school year, take a look at a few starting points to help build your circle. Think of the people who come to mind who will be able to help or point you in the direction of another resource, even if they aren't able to help themselves. 

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Who Do You Trust?  

If you had to leave your kids with someone right now, who would you call? The answer provides a pretty good indication of who you trust. Most likely, this list will be family members who live nearby, as well as your closest friends and neighbors. With school starting soon this would be the person you would call to help with pick up if you are running late from work.

Who Do You Respect or Hold in High Regard?

There might be people in your life who you don't know very well, but who you have a lot of respect for. These individuals might be excellent sources of help. This person maybe able to help you make decisions that you otherwise wouldn't be able to make based on your level of stress.

 

Who in the Community Might Be Able to Help?

Is there a church or support group nearby?  How about other single parents in your children's class or neighborhood? These people will be willing to support you just make sure to be clear and willing to help them in any way as well. 

Guess what?

You've begun to build a support system. Start contacting these individuals as soon as possible to share your need and even if they can't help you themselves at this time, they may be able to point you in the direction of others who can. Stay connected with Single Parent Advocate. Check out our closed Group created as a message board for Single Parent to communicate and give advice.

 

Single Parent Advocate is actively gathering school supplies for registered single parent families in the DFW area.   Would you support these families?   There are 3 ways to help:

1.  Click Here and join donors by making an online financial donation today

2.  Click Here to Volunteer at our backpack stuffing or distribution gatherings in August

3.  Purchase and deliver suggested supplies at one fo the locations below

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Together we can make a big difference!  Thank you for your support!!

 

 

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