As my first year of blogging comes to a close, I wanted to pause and say Thank You, before showing you the Top 10 Posts of 2015!
Thank for welcoming me into the blogosphere with open arms and encouraging me along the way. There are so many people I have connected with and have dropped by to read what I have shared, which has been very inspiring to me!
I was a little surprised to see several of my recipe posts hit the top 10 list. I was not trying to make this blog another foodie blog, but I will do more frugal recipes in the future since that is what you all like.
You were also interested in ideas on making money on the side, how to plan a successful budget and how to prevent overspending.
Frugal gifts were very popular with two different posts. I will bring you more frugal gift ideas for different holidays throughout the year.
Drum roll please….Here are the 10 most popular posts of 2015!
The Planning a Successful Budget worksheet was so popular, that this post quickly became part of the top ten in just the final month of 2015. You need to review how you handled money the previous year and look ahead to see what you can reasonably expect financially in order to make a successful budget going forward. Choosing just one money goal to focus on is so hard, but much more effective.
This was such a fun post to write. I am a firm believer that everyone should have some sort of money making venture on the side for two reasons. One, to control how much of a raise you get each year and two, to make great progress on your financial goals. Here is a collection of various ideas you can do to earn extra money on the side.
I share my journey into debt with credit cards, student loans, and a car loan, and how my hubby and I were able to pay off all our debts just shy of two years into our marriage. Hopefully you leave with the hope that you can too, pay off all your debts and experience financial freedom.
Buying a whole chicken is very cost effective. You can make several meals from one chicken (I made 4!) and then you can use the bones to make homemade stock. It’s nutritious and really amps up the savings.
This recipe is a spicy, tomato based soup with hominy, which my mom would often make for New Year’s Eve. You can make a double batch, serving 16, for $8.52. Add a little cheese, cilantro and avocado; it’s almost like getting a hug from the inside!
There is nothing better than homemade vanilla! It smells so rich and makes your baked goods have another depth of flavor. You know what, if you make vanilla as gifts, you better make sure to keep making more. You can’t stop! All your friends and family will now consider you to be their source of amazing vanilla and will come back with their bottles to be refilled again and again.
I love Chicken Tortilla Soup so much and you did as well too! I got this recipe from my friend Diana. Jam packed with vegetables, chicken, and a touch of Chipolte heat, this is another recipe that feeds a crowd for cheap. Don’t forget the toppings, chips, avocados, cheese, green onions, sour cream, and cilantro for a truly enjoyable meal.
Several friends gathered together to make these sour cream enchiladas for my wedding, since it was one of my favorite recipes from my friend Sheli, which was truly special. If I want to make this a more filling meal, I will add chicken, spinach, and red bell peppers to the enchiladas. Either way, they are delicious!
Overspending is real. Even I, after budgeting for many years, still overspend at times. There is nothing more frustrating than to have a money goal, but you can’t make much progress toward it at the end of the month, because you overspent in several categories. Here are some great practical tips on how to prevent overspending once you realize overspending is a symptom of behavior.
And the most popular post was…
I collaborated with several amazing bloggers to bring you a gift guide on frugal DIY gifts for Christmas which cost less than $15 each, and most much lower! You can still have a nice Christmas and be generous, without spending a lot of money. These 18 ideas are just what you need. (Shh, several of these gifts can be made for birthdays, teacher appreciation, or other events as well.)
I want to thank you for making my first year of blogging such a success, by coming by to visit my blog, leaving comments, and sharing what you are going through. You have also shared the articles with your friends. You have encouraged me and become my friends.
People all over the world have visited my blog. In fact, my website has had 21,302 unique views over this past year. There are over 150 people who have followed me on Pinterest. 400+ are following me on Twitter, just over 100 people on Facebook and 65 on Instagram. (You can join them too!)
I am closing in on 200 email subscribers. Say What? You aren’t getting my emails with great tips on saving money, living on a budget and paying off debt?
In all honesty, this blog is here to help you live well on a budget so you can gain control of your money and reach your financial goals.
There are a lot of ideas I have for 2016, but I really want to hear from you, since without you this blog would not be here.
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- Successful Budget Tips Series