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Mike Collins

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Budget Kitty
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family finances, side hustles, single income, frugality, budgeting, investing, saving money, personal finance, blogging, lifestyle, parenting
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New Jersey, United States
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
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Regularly changing your car’s cabin air filter will improve the air quality inside the car, and also help avoid expensive repairs down the road. But what is a cabin air filter and how often should you change it? Let’s get started. What is a Cabin Air Filter? Most newer model cars (around 2000 and later) […] The post How Often Should You Change Your Cabin Air Filter? appeared first on Budget ...
Posted: Nov 12 2018 @ 10:12 AM
Your son’s foot slips while backing into the driveway and he crashes right through the garage door.  A water pipe bursts and floods your basement.  Your furnace dies in the middle of winter. Your company is downsizing and you suddenly find yourself out of a job. Life is full of financial emergencies like these, which […] The post How To Build An Emergency Fund appeared first on Budget Kitty. ...
Posted: Nov 05 2018 @ 8:12 AM
I’m always on the lookout for new apps or side hustles that will help me earn me some extra spending money, and today I’m going to tell you about one of my new favorites: Google Opinion Rewards. Now, you may have already heard of the Google Opinion Rewards app. The app has actually been around […] The post Google Opinion Rewards Review – Easy Money! appeared first on Budget Kitty. ...
Posted: Oct 29 2018 @ 7:21 AM
One of the keys to financial success is not just knowing where your money is going, but deliberately and intentionally choosing what you want your money to do for you. That’s one of the underlying themes of a new book I just read called You Need A Budget. The book is written by Jesse Mecham, […] The post You Need A Budget Book Review appeared first on Budget Kitty. ...
Posted: Oct 22 2018 @ 8:16 AM
I recently met up with my friend Jen for lunch and she told me that she and her husband were looking to buy their first home. They have been renting for a couple of years while saving money for a down payment and they had finally put enough way to start seriously shopping around. She […] The post The Real Cost Of Owning A Home appeared first on Budget Kitty. ...
Posted: Oct 15 2018 @ 7:26 AM
This week is Fire Prevention Week and I wanted to use this time to tell you the story of a time I almost lost my entire family…and the $40 purchase that saved all of our lives. Picture it. The year: 2005.  The place: northern New Jersey. Our oldest daughter was about a year and a […] The post The Day My Family Almost Died appeared first on Budget Kitty. ...
Posted: Oct 08 2018 @ 7:17 AM
Halloween is an exciting time in our house. With all the decorations, candy, and costumes how can you not have fun? And who doesn’t love Fall?  Am I right? With three young kids, Halloween is always a blast for us.  This year Grace is dressing up as Lilo (her best friend will be Stitch), Liam […] The post Halloween Safety Tips Every Parent Needs To Know appeared first on Budget Kitty. ...
Posted: Oct 05 2018 @ 10:42 AM
We have a tradition in our house when it comes to birthdays. It goes back to when my oldest daughter (now a freshman in high school!) was just a preschooler who loved watching some really cute cartoons on Noggin. One of those shows was called Yo Gabba Gabba. It was not one of my favorite […] The post Budget Kitty – Year One Is In The Books appeared first on Budget ...
Posted: Oct 01 2018 @ 7:44 AM
We earned $33.75 in Ibotta rebates in our first month since downloading the app!  Read through our Ibotta review to discover how you can do the same. Or just grab your FREE Ibotta account and earn a $10 sign up bonus  right now. I don’t know about you, but in my house the grocery bill can get pretty crazy. […] The post Ibotta Review – Earn Cash Back On Groceries And More appeared first on ...
Posted: Sep 24 2018 @ 8:40 AM
Don’t let your family be torn apart or an old ex have the last laugh. Update your life insurance beneficiary designations today. Life insurance is one of those topics that no one really likes to think about.  I sure as hell don’t. It’s much easier to pretend that we’ll live forever, but unless you’re a […] The post Are You Sure Your Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations Are Set Up Properly? appeared ...
Posted: Sep 10 2018 @ 7:14 AM


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