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Summer is coming to a close and school is starting up in Arizona.

We’re in the planning stages and gathering quotes for a big house project that will include remodeling some closets and possibly a bathroom. The preparation for the project is almost as overwhelming as the project itself.

We’ll share more details and pictures as we get things finalized.



Free Moms & Money Conference


The Mamas Talk Money Summit is a 5-day virtual event (October 21 - 25, 2019) with more than 40 speakers to bring you content specifically designed to help moms feel more confident with money and reach their goals. Annette is speaking on Teens and Money.

It’s Free: You can pop in as often as you have time to watch the sessions live.

There is only a fee if you want to want to watch some of the sessions after the conference is over.

Register here: Registration officially opens on October 5. BUT you can get on the waiting list now. Once you are on the list you’ll be given more information about the conference schedule. (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Click on the Speakers link in the menu bar to see all of the speakers.


2 Days to 10k in Scholarships

Our friend Jocelyn from The Scholarship System has done two days of live videos helping families build a scholarship list. She’s following up with a free summary webinar on August 18



Make Money: We’re helping you make some extra cash with tips on how to sell your old cell phones and host a killer garage sale.

Save Money: Tips for back to school savings, Getting Student Loans Forgiven, How to pay for college with no money, crisping limp carrots and 2 new videos.

Everything we write is focused on helping you live a great life while saving money.


We’re making frugal fun!

PS: These are affiliate relationship where we may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. No purchase is required to get some of this great information.

33 Places that Buy Used Cell Phones for Cash


Have you ever wondered, “who buys used cell phones?” Many stores are willing to buy used cell phones for cash.

Do you have some old cell phones sitting in a drawer? Would you like to turn that outdated technology into cash?

This article will help you turn you unneeded phones into needed money.

We’ll share stores that are nearby where you can get cash today for your phone.

And we’ll also share several online options where you can get a quote and then mail your phone in for a cash payout.


Get the Listing of Local Stores That Buy Used Phones Near You 


How we Rehydrate Limp, Rubbery Carrots


Have you ever purchased carrots that are rubbery, limp and droopy? Have carrots that you store in your refrigerator lost their crispness and crunchiness?

Don’t despair, your produce is not ready for the trash can or compost pile. You can rehydrate limp carrots and return them to their crisp and crunchy original condition.

Get the details and a video here 


37 Garage Sale Tips and Tricks

If you’re looking for Garage Sale Tips and Tricks, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve hosted and participated in dozens of very successful garage sales.

We’ve written this Garage Sale Guide to help you turn your unwanted treasures into cash. There are 29  ideas presented on this page to help you run an efficient and profitable yard sale at your home. 

Or to host a rummage sale for a charitable organization where you volunteer.

Get our Step By Step Guide Here



Student Loan Forgiveness Programs: Get Loans Discharged Legally


Do you have college loans? Are you looking for a list of loan forgiveness programs? Are you wondering if you can get student loan forgiveness?

Student loan forgiveness isn’t available to everyone, but it is a great way to pay off student loans that have already been accrued!

We’ve scoured the loan forgiveness landscape and found 9 different programs that might benefit you.

College Prices Have Skyrocketed:

Over the past 40 years, gas prices have increased by about 300% and Gold has risen more than 1200%. However, the cost of college has outpaced them both, skyrocketing more than 1600% higher than it was in 1975.

Learn more about 9 loan forgiveness programs 



Paying for College With No Money or a Trust Fund


A Reader asks How to Pay for College With No Money and without a Trust Fund.

Question: My daughter is a senior in high school and is preparing to head off to college. We have no money saved for her college expenses and feel like loans are the only option we have. What should we do?

MoneySmartFamily: You have more options than you realize.

Read about 5 Options for Getting Free Money for College



Money-Saving Tips for School Expenses & Supplies


We could use your help adding more money-saving tips to our school expenses & supplies page.

Have you found a way to save money on school stuff? Whether its school supplies, clothes, tuition, transportation or something else.

Could you navigate to this page and leave a comment with your tip at the bottom of the page?

All of us at MoneySmartFamily (editors and readers) always appreciate your frugal tips.

Visit the page here 


2 New Videos:

Best Ground Beef Chili

This is a super delicious recipe that takes less than 20 minutes to prepare to cook.

Get the full recipe and directions here


25 Cent DIY Upholstery Cleaning

You’ll love this video. Watch as Steve cleans a curb picked up a chair that we repaired and then sold for $80. Only one hour of time invested.

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