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Melissa Batai

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Melissa is a former college instructor who recently quit her job to be a stay home mom with her three children ages 7, 2 and 1. She is a personal finance writer for several online publications, and she blogs at her own blog, Mom's Plans, where she documents her family's journey to live a fulfilling life on less and Dining Out Challenge, where the motto is, "Never pay full price to dine out again." She enjoys cooking, writing, reading, and watching movies.

eMeals Review & Coupon Code – Low-Cost Meal Planning Service

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for eMealsĀ using coupon code MONEYCRASHERS to get 15% off during your first 3 months! If you're busy, you may have considered outsourcing your housecleaning and lawn maintenance...
Road Trip Healthy Meals

13 Healthy Meals & Snacks to Bring on Your Next Road Trip or Vacation

Depending on the size of your family, you could spend $400 or more by eating each meal out during a five-day road trip. Considering that you must already pay the inflated price of gas,...

Using “Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day” by Teri Crane

If you tell experienced moms that you plan to potty train your child in one day, you may get reactions that range from a chuckle to a patronizing look that seems to say, "Now,...

“The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke” by Suze Orman – Book...

Before becoming a world-renowned financial guru and television personality, Suze Orman was a broke waitress. Her story is one of success, and in recent years she has listened to the pleas of twenty- and...
Multi Level Marketing

What Is Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) – Companies, Tips & Scams

Multi-level marketing first appeared on the U.S. scene in the 1940s. Carl Rehnborg, an American businessman, sold a product called Nutrilite, which was said to relieve a variety of ills including allergies, asthma, and...

Sittercity Review – Connecting Parents With Babysitters & Nannies

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for Sittercity using coupon code FEB30 to get 30% off a 3-month membership. Sittercity is to babysitters and parents what Match.com is to singles looking for love....

Peapod Review – Online Grocery Store & Home Delivery Service

Perhaps you dislike grocery shopping, or you're unable to frequently leave your home due to an injury or a new baby joining the home. Or maybe you have a schedule that is so busy...
Find Good Babysitter

How to Find a Good Babysitter to Care for Your Kids

When I was in college, I made all of my spending money by babysitting. I started out with one job babysitting a two-year-old boy, and by the time I graduated I had six families...
Paid Medical Research Studies Donations

5 Ways to Make Money With Paid Medical Research Studies & Donations

In difficult economic times, many people look for ways to make extra money, and you may be considering some creative options to pay down debt. One way to make money is by using your...
Martin Luther King Day Activities Kids

8 Frugal & Fun Martin Luther King Day Activities for Kids

To many young children - and even some adults - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is simply a day off from school or work. However, kids are very often interested in learning new things,...
Snowflaking Pay Down Debt

Debt Snowflaking – 25 Ways to Find Extra Money and Pay Down Debt

If you have debt, you may feel a sense of desperation and a desire to eliminate it as soon as possible. Reducing your monthly expenses and developing an aggressive debt repayment plan is a...

“The Money Saving Mom’s Budget” by Crystal Paine – Book Review

Crystal Paine and her husband, Jesse, lived on an income of less than $1,000 per month when her husband was in law school so that he could graduate without any student loan or consumer...