7 low-cost and quick meals

Mac and Cheese
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Each Monday here on Gather Little by Little I write about topics and techniques for saving money. This article is part of that ongoing series called Money Saving Monday Tips.

With 6 children in our house, it seems like we’re always on the run. Whether it be sports practice, Tae Kwon Do, school activities or church activities, most nights seem to busy. Trying to get dinner made and make it to the various activities on time can be a bit challenging. As a result, we use a few different dinner ideas that are not only quick and easy to fix, but inexpensive as well.

Sunday Lyrics – You're not alone

Meredith Andrews

Fellow North Carolinian Meredith Andrews grew up in Wilson, NC. She started singing in her church when she was six-years-old and would sing southern gospel music with her mother in other churches around the area. In her high-school years, Meredith learned to play piano, began writing her own music,  and began leading worship at her church.

Meredith attended Liberty University where her initial plan was to major in family and child development. Her desire in life was to help children and hopefully work in an orphanage. During her junior year there, she was leading a worship service and God suddenly laid on her heart that this was her calling. She said it was if God was saying “This is what I want you to do. This is it.”

10 things worth spending more on

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This is a guest post by Bob who blogs about personal finance at ChristianPF.com. If you enjoy this post, make sure you head over and subscribe via RSS.

I was thinking about how I have spent a whole lot more money on certain items only to find out that they are just a little bit better than the cheaper alternatives. And on the other hand there have been things I have spent just a bit more money on and they were a whole lot better than the cheaper alternatives. When you look at buying decisions this way, it can dramatically change how and what you buy.

The Friday gathering – I'm back

NC Mountains
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We returned on Wednesday from a wonderful week long trip in the North Carolina mountains. We didn’t visit anywhere special, but spent all of our time resting, relaxing, reading, exploring and playing with our kids. We got a little more rain than we would have liked, but our Swiss Gear tent held up great and kept us nice and dry. I can’t recommend Swiss Gear products enough!

I want to take a second and thank the bloggers who wrote some excellent guest posts for me while I was away: rocket from Rocket Finance, FrugalDad, and That One Caveman from One Caveman’s Financial Journey. Also, thanks to Lynnae from Being Frugal who kept an eye on my blog while I was away.

Ask me anything 4th edition

New Mac Ad
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Each week I give the readers of Gather Little by Little a chance to ask me anything. The only real rule is that I can decline to answer. I’ll do my best to answer as many questions as I can though. Have a question you would like answered? Just drop me a line or leave a comment!

I received two questions since last weeks Ask me Anything post. The first questions is from Jennifer who asks:

Ten Benefits of Tithing

Offering Plate

This is a guest post from rocket who blogs over at Rocket Finance and feels finance isn’t rocket science. Rocket writes about kids and money, charitable giving, taxes, coffee and occasional posts about public policy. If you like what you read, make sure you subscribe to Rocket Finance.

I recently came across this list of ten benefits of tithing and I thought it would be nice to share the list with the readers of Gather Little by Little. I have also included Scripture references for you to check out if you desire along with some editorial comments.

Rent Not to own: Why Renting Sometimes Makes More Sense


This is a guest post from Frugual Dad who blogs about taking the “conservative” approach to personal finances. If you like what you read, make sure you head over and subscribe via RSS or email!

Ignoring the Joneses

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The following is a guest post by That One Caveman from One Caveman’s Financial Journey, where he writes about his life, his family’s financial struggles and successes, and the various tools and tricks he employs to eliminate his debt. If you like what you read, make sure you head over and subscribe to his blog!

The Friday Gathering – On Vacation Edition

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As you read this, I am in the NC Mountains at around 4,000 feet above sea level. No computer, no cell phone reception. Just peace and quiet. If you live in the US, I  hope you’re enjoying the Fourth of July holiday and maybe eating some great food with family and friends.

Since I can’t read all of the great articles from around the personal finance blogosphere, I thought I do a little retro-Gather Little by Little Friday Gathering.

Here are my favorite posts for the past 1 year of Gather Little by Little:

Tips For Surviving the Foreclosure Crisis

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This article originally appeared as a guest post on I’ve Paid For This Twice Already…

More than a million homes could potentially face foreclosure this year. This is 30% more than in 2006. People are panicking and looking for anyway out they can. Scammers are making the situation worse and taking advantage of people.

Here’s a few tips:

Know Your Rights

Read over your loan documents and papers. Look on your state’s website and learn about the foreclosure rights in your state.