Getting back on track with America's MoneySmart Family

November 27, 2013

A few years back I was looking into different resources on how to manage my finances.  Although my mom instilled in me good money habits, I still had lots to learn.  I felt I needed a guide on how to manage the bills, the home repairs, groceries, etc all while trying to still enjoy life.  One night while I was watching ABC 20/20, the following segment aired "Debt in America Flat Broke and Borrowing" and that is where I learned about the family that would inspire me to change things.

I suggest you watch the video below.  (I apologize for the resolution)


I introduce you to "America's Money Smart Family", formerly known as "America's Cheapest Family".  I have been a fan of theirs ever since I first saw them on TV.  This family inspired me on how I changed the way I handle finances and a few other things too.  For some, they are extremist, way too cheap but their lifestyle worked and continues to work for them.  When I followed most of their advice, I was living proof, along with my family, that I was able to sleep sound at night because my debt-free and I was money smart.  I kid you not, as soon as I "fell off the wagon" with my budgeting, I paid the consequences.  Which brings me to writing this post.  We all have had good and bad economical times.  Sometimes we have made poor choices with our finances and have to live with the results of our actions but its never too late to pick yourself up and get back on track.

Let me share with you the two books that were that exact guide that I was looking for, America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money and Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half.  I highlighted, wrote side notes, sticky notes, you name it! I studied those books like if I was taking a finance course in college.  I recently took my books out again to restudy them because we all need a refresher course.  Life has many changes so I could have overlooked a good suggestion because it didn't apply to me back when I read the book originally but they do apply now. In the future I will share with you what works for me and my family in hopes that maybe I can give you ideas.

 Give the books a try and maybe you can find helpful tips to help you establish good financial habits or even improve what you already have in place.  Adapt their suggestions to your lifestyle and start with baby steps.  Finances is sometimes a sensitive topic so I wanted to openly share with you what worked for me since I had such a hard time finding a good, easy to understand guide I could use in my life.  Visit their website at and check out their extra information.

Happy Finances!

Organized Chica - xox

*I was not sponsored by America's Money Smart Family (America's Cheapest Family) and images are from their website.  


  1. Thanks for posting this. I love informative info like this that can help me make better choices in life. I'm looking forward to your future post about how these tips worked for you. Thanks for sharing!

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