Welcome to State of the Blog for November 2016. In this month’s roundup, we discuss hitting some pretty awesome blogging milestones, a family vacation, and a number of post updates. November whirled by for me. Little Bit has a 3 week track out starting around Veteran’s Day, so I’m a bit more distracted than usual. […]
We all want success. Whether we seek success in our careers, our finances, our interpersonal relationships, our health, or our ability to play quarters, I think we can safely say we don’t want to fail in reaching your goal. (Okay, success in playing quarters may depend on your absolute goal rather than your ability to […]
Welcome to Financially Savvy Saturdays, the savviest personal finance blog hop on the planet, created specifically for personal finance writers! We welcome all things money here. Whether you’ve written anything from reviews of best financial books to check out to how to avoid going into debt this holiday season, you’re invited to link-up. If it […]
Last week, I wrote about all the really good holiday buys you can find at dollar stores. You can find a wealth of holiday swag: stocking stuffers, candles, paper products, gift wrap, decorations. What you won’t find are a lot of actual presents, at least not presents that stand on their own. So today I wanted […]
This is the year: You’ve vowed to stay within your Christmas budget. This is the holiday season you won’t be paying down well into next year. This year, you’re limiting your spending and keeping Christmas well within your means.
You’ve made out your list, scoped the circulars and perused your emails to find the best deals for each person on your list. You go to the right store on the right day, determined to get that must-have pair of boots on your list at the excellent advertised price. Don’t fall victim to these common Christmas budget busters along the way.
Strangely enough, until I married Jon, I never bought anything from a dollar store. I’d go in, look at the cheap stuff, and let it be. Rarely did I consider a purchase. If everything cost a dollar, nothing could be that good, right? How times have changed. In our ten years of marriage, I’ve gone to […]
Little Bit had to make an important decision. Her Daisy troop scheduled a Saturday trip to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham for a Girl Scout Animal Adventure. Not only would Little Bit hang out with her buddies, she’d also work towards a new patch and enjoy the kid-friendly museum activities. So, we […]
I’ve read books on economics, personal finance, investing, and saving money. But I have one book that has had a higher ROI than any other. It’s not a money book. It’s a basic cookbook. And even in the age of Pinterest, food blogs, food TV, and cooking apps, you still need one basic cookbook that […]
Happy Halloween! Our monthly wrap up for October 2016 includes our regular blog happenings, Pinterest, extreme couponing class, and the resolution of our bread machine conundrum. Blog stuff October was a mixed bag on the blogging front, as we moved back from three posts a week to a more sustainable two. My number of monthly visits […]
Over the weekend, AT&T announced a merger deal with Time Warner for $107.50 a share. This announcement came just a couple of days after my financial advisor called to tell me that British American Tobacco had made a bid to take over RJ Reynolds. There are some big mergers going on, and that means stockholders face […]
This weekend, my brother’s long term girlfriend changed her Facebook status to Engaged. I am super happy for her and my brother. And I thought I had an article topic when I spoke to my dad about it and he reported my stepmother’s reaction. “You know, our number of grandchildren just doubled.” And that’s true. […]
Last year, when our family went through the 31 Days of Living Well and Spending Zero challenge, I struggled with one big area: meal planning. Really struggled.. I just couldn’t get my head around planning meals more than a day or so ahead. I can barely answer “What’s for Dinner?” on a given night, so […]