Staying within your Christmas Budget is a lot easier when you shop thoughtfully. Use these 3 strategies to make the most of your holiday shopping dollars.
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 […]
I think of myself as pretty modest in my wants. I never wanted a pricy car, a fancy wardrobe or a boat bigger than a Sunfish. I don’t watch the Kardashians, or the Housewives, or any of those unreality shows. If you twisted my arm, I would admit that a beachfront cottage would be nice…except for the property taxes…and the insurance…and the chance it would all get wiped away in the next passing hurricane. So why did I spend a voyeuristic Sunday afternoon lusting after million dollar mansions?
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 how to jump start your retirement savings to how to avoid frugal burnout, you’re invited to link-up. If it ties into personal finance, we […]
Last weekend, my bread machine died and I’m singing the bread machine blues. I’m not sure why. Unlike many of the other kitchen devices around our house, the bread machine is rarely used. I think I’ve pulled it out a total of 6 times in the last year. Still, no one ever complained about having the smell of fresh […]
October is here, and in central NC that means we’re actually starting to get comfortably cool temperatures. Cold weather is right around the corner, and that means my to-do list has filled up as I winterize the house. This year I have a number of regular things on my “Winterize Your Home” checklist as well […]
We’re on the last day of September 2016, and I think we can safely put this month to bed. In our monthly roundup of blog post and life updates, we cover some blog changes, vacation, and rental issues. The Actual Blog Stuff So, despite getting two awesome guest posts this month from Michael on salary […]
As evidenced by the near-monthly blog posts I write on the subject, I spend a lot of time and effort worrying about my child’s relationship with money. I spend nearly as much time and effort on her financial literacy as she does on… video games. Little Bit loves her video games, and she spends as […]
College application season has become a nightmare for parents. While students worry about admission, parents fear college costs. Most parents have admitted that they don’t even know how they can manage the cost. Sky-high college costs make parents panic-stricken instead of proud of the child’s bright future. Many Parents confess they didn’t save (or save enough) money […]
Would you be willing to save money if you could do it without significantly changing your lifestyle or behavior? Three culprits keeping you from getting your best gas mileage are tire pressure, “junk in the trunk” and driving style. Tweak those three inexpensive items and you can easily increase your fuel efficiency by 10% or more.
Jon and i just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary, including the obligatory “nicer than usual dinner out.” Jon chose Outback. Not only did he have a gift card, he’d also received a free appetizer certificate last time he donated blood. As we packed our leftovers into boxes, we began discussing the tip. J: What should […]
It came in the newspaper, and Little Bit gleefully grabbed it…the Party City Halloween circular. She is planning Halloween already. Little Bit spent at least 3 hours pouring over the flyer this week picking out her ideal costume. She also picked out her ideal costumes for Jon and me, because this year, she wants us […]
Jon and I both love dividend paying stocks, and we like to take our dividends and reinvest them. But we don’t do it the same way. I follow a traditional dividend reinvestment strategy, but Jon has his own quirky dividend reinvestment plan that works for him. They both have advantages and disadvantages, and while neither […]