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 […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]