The Cost of the Sick Kid

If you have a kid, you know eventually you are going to have a sick kid. We’ve been lucky, and our daughter’s illnesses have been mild and infrequent. Last week, though, Little Bit developed a fever that she just couldn’t shake, and we realized just how lucky we are to be able to afford the cost …

State of the Blog: April 2016

Each month, we’ve done a review of where we are with our finances and goals, where we need to update previous posts, and what’s going on in the Jividen household. This has been a hard month to review. The first half of April was about work, work and more work. That got me a little discouraged …

Buyer’s Remorse and Broken Toys

This weekend I got to teach my daughter an important but necessary lesson: Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, everyone wastes money every now and then.  This week Little Bit learned all about buyer’s remorse. But she wasn’t the only one who needed to learn a lesson. A Trip To Target Little Bit is getting taller every …

Shaking Up Our Grocery Routine

A few weeks ago a friend asked me about how Jon and I did our grocery shopping. Did we use coupons or did we shop sales? I admitted that we are both some of both, and some of neither. We aren’t big couponers, though we use Ibotta and at least flip through the coupon insert on those weeks that …