We’ve kicked off our No-Spend January, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the last time we did a no spend month and what we learned from it. There was no bigger takeaway than the fact of how very, very important it is for people to track expenses in addition to tracking your personal balance sheet and […]
With only a few days left in 2016, a lot of us are thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions, and a lot of us have our finances in mind. Including me. I’ve reviewed my resolutions from last year. I had three: Increase my movement, increase my income, and control my spending. You know what? I […]
In two weeks, I’ll start working in an office again. For me, that means I’ll need to resume brown bagging my lunch. When you work out of your home, eating what’s in inventory is pretty easy. You have a wealth of meal options 60 seconds away. But when you work in an outside your home, you face a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Joining a warehouse club for savings makes sense for some families. You pay your membership fee and buy things for a discount. As long as your yearly sum of discounts exceeds your membership costs, your warehouse club membership means you’ve saved money. Buying in bulk helps a lot of families save money, and it’s tempting even for Jon, […]