Last Minute Frugal Christmas Gifts

Published on Dec 23 2013 // Savings
We are now two days from Christmas.  Do you have all of your shopping done? If you are like many people, the answer is no. If you haven’t had the time, money, or ability to head to the mall and buy all your gifts, all is not lost.  There are still frugal, last minute gifts that you can give. If...

Get Ahead in 2014 By Giving Your Extra Money a Job to Do

Published on Dec 16 2013 // Budgeting, Debt, Earning Money
Perhaps 2013 has been a financial struggle for you.  Maybe you are in debt and struggling to pay it off.  Perhaps you don’t have an emergency fund but know you need one.  Maybe you haven’t started a retirement account (outside of the money you have contributed for you by your employer). ...

Accomplish Your Goals for Next Year a Quarter at a Time

Published on Dec 09 2013 // New Year
You’re likely in the throes of the holidays right now.  You may be busy attending parties, baking cookies, buying presents, and watching the kids perform in holiday plays and concerts.  If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably eating a bit too much of the rich holiday food and...

Retirement Alternatives That Will Keep More Money In Your Pocket

Published on Dec 02 2013 // Budget Travel, Retirement
The day my grandpa turned 62, he retired and put the family house on the market.  That fall, he and my grandma, flush from the sale of their house and a good retirement that they had pinched pennies to contribute to for over 40 years, bought a used RV and hit the road. They traveled through many warm...

Consider Giving Different Holiday Gifts This Year

Published on Nov 25 2013 // Business, Shopping
This year, I’ve decided to step away from the Christmas hype.  No, I won’t stop buying Christmas presents as Robert Fulghum, author of All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, did one year.  (Though I must admit that sometimes hopping off the holiday commercial train would be welcome!) ...

What Purchases Do You Regret Making?

Published on Nov 18 2013 // Personal Finance
No matter how careful you are with your money, you likely have spending regrets.  AARP recently published an article that listed the top 10 items people regret buying: time shares first generation technology as seen on TV merchandise elaborate weddings extended warranties trendy fashions get rich quick...

4 Alternative Christmas Presents for Kids to Avoid Toy Overload

Published on Nov 11 2013 // Personal Finance, Shopping
We have too much stuff, especially kids’ toys.  I’m guessing you can probably relate. Honestly, we don’t buy many of our children’s toys.  Instead, they come from well meaning aunts and uncles as well as grandparents. Fed up with toys strewn about the living room and kids who...

6 Way to Make Money For and Save On Christmas Presents

Published on Nov 04 2013 // Earning Money, Savings, Shopping
Is Christmas gift giving always a financial strain for you?  Do you find yourself with a holiday present buying hangover, dreading looking at January’s credit card statement because you don’t want to see the amount you owe? If that describes your financial situation every holiday season,...

Vacation Rentals By Owner: Save Money While Traveling with Your Family

Published on Oct 28 2013 // Budget Travel, Personal Finance
My husband had a conference in Boston recently.  Since we had never been but always wanted to go, we decided to take the entire family–all 5 of us.  The conference would require that we be in Boston for 5 nights and days.  Expenses could easily add up, but we cut our expenses by using a vacation...

5 Secrets of Successful Savers

Published on Oct 21 2013 // Personal Finance, Savings
Are you a saver or a spender?  You might think the preference to be a saver or spender is hard wired from the time you’re born, but there are actually several things you can do to make saving more natural if you’re a spender.  There are also strategies you can use that will help your children...

Deciding Whether You Should Rent or Buy a Home? Make Sure to Consider All The Costs

Published on Oct 14 2013 // Finance 101, Personal Finance, Real Estate
Interest rates are slowly creeping up, and the stale housing market is finally on the upswing.  If you plan to buy a house in the next few years, you may start to feel the pressure to buy now, before rates climb and housing prices rebound even further. But should you? Buying is always better than renting,...

Do You Financially Compare Yourself to Others?

Published on Oct 07 2013 // Cost of Living, Debt, Earning Money
Do you financially compare yourself to others?  If you’re honest, the answer is probably yes.  In the age of Facebook, it’s hard NOT to compare how well you’re doing financially compared to others. When It Feels Like Others Are Doing Better Than You I have a colleague who moved to...

Skills to Teach Your Kids To Help Them Save Money Throughout Their Lives

Published on Sep 30 2013 // Savings
I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that I have all the conveniences of modern life.  I’m glad that if I need a can of corn, I can grab it at my local supermarket instead of my pantry from my canning efforts.  I enjoy air conditioning in the summer, and I love buying clothes rather...

Unemployed? Help May Be Closer Than You Think

Published on Sep 23 2013 // Career
You likely never expected to be unemployed.  No one ever does.  Even if you diligently saved an emergency fund, watching it slowly disappear as you face month after month of unemployment can be depressing and nerve wracking.  What if the money runs out before you find a job? Of course, besides your...

The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Financial Future

Published on Sep 16 2013 // Finance 101, Personal Finance
What if someone told you when you graduated from high school that there is one thing you could do that would help cement your future financial success or leave you in financial ruin.  You’d likely be very eager to find out what, right? Once you found out, you’d do what you could to follow...

4 Financial Steps to Take as You Prepare for a Baby

So, you’ve decided you want to have a baby.  For sure, this is an exciting and overwhelming decision.  There’s nothing more exciting than seeing your new baby for the first time.  However, before you get ahead of yourself, taking care of some financial matters before you even conceive...
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