How I Plan on Saving Money with My Second Baby

Published on Apr 05 2014 // Budgeting
How I Plan on Saving Money with My Second Baby
When I found out I was pregnant with my first child three years ago, I knew I wanted to do things the frugal way. While I did save quite a bit of money, I still bought many unnecessary items and had unplanned costs. Now baby number two is expected later this year, and I have a much tighter budget than...

Three Tips for Work at Home Moms

Published on Apr 02 2014 // Budgeting, Career
Three Tips for Work at Home Moms
Work at home moms seem to have the best of both worlds since they can still earn money and still take care of their sweet bundle of joys. Then reality hits and working at home is not always the best of both worlds. So how do you balance making money at home with kids underfoot? Try these three tips out. Realize...

Save Money on Cosmetics

Published on Mar 29 2014 // Budgeting, Cost of Living
Save Money on Cosmetics
The most frugal among us might suggest giving up make up and hair products in order to save money. And all the women in the room said … I’ll let you fill in the blank. It is no secret that a good percentage of women love or at least fully depend on their cosmetics. While it may be fun to watch your...

5 Ways to Keep Your Friends Even Though You Have Different Budgets

Published on Mar 24 2014 // Budgeting, Personal Finance
5 Ways to Keep Your Friends Even Though You Have Different Budgets
Friends can be like family.  They’re there when you need support, there to commiserate with you and encourage you.  They can share huge life milestones with you and share precious memories with you. But. . .they can also be a huge drain on your finances. In your early twenties, you probably didn’t...

3 Tips to Save Money on Kid Clothes

Published on Mar 19 2014 // Budgeting
3 Tips to Save Money on Kid Clothes
The cost of raising kids is a hot topic, and one covered at ad nauseam.  Can raising a child really be as expensive as they say – i.e. almost a quarter of a million dollars by the time they hit seventeen? Many stats show that on average parents spend $600-850 per year on just clothing alone for their...

Five Ways to Save On This Year’s Road Trip

Published on Mar 14 2014 // Budget Travel, Budgeting
Five Ways to Save On This Year’s Road Trip
Spring break is coming up, which means a road trip for many families. Whether you are going to be driving 5 hours or 20- here are some tips for you to save money and sanity on the road. Plan Your Gas Fill Ups: This spring, my family and I are planning to drive 6 hours to Arizona from California. We...

When Is It Okay To Buy Something Expensive?

Published on Feb 28 2014 // Budgeting
When Is It Okay To Buy Something Expensive?
Lately I have made quite a few expensive purchases. None of them have been anything particularly exciting, like a new purse. All of these expensive purchases have been for my kids. Still, every time I make an pricy purchase, I have to go through this exhaustive list of questions in my mind: Do I really...

A Hybrid Approach to Finance As a New Parent

Published on Feb 21 2014 // Budgeting
A Hybrid Approach to Finance As a New Parent
There have been a couple of ways I’ve tried to save money when it comes to preparing my life and my home for my twins. It’s not easy being a first time parent because you get so tempted to buy just about everything on the the planet for your kids. Even someone like myself who regularly blogs...

How to Be a Financial Olympian

Published on Feb 10 2014 // Budgeting, Personal Finance, Retirement
How to Be a Financial Olympian
The Olympics are well under way now, and I find myself watching more than I should.  I especially like watching events like snowboarding.  I’m amazed by how high the snowboarders go and how many stunts they can perform while flying through the air.  The other events, too, like figure skating...

When Is Buying Used A Bad Thing?

Published on Feb 07 2014 // Budgeting
When Is Buying Used A Bad Thing?
My husband and I were chatting tonight about buying used items. You see, I’ve acquired a bit of an eBay addiction as of late, scoring deal after deal on baby items. However, my husband isn’t the biggest fan of buying used items, and I totally respect that so I have to search for auctions...

Unexpected Expenses That Might Happen To You This Year

Published on Jan 27 2014 // Budgeting
Unexpected Expenses That Might Happen To You This Year
Every year, it’s always something. It’s pretty rare to go an entire 12 months without some unexpected expenses. We are all big proponents of emergency funds around here, just to cover you in those hectic moments where you really need extra cash. Here are some examples of unexpected expenses...

Ways to Save Money When You Bring Your Baby Home

Published on Jan 10 2014 // Budgeting
Ways to Save Money When You Bring Your Baby Home
Preparing to bring a brand new baby home is an exciting and overwhelming experience, especially if it’s your first! I’m just a few weeks away from giving birth to twins, my first kiddos, and I have to admit that shuffling through all the different products and recommendations can be really...

Winter Is the Perfect Time to Reset Your Finances

Published on Jan 06 2014 // Budgeting, Career, Retirement
Now that the surge of New Year’s resolutions have slowed and we’re a week into the new year, perhaps it’s time to take a more objective look at your finances.  I’m not talking about the look you take when you’re excited about the new year and determined this will be your...

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). ...

Making Healthy Choices for your Budget

Published on Nov 26 2013 // Budgeting
This is a guest post from Sarah Greesonbach, who is a contributor at Suburban Finance Have you ever signed up for an exercise program, gym membership, or subscription, only to find out months later you’ve squandered your money and time with no results to show for it? Maybe you’ve gone to the gym...

How To Save A Few Bucks When You Go Out To Eat

Published on Nov 15 2013 // Budgeting
How To Save A Few Bucks When You Go Out To Eat
I know that there are several ways to save money when you go out to eat. One way is to stay away from expensive restaurants. Another way is to use coupons. Those are pretty obvious solutions, though, so below are some quick tricks to help you save a few bucks and still enjoy yourself on a date. 1. Go...
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