Post-Halloween Money Saving Tips

Published on Nov 01 2013 // Personal Finance
Post-Halloween Money Saving Tips
It’s Halloween night, and there are not too many trick or treaters who have come to my door! I imagine it’s because of the bad weather. It’s cold and rainy here. However, as soon as the skies clear, there are going to be several ways that both you and I can save money for the holiday...

5 Ways To Save Money When Traveling

Published on Oct 25 2013 // Personal Finance
5 Ways To Save Money When Traveling
I spent several hours today traveling from Grenada, West Indies back to my home state of Louisiana. It was a long day of flying with a lot of luggage, but we definitely used some tricks to save money and avoid potential headaches. Here are some of my top tips: 1. Pack Breakfast During the morning of...

My Tips for Saving for A New Baby (Or Two!)

Published on Oct 11 2013 // Personal Finance
My Tips for Saving for A New Baby (Or Two!)
Just a few weeks ago, I found out that I was pregnant with twins! It was really exciting and shocking all at the same time. I certainly wasn’t expecting to see two little babies when I went to get that first ultrasound! The news took a while to adjust to, understandably so. Plus, one of my biggest...

Are You Really Living Within Your Means?

Published on Aug 26 2013 // Personal Finance, Retirement, Savings
Do you take the time to budget?  If you do budget, do you stick to that budget?  If you answer yes to the first question, congratulations, you’re ahead of 66% of the U.S. population who does not budget (and your probably ahead of the majority of Americans who make a budget but then can’t...

How To Manage Debt Successfully

Published on Jul 28 2013 // Debt
Debt is something that most of us have to face at some time or another. This blog gives a few tips on how to manage debt successfully. Budget and plan in advance  Having a budget is the first step to managing any debt problem. You should write a list of your incomings and outgoings. Sticking to your...

Payday Loans Are Not Meant to be Part of a Plan

Published on Jul 17 2013 // Loans
Short-term loans should never be used as a solution to “get back on your feet”. Using a high interest cash advance to take care of a crisis with no immediate way to pay the debt off in full is indicative of serious financial trouble. Those that lend quick cash out to people with bad or no...

7 Inexpensive Gifts You Can Give Anyone

Published on Jul 12 2013 // Personal Finance
7 Inexpensive Gifts You Can Give Anyone
When it comes to gift giving, we’re always so tempted to go big or go home. However, some of the best gifts I’ve ever received have been completely inexpensive and thoughtful. When my husband picks flowers in the yard or leaves me a note, it’s seriously way more romantic than two dozen...

How to Save Money on Utilities

Published on Jul 08 2013 // How To Guide
With the summer heat on the rise, a sure thing to increase besides the price of gas is your electricity bill. Air conditioning can definitely add up quickly and will be sure to strain your summer budget if you’re not careful. Here are some tips and tricks for saving money on your utilities. Keep the...

Save Money on Your Summer Vacation with These Three Tips

Published on Jun 20 2013 // Budget Travel
Save Money on Your Summer Vacation with These Three Tips
Summer Vacation by faungg It’s summer time, and if you are lucky this means it is time to go on vacation! You already know that searching online for discounts for hotels and airfare can save substantial amounts of money when you travel; however, did you also know there are other small ways to save?...

Savings Strategies For Everyone

Published on Jun 07 2013 // Personal Finance
Savings Strategies For Everyone
There are so many ways to save money, but it’s important to note that different strategies will work for different people. With so much information out there, it can be hard to find the one that works best for you and your situation. The best approach is to try out several different savings techniques...

How Much Money Should You Save For A Baby?

Published on May 24 2013 // Personal Finance
How Much Money Should You Save For A Baby?
Since most of my friends are in their late 20′s and early 30′s, babies are a hot topic. It seems like many families are comfortable with deciding when they want children, but what most people struggle with is deciding just how much money they should save in order to comfortably have them....

3 Questions To Ask Yourself When It Comes to Splurging

Published on May 17 2013 // Personal Finance
3 Questions To Ask Yourself When It Comes to Splurging
Last week, I decided to have a big splurge. I bought an international plane ticket last minute to go home and visit my family. I had some time off of work, it was Mother’s Day, and it was also a few days before my birthday. While I hadn’t planned on seeing my family until the holiday season,...

How To Avoid the Temptation to Spend

Published on May 10 2013 // Personal Finance
How To Avoid the Temptation to Spend
The temptation to spend is all around us. In fact, I would argue that it’s almost inevitable that we want to spend something at least once every day and that it takes self control and forethought to have a “no spend” day. So, why do we feel the need to spend every day, and what can we do to try...

How to Pay for Grad School

Published on Apr 20 2013 // Personal Finance, Student Loans
After fighting myself tooth and nail, I finally decided this past year to go to grad school. For years, I’ve known that I’ve wanted to get a master’s degree, but for the longest time, I didn’t know what for. First, I applied to journalism school and got accepted. When the price...

3 Smart and Simple Ways to Start Investing

Published on Apr 19 2013 // Investing
3 Smart and Simple Ways to Start Investing
When you want to start saving money for the future, the information out there can be completely overwhelming. So below, I’ve included three smart and simple ways to get your retirement savings off to a good start. 1. Get Your Full Company 401k Match During the financial crash of 2008, many companies...

Saving Money by Making Your Own Dog Food

Published on Apr 08 2013 // Cost of Living
Saving Money by Making Your Own Dog Food
When a family considers adding a new pooch to home, rarely do they think about the costs involved. Usually love at first site comes into play when choosing the perfect hound. However, don’t let those sweet puppy dog eyes fool you, they come with a price. Making Your Own Dog Food – Is It Worth It Both...
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