How To Afford Christmas When Money Is Really Really Tight

Living paycheck to paycheck and carrying debt can feel like a heavy weight on your chest. And when major events come up like birthdays and Christmas, it can feel like that weight gets heavier, to the breaking point.

Try some of these strategies for coping with Christmas when money is really really tight… to try to alleviate some of that stress and anxiety so you can actually enjoy the holidays. (more…)

Get A New Pet Without Going Broke

We recently added a new member to our family. No, not another baby (bite your tongue), a fur baby. Maurizio (Mitzi for short) was rescued along with his four siblings after his mother gave birth to them in a storm drain. We found him at a local shelter where the kids instantly bonded with him and his loving, playful attitude.

But falling in love with a cat is just the first step. And the next steps involve money, honey. But there are a few ways to spend a little less. (more…)

Unforgettable DIY Gift Baskets You Can Afford

Weathering our first hurricane in Florida was an emotional roller coaster to say the least. And I learned a lot. I learned about hurricane shutters, how to grab cases of water (fast). I learned that evacuating with tens of thousands of other people takes a lot of patience.. and lots of snacks.

And I learned that the compassion and caring of others is the bright spot in any storm.

Some good friends of ours became even better friends, by opening their homes and hearts to us. They gave us a place to lay our head, food in our bellies and smiles on our faces.

So now safely back home, I wanted to send them something to express how much their charity meant to us. (more…)

Unicorn Birthday Party Printables

Birthday parties are expensive, ya’ll! And they take a lot of work! Between the invitations and the food and the balloons and games.. it can get a bit overwhelming.

Well, if your little one loves unicorns, I can help you knock out some of your party planning with these printables.  Check out the cute, simple and FREE invitations, treat bag tags, a customizable banner.. and even a gorgeous glittery cake topper! (more…)

How To Not Go Broke.. Or Insane.. While Evacuating From A Monster Hurricane

When we moved to Florida last year I was elated. I’ve always loved the beach and jumped at the chance to live close to it. Perpetual sunshine and palm trees? Sign me up! Then hurricane season comes and I think most people would be lying if they said it didn’t make them question living near the Florida coast.

I still love Florida with all my heart but hurricane evacuation is not easy. I totally understand why a lot of people stay. First of all, the predictions are so flexible you can easily talk yourself into thinking it won’t come your way, it won’t make landfall near you and the pre-storm hysteria will be much ado about nothing. Second, a lot of people have nowhere to go and/or no way to afford to go. Aside from being emotionally draining, evacuating to another town or another state can be expensive. Here are a few ways to keep some of your money and sanity. (more…)

10 Hacks For A No Waste Birthday Party

It’s no secret that birthday parties are expensive. It gives me hives just thinking about all the food, drinks, supplies and decorations you need to buy. Birthday parties also create tons of waste. Just think of the garbage bags filled with wrapping paper, plates, napkins, cups.. and on and on and on.. at the end. But there are some things you can do to reduce waste and help the planet, while still putting on a beautiful birthday party. (more…)