If you’re going into the new year with some baggage from the holidays… emotional and financial… now is the time to make some changes to start the year off right. (more…)
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…)
We’re not getting a kitten, I said. They’re too rambunctious and needy, I said. No way, I said.
Obviously we got a kitten. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Buying new clothes for back to school can be daunting.. emotionally and financially. Especially when you need to build a whole new uniform wardrobe from scratch.. for two kids. That’s where I was last year when we moved to Florida. I was initially anti-uniform, mostly because of the money. But I grew to love it.
Not only are there social benefits, there are also money saving benefits. Yes, there is the initial expense of starting the wardrobe. But after I tackled that, I bought very few other types of clothes for my kids for a whole year. And if you know where to look, school uniform pieces can be affordable.
I’ll cover how to get started, how to save the most money and I’ll list the current deals at the most popular and trusted stores. (more…)
If you’re really looking to cut spending, you can do it. But it may take a real, hard, honest look at what you’re spending your money on.
Some of these suggestions are no-brainers. Some are a little harder. And some might make you mad that I’m even suggesting them.
But maybe you’ll find a few ways to save a little money.. and help your health and the planet in the process. (more…)
I’m always looking for ways to save more money on groceries. And saving time and avoiding stress in the process is like a perfect trifecta. And that’s just what grocery pickup does for me.
After using Walmart’s service for a few weeks I’m mostly thrilled with it. Here are my pros & cons of grocery pickup. (more…)
It feels like each May the mad scramble begins for parents to make summer plans for their kids. Ideally, we just want them to stay off screens most of the time and hopefully be active. And if we can work in some education too, perfect!
Each year I take advantage of as many free opportunities as possible. And fortunately, there are a lot of them. Our family spends a lot of time at the library. Movies and bowling are also favorites. That is, when we’re not in the pool. 🙂
Check out these free or nearly free activities you can sign your kids up for. And a few DIY games you can utilize as well. (more…)
One of the many, many perks of living in Florida is that you’re close to all sorts of entertainment options. And no other place in Florida packs it all in like the Orlando area. There are lots of theme park options that are family-friendly and affordable.(more…)