Best Time to Buy Everything

For the past year I have been showing you ways to make the most of your money via our Best Time to Buy series. And if you have been paying attention you probably noticed some shopping trends within the series, some shopping lessons if you will. Here are a few to refresh your memory. Grocery […]

Money Lessons from Santa

Money Lessons from Santa

It’s the last week before school gets out in my area for winter break. And like most, my kids are buzzing with excitement about the idea of getting out of school for a couple of weeks, seeing family members they see not so often, and yes…gifts arriving from Santa. One day a few weeks ago, […]

Carrie Smith Knows Money

Carrie Smith Knows Money

Carrie Smith is another one of those bloggers that I discovered everywhere when I started writing in the financial blogging world. When I got to know her a little better through a women’s financial writers group on Facebook, I decided that she would be a perfect candidate for the Knows Money series here on The […]

Creating Holiday Family Traditions

Creating Holiday Family Traditions

Everybody seems to have them, holiday traditions that their family seem to follow. People like family traditions for many reasons, but probably the main reason why families love family traditions is that family traditions can create a sense of security in a world that for many seems uncertain, and they are especially important in the […]

How to Combat Allergies Cheaply

How to Combat Allergies Cheaply

“I have horrible allergies.” To make that statement alone this morning feels like the understatement of the century, for to simply describe what I have as “horrible allergies”would be like calling Ryan Gosling “cute.”My allergies are so bad that this morning after last night’s attack my lips, the space between my lips and my nose, […]

Pivotal Financial Moments 18 Years In

Pivotal Financial Moments 18 Years In

It is Thanksgiving today, and one of the things I am most grateful for happened this past Monday 18 years ago. My husband and I got married. I know. I can hardly believe 18 years have gone by so quickly. And when you say 18 years don’t you think of someone older with teen aged […]

The Best Money-Saving Apps for Holiday Shopping

The Best Money-Saving Apps for Holiday Shopping

For many of you holiday shopping is underway, and for me one of the most useful money-saving tools I use to make the most of my money during the holidays is my mobile phone. More specifically I really like a bunch of mobile apps that I have found, and I thought I’d share a few […]

Joan Otto Knows Money

Joan Otto Knows Money

A few months ago I had the opportunity to attend for the first time and speak at the Financial Bloggers Conference, #FinCon12, in Denver. One of the very first people I noticed was a woman, now known to me as Joan Otto, sitting at the check in table. She was friendly and super nice, and […]

November – Best Time to Buy

November Best Time to Buy

For the past year I have been offering up my monthly Best Time to Buy list, and this is my second to last installment. Next month I’ll have a surprise for you, but for now let me tell you, November? November is a great time to get some shopping done. You don’t believe me? Check […]

Teach Children to be Charitable

Teach Children to be Charitable

For some people being charitable comes to them naturally. They seem to almost be born with the gift of empathy, and always seem to know when to help and the why for them is innate. But for many learning to be charitable is not a natural gift, and in raising my own children I wanted […]

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