It’s not necessarily a pleasant thing to think about, planning a loved one’s funeral, but chances are at some point in your life you will have to be part of the planning process of a loved one’s funeral. According to Funeralwise.com’s quick plan calculator funeral costs can range from $355 (donating the body to science […]
As mentioned in Living on One Income: One Family’s Process I talked about how hard it was for my husband and I to give up our social life to save money. Before we had kids we were always out spending money and doing fun expensive things with our friends. But one of the decisions we […]
Often times one of the scariest times to hit the stores is when you are getting ready to shop for your holiday feasts. I myself can remember many times in which seeing the printing out of my grocery bill would cause me to break out into a sweat. Fortunately I have discovered that holiday cooking […]
The winter holidays tend to be the time of year that makes me lose my mind with joy. I love everything about it. I love the decorating, the food, the cookies, Santa, snow men, holiday concerts, cold weather, the fact that it is the only time of year we’re not in soccer season, etc. Because […]
Brandon Joerges is a year-round cyclist in Southeast Michigan. Brandon’s 14Bikes blog is a part of his campaign to help communities and businesses that want to shrink congestion without losing customers understand that up to 14 bikes can fit in one standard parking space and bicycling has benefits for everyone. In America, for the first […]
Purchasing a membership is one way you can save, and still enjoy getting out of the house. Reciprocal memberships are memberships you can purchase to a museum, garden or other attraction that gives you the benefit of getting you into similar places. For instance, this membership to The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia grants you […]
We’ve reached the end of our 2nd No Spend Month, and I’ve been putting off adding up the final totals knowing the totals weren’t going to be pretty.
We went WAY over where I wanted to be. Clearly the spending diet worked against us this month.
I’ll just get it out of the way, our total spending was $1,764.41. Ouch. Ha, I should call it the Spend Way Too Much Month.
Not spending for a month is not an original idea with me. I found an article in Reader’s Digest about it. I found blog posts about other people who have done a No Spend Month. My favorite example is over at Small Notebook where Rachel and her family participate in a No spend Month yearly. The […]
1. Competition breeds success. It was fun to try to spend less than my husband on unnecessary expenses. It made the challenge exciting. If you don’t have a spouse or partner get a friend or family member involved. And for the record, he won. Learn more: Surround Yourself With Success 2. We usually spend […]
The main reason I started this blog is due to the hugely popular response our No Spend Month story garnered. We were featured in USA Today and on The Today Show as the face of families everywhere who are trying to cut back. I first read about the idea in Reader’s Digest (my grandmother’s yearly […]