Holiday shopping can be a weak spot for even the most money savvy among us. When it comes to giving to others it’s tempting to go overboard and bust our budgets to make the holidays special. We want to give our families the best of everything, but at the end of the day we know […]
One of the wisest financial moves you can make is to ensure your money is being spent consciously. No, that doesn’t mean you’re spending while you sleep. It means many of us go on autopilot when it comes to bills and expenses without considering why we’re spending. Taking the time to set up a budget […]
This is a guest post by Sarah Kaufman. It’s no secret that spending money is a lot more fun than saving it. Whether you’re shopping for your kids, or shopping for yourself, if you’re not careful, the depletion of your checking account will creep up on you faster than you can say, “Do you have […]
One of the minor annoyances of adult life is the day-to-day chores that we all have to do. When you have kids at home those chores seem to grow exponentially. Doing laundry for two isn’t so bad, but doing laundry for six people means 5 sets of sheets, dozens of towels, and don’t even get […]
During my giveaway for David Bach’s book I asked everyone to enter by telling me what your top financial resolution is for the year. I loved the responses so much, and wanted to share them with you. Save more My advice: If you are trying to save a certain amount or percentage have it automatically […]
The first step to successful holiday shopping is to make a list, and don’t forget to check it twice. 😉 Start with the names of all the people you will be buying gifts for. Don’t forget to include people who provide you service on a regular basis, like the babysitter, your assistant, or your favorite […]
Despite tough economic times, most people still eat in restaurants on a weekly basis. Busy lifestyles, dual income families, and our car dependent lifestyle have made dining out way of life for many people. We all know restaurant food isn’t great for our waistline, but what about our wallets? Most diners don’t have a clue […]
Final update from my No Spend Month. We went overbudget!
You often hear personal finance bloggers (even me), financial experts, and the media talking about cutting expenses in rough economic times. Yes, it’s true that cutting expenses is an effective way to “earn” more money, but that’s only half the story. Sometimes it makes sense to spend money to save money. Let’s call that “spaving.” […]
Last night I quit one of my part-time jobs.