Give the Kids Chores to Save Your Sanity

Do your kids have regular chores they do around the house?  If you’re a work at home parent or both parents work out of the home, assigning your children chores is essential to maintaining some order in your home.  (A stay-at-home parent can benefit, too.  There’s no reason the parent has to do everything.)  Besides […]

Benefits of Blogging – Are You Taking Advantage of These?

benefits of blogging

Unless you’re Pat Flynn of The Smart Passive Income Blog or Darren Rowse of Pro Blogger, blogging can seem like a poor financial move.  After all, you spend hours a week blogging and interacting with your fans on social media, and yet money can be very slow coming.  It’s not unusual for some people to […]

7 Killer Resources for Bloggers and Freelance Writers

I’m a stay at home mom.  I spend my time cooking for my family, cleaning, and homeschooling my three children.  My days are busy, but being a mom isn’t enough for me.  I also need a way to express my desire to write and to contribute to our family finances. I’m lucky enough to be […]

How to Handle Financial Setbacks

Have you had months like this?  This month, thanks to a number of extra jobs, I earned an extra $750 that was not budgeted for.  Woo hoo, I thought.  Finally time to add some money to our meager emergency fund! And then it happened.  The slow, painful erosion of that extra money.  First, my husband […]

Frugal Ways to Find Kids Winter Gear

kids winter gear

If you live in an area of the country that gets cold and snowy in the winter, you’re likely experiencing a deep freeze right about now.  We have just received two feet of snow in one week thanks to two storms days apart, and we’re looking at a high of -14 one day this week.  […]

This New Year, Consider Setting Goals as a Family

People set a lot of goals for the new year, everything from eating healthier, to exercising, to improving their finances and everything in between.  If you’re single, accomplishing your goals rests entirely on your shoulders.  You’re the one who decides to make a healthy dinner at night or go through the fast food drive thru.  […]

Do You Lie to Yourself About Your Finances?

Back in the day, I loved watching Everybody Loves Raymond.  There was one episode in particular called The Checkbook that still sticks with me.  Debra does all the money management and budgeting for the household, and Raymond finds out that Debra had borrowed money’s from Ray’s parents to make ends meet one month.  Ray is […]

Creating Business Relationships as a Blogger

There’s no doubt that starting a blog just to make money is a losing proposition.  However, if you start a blog because you love to write and want to help people, you may be able to make some money from the blog. . .eventually. Most bloggers spend at least several months, if not more, before […]

Is Your Smartphone Ruining Your Life?

Technology is a funny thing.  You live your life just fine without the latest upgrades.  But then you decide to buy the latest gadget, and suddenly you can’t live without it. Twenty years ago, cell phones were limited to use by businessmen.  Then, within 10 years, cell phones became more common place.  Now almost everyone […]

6 Tips for Traveling with Young Children

In just a few short weeks, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will be upon us and with them, for many of us, comes travel to visit friends and family.  According to AAA (American Automobile Association), in 2010, “42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving weekend” ( If you’ll be […]

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