Develop an Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Child This Summer



If you have a child between the ages of 7 and 12, chances are that they enjoy earning money, but there aren’t many opportunities for them to earn as much money as they would like.  This summer, help them utilize their time off to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. Of course, we have all heard of […]

Getting Dinner on the Table on Busy Week Nights



There is an image of the 1950s housewife, complete with her red and white ruffle apron, presenting her husband a nice roast fresh from the oven after he has returned from work and had time to read the paper. Obviously, we are now far from those days; in many families both parents work and the […]

How to Have an Organic Garden Even If You Rent



If you are a renter, you may think gardening is not possible for you.  After all, if you do have a yard, it is not yours to dig up and create a garden.  Often, you may not even have room to garden.  However, there are other ways you can garden even if you are a […]

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 […]

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