Since the election, we have seen an increase of prices at the pump. Both diesel and unleaded are headed upward with little relief in sight. The average mileage in the US in 2018 was 13,500 miles per year. I’m sure this has changed since the start of Covid with people choosing to stay home and […]
The new year has begun and many of us our looking for ways to be better with our finances throughout 2021. If you have been following the blog, I posted in October about living within your means and paying off debt, you can check it out here. If you’re like me, you might still be […]
When you find out you’re expecting a baby many emotions are felt, possibly the fear of affording a new baby is one of them. Many people have visions of grandeur when thinking about what the infant stage will look like. It is possible though, to have a baby and stay on a minimal budget! Here […]
When trying to save money, one of the budget categories many people cut is food. After all, aside from a mortgage payment or rent, it’s probably one of the largest monthly expenses for most families.
With the onset of COVID-19, millions of people have suddenly found themselves out of work. While some people may have the ability to go back to work soon, others may not.
Just about everyone who budgets makes mistakes from time to time. If anyone disagrees, they’re either fibbing, or they simply haven’t made that first mistake yet. But I promise that eventually, it will happen. For example, when my husband and I were first married, we accidently entered one of our paychecks twice. I’m sure you […]
Keeping a marriage together over the long haul is hard work. My husband and I can attest to that as we have been married for many years. In fact, I’ve been with him longer than I’ve been without him. Sure, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows. However, over the years we’ve learned to deal […]
I have to admit it. I’m guilty. My family had a conversation about cell phones recently, and my husband asked if I take mine everywhere. I replied that, yes, I do take my smart phone with me nearly everywhere. His question stemmed from something he’d heard on the radio. The show was about how the […]
Have you ever wanted to go on a date with your significant other but it wasn’t in the budget? If you have, you’re not alone. The average cost of a date these days can set you back over a hundred dollars. To me, that seams like a lot of money to spend on a single […]
Toward the end of December, or the beginning of January, many people make household budget adjustments. They often vow to lower their spending and save money throughout the coming year. However, to do that effectively, you should scrutinize last year’s spending and reign in anything that got out of control. One area I always look […]
Many people spend more money during November and December than they do other months of the year. That can really wreak havoc on their finances. The silly thing is, we all know those higher spend months are coming. After all, Thanksgiving and Christmas occur at the same time each year. Still, it’s not always easy […]
I always find that as the new year approaches, it’s a time for reflection. Apparently, Facebook agrees, because as the year closes, they post a summary that reflects some of the year’s highlights. Of course, once January rolls around, it’s also a time for new beginnings. New exercise programs, diets, and other goals are often […]
I’ve pretty much gotten all of my Christmas gifting wrapped up. Ok, so not all of the presents are actually wrapped and under the tree. But I have at least purchased, or made, most of the things I’ll be giving as gifts this year. Now that my kids are adults, they get fewer gifts from […]
There are a lot of things I love about the holiday season. One example is seeing the pretty lights and decorations everyone puts up in their homes and businesses. I also enjoy special holiday food dishes, Christmas music, and the parties where friends and loved ones gather. What I don’t love is trying to find […]
When my husband and I first got married we wanted what many other couples dream of – to own our own home. But we were still in college at the time, and money was tight.
Whenever you’re trying to rid yourself of debt, and stick to a strict budget, denying yourself can get old. In fact, if you don’t treat yourself once in a while you’re probably going to blow it big time. The problem with blowing it is that you could sabotage everything you’ve been working so hard for. […]
Last week I went to visit my daughter who recently moved. It was quite a drive, so I’ve stayed several days and plan to drive back home tomorrow. In the meantime, we’ve been cleaning, painting, and decorating her new place.
I must confess I am not sure just where the time has gone this year. It seems like the last I knew it was January and then all of a sudden it’s June.
Once you graduate from college you may feel a sense of relief. No doubt part of that relief is due to the idea that your studying days are over.
Having a monthly budget to follow can really help if you struggle with your finances. It keeps you accountable for your spending by reminding you of all your monthly monetary obligations. But imagine if your budget were to get blown out of the water because your paycheck got skipped. How would you keep your bills […]