Cost of Homemade vs. Prepackaged Breakfast Sandwiches

Homemade foods tend to be healthier and often cost less than their prepackaged counterparts. Thus, whenever possible, I try to make homemade varieties. Sometimes I wonder if it is really more affordable to make homemade versions. This week my husband and I crunched some numbers so we could … [Read more...]

7 Money-Saving Modifications to Popular Christmas Traditions

For many Americans, the "most wonderful time of the year" is also the most expensive time of the year. Just how expensive? Experts estimate that the typical American spends between $1,000 and $2,000 on Christmas each year (source). Thankfully, you don’t have to have a couple thousand dollars … [Read more...]

The Most Important Things to Consider When Buying a House

Though it is often fun and exciting, house hunting is a very serious endeavor. If you make a good choice, you’ll own a secure, comfortable home that meets the needs of your family. If you make a bad choice, you’ll own a hazardous, uncomfortable home that doesn’t meet the needs of your … [Read more...]

Choosing to Have Simple Kids’ Birthday Celebrations

My daughter, Amaris, will turn 1 year old in less than a month. What a bittersweet milestone! Though it may be trendy to celebrate a child’s birthday with an elaborate party that includes a bounce house, mobile petting zoo, food trucks, and party favors, we’re choosing a much simpler … [Read more...]

10 Fun, Frugal Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary

My husband and I are on a tight budget, but we still want to do something fun to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Thankfully, I’ve thought of a number of fun ways to celebrate without spending a lot of money. Fun and frugal anniversary celebrations Relive your first date. What did you … [Read more...]

Which Documents to Keep and Which to Toss

As we prepared for a move earlier this summer, my husband and I sorted through stacks of paper as part of our attempt to purge our home of stuff we didn’t need. Over and over again we found ourselves debating if we should keep various documents. It’s obvious that we should keep records like birth … [Read more...]

How to Have a Genuinely Enjoyable Staycation

A week and a half ago I presented several reasons why staycations aren’t as lame as you might think. Today we’re going to explore some ways to make staycations fun and interesting. I believe that one significant reason staycations have a reputation of being boring is that vacationers often … [Read more...]

Why Staycations Aren’t as Lame as You Might Think

A couple of days ago I was looking into staycation ideas. I was surprised to see how many writers view staycations negatively! They described them with words like “stupid,” “boring,” and “pointless.” I’m certainly not a staycation ambassador, but I think the concept of vacationing at home or … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: How to Pay for Christmas

Most of us find it difficult, if not impossible, to finance Christmas out of December’s paychecks alone. That’s why in today’s installment of Christmas in July we’re going to discuss how to pay for Christmas. The Christmas in July series is all about planning ahead in order to avoid a … [Read more...]

Simple Strategies to Help Your Home Show Well

Our move across the country is only a couple of weeks away. We’ve listed our house here and are hoping it sells quickly. Of course, hoping isn’t all we’ve done. We are working closely with a real estate agent and have enlisted some strategies to help our house show well. Our house isn’t brand … [Read more...]