Uh, didn’t Christmas just end? Why is there a holiday post in January? No, we didn’t make a mistake! Many of you are now packing up the decorations, hitting the gym to work off the holiday calories, and starting to dread the daily trip to the mailbox. Yup, those Christmas bills are going to start rolling in, and you’re preparing yourself for the continual circle of debt that happens every year: you spend all January through November paying off the Christmas bills only to find that as soon as you’re done, it’s December again! We’re here to help you make this coming Christmas (yes, the one that is 11 months away) a bit different, by helping you plan ahead all year to break that vicious cycle and end up with a debt free holiday.
As adults, the topic of money is often seen as a highly private, overwhelming, and misunderstood area. There is so much to learn, so much to control, and so much to mess up. That’s why a lot of Americans are in debt, foreclosure, or living paycheck to paycheck. As with anything worth learning, the best and most well-received knowledge comes to us when we’re a child. Let’s help prevent our children from making the same mistakes we have by simply educating them (and possibly ourselves) on the basics of good money management; beginning with the concept of save, share, and spend.
If you choose to use pureed baby food when it’s time for your baby to start eating solids, you may have a ton of glass jars destined for the recycling bin. They’ve served their purpose, right? What other use could they possibly have? Believe it or not, quite a few! In this post, we’ll break down some ways you can reuse those jars around the house and ultimately get more for your money. Sound good?
Ahhh, white vinegar – quite possibly one of the most perfect and natural household cleaners ever! Most store bought cleaners fall into either one of two categories: toxic or really expensive..but vinegar breaks the mold when it comes to the norm. It’s cheap, non toxic, available to purchase at almost any store and it perfectly safe for people, pets and the earth! The uses of vinegar are almost endless, but for this post, we will be covering some of the amazing uses it when it comes to house cleaning. From the floors to the walls, from the living room, office and kid’s rooms- vinegar comes to save the day again, and again and again- and for less than $3 for a gallon, you really get a lot for your money!
It’s coming to that time of the year when our outdoor time is limited. It is getting darker earlier, the cooler weather is starting to kick in, and of course there’s more rain and maybe even snow in the near future. To keep kids from going stir crazy while being stuck inside in the coming months, try this simple and fun activity!
Buying clothing ahead for your child can either be a money saving opportunity or it cost you in the end. At the end of a season, children’s clothes get marked down so much that it can be very advantageous to purchase items for next year. Only problem is that it’s easy to get ahead of yourself without proper planning. Keeping yourself organized plays a major factor in purchasing clothing for the next year.
Congratulations! You’ve chosen to use cloth diapers. Now all your friends and family members have proof that you’re a little crazy! The truth is, cloth diapers have come a looooong way in recent years and are at least as easy to put on your
wiggly worm child as disposables. All you need now are these tips on how to properly care for and clean your cloth diapers. With a little TLC, your cloth diapers can make it through several kids and may still even be re-sale worthy. Check out these 10 tips on how to make your cloth diapers last for years and be sure to add your own ideas in the comments.
We all know how easy it is to spend the money we’ve been blessed with. We are pros at loading up our Target cart every week and hitting up the mall each season for a new wardrobe. But are you good at keeping track of all those purchases? Do you really know how much money you are bringing in each month versus how much money is going out? Are you confident in your money management skills? Do you have a budget that works for you and your family? If not, we are here to help! We will teach you the basics of setting up a monthly budget, as well as how to stick to that budget, which is the key to your financial success.
Have you ever said to yourself “Why didn’t I think of that”? Of course you have. We all have! We’ve all come across that ingenious idea for which we’d love to take credit. But in the end, does it really matter? You’ve discovered a way to save yourself time, money and most importantly your sanity. You’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of 6 handy tips to use in the kitchen to make your life just a little bit easier.
Do you have a free day and want something new and fun to do with your child? Why not stay at home and enjoy some backyard water fun? Water play is such a great way to entertain your youngster. It is a wonderful hands-on experience that can keep them occupied for hours. Here are 10 fun ways to cool off during those hot summer days!
Organic and “big box” stores are not often used in the same sentence. CostCo is a well-known bulk grocery and home goods chain, but did you know that they offer a wide variety of affordable and organic grocery items?
Looking to downsize your living space? Are you trying to be “greener” with regards to cost savings and environmental impact? Or maybe you are relocating and looking to rent before buying? There are many great reasons to downsize your home, but this can be a very intimidating process. Couple that with having a busy infant or toddler and you can feel that you are in over your head! You find yourself looking around at a house full of baby items, toys and clothes and thinking that this child has more stuff than your partner and you combined! How are you going take everything you’ve accumulated in a single family home and fit it in a small apartment? Not to fear – here are 7 ways to take the stress out of downsizing your home and maximizing the space for your baby.
Summertime is the season of shorts and tank tops, lemonade stands, backyard barbecues and… YARD SALES! As yard sale season commences, we have compiled a list of the very best secrets for a successful and profitable sale.
The art of thrifting and secondhand shopping can sometimes be tricky to navigate. You may be buying into a steal of a deal that you will brag about for years to come, or it may become the bane of your existence. Read on to learn some basic tips on how to start thrifting, and what to avoid.
Whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, preparing meals can be a daunting and time-consuming task. When you or the kids are hungry, and you’re short on time, it’s easy to grab something not-so-healthy just because it’s quick. But, by spending a few hours a week preparing meals and freezing them, you can eliminate much of the stress related to meal prep. The end result is that you’ll eat better as well as save yourself so much time and money! But, what kinds of foods freeze well? How should you store them in the freezer? We will give you the low-down, along with some favorite recipes!