Tips You Need to Manage Your Online Shopping

An online shopping addiction can be a real problem for your finances.  Actually, ANY kind of shopping addiction can be a real problem for your finances, but online shopping is SO easy, it can get out of hand very quickly.  All it takes is a few clicks and you can really blow your budget for […]

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The Secret to Paying for College with All Cash

If you have kids, one of the main worries you have is how you’re going to be paying for college for them.  College costs have been increasing wildly.  So many kids are starting out their lives with huge student loans dragging them down.  Or worse, many parents are putting their home or retirement savings at […]

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New Year’s Motivation – Manage Your Money

This is the second post in our New Year’s Motivation series.  After weight loss, I think people’s #2 resolution is to recover from their holiday debt, and learn how to manage your money.  I feel it certainly is a worthy goal.  To me, managing your money is less about getting rich and more about ensuring […]

I Know How You Can Overcome Your Holiday Overspending

OK my lovelies – the 2016 holiday season is officially over.  The turkey has been eaten, the presents unwrapped, the decorations are ready to go back in their boxes, and it’s time for the Christmas bills to start arriving.  If you have done significant overspending during this holiday, this is the part you have been […]

I Never Give Gift Cards. Want to Know Why?

I know most people prefer to give gift cards for holidays and birthdays.  It certainly is faster and easier than choosing a gift for someone and in some cases, I do think they make sense.  But just as a common practice I almost never give gift cards or money.   There’s a big difference between […]

How I Saved $239.42 Without Hardly Trying

I haven’t done a finance post in a while, and I recently had an experience with our new fridge that reminded me how important it is to keep your head in the game when it comes to your money.   I have to say, I’m not that super-frugal type when it comes to money.  If […]

I Can Help You Save MONEY with Groupon Coupons

You know me, I am always finding new ways to help you save money.  I’ve used Groupon for years for good deals on events and all kinds of items, even my electric toothbrush!  Now, I’ve discovered Groupon Coupons as a whole new way to save.   Disclosure:  I received compensation for this post, but I […]

It’s July – Are you Ready for CHRISTMAS?

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Can you believe that summer is already half over?  Just think – Christmas will be HERE before we know it (groan).  Personally, I hate to even THINK about it, but it rolls around every year just like clockwork.   Now I know there are some of you hyper-organized types […]

How Long Will It Take to Pay Your Christmas Bills?

Tomorrow is my second payday after Christmas. And tomorrow, I will write a check and poof!  All my Christmas bills will be paid off.  My holiday situation wasn’t always like this – like many people, I used to have credit card bills from the holidays that would take me months to pay off.  This is […]

Are Gym Memberships a Good Deal?

I did a post about saving money at the gym last year and I decided I wanted to revisit it again as part of my New Year’s Motivation series.  The first week of January is exactly the time of year when people start flooding to the gym again to try and get rid of a […]

After Christmas – Let’s Talk Warranties

Now that the holidays are behind us, I know a lot of people just received a lot of very expensive items. Many of these items, such as cell phones, computers, appliances, and furniture are going to need warranties. So, let’s talk about how to get the best bang for your buck on a warranty. Warranties […]

Have a DebtFree Christmas – Next Year

The holidays provide a great excuse for overspending. It’s only once a year, and there are ads and specials plastered everywhere, and after all, you have to get people *something*, right? So, you whip out your credit card and get busy spending, spending, spending. Then the minute Christmas is over, you start dreading those awful […]

Why I WON’T Use Homemade Laundry Soap

I have seen SO many posts over the years about saving money by making your own laundry soap.  I think it’s a good idea, in theory.  However, I learned a tough lesson about this more than 25 years ago.  My mother-in-law found some laundry soap that was on a “great sale” and she gave me […]

How to Eliminate Magazine Clutter

Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by.  Welcome to Adrian’s Crazy Life. America has a huge love affair with magazines.  There are thousands of magazines created every month for everything from knitting to golf and every other hobby or interest imaginable.  Most people have at least 5 to 7 magazine subscriptions every month. Makes me crazy […]

How to Downsize Your Digital Scrapbooking Pages

One thing I love about digital scrapbooking is that you aren’t necessarily married to a page size.  I typically like to design my pages in 12 X 12, but I don’t necessarily like storing the 12 X 12 albums.  They take up a LOT of space and are kind of awkward to store because they […]