Saving Money

Affluenza – The New Epidemic

Be honest – have you ever bought something expensive and then hid it from your husband or lied about it? I think “Affluenza” or over shopping has become something of an epidemic among women lately. For some people it’s shoes or clothes, for others it’s pretty things for the home, or craft and hobby supplies.Because […] Read more…

Auto-renew – SUCH a Bad Idea!

This post was inspired by today’s real-life experience.  My last post was about my son Matt’s big mistake (90 days same as cash – NOT!).  This one is about my son Blake’s blooper.  You know – this guy!   Here he is showing off his new bleached blond ‘do for his first day of High […] Read more…

90 Days Same as Cash-Do it Right

This post was inspired by a mistake made by my 23 year old son.  This son, in fact. Yes, I know he’s a handsome fellow, but he’s not quite perfect. Like a lot of kids (okay, young adults!), he makes mistakes sometimes, especially regarding money.His latest mistake concerned a guitar.  Actually, it concerned another guitar. […] Read more…

Is Costco Really Worth It?

Every once in a while, I run across an article that is really worth sharing with you.  I’ve mentioned before that I am not a Costco fan.  I know there are some savings to be had there, but it just isn’t for me.  I never once when in there when I didn’t spend at least […] Read more…

Surviving on a Student Budget

Today, Stephanie is joining us as a guest poster.  I found her through my favorite blog The SITS girls where she was one of their daily guest posters and I invited her to give you the student’s perspective on budgeting.   I’m Stephanie, and I’m an Australian university student in my third year of a Bachelor […] Read more…

Do You Have a Backup Plan for your Career?

I wasn’t planning on posting today.  I really didn’t have any particular inspiration.  However, at about 2:00 this afternoon, inspiration presented itself.  We had a layoff at work today.  An out-of-the-blue, Holy Crap, totally unexpected layoff.  It wasn’t me, thank God, but I felt the brush of the bullet as it zoomed past me.   There […] Read more…

What’s Your Working Strategy – To Continue Working or Retire?

Here is a pretty interesting quote I found on a website today: “For middle-class Americans, retirement simply means a new phase of their working years, according to results from the sixth annual Retirement Fitness Survey from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC). The survey found that 72% of middle-class Americans between the ages of 25 and […] Read more…

Money is Not for Spending

This is a great essay from Mary Hunt – she is the author of numerous books as well as the famous Everyday Cheapskate newsletter. She is my favorite mentor when it comes to money and spending issues – and I’ve used this essay a couple of times because it illustrates the point so clearly. Her […] Read more…

The PDQ (Pay Debts Quick) Plan

This was originally posted as one of my organizing posts, but I think it fits better under my Women and Finance series, so I’ve changed it up a bit for my Smart Money series.   Because money is a very important topic for me, I have several different financial coaches that I follow. Suze Orman […] Read more…

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