Don’t be a Sucker – Read the Fine Print

Do you read the fine print before you sign something? I do! Why? Because When you put your signature to something, you can be held legally liable for whatever is written on that page. This has burned me a few times. Back when we were first married, we bought a car. My husband and I […] Read more…

Money = Motivation

Zig Ziglar has a saying about motivation that I love.  He says “Motivation isn’t permanent, but then neither is bathing”.  Whether you are trying to lose weight, keep your finances under control, or turn your house into the fabulous place you envision, motivation is the key. It’s easy to get yourself fired up on a […] Read more…

Delayed Decisions

Part of a clutter problem is the problem of delayed decisions.  You don’t have time to sort the mail (and probably throw half of it away!) so you dump it into a pile on the counter.  You don’t have time to sort through the movies, the books, or the clothes and possibly eliminate a good […] 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…

Time to Refinance? Your Largest Money Saver

Got an Email from my Mortgage lady the other day. Apparently it’s time for another refi. Rates are down to between 4.25% to 4.5% and she has a streamlined refi deal that won’t even cost us any fees. Took me about 3 seconds to decide and I sent her a one word response – YES. […] Read more…

Do you Act Like a Kid?

I had a thought the other day. If you had a kid who didn’t do their chores, didn’t eat properly, and just basically wouldn’t follow any of the rules you’ve set down (yeah, I know, who doesn’t?), what would you do?Now how many times do you act like that? We all do, don’t we? We […] Read more…

Food for Thought – Is Costco Really Worth It?

I just finished a very interesting book. It’s called Mindful Eating by Brian Wansink. It’s a fascinating book, but then I love stuff like that. I am probably a frustrated psychologist because books about why we do the things we do fascinate me. Brian Wansink is a famous food researcher. He runs the Food and […] Read more…

The Power of Little Minutes to Tidy Up

I think one thing that separates the “cleanie” types from the “messy” types is the way they use their spare minutes. Messies usually tend to do their housework in BIG blocks of time while the Cleanies tend to do theirs for just a few minutes here and there all throughout the day.The big problem with […] Read more…

Re-Post: The Disneyland Solution

Still having fun with the kids. This is an article I wrote waaay back when. Then I added some of my more recent “Disneyland Solutions”. There’s a joke that’s been sticking in my mind for days now and I think there’s a good reason. An elementary school was having some difficulty with their older girls. […] Read more…

Cleaning Tip – Erase the Evidence

Photo Credit If CSI came into your house, would they be able to tell what you’ve been doing all day? If there were crumbs or plates on the table, they’d know what you had for lunch. If there were bill stubs, stamps and envelopes laying around, they’d know you had been paying bills. If you […] Read more…

Everything Needs to Have a Home

When you get home from the grocery store, do you just leave the groceries in the bags and just take the food out of them when you need it? Why not? I know a lot of people do that for laundry. They leave it in the basket and just pick out a t-shirt or a […] Read more…

Selling Your Unwanted Items Pt 2

No-Fee sitesFor selling locally and in person, Craigslist, Ebay Classifieds and similar sites are your best bets. I think Craigslist is brilliant! I’ve been using it for years and I’ve sold dozens of items through it. Anything from end tables to hamster cages to cars (I’ve sold my last 3 cars online). Craigslist.com is located […] Read more…

Selling Your Unwanted Items Pt 1

Part I – Fee based options: As part of the decluttering process, you’re going to run into times when it makes sense to sell stuff. Whether it’s clothes, toys, furniture, or sporting goods, there is a pretty healthy market for used stuff and you can take advantage of that. Are you going to make a […] Read more…

Glenn Doman on Working Mothers

Glenn Doman is my hero and I figured it was about time I devoted a post to him. He’s a little old Santa Claus of a man, but over the last 50 years, he has given children SO much more than toys. His name is Glenn Doman.  He’s literally devoted his life to helping parents […] Read more…

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