Money Management

The Biggest Financial MISTAKE Women Make @AdriansCrazyLif Did you know that 60% of all older women end up living in poverty? This is why.

The Biggest Financial Mistake Women Make

I’m going to clue you in on the biggest mistake many women make in their financial lives. They depend on other people – typically their husbands or partners, but sometimes their parents also, to keep them financially safe.  We can’t help it – we are trusting people, and we like the thought that someone else […] Read more…

debt snowball

Get Out of Debt with a FREE Debt Snowball

A debt snowball is an incredibly powerful way to pay off debt quickly and easily.  They are fairly easy to set up and use, and they are very powerful.  They can literally save you thousands in interest over the life of a loan and help you get out of debt years earlier.  I will even […] Read more…

Raising your kids to be money smart is one of the best gifts you can give them.

Raising Financially Responsible Teens

This is a sensitive subject for every family.  I think every family handles money slightly differently with their teens. But on the other hand, I think it is something we all need to get a handle on if you are raising teens. The decisions you make during these critical years are going to have a […] Read more…

Why I can NOT be Trusted at Costco #AdriansCrazyLife Big box stores are my Kryptonite when it comes to shopping and this time I really went OVERBOARD. #ShoppingFail

Why I Can NOT Be Trusted at COSTCO

I am just about the only woman I know who does not have a membership at Costco or Sam’s or any other of the big box stores.  It’s hard sometimes when I hear my friends singing the praises of the latest tasty item they’ve found there, or I see what terrific deals they find.  I’d […] Read more…

Put your Naughty Credit Card in a Time Out. #AdriansCrazyLife Have you been hitting the cards a bit too hard lately? Me too. That's why I'm giving mine a time-out!

Give Your NAUGHTY Credit Card a TIME OUT

I found a post on one of my social media sites that really got me thinking. This lady was declaring a 90-day spending moratorium because she realized she had created some real debt issues for her family.  It wasn’t the fact that she was sharing this that got me thinking.  It was the response to […] Read more…

Organize Your Bill Paying System #AdriansCrazyLife How to get your bill paying under control.

Organize Your Bill Paying System

I’m writing this on my bill paying day, so it got me thinking. Paying bills is an important part of our financial lives, maybe one of the most important parts, so I’m wondering what is your bill paying strategy? – Do you pay your bills right when they hit your mailbox? – Do you have […] Read more…

Teach Your Bank to YELL at You #AdriansCrazyLife A clever life hack to get your spending under control.

Teach Your Bank to Yell at You

  Overspending is one of the things that can really mess up a debt management plan.  I know it trips me up again and again.  Here’s a clever idea that might help.   What if you were really serious about getting your spending under control? You could set it up so that your husband gets […] Read more…

The Power of Residual Income

The Amazing POWER of Residual Income

I don’t normally share specific details about my finances.  It’s just not a great idea on the Internet, but I think I need to share a bit more than usual to illustrate this point about the power you can generate from residual income. Residual income can be many things – it can be interest income […] Read more…

I have a unique strategy for paying off credit card bills FAST.

The TRICK to Minimum Payments

Credit card debt can be a significant drain on your budget. Even if you’ve gotten smart and put the cards away (or cut them up!), you still need to find a way to rid yourselves of those pesky balances. One trap that many debt-ridden consumers get into is just paying the minimum payments. Here’s why […] Read more…

The Daily Finance Lessons are starting to pay off.

The Daily Finance Lessons are Starting to Pay Off

As a finance blogger and a Scout leader, I am passionate about teaching young people about money.  To me, it isn’t just a one-shot deal.  It is a string of opportunities to both teach them and show them some easy ways to manage their money.  It’s not just being thrifty, though that’s part of it. […] Read more…

If you want to save money, pay cash - here's why this is a smart thing to do!

Why Paying with CASH Hurts – It’s a Good Thing!

I know most people think that money is just money.  But I can tell you that there is an enormous difference between paying for things with cash and with other forms of payment – including credit/debit cards, checks, or your phone. Behavioral scientists have done probably hundreds of experiments over the years that clearly prove […] Read more…

You'd be surprised at what results an effective complaint letter can get you.

The POWER of a Properly Worded Complaint

As I mentioned recently, my son got married. It was a very nice wedding, but there were several glitches that marred the day.  There were enough small problems that we ended up making a formal complaint to the reception company.  Which actually worked quite nicely.   It was kind of ironic because my daughter-in-law and […] Read more…

Matt's Wedding

My Son Got Married

So, my middle son Matt got married about a month ago.  I haven’t  posted the pictures from it because it’s taken a while to get the pictures back from the photographer.  But it was a lovely day and we were all excited to see them married.  Great weather – perfect since it was a rooftop […] Read more…

Auto-renewing subscriptions is a good deal for companies, but a bad deal for YOU. Just say no.

Why Auto-Renew is Such a BAD Idea

This post was inspired by today’s real-life experience.  One of my previous posts 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 […] Read more…

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