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Saving Money when Planning a Wedding

  In 2017, the average cost of a wedding in America was just over $25,000. This is just for the wedding - add the honeymoon to the mix and you’re talking some serious cash. Fortunately, there are less expensive options available than a sit down dinner that can...

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April 15 – Tax Day

  It’s April 15 - otherwise known here in America as Tax Day. Today is the deadline for filing your tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. I sincerely hope everyone is done with their taxes by the time you read this but, if not, it’s time to file an...

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Good Things Come to Those Who Plan

  I remember when I was about 15 years old, I wanted a new bicycle. Not just any bicycle, mind you, but a Sears Easy Spirit 10 speed - the boys version with the ram horn handlebars. I wish I still had that bike because it was SWEET! It was a beautiful blue color...

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Midlife Bloggers Q&A Roundtable

  I recently asked a question in a Facebook group dedicated to midlife bloggers - “If you could get one question answered right now as it relates to personal finance, what would you ask?” I got some great responses so, without further ado, here’s the answers to...

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My Debt Free Journey – One Year Later

  It’s been roughly a year since my Debt Free Journey started in earnest. Here’s a progress report on how it’s going one year later…     I Fired My Housekeeper     The first thing to go was my housekeeper. I still get a little embarrassed even...

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Living on a Variable Income

  Teachers work in the classroom roughly 9 months out of every year, yet they need for their money to last all 12 months. Contract employees can have work today but not tomorrow. Business owners rely on a steady stream of potentially fickle customers for their...

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My Starter Vegetable Garden

    I hope you enjoyed Part 1 and Part 2 of Starting a Vegetable Garden Cheaply and Easily from Dawn Smith with Crazy Organic Mama. I don’t know about you, but I certainly learned a lot about how to get a garden started from seed. Growing my own vegetables...

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Starting a Vegetable Garden Cheaply & Easily, part 1

I've been thinking about growing a vegetable garden to help save on my grocery bill. There's nothing quite like picking something fresh from your garden and cooking or eating it right away, is there? Today I’m absolutely thrilled to share a guest post with you from my...

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Shopping the Pantry – Homemade Bean Soup

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien   One of my favorite ways of saving on my food budget is to “shop the pantry”. What do I have on hand that will make a great meal? One recent Saturday...

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