False Economies vs. Practical Savings

There are a lot of things out there that will help you save. Unfortunately many of them don’t actually work, they fall under the collective description of false economies.  Very often they come down to promises from a particular brand, company or person that sound great but in reality are not all that great. So […]

How To Build A Budget That Works: Part Two

Two weeks ago I talked about the basic first step to being able to build a budget that will work. Tracking your expenses. I will reiterate how important this is if you want your budget to be successful. Trying to guess what you spend in certain categories will fail horribly. You’ll be short in certain […]

AA for Hoarders | Hoarders Anonymous: Kill Your Hoarding Side

Are you holding onto old movies you don’t watch and don’t really plan on watching again? You might be an undercover hoarder. Holding on to music CDs of lame country musicians and Hannah Montana that you hate? You might be an overt hoarder. Still clutching onto your Panasonic 3DO from 1994? Well, that’s actually pretty […]

How To Build a Budget That Works: Part One

If I’m being honest-and honesty is something I rely on blogging for-I didn’t have a budget most of my life. I had NO idea how to manage money. None. Zip. Zilch. I was totally clueless about money and what to do with it. Sure I knew people put money in savings accounts but growing up […]

How to Have Fun While in Debt

One of the toughest parts about getting out of debt is having to miss out on social events. Socializing can be very expensive depending on what you choose to do. My husband’s best friend is getting married next weekend. This past weekend was the bachelor party and a stark reminder about how expensive socializing can […]

Scoring Deals on Airfare

This week I’m on a family vacation. While we were fortunate to be able to drive to save money, we already know where the next reunion is since they are planned two years in advance. With the next destination, driving won’t be an option. Seeking out great airfare deals will be so important for us […]

What Drives Investor Behavior?

The American Dream is, “If we can dream it, we can do it”. Too often we take this mindset into stock trading and it fails us. When we read and hear success stories of the rich and famous it always includes their tales of how they never gave up. They followed their heart (emotions) and […]

Using An Online Coupon Site

Coupon sites are everywhere. What started as a small online niche has grown into a huge internet phenomenon. Through an online coupon site, you can do everything from save $1.00 off your favorite cereal to book a dream trip to Fiji. Sometimes it seems like the deal is too good to be true, but often […]

Should I Buy A Used Or New Car? The Pros and Cons

Should I buy a used or new car? A whole lotta people are passionate about buying used. (Sorry this article doesn’t broach the subject of the upside or downside of leasing!) I’ve often heard, “Don’t buy a new car. As soon as you drive it off the lot it loses thousands in value!” …as if […]

Staycation Infographic: Is Spending the Big Bucks To Travel Abroad The Best Fit This Summer?

This week’s infographic goes right along with the theme that Catherine has been writing on the last two weeks: How To Plan A Last Minute Vacation and Not Blow Your Budget and Planning The Perfect Staycation. I was inspired by this thought as I recently returned from Cabo. It was actually a work trip, but […]