Archive for the Budgeting Category


Jean Chatzky Features Time is Money Mommy Guest Post

I’ve watched financial expert, Jean Chatzky, on the Today Show for years and always admired her. I follow her on Twitter, so when she tweeted this summer that she was accepting guest blog posts, I wrote in right away. I was thrilled that she (and her amazing team member, Arielle) liked my post. It was […]

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Five Easy Ways to Boost Your Savings

I know how hard it is to build up a savings account. Even when you make a good living, it seems like there are always unexpected expenses. A broken garage door, cracked toilet and money for kindergarten field trips…that was just the past week in our house, and I’m sure you’ve all been there. That […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. The Wet Brush My sister-in-law was visiting last week, and she has a lot of hair. It takes hours for a professional to dry it, and it is wavy so it tangles […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Google Shared Calendar Every family is busy with work and social commitments. I have a cute photo calendar of the kids, but I don’t ever write on it. When events come up, […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Gymboree Uniform Pants We were going Chase’s cousin’s wedding reception when I realized that Clay didn’t have any pants to wear. I ran to the mall with my Gymboree 20 percent off […]

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Playing Powerball: 10 Things I’d Do If I Won the Lottery

I recently read a post on DailyWorth, where the author says she doesn’t play the lottery because she can’t imagine “anything worse than winning.” I normally love Daily Worth, and I would never make a negative comment on someone else’s post, so I left it alone. But, that seemed like a silly, extreme comment to […]

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Easy Way to Save Money When Dining Out? Drink Water!

When I was pregnant with Clay, Chase and I noticed something strange – our bills when dining out were lower. I certainly wasn’t eating less and neither was he – someone had to share the cheesy, carb-filled appetizers I craved! We soon realized the reason – I wasn’t drinking! I should clarify by saying that […]

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Buy only what you need

I don’t love shopping, so I’ve never really gone on a shopping spree. Instead, I tend to spend money a little at a time. $50 here, $40 here. The most I’ve ever spent (not counting furniture) in one place is probably $200. When I was working full-time, those small purchases were fine. In fact, they […]

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Friday Five: save time and money

The “Friday Five” series shows five items that could save you time or money. I hope you enjoy this week’s list!  1. Early showings at the movie theater I remember when I was a kid, any movie that started before 1:00 p.m. was considered a matinee, and you got in for half price. Nowadays, only […]

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Missing spring break? How to save money on vacation travel

I’m slowly coming to the terms with the fact that I’m never getting a “spring break” again. I finished college 14 years ago, so I’m not sure why it took me so long. My teacher friends’ Facebook posts have me itching for a vacation, but I can’t take one now, so I’m planning  this year’s trips instead. Since we […]

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