I’m so excited – I have written a book, Mom’s Guide to Household Finances, and it’s now published. Mom’s Guide to Household Finances is a series of tips and advice from me, based on my experiences in handling my family finances. I have handled the finances for my family for the 17 years I’ve been […]

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Marry For Love

October 2, 2012

Today is Lexie’s 11th birthday. At Laura Bush Elementary School where she is a 5th grader they have an awesome program “Watch Dogs” to get the Dad’s involved. The Dads volunteer for the day and help out in the classrooms, walk the halls, and get to play on the monkey bars. Naturally Shawn picked today […]

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Buying Your Groceries on a Budget

May 29, 2012

Feeding your family can be very costly, especially when you have growing children and some picky eaters. Here are some suggestions on how to save at the grocery store: Buy what’s on sale. I know it may seem like an obvious idea, but often I start to reach for a box of cereal when I […]

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Pinch Pennies and Earn Happiness

May 7, 2012

Living frugally doesn’t have to be painful or depriving. In fact, it can be amazingly rewarding! The best example that I know of is my Godmother, Rosa. She never made a ton of money, yet she was so careful that she did things some wealthy people could never “afford”. Rosa worked for 30 years at […]

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Stop Trying to Keep Up with The Joneses

May 1, 2012

Many of us are spoiled. Two cars, a nice house, fancy clothes, and vacations are all luxuries that we take for granted. It’s amazing to me how many people can’t tell the difference between wants and needs. Please stop trying to keep up with the Joneses! One of my good friends was feeling overwhelmed recently. […]

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Preventative Maintenance is a Great Investment

April 12, 2012

Trying to pinch pennies can be counter-productive and dangerous. I have found over the years that cutting corners doesn’t usually work. Here are five things I make sure to maintain to avoid costly repairs or issues down the road: Car Maintenance: Every 3,000 miles or three months I take my minivan to get serviced at […]

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Control Your Spending with the Cash in Envelopes System

March 24, 2012

It was May of 1999 and my first daughter was born. I was desperate to find a way to stay home with her, instead of returning to work. My great friend, Caren, gave me an idea that made all the difference. She suggested ditching the credit cards and using cash in envelopes for each type […]

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Dealing With Picky Eaters

March 2, 2012

In an effort to be healthy and economical, I cook most nights of the week. Unfortunately, in my house, I have a few picky eaters. Especially my two youngest who have the appetites of birds, and zero culinary curiosity. I read once if a child is hungry enough, they will eat anything in front of […]

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Go on Dates With Your Husband

February 17, 2012

It is so easy to get caught up in our kids and hectic lives. Going on dates with your husband may seem like another chore on your “to do” list, but finding time for dates is one of the best investments you can make in your marriage. Not only is it important to spend one-on-one […]

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My Perfect Life

January 26, 2012

Today, for some reason, my life is perfect. Maybe the stars are all aligned just so or maybe I had a good night’s sleep. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s a wonderful feeling. You know how some days you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Well, today I […]

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