3 Ways to Make the Holidays More Relaxing

Year after year after year I crave a holiday season I can just enjoy, but, inevitably, especially with kids, the few weeks that follow Thanksgiving are often rushed and full of stress. Why can’t the holidays just be like when I was a kid, carefree and magical? © tashka2000 / Dollar Photo Club Disclosure: This… Keep reading →

The Best Way to Teach a Child Gratitude

I was a wretched, ungrateful teenager. So many times my parents would ask me to do something – a chore or some help with a quick task – and I made a huge fuss. © famveldman / Dollar Photo Club “I have homework! Do I really have to help you right now?” I don’t even… Keep reading →

Financial Habits Every Family Should Practice

*This is the 29th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* You have made it so far in this spending freeze challenge. Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? You’re almost done! © igor / Dollar Photo Club… Keep reading →

35+ Ideas for FREE Activities to Do with Kids

*This is the 22nd day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* My parents took me to Disneyland for the first time when I was five. They told me it was my birthday present, but now that I’m older, I know that was… Keep reading →

THE Guide for All Parents

It was a cat fight like I’d never seen before. © djoronimo / Dollar Photo Club My girls were going at it. The older one was even grabbing for the younger one’s eye with her fingernails. My girls are still toddlers, so it seems I have a lot of fun adventures to look forward to… Keep reading →

Learning How to Be Content without Buying More

*This is the 17th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* I remember when I got my first large sum of money when I was barely a teenager. I had worked a whole month for just over $300 babysitting two girls who… Keep reading →

When You Can’t Afford to Take a Gift to a Party

*This is the 16th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Believe it or not, life goes on when you are doing a voluntary or involuntary spending freeze. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, weddings, and more will happen and you have to be ready…. Keep reading →

11 Ways to Prevent Food Waste in Your Home

*This is the 15th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* The other night I made a big pot of soup and wasted more than half of it. © Elena Milevska / Dollar Photo Club On purpose? Of course not. We had… Keep reading →

How to Find More Time in Your Day

*This is the 13th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* The two main problems most people complain about are that they have no money and they have no time. When you have neither one, you can feel really overwhelmed with life…. Keep reading →

6 Ways to Make Better Use of Your Time

*This is the 12th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Since going on a spending freeze over a year ago, I’ve learned that you can save money quite easily by doing just one simple thing: staying at home. © Brian Jackson… Keep reading →

8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Spending Money on Your Child

*This is the 8th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* My attempts at managing our money fairly well fell by the way side shortly after we started a family. For me this had nothing to do with spending money on my daughter…. Keep reading →

Should Your Baby Sleep Through the Night at 6 Weeks?

During my first pregnancy, I read a lot of books and information on pregnancy, labor, and breastfeeding. It wasn’t until we brought our baby home that I realized I didn’t know much about infant sleep. I figured it would be pretty easy, but just a few days and weeks later left me realizing that it was a… Keep reading →

How to Save Your Sanity with Baby #2

Our lives turned into a chaotic mess the moment baby #2 entered the picture. The toddler had just turned 18 months a few days before, we were all sick when the baby came home from the hospital, breastfeeding issues left me frazzled and in pain, and I just wasn’t ready to care for two small kids…. Keep reading →

17 Kitchen Appliances and Tools that Can Save You Time and Money

The best way to save money on groceries is to obviously start cooking at home. Going out to eat even once a week can put a huge dent in your wallet. When you cook at home, you do need kitchen appliances and tools, but hopefully they will save you more money than they cost to… Keep reading →

Two Incomes to One: How Much Money Does It Really Take to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom?

The closer and closer we got to the birth of our oldest daughter over three years ago, the more I wondered if we would be okay financially when I quit my job. At that time there were other pregnant women around me, and they were going back to work after maternity leave. It made me… Keep reading →