Should kids have an allowance? If so, then how much? Should they have to earn it by doing chores, or should it be something they get automatically each week? I struggle with these questions myself.
I can't believe I am getting ready to ask this.....Are you ready for Christmas? I know, I know, no one ever wants to think about the stress of the holidays before fall is even here, but they always sneak up on us and I am here to remind you: start early.
Instead of a cue to start spending, let's take it as a reminder to start planning and saving! The end of September is a fabulous time to devise a holiday game plan to keep your budget and your peace of mind intact during the last-minute December madness.
The coupon celebrates its 100th anniversary this month! Coupons are increasingly more popular as we all try to save money where we can on groceries, clothing, services and entertainment.
It did not take long before I realized that child support was not going to cut it. I had a mortgage payment and utility bills to cover; oh, and I had to put groceries on the table too. I had to get a job!
When it comes to your cash, it's important to know your consumer rights! The tough economy has encouraged lawmakers to adopt stricter regulations of financial organizations and debt settlement companies to prevent consumer abuses.
BE EARLY. They're also the best two words for controlling how much you spend on this year's holiday shopping.
Acknowledging my weakness for spending was an important first step. I am motivated to change and I feel good about the path I am on. Now where do I start?
School has started, professional football is back, and oh, by the way, Happy Holidays! The holiday season may be months away, but it's never too early to start making your gift list.
It's so hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner and we have to start thinking about gift giving to family and friends. Now is the time to start grabbing those items on sale at the stores.
Read on for my top money management lessons inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling novel-turned-major motion picture.
Halloween is my kids' second favorite holiday. It does not get much better than dressing up and getting candy! But like with most American events these days, it has gotten bigger and more expensive. Costumes are expensive and can be poorly made. This blog will explore some ideas, which will get your trick-or-treater dressed for less.
While being on a budget could mean that we sit at home and eat canned baked beans, I use it as an excuse to have some cozy meals at home with my hubby. In some ways it is even nicer than going out. Who wants to battle the elements to get a meal? There is something so reassuring about coming back from work to a toasty warm house and eating some home-cooked food.
It may seem crazy, but the holidays are almost here and it's a good time to start making your gift list. Since I've gotten older, I believe that having a plan for your finances and being prepared is the best way to stay ahead of the financial crunch.
It is only September and the holiday catalogues are already arriving in the mail. It seems like each year the stores start the shopping season for major holidays earlier and earlier. What is a parent to do? Here are some ways to avoid the early rush and keep the focus on what you feel is important.
As we enter the fall season, let's make sure that our savings continue to grow. Energy efficiency has been a buzz phrase for the last couple of years, but have you heard of it? If so, are you living an energy-efficient lifestyle?
Okay, so these are not exactly lions, tigers, and bears....but, if you don't pay attention to them, they could be! Growing up, I never understood why my father was constantly telling us to, "turn off the lights" when you leave a room, "put a sweater on" if we were cold or, "turn the water off" while brushing your teeth.
This week Straight Talk on Debt entered the Personal Finance Writing Project. The topic for the project was Education and Wealth and there are some excellent articles from over 25 different personal finance bloggers.
When you charge your laptop or cell phone, do you sometimes leave it plugged in beyond the time that it's fully charged? Do you have appliances with remotes, LED lights, constant displays, or power adaptors? If so (and most likely you do), then you are an unwitting consumer of standby power, and it's sucking you dry - financially and environmentally.
Your divorce may have blindsided you, leaving you an emotional mess. The last thing on your mind is your finances and how they will be impacted.
Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love Halloween, spiced cider, comfy sweatshirts, and crisp, sunny days. Really, there's only one thing about fall that I find objectionable and that is that it leads into winter!
It may be tempting to wait until the last second and pick something up at the party store on October 30th, but those costumes are poorly constructed, borderline-cheesy and worst of all... EXPENSIVE. With a few dollars and a little bit of time, you could have a trendy costume and a full wallet!
The good news is that there are smarter and better ways to deal with divorce in times of financial distress. It may not be what you want, but it may help keep you and your ex-spouse from drowning in debt.