Now I can not only afford a trip like this, with the proper amount of planning of course...I can enjoy it knowing that I paid for the trip in advance!
Some people (like my wife) live to host such gatherings, and some are happy to step aside and let someone else do it. But I think everyone can on some level agree that being the host is at least a little bit stressful.
It has been a tough year for us financially. I have been worried about Christmas shopping for months. It has just been this huge cloud over my head. It has always been a challenge, but this year is the worst.
Think about who is on your list, and what they are likely to want. Keep an eye out for sales and good deals. The reality is that holiday season sales aren't always that great. With a little effort, the help of daily deal sites, and online promo codes, you can get similar prices throughout the year.
A few weeks later we received our monthly statement from that creditor, which we expected to be zero. We were wrong. Even though we paid the full amount before the due date, our new statement had a balance of thirty-six cents.
One of the cornerstones of saving money is understanding the time value of money-that is, the concept that $1 today is more valuable than $1 a year from now.
If you don't have much money, but you want to give this holiday season, here are 3 gifts that keep on giving.
These discount programs can really be thought of as a new kind of coupon, and added with the grocery store coupons I'm already using can provide significant savings in our weekly budget.
For some people, such as sports enthusiasts or hobbyists, it's easier to answer. You've probably noticed that as you get older, activities that are fun for some people are no longer considered fun for you. Redefining fun is a vital part of frugality, too. You become more aware of the costs involved in your choices. Your community offers many free activities.
Now, I really WAS terrified of the mess I had gotten myself in to, and the glitz and glam of paying with credit had truly turned into a feeling of utter horror and despair. That fear and despair quelled my desire to ever use ANYTHING but cash for ANYTHING.
I don't think that will happen if we treat this like a diet. We cannot be really good while on the program and then go back to our old spending ways afterwards. I want to learn from our past so we are not doomed to repeat it!
We had never lived within our means, and quite frankly didn't even know how to start getting our finances back into shape. We needed someone to help guide us in the right direction.
I am so happy to no longer be a slave to the credit card industry and the high interest rates that are overwhelming so many people around the nation. It wasn't easy to give up swiping and convert to a cash-only existence but it was certainly very beneficial for me in the long run.
Since that time, I learned how important it was for me to pay off my debt.
One of the biggest problems you are likely to run into has to do with emotional spending. Emotional spending is especially dangerous when you have access to a credit card. Because it's so easy to simply swipe your card, your vulnerable state of mind can lead to financial vulnerability.
Now that you know why credit cards can be great travel companions, here are the pitfalls and how to navigate them.
I wanted to get a rough estimate as to how long I have to work to pay for the interest on my credit cards for the year. Adding up the interest I've paid on my credit cards so far in 2013, plus a projected amount for the rest of the year I calculated that I have work 7 days as a software engineer to pay for the interest on my credit cards.
Since doing that would be a sort of "financial suicide," it might be time to think about taking steps to become debt free.
Month after month, my kids saw me in anguish as I juggled money, trying to pay off these huge bills, and then having little left in my checking account after the bills were paid.
Then they told me that I would have to be three months late before they would even talk about helping me. How is that going to help me? All that would do is increase my debt.
It makes me think of playing hot potato only I knew I would always be the one who ended up with the hot potato. I was just trying to get food on the table. The bottom line is that at the end of the year we were just as deep in debt as we were at the beginning.
That wasn't success at all. It was the definition of living paycheck to paycheck.
I learned you can't plan for everything because sometimes life just happens.
Blu-ray DVDs. Interactive websites. Computer rooms. It's not quite up to U.S.S. Enterprise levels yet, but yes, libraries have joined the rest of society at embracing today's modern technology.
It's easy to get caught up in someone else's version of financial success. After all, we see advertisements that show us what we're "supposed" to buy. We look around the neighborhood and see certain types of cars. We look at decor on Pinterest and see what others' homes look like.
In addition to the blogs, be sure to check out the new CareOne Groups:
Are you finally out on your own and figuring out how to balance your finances? If so, this is the group for you. In Starting Out, you can talk about the challenges you are dealing with in a group of like-minded people.
Do you feel like you are finally understanding what being a "grown-up" is all about and are settling into your adult life? If so, this is the group for you. In Settling In you can connect with others who are just like you.
Struggling to balance all that an established lifestyle has to offer? The balancing it all group is for you. Discuss the challenges you face when your responsibilities at work, at home and with family and friends all compete for your attention.
Are you currently retired or planning on retiring very soon? If so, this is the group for you. Times have changed and so has retirement. Learn how others are redefining retirement.