Changing your name marks a new beginning or a return to the former you; it may not only make you feel better, it may give you a much needed fresh start.
After spending years with someone else, parts of your life become entwined with your significant other-- finances, belongings, and children, not to mention you're self.
When my kids were younger I used to take them to the mall just to have something to do. After all, being at home all day with a very needy infant or fussy 1 and 3 year olds can drive even the best mom around a little stir crazy. Unfortunately, in my attempt to be part of the "real world" I would spend money I did not have. After all, I was at the mall and those sale signs are pretty big. Fortunately I found other things to do with my kids other than shop. Here are some ideas to break those bad shopping habits.
If you are preparing for divorce, determining a pre-divorce budget is essential.
As a mother of three young kids I am always looking for small and big ways to save money. In this blog I will share some favorites, and perhaps surprising ways, to save money during this holiday season and beyond.
For those of us who are going through or have been through a divorce with kids in tow, this can be a tough time of year
Thanksgiving has always been one of my very favorite holidays. No gifts to buy, time with family, awesome desserts, and football on TV. And it is also a time for me to stop and reflect on the blessings in my life. No wonder it is a favorite!
The weather is cooler now and I love wearing my "new" short black trench coat from the Gap. Even better, I love the price tag. Free! How was it free? I finally went to my first clothing exchange and I can't wait for the next one.
You have had your oops moment and receive notice that your default APR has been activated. Your default APR is the interest rate applied to a portion of your credit card balance when you do not follow the terms and conditions of your credit card agreement.
Birthday parties for kids can cost a small fortune these days. You don't need to break the bank to have a fun time celebrating a child's birthday. Here are some tested suggestions for keeping the price tag down but the level of fun high.
Going through a divorce is certainly financially draining, but it can also cause severe emotional distress.
Stress is a part of life. Some of it is good, as it makes us perform better. Nothing like a rush of adrenaline to make anyone more focused and alert. But too much stress is problematic. And being in debt certainly adds stress to life. This blog will explore some strategies for coping with stress.
With so many things to think about as you go through a divorce, insurance policies may slip your mind. This is one detail you won't want to miss, as it could cost you and potentially your kids.
Getting out of debt is like losing the baby weight: It takes will power and a plan!
If you are seeking legal help, your attorney will most likely request this information; if you are going it alone, you definitely want to be prepared for negotiation.
Thinking Outside the Box to Earn Some Cash. This blog will explore ways to help kids earn and manage their own money.
Deal with these details now so you can make a clean break and save yourself financial headaches down the road.
No one said it was going to be easy financially after a divorce, and by now you may be figuring out that it's downright difficult!
In this blog, I will discuss some saving strategies that have worked for my family, which help with holiday shopping and getting through it debt free.
ooking at what I have on hand and my list, I have some work to do. Knowing I am not financially able to spend my usual $500 on Christmas I am going to have to tap into my creative side. Luckily for all of us I have some ideas!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hate opening my energy bill, especially after a very hot or very cold month. Who knows what I will owe? My energy company and most others offer a service called Budget Billing, which would allow me to pay the same payment each month based on current energy costs. Sounds good, but is right for everyone?