Divorce. It is not something you plan for or expect to have happen as you stand at the preverbal alter and pledge your life to someone, but sometimes it just does.
It is hot, hot, hot! The temperatures are reaching record highs, and beating the heat cheap is always a challenge. This week some of my favorite posts are about living frugally, financial independence, and eating healthy on a budget.
TGIF! As I write this I am looking forward to a long holiday weekend filled with family, friends and fireworks!
This week some of my favorite posts are about saving money while traveling, getting organized, and budgeting.
You don't have to be obsessive-compulsive like me, but a little organization can go a long way in saving you money.
I hope everyone is ready for summer, it officially begins on Monday! With the kids out of school, vacations planned, and extra long days of sunshine it's a great time to relax and take stock of what you have to be thankful for.
Summer is finally upon us, and we all complain about our electric bills from the added use of air conditioning and the high summer gas prices.
Each week I come across some excellent articles written by those who love to talk about finance and share their knowledge with others.
When you have a family of four like I do, trips to the grocery store can be painful--for both you the shopper, and your wallet.
Sharing your life with someone usually means sharing finances and the headaches that come with them. Marriage is a commitment on many levels: emotionally, physically, and financially. Being committed to your partner means being committed to your future together, and finances are a part of that.
Who knows what the future will hold, but being prepared for the unexpected and changing your lifestyle now will lead to a brighter financial future.
Are you a spender and your significant other a saver? Whether you are getting married for the first or second time there is chance you and your spouse will not be on the same page.
You've had a rough week and want to take a night off from the kitchen, consider these tips before venturing out; you may be able to eat like a king or queen without spending like one!
So this year money is a little tight. Does that mean we stay home every summer weekend? No. Bust out the credit cards and charge a vacation? Definitely not! So what can we do with our kids so they can get out and enjoy the summer without dipping into our savings?
Since money is the number one reason for fights in most marriages, why don't couples take more time to talk about it both before and after the wedding?
This week I will be participating in the Newlywed Online conference presented by United Marriage & Family Associates. This conference is an excellent way for you and your new partner to gain advice and tips from professionals including; creating a family budget and staying out of debt, communicating in your marriage, keeping the romance going, preserving family traditions, and much more--without even leaving your home!
The need to set goals and developing processes to attain them is just as important for adults... Goal setting and follow through is easy if you break it down.
Spring has sprung and so have your closets, cabinets, and drawers. You know what I am talking about, clutter!
Summer is right around the corner, and the kids are already asking where we are going for vacation? The problem is we haven't really thought about it. We are determined to build up our savings, so we don't want to spend a ton of money on vacation; but we know it is important to the kids, so we HAVE to come up with something.
Being a parent empowers you to share your life, values, and love with someone who loves you unconditionally, depends on you, and teaches you life lessons every day.
Blended families really stand up to their name as they work to blend their lives together, and that includes finances! But these simple tips can be applied by anyone; single, married, or remarried.
Becoming a blended family has posed several challenges-most recently this includes obtaining a mortgage loan for a house big enough for four. We knew finding the right house would be a challenge, but we never thought obtaining a loan would be this difficult.
Exhausted. That is the term I use to describe how I feel at the end of the day. If you are a parent, working or not you probably would agree with that sentiment. Not only do I work full-time, I have 2 busy kids, a house to care for, oh and a new husband I enjoy spending time with. I have learned to implement time management practices into my day.
So what do we do with the kids to break up the winter doldrums and release the pent up energy until warmer weather appears? I've done some online searching and pulled a few tricks out of my sleeve and here are 6 ideas I came up with to cure your family's winter doldrums on a budget.
This is our first Valentines Day as a newly married couple, and I am so excited to make it special for us and our kids. Love is what brought us all together and I feel we should celebrate! However, our budget is tight and getting a sitter for a night out is always difficult.
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.