A Look at My Life

Who Am I? This week’s post is a bit different because I’m not giving budgeting advice, sharing tips and tricks, or review something I’ve used. Instead, I thought I’d tell you a little more about me! Follower of Jesus Having studied all the major religions in the world, visited many countries in Europe and Asia, …

How Do Finances Affect Marriage?

Marriage and Money Survey Happy Valentine’s Day! This week, we’re looking at a study that was recently conducted by the Center for the New Middle Class. The biggest thing I saw was that trust is the key ingredient in a relationship! That shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but apparently it’s important to note …

This Christmas: No Stress and No DEBT

Christmas Spending Rises Again! According to a survey by Statista, consumers felt they would spend an average of $906 on Christmas gifts for 2017, up from $752 in 2016, and the highest that their survey has shown out of all the years provided (1999-2017)! The Washington Post stated that consumer spending increased 4.9% for the …

Budgeting Sites Worth A Look

Looking for Reputable Budgeting Sites? Look no further! Here are some of the best sites I enjoy reading and wanted to share with you. Feel free to comment with others, and I may add them, as well. You Need a Budget You Need a Budget (aka YNAB) is the website/company/app that really solidified budgeting for …

Are Smart Thermostats a Smart Idea?

Smart Thermostats: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly! Smart houses are becoming more popular, ranging for adding one smart device to building an entire house that responds to your voice! When we had our solar panels installed, we received a free Nest thermostat. The SolarCity installers also installed the Nest thermostat… And you have …

Score! What’s the Point?

Are You Going to Grade on a Curve? As a student, how many times did you ask that question, or hear a classmate ask it, and hope that the teacher would answer a certain way? Or maybe you’re a teacher and have been asked that question and cringed at the response of the class when …

Budgeting to Begin Anew!

2018: Just Around the Corner To me, every year seems to go by just a little bit faster than the year before! It’s as if time speeds up the older I get – do you feel the same way? If so, it becomes more important each year that you are more intentional about the choices …

Gift Cards & Extra Gifts!

Getting Ahead with Gift Cards I’m sure you’ve seen the advertisements for different stores trying to get you to purchase gift cards for loved ones, and I’m sure you’ve either considered it or wondered why you would. However, the rest of this post is going to be most helpful for those people that have already …

Return to Happiness!

Returning Your Purchases Can Return Your Happiness! Buying things we enjoy and spending money come naturally to humans (and especially to Americans!) According to CNBC, 78% of full-time workers live paycheck to paycheck, meaning they have no problem finding things on which to spend their money. When Was The Last Time You Bought Something You …