Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

A 5-Step Plan for Surviving a Job Loss

Have you ever gone through a job loss? Losing your job is a traumatic experience. You lose your income and benefits, sense of security and job identity all at once. You may have workplace friends you’ve seen every day for years. The morning after you get laid off, everything’s changed. It’s important to take some […]

3 Tips for Buying Furniture on a Budget

Are you in the market for new furniture? Are you heading back to school trying to fill that dorm room or apartment? Maybe you currently have furniture that’s falling to pieces and it desperately needs replacement. Or, perhaps you recently moved across the country and sold your old furniture so you didn’t have to move […]

5 Cheap Ways to Extend the Life of Your Furniture

Do you take the extra effort to extend the life of your furniture? Do you realize that your furniture is one of the most expensive items in your house right now? If you’re like the average person, your living room set probably cost you over $2,000, and that price only included the sofa, love seat, […]

Dry Beans and Other Cheap Secrets of Healthy Eating

If you are trying to figure out how to eat healthy without spending your whole paycheck at Whole Foods, look no further than your mom. Let’s just take the family diet on offer at my household circa the mid-90s. This was pre-internet. There were no mommy forums, no meal-planning sites, no coupon-clipping apps. But my […]

Graduation Presents on a Budget

Do you currently know of someone that’s graduating soon? Well guess what? That means that you’d better save up your pennies, because you’ll need to buy them a gift for their open house. I know I know, the gifts never end. There’s wedding gifts, baby shower gifts, graduation gifts, birthdays, Christmas, and if you’re part […]

Couples and Money: 5 Solutions To Go From Fighting To Freedom

What is the number one reason cited for divorce? You guessed it—money matters! If most couples are asked if they argue about money, they will reply, “We don’t fight about money, we just have some disagreements.” Yeah, right. When Bob and I were newly married he went into an electronics store to buy batteries and […]

Set a Budget: The Gap Between What You Can Afford and What You Want

Do you head into a purchase with a budget but end up spending far more than that amount? Here’s a theory… The gap between what you can afford and what you want can be measured by how well aspirational marketing works on you. If aspirational marketing works well on you, (read: Real Housewives, Dom Perignon […]

Weekly Favorites: 10 Ways to Change Your Budget, Changes on 2012 W-2 Forms, 6 Items for Financial First Aid Kit

Weekly Favorites: January 25, 2013 10 Ways Your Budget Needs to Change in 2013 via LearnVest It’s a new year! And that means … new limits for IRAs, 401(k)s and Flexible Spending Accounts. Although these aren’t exactly the most exciting topics to think about, they do have important implications for the way you handle your […]

How to Graduate From College With No Student Loan Debt

How would you like to graduate from college with no student loan debt? As a mother of seven children, I’ve worked hard to keep our kids debt free, particularly when it comes to student loan debt, because we know that one day they will have to pay back those loans Not every student will graduate […]