Over the holiday break, I had the opportunity to chaperone a party for a few dozen 10-13 year old middle schoolers. There were lots of treats, party hats and horns, and a fabulous DJ playing age-appropriate music. A great time was had by all. Especially me. I enjoy watching these adorable children in the glory… Read More Who will you be in 2017?
“Yay! This is the house with the full-sized candy bars!” In our neighborhood, we average about 30 or 40 trick-or-treaters each year. It used to be more like 70, but alas, so many of the kids have grown and moved on to college or their own places. However, I still prepare for 70 kids each… Read More Halloween Math
I know, I know…I am a huge fan of Dave Ramsey, and he is NOT a fan of credit cards, even those used responsibly and paid off each month. But hear me out. In the past year, I have charged nearly $60k on my LL Bean Visa card. My reward was 1%, or $600, in bonus… Read More The first month with my Costco Visa
Speaking of my vacation to Disney four years ago, it was expensive, probably the most expensive one week (okay, eight days) trip we’ve ever taken. We stayed in a value resort, but did splurge for a suite since my youngest was really going to need to get to sleep earlier than the rest of us.… Read More Vacation spending
…if you have no use for it? I admit to being guilty of this with clothing. Sometimes, I find an item on the clearance rack that is just too good of a deal to be true. You know, it’s like 90% off the original price, and well, I simply must grab this item that I… Read More Why do you buy something…
Do you feel overwhelmed by your stuff? Perhaps you have too many clothes in your closet that never make their way into public viewing. Perhaps your children have toys that remain unopened and unplayed-with months (or years) after a birthday or holiday. And I think many of us will confess to holding onto things far… Read More Do you spend differently?
Look at this article on the cost of dining out. For the first time EVER, Americans are spending more money to eat out than they are on groceries. Wow. Impressive, right? Well, maybe for the restaurant industry, but not for those who should be paying off debt or trying to retire early. And while there… Read More Groceries vs. Dining Out