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6 Easy Ways To Save More Money and Free Up Your Budget

Use these 6 easy ways to save money to free up your budget by over $2000 each year. They're small, painless ways to spend less each week and month. Growing our savings account and paying off debt has been my goal for 2018, but we knew we would need to find easy ways to save more money in order to succeed. My husband is in the military and his job provides a fixed monthly income. I'm a freelance wedding and family photographer whose income can vary by hundreds and even thousands each month. … [Read more...]

How to Be an Uber Driver with a Rented Electric Vehicle from Evercar

Did you know there are nearly 7.5 million vehicles registered in Los Angeles County and that the City of the Angels boasts the worst Ozone rank in America?  It’s unfortunate, but it’s true.   Fortunately, Evercar has made available a fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles in cities throughout Los Angeles County, for as little as $5 per hour (including unlimited miles, fuel, maintenance and insurance), for people who want to drive for rideshare and delivery companies like Uber, Lyft, Postmates, … [Read more...]

Tips on Personal Finance for Right-Brained Arizonians

For many creative types, the world of personal finance may appear to be a land of confusion where evil numbers roam freely across the plains of paperwork. However, there are several strategies you can try to make your financial future more intellectually accessible, and finance and insurance professionals can help you attend to the details. If you live in the mid to Southern Arizona areas, you can easily find a Mesa insurance agent to help you find adequate protection, and together with a … [Read more...]

Back To School Guides For Essential Supplies, Tips and Gear

Back to School season is upon us in full force! In fact, I'll be heading back to school myself next week. With both my daughter and I in school, we *have* to keep our lives organized. Walmart has some really great guides to essential supplies, tips, gear and ideas for students in every stage of their education - and parents too. You can find a few of my favorite tips below. Keep Lunches Organized Modular containers snap together in different combinations to accommodate whatever is on the … [Read more...]

Back Up Precious Files Automatically with Carbonite

Have you ever had your hard drive crash? I have - several times!  There are usually tell-tale signs of when a hard drive might fail, but most people aren't aware of what they are or don't know how to recognize them. Or how about that one time you let a friend use your computer to surf the internet and afterwards you found out you had a virus?  Losing your documents, pictures and music really stinks.  Especially if you're like me and your ENTIRE life is on your computer. You always hear … [Read more...]

I Just Scored $50 by Setting Up My ISIS Mobile Wallet – YES!

This post is written on behalf of ISIS Mobile Wallet by me. All opinions are 100% mine. Becoming a mom turned me into a large-purse person. I think it's because I feel the need to always be prepared. Tissues, hand wipes, sanitizer, a snack, receipts to keep "just in case," pens, hair ties, chapstick, bobby pins, check book and my wallet are just a few of the things you can regularly find in my purse. Then there are the contents of my wallet. Not counting coupons and change, I currently have 17 … [Read more...]

Tips & Tricks: The Best Essential Oils for Infants

Using organic remedies and holistic treatments to help your baby grow into a healthy child is important. As a first time mother, it can be overwhelming to know what all you should do. Deciding on the best essential oils for your infant depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Here are some of the most popular oils and their most common uses. When purchasing essential oils for your infant, make sure that you choose a high quality brand. Do not choose an incense or potpourri essential oil. … [Read more...]

Recipe For A Romantic Date Night On A Budget

Sometimes life is the only thing getting in the way of a great relationship. Between a baby sitter, gas and the cost of the date itself date-night can get pretty expensive. To save money (and time!) we send the kids off to grandma and grandpas to steal a leisurely date night in. More than saving money, with no distractions, we find date night more enjoyable spent in. Plus, we can talk through the movie without being hushed. One of my favorite date night activities is cooking together. It … [Read more...]

Tips for Party Planning on a Budget

  Party planning on a budget There never seems to be a season when there isn’t a party. Whether it’s for Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, a birthday, or a work promotion…it can get a little exhausting, and not to mention expensive. Many families may even avoid the party season all together just to stay away from the seemingly unavoidable costs of hosting. Unfortunately, this also means they also miss out on all of the fun! It is completely possible to host a party … [Read more...]

How to Turn Old CDs, DVDs and Video Games Into Cash

As soon as Valentine's Day is over, people start talking about spring, and "spring cleaning" (eye roll). No, I don't want my house to be cluttered, or to start looking like the last frightening episode of "Hoarders." I'm just saying that when the weather starts to warm up, the sun is out, and the Houston heat isn't high enough to melt your skin, the last thing I want to do is stay inside and organize our closets. Okay, so honestly, organizing closets is always on the bottom of my "things I want … [Read more...]

Tips for Snacks on the Go and Portion Control

I have notoriously bad eating habits. It's not that I eat a lot of junk food, it's that I eat infrequently, and my blood sugar soars and dives throughout the day. It's also bad for my diet. So I've started trying to keep snacks handy throughout. Here are some simple tips from Hershey’s Moderation Nation that will help me, and you, spice up the snack routine, eat better and maintain a balanced diet. Portion Control Portion control can be a difficult feat, especially when it comes to busy … [Read more...]

Tips for Teaching Children About Money

When our daughter was born four years ago and our heads were spinning with the cost of diapers, car seats, clothing, bottles and formula, we looked to friends for advice. Our neighbor's have four kids, and gave us lots of helpful tips. One piece of advice we've heard from several friends including my parents, was teach them important lessons about money at an early age. Teaching young children about the value of money helps them appreciate money and the hard work required to earn it. A few … [Read more...]