Saving for the Perfect Vacation

How-To-Save-For-VacationFor most people with kids, the past few weeks have offered a welcome respite from school, also known as Spring Break.  That means that most of my Facebook friends have headed south, as evidenced by the many (MANY!) status updates that have indicated so.  And I can’t blame them.  Still, it’s been slightly painful watching so many people leave town to do something fun, when I’ve been stuck up here in the rain and cold.  It even snowed yesterday.  What in the hell is up with that?  Fortunately, my own vacation is coming up in two short weeks and I’m taking my family to the beach.  I cannot wait!

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Why I Would Rather Be Poor Than Work for Someone Else

This is what life should be about!

This is what life should be about!

As most people know, my kids typically go to daycare Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  And it’s been pretty nice.  Greg takes them to daycare on his way into work, which leaves me with the entire day to work on writing projects, tinker with our two websites, and do housework.  And, thanks to warmer weather, I’ve also been taking 20 or 30 minutes to get a short exercise walk in.  Other days, I get an early start on a really nice dinner that’s ready and waiting when Greg and the kids get home. [Read more...]

Seeing Hong Kong On a Budget

hong kongIf you’re interested in visiting Hong Kong on a limited budget, you are probably looking for ways to save some cash.  Fortunately, there are several ways to rein in your costs when it comes to transportation, lodging, and more.  The following tips can help: [Read more...]

Frugality and American Culture: a Lonely Road

lonelyIn case you’ve been wondering why I’ve been MIA, I’ve been sick for the past two days.  I promise to be back in full force on Monday.  Pinky swear!  In the meantime, please enjoy this post from staff writer, Mitchell Pauly.  On most days, you can find Mitchell blogging over at SnarkFinance.com. [Read more...]

How to Survive a Divorce: A Firsthand Account

divorcedPlease enjoy this post from my brother, Brian Porter.  Brian is a father of six kids and works in insurance subrogation.  After his wife asked for a divorce earlier this year, Brian began the long journey of rebuilding his life and finding a new “normal.”  [Read more...]

4 Ways to Get Out of Financial Trouble Fast

fireCreditors can be overbearing when it actually comes to collecting their funds. And it makes sense; debt collectors typically work on commission, so it’s in their best interest to collect as much as possible.  The follow four options aren’t conventional, but they may provide relief from the constant phone calls, hassle, and stress that unruly debt collectors often lay on their victims.  In financial trouble?  Consider these four temporary solutions: [Read more...]