Restaurant Dining: Fighting the Urge to Splurge

tofuNow that I work from home, I have a little more time to prepare healthy meals.  I’ve even been known to bust out a new recipe from Pinterest or Continental Simple Recipes on occasion, or try a new creation of my own.  On days like those, I feel particularly accomplished- like I’m Wonder Woman- and like I can do it all.

But it isn’t always that way, especially when I’m really busy.  There are days that I literally work online from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. without realizing how late it is.  And on those days, I panic.  Sometimes I even make Worst Mom Ever meals like packets of oatmeal with a banana on top (last week), boxed mac-n-cheese (the week before), and Red Baron pizza (I can’t believe my kids will eat that).  Other days, I get super stressed when I realize that we are running low on groceries and have to fight off the temptation to take everyone out to eat.  And it works…most the time. [Read more...]

My Cheap Las Vegas Vacation with Credit Card Rewards

Us with our BFFs in Mexico.....

Us with our BFFs in Mexico…..

As many of you know, I’m heading to Las Vegas with my husband and my best friends next month….and we’re stoked!

I know what you’re thinking.  Las Vegas is the epitome of consumerism and financial irresponsibility, and frugality writers who believe what they preach just don’t belong there.  But you’re wrong.  I do belong in Las Vegas.  Why?  Because I love people-watching.  I like having a gin-n-tonic or five and being able to carry them around in the street.  I also like gambling.  Sue me. [Read more...]

Cash Money: $5,459 March Income and Blog Updates

DSCF3126Good morning, peeps!  I’m super excited that March is over and it’s finally April!  I’m especially looking forward to a few things in particular this month.  First, we’re taking a week-long vacation to Florida in a few weeks, and it’s going to be a blast.  Second, my daughter turns five and I think we’re taking her out to swim with and see wild dolphins….but only if I can talk the Mr. into it.  Fingers crossed!   And third, it’s finally warming up outside.  I know I keep saying it, but this winter totally sucked! [Read more...]

Obamacare: What Happens Next?

NEWOn March of 2010, the passage of Obamacare established a new set of rules and mandates that would change the way the American health insurance market works.

Since then, the new healthcare law has been implemented in stages. And, if the current numbers are correct, as many as 7 million people signed up for new health insurance plan through either a state exchange or the federal insurance marketplace up to this point.  Most people would call that a success. However, not everyone is celebrating….yet.

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Club Thrifty April Budget Breakdown

diet cokeHowdy, folks!  I’m happy to report that spring is finally in the air in Central Indiana.  I haven’t even turned my heat on for a few days, and I’m looking forward to low energy bills and plenty of sunshine.

It’s been so nice out that we’ve been taking the kids to the park almost every day.  It’s been so fun!  Our neighborhood has several big hills so it’s a pretty good workout as well- especially when we pull the kids behind us in a wagon.  It is almost swimsuit season, and this Mama wants to look hot! [Read more...]

Copper Obamacare Plans Sound Hilariously Sad

obamacareA few days ago, I was conducting some research for a writing project when I came across a juicy little tidbit about the fledgling healthcare law.  According to TownHall.com and many other sources, several lawmakers have recently suggested changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  Interestingly enough, one of the changes currently on the table is the addition of another level of coverage, which they’ve hilariously named “copper.” [Read more...]