Could Your Family Survive on SNAP Benefits?

foodLast week, one of my “real life” friends invited me to participate in a Facebook challenge that was designed to raise money for a good cause.

For a hot minute, I was super annoyed.  After all, I’m still reeling from the horrors of the Ice Bucket Challenge.  With millions of people lacking access to safe water around the globe each year, it absolutely blew my mind to watch everyone I know waste gallons of water in the name of charity.  Only in America, folks. #FacePalm [Read more…]

Are You Financially Fat?

train your wayPlease enjoy this post from Shannon at Financially Blonde.  I will be back in full force tomorrow, I promise!

Three years ago, I decided to finally make a commitment to losing the 50 pounds I had gained after having my son. I figured that once he turned five, I couldn’t call it “baby weight” anymore, especially since my baby was getting on a bus and heading to kindergarten. [Read more…]

My Parents Were Frugal, but Sometimes I’m Not

frugalityPlease enjoy this post from Brian Fourman of!

By every inch of the definition, my parents were thrifty. They shopped for clothes at second-hand stores, always bought used cars and could sniff out a sale with the best of them.

They had to be. There wasn’t another option on a social worker’s and private school teacher’s salary. They simply had to live that way or go without. [Read more…]

My Frugal Trip to New Orleans

nola 6Later this afternoon, I’m hopping on a plane to New Orleans for the financial blogger’s conference known as FinCon.

I absolutely love New Orleans, so I can’t wait to get there.  Bourbon street- with its smooth jazz, hookers, and stench of puke and trash- has been calling my name for some time now. [Read more…]

5 Expensive Hobbies That Are a Waste of Money

This is totally worth $100...said no one ever.

This is totally worth $100…said no one ever.

I was talking to an acquaintance the other day when he mentioned that his wife spends upwards of $500 per month on clothes.

Yes, I’m serious.   [Read more…]

5 Unfortunate Facts About Self-Employment

boss mugAs most people know, I left my stable, full-time job to pursue self-employment in April of 2013.

The fact that I was able to quit was a dream-come-true at the time.  I truly liked my old job at the mortuary, but working for someone else got old- and fast.  I had always dreamed of being the boss lady- creating my own schedule and succeeding or failing on my own terms.  And now, here I am, doing exactly that.

And on most days, it rocks. [Read more…]