Newsflash: Giving Up Will NOT Help You Find a Job

whiningGood morning, my fellow Americans.  I have an important announcement today that simply cannot wait.  Why?  Because it has to do with your ability to earn an income, support your family, and achieve the American Dream.  Is there anything more important than that?

Let me answer.

No, there isn’t.

Let’s start with the backstory on today’s post and what has me so fired up today……. [Read more...]

About Auto Insurance

auto insuranceAutomobile insurance is mandatory for all licensed drivers throughout the United States. However, protecting a registered vehicle comes with monthly premiums that could get quite expensive. [Read more...]

Club Thrifty July Budget Breakdown


My friend took in a rescue horse….and it wanted my margarita!

I just sat down to write this blog posts and realized that my daughter starts kindergarten in three weeks.  Where has the time gone?  It seems like just yesterday she was my baby, and now she’s my little girl.  So basically, I feel old.

On the other hand, I can’t wait for her to get started in school.  She is so excited for the new adventure, and I can only hope I have adequately prepared her for the challenge.  Fingers crossed!  I’ll be sure to post an update and picture of her on her first day of school. [Read more...]

One Lifetime Won’t Be Enough For Us

holly greg chicagoTen years ago today, I took a chance and drove to Chicago to meet you for the very first time. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew it was something I had to do. We had been talking for five years by then, and I knew that I would only have the chance for so long.

So I went with an open heart and an open mind.  I still remember how I felt when I opened the door to my hotel room and saw you face-to-face.  It was one of those moments you only read about in romance novels. [Read more...]

USA Today: The ‘American Dream’ Now Costs $130K

american dreamAccording to the experts, you aren’t really living a fulfilling and happy life unless you’re earning at least $130K per year.  That’s according to a new analysis from USA Today which says some pretty ridiculous things about what it now costs to live the “American Dream.”  I find these articles offensive because, for starters, making blanket statements about what the American Dream means to different people is pointless.  Not only that, but perpetuating these lies can be detrimental to the American psyche as well.  Why?  Because it leads people to believe that will never have enough money to be happy and financially secure. [Read more...]

How Small Business Saturday Made Me Feel Like a Jerk

discount Being patriotic is exhausting so I took an extra day to recover from the holiday weekend.  Please enjoy this post from Leana Storts from

Some of you might be familiar with Amex Small Business Saturday promotion.  You know, the one where you get 10 dollars back on each 10 dollar purchase per card at participating  places. It happens only once a year and naturally, as a money saving enthusiast,  I like to take advantage of it. However, let me tell you a story about how the pursuit of free stuff can sometimes backfire big-time. This is my experience from last November…… [Read more...]