I Hate Spam: A Rant

spamI awoke this morning to 100 new emails, which is pretty typical for a weekday.  Unfortunately, about half of them weren’t actually addressed to me.  Another handful made absolutely no sense.  I even got this one today:



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Saving for the Perfect Vacation

How-To-Save-For-VacationAhhhhhh…..  It’s finally Spring, and that means that most people you know have either already been on vacation, are currently planning ago vacation, or are still wishing they could afford it.  The good news is, there are plenty of ways to save for the perfect trip if you’re struggling to afford it.

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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...]

5 Best Wifi Calling Apps

wifiAre you travelling again and worried about managing your daily expenses?  Are you determined to stay in touch with family and friends? Here are a few apps that you can rely on for cheap calls that won’t burn that hole in your pocket!  Most people don’t know it, but wifi calls are great way to save money, and all you need is a wifi connection. You don’t even need 3G or 4G. If you are using an iPhone, an Android, or any other smartphone, here are some of the best apps out there for international calling: [Read more...]

Be Frugal Where it Counts

frugalFrugality is one of the Puritan virtues, and is a founding philosophical precept of this country. It’s wrapped up in a mythos of self-determination and self-reliance…and it has fallen somewhat out of favor with modern audiences.  Look at me, being all philosophical….. [Read more...]

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...]