12 Ways I’m Going to Save Money This Fall

fallIt’s the end of August, and you know what that means- it is almost time for Fall.  To me, that means breaking out the jeans and hoodies, tolerating a bunch of pumpkin-flavored crap, and enjoying a short break without having to use the air conditioning and heat.

In the Midwest, it also means enjoying beautiful weather that is nearly perfect for fun family activities like camping, visiting state parks and amusement parks, and sitting around campfire.

Now that summer is coming to an end, I’m ready to put myself on budget lockdown and implement some of the strategies I’ve used to save in the past.  With that being said, here are 12 ways I plan to save money this fall: [Read more...]

Saving For My Dream Goal

goalIt’s Monday morning as I write this, and I am chugging as much coffee as I can get down.  We got back from our cruise yesterday afternoon and I spent the better part of the evening catching up on laundry, bills, and mail.  I woke up this morning exhausted.  I mean, I literally cannot think straight right now.  Yet, I still have to put in a full day’s work because, as we all know, nobody is going to do it for me.

Unfortunately, I would rather be doing anything else on this EarthAnything. [Read more...]

Thoughts on Outsourcing

house cleanerI am currently on my way home from vacation.  In my absence, please enjoy this post from Kayla from Shoeaholicnomore.com.

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at Shoeaholicnomore or follow her on Twitter.

Washing dishes, folding laundry, and cleaning house. All of these are necessary tasks to keep you and your household functioning and sanitary, but none of these tasks provide big rewards or feelings of accomplishment. They are just really big time-sucks. [Read more...]

Cash Money: $5,331 in July Income and Blog Updates

cash moneyIt’s been a fun summer in the Johnson household, and I’m extremely sad that it is coming to an end.  I love fall and everything, but I absolutely hate winter.  I once thought it was weird that old people migrated south during the winter months, but now I totally get it.

Winter sucks, and old people are geniuses! [Read more...]

Why You Need to Choose Your MBA Concentration Carefully

mbaFor several years, “experts” have been sounding the alarm that MBAs are “obsolete.” Based on declines in the number of business school admissions applications, some believe that MBA degrees are no longer desirable and no longer a necessary stepping stone on the path of career success. While this decades-old dilemma is certain to continue — and proponents of advanced business degrees will continue to tout their benefits, which go well beyond financial and career gains — there’s a new debate raging within the world of business education: How specialized should a degree be? [Read more...]

What to Do if You Are Morally Opposed to Tipping Servers

tipping serversI recently stumbled upon an entire blog post about people who dislike tipping servers.  And I get it.  Going out to eat isn’t cheap to begin with, and tipping your server can make the price of your meal climb considerably.

Add that to the fact that it is sometimes hard to know how much to tip.  For example, is the standard tip still 15 percent?  Or is it 20?  Also, how much should you tip at a buffet?  I usually err on the side of not being an asshole, but I can see how the whole act of tipping could be confusing to some people. [Read more...]