Why Used Stuff is Better Than New

DSCF3392A few days ago, my daughter got ketchup all over her brand new shirt.  Let me rephrase that. 

My daughter wiped her ketchup-covered hands all over her white shirt and rubbed it in. 

In an effort to save it, I pulled the shirt off her tiny body right there at the dinner table and immediately started the stain-treating process.

Unfortunately, several rounds of bleach and Oxi-Clean yielded no results, and I was left with a white shirt with pink splotches.  So I did what any other mom would do.  I cut it up into dust rags and moved on with my day. [Read more...]

Cash Money: $5,615 in June Income and Blog Updates


My mom says this is a pumpkin. What do you think?

Good morning, party people!  I simply cannot believe that this year is more than halfway over.  Where has the time gone?  Seriously.

To be honest, we have been sooooooo lazy this summer.  Since Greg has been working a ton of overtime, me and the kids have mostly just hung around. Since it doesn’t cost anything at this point, I’ve mostly been taking the kids to the neighborhood pool so they can expend some energy and have fun with their friends. We also go on walks, ride bikes, and play in the back yard.  It’s been a fun and relaxing summer so far! [Read more...]

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...]