A Mattress in a Box: The Cost of Upgrading Kid’s Rooms

Anyone need a broken Dora bed?

Anyone need a broken Dora bed?

My daughter has been sleeping on this Dora the Explorer toddler bed for the last two years.  I bought it off of craigslist.org for $15.  Score.

But a couple of weeks ago, she managed to crack one of the plastic pieces that was holding the bed together.  You know what that meant; it was time for us to upgrade her bed.  In other words, moolah out the door. [Read more…]

What Makes Binary Options Trading Unique?

Binary Options TradingAll forms of investing are unique in some way. However, binary options trading has some distinct differences that set it apart. Here are some of the most notable advantages and contrasts: [Read more…]

My Kids Are Getting Expensive

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The tooth fairy visited our house this week!

It’s easy to budget for your family when your kids are babies.  But as I’m finding out, it gets a lot harder as they grow up. [Read more…]

4 Reasons Zero-Sum Budgets Are Awesome

Budget conceptOne of my clients hasn’t paid me in three weeks.  Another just asked for additional work, which was fine, but it means that my invoice will be late.  Meanwhile, my website made considerably less money this month than last month, meaning my income projections for January are going to be off.

But pssshhhttt…. I don’t care, even though most people I know would be freaking out.  Why?

Because I use a zero-sum budget.  That’s why. [Read more…]

In All Matters, You Have to Start Somewhere

In all matters, you must start somewhere! Get out there and do it!A few weeks ago, my daughter and a friend were in the midst of a play date when I struck up a stimulating conversation with her friend’s mom.

“You have your own business,” she noted.  “How did you start it?”

I had to really think about that one.  To be honest, I am not 100% sure how I started, just that I did. [Read more…]

Confession: I Paid Someone to Clean My House…And Liked It

Gloved hand cleaning toilet bowl using brushA few weeks ago, I felt like I might have a nervous breakdown.  We were getting ready to leave for our frugal trip to St. Maarten, and I was totally buried in work and struggling to get ahead.  And around the same time, Greg’s work got hammered so he spent a few weeks putting in overtime instead of helping at home.

The laundry was piling up.  The dishwasher was full again.  We were almost out of food and I desperately needed to get to the grocery store to stock up. [Read more…]