5 DIY Projects You Should Attempt (And Some You Shouldn’t)

I'm a confirmed tightwad, but DIY doesn't always provide the most value. Here are 5 DIY projects you should attempt yourself…and some you shouldn’t.As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m tighter than a skeeter’s ass in a nose dive. If something needs to be fixed or maintained, I’m always looking for ways to save money. Of course, that means I take on a lot of DIY projects. When we first got married, I was basically clueless when it came to repairs. Slowly, I’ve learned my way around everything from basic electrical to minor plumbing and it has paid off for us.

Owning large, expensive things means you are going to have to make the occasional repair. Most of the time, being able to do fix things on your own can save you money. But, doing it yourself doesn’t always provide the most value. Here are 5 DIY projects you should attempt yourself…and some you shouldn’t. [Read more…]

Here’s Why It Always Pays to Shop Around

It always pays to shop around! I remembered that last week after another shining example of contractor price bloating...but was my realization too late?Last week, Greg was forced to take a cold shower.

But before you start feeling sorry for him, you should know that it isn’t what you think.

Here’s what happened: Basically, our water heater died sometime during the night without our knowledge. My lucky husband just happened to be the person who learned this knowledge firsthand when he entered the shower for his morning rinse. {Better him than me. LOL} [Read more…]

Here’s What Happens When You Get Ripped Off On Etsy.com

All I wanted was an identical jacket to the one I already have.

All I wanted was an identical jacket to the one I already have.

In case you are unaware, Greg and I took a credit card rewards-fueled trip to Europe in November of 2014. While we were there, we took in a lot of sights, ate some great (and not-so-great) food, and spent some quality time together. We didn’t buy a lot of keepsakes, but we did buy a few.

My favorite purchase of the entire trip was this adorable London-flag look jacket I got from the Portobello Road Market in the Notting Hill District of West London. [Read more…]

Middle America: You Can Have Kids Without Going Broke

family on moneyAccording to CNN Money,  a recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture claims that the average cost of raising a child climbed to more than $245,000 in 2013.

To reach that number, they took the average costs of housing, food, clothing, education, health care, and child care into consideration, along with things like hair cuts, cell phones, and extracurricular activities.  Sounds legit, but are those numbers right?  Does it really cost a quarter-of-a-million dollars to raise a kid in America these days? [Read more…]

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…]