Footing the bill for college

A decade from now when my son does an Internet search on me and comes across this blog, I want him to read this post in which I state the following:...more


GETTING IT ALL INby Tracey Jackson Remember when all you had to do was cook dinner?  ...more

I love the idea of meeting your deadline ahead of schedule. Thanks for sharing!more

I have my big girl pants on – but am I a “real” adult?

The other day I stumbled upon a blog post from All Groan Up called “I’ll feel like an Adult When…“ This realllllly  got me thinking about being a “real” adult.  I don’t look like an adult.  I don’t act like an adult.  But my age deems me as being a “Young Adult.”...more
I recently realized that I do feel like an adult (I'm 24). This was a gradual thing for sure, ...more

Highway Robbery...I Mean Health Insurance

Just got off the phone with my health insurance provider. Trying to get them to pay *their share* of the homebirth. You know, the one I discussed with them a year ago. The one they agreed to pay 80% of. Well, let’s just say I’m having trouble calling them a “provider.” They cut a check for less than 40% of the homebirth. Can you imagine if your partner “provided” for you like insurance companies manage to?...more

Managing Paper

I consider paper to be clutter, especially when it is unsolicited. But we must deal with a certain amount of paper on a daily basis. Here are a few ways to keep from getting overwhelmed: Filing - Setting up and maintaining a simple, effective filing system saves an untold amount of time because you know exactly where to find items you need. - If you are a visual person, consider using different colors of file folders for different categories. ...more

Dear Bill Collector

Yes, I’ve started writing little notes to  bill collectors when I post my checks.  Dear Mrs. Sallie Mae, ...more

is definitely a reason to celebrate.  Especially in these times.

Thanks for your ...more

Hanging Onto My Money

Dear Leo, Here is your horoscope for Tuesday, February 24: ...more

Frugality Can Be Cool Part 2

Now that you’re thinking of frugality as accumulating wealth, instead doing with out, here’s another tip that just might help you make your outlook a little greener. Simply stop paying your bills! Yes, you read that right. Now, before you scream at the computer…”YOU’RE COMPLETELY INSANE, I can’t stop paying my bills!” Please read on. ...more


GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!  The BF just got off the phone trying to talk with his almost ex about what is coming up financically next year, basically that he is going to be losing 1K from his pay and won't have enough to even pay his car installment and explain his idea of how to be equitable to both of them and she cuts him off mid-sentence with her usual excuse of giving him 40 years of her life, etc. etc. ...more

When the Financial Crisis Hits, Open Your Hand Rather than Closing It

The financial crisis seems to be hitting too close to home these days. Here on my homefront, got debt we can't seem to get paid off. Each time I get the credit cards a bit lower, I find that I have to charge something else. My son's hospital stays this summer left us with additional debt. And we've got a big mortgage to boot. ...more

So beautifully written and so true. I was having this conversation with a friend, just ...more