5 Tips for Having an Awesome 4th of July Party on a Budget

We’ve been talking about having our friends over for an outdoor party pretty much ever since we moved into our house a couple years ago. We even added our fire pit with the hopes that we could have some fun ‘couples nights’ sitting around a bonfire with marshmallows and wine....more
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4 Ways To Save On Summer Camp

When I was growing up, I never got to go to summer camp. Both my parents worked and my oldest brother was in charge during the summer. Sometimes I remember the things we used to do and think it's amazing we all survived! I used to be jealous of the kids that got to go to summer camp....more

Set a Theme and Let Your Attendees Do the Decorating for You!

In fundraising, budgeting is imperative.  When hosting an event, big dollars are often spent on decorations to create a fun and lively atmosphere.   Here's a great idea for how you can decorate and get that party vibe without spending your hard earned dollars.•     •     •     •     •...more

Spring Cleaning Your Life: 4 Things to Focus On

When it comes to matters of money, it’s easy to let your financial issues collect dust. You’re likely skip out on cleaning what you can’t see. Are you apt to toss bills you can’t pay in a junk drawer so that they pile up over time? Do you have a bad credit score that clings to you like the scummy build up on your bathtub?...more
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Tapas Anyone??

7 Quick Tips to Garden on a Budget

I have some good news and some bad news about gardening. The bad news is that it can cost a fortune to have and maintain a garden… but the good news is that it doesn't have to! One mistake we all make when it comes to our gardens is not having a clear idea of how much we are willing to spend on it. We go into it without having a plan of attack, and end up spending way more than we had originally wanted to. ...more
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On a Budget? How About a Day Trip?

You're welcome! I'm happy to hear that you enjoy day trips too. I'd love to hear about your day ...more

The 5 Rules for Meal Planning Like a Boss*

Julia Costa, New York City  I have a sad story to share. The year was 2011 and I had recently moved to New York City. I was working like a crazy person in a job I loved and moonlighting as a weekend nanny yet I would cringe whenever the end of the month rolled around. I remember combing through my bill one month and thinking it read like a broken record: Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Chipotle, Cafe Metro, Hale & Hearty, Tasti-D-Lite. Rinse and repeat. "Can a person go broke spending $10 at a time?" I wondered....more

It Begins Again

I’ve dipped my virtual pen into the world of blogging twice before, but both blogs fizzled out due to lack of passion on my part. While I love reading Catholic mom blogs, it’s not what I am meant to write about.  Instead I will continue to enjoy reading these blogs, but focus on other passions of mine that I feel have been fueled by my journey through motherhood....more

I Crock Pot.