Oven Chimis - Chimichangas!

For dinner I made a fantastic main course that was super easy, freezes well and cost about a dollar per serving. Fantastic! ---- Click here to continue recipe and photos ---- ...more

I Love My Bank..er, Credit Union

  My bank is pretty much amazing! They offer some great services and help all the time. Plus they have a bucket of DumDums ready for the taking at the counter. In fact, I’ve been in the car with my friend DD Momma and her kids and whenever we pass by a Forum Credit Union, her kids point and ask if they can all go get candy. It’s kinda cool when your kids WANT to go to the bank with mom. I remember my mom’s bank. They had free cold water. That was pretty cool but Dum Dums are waaaaaay better! ...more

6 great ways to save money for Earth Day

~ Elizabeth Burman, AKA "Almostgotit," blogs at Almostgotit.com ~ ...more

Confessions of a Spring-a-holic

So I got my check from Blogher yesterday -- $29.28 for three months worth of ads, which makes it all worthwhile when those pop-up ones come up and bug the heck out of you, isn't it? (I'm so sorry. I forgot to sign in and go do the thing that nixes those kinds of ads...) Anyway, with all that money to spend, I felt a trip to the nursery was finally justified, so I went to Stanley's Greenhouses and spent $149.47. ...more

Is moving back home with your parents really that weird?

There are many who argue that moving back home with your parents after college or after entering the real world is somehow synonymous with failure. ...more

Great article!  I say that in this economy, the stigma has diminished drastically.  ...more

Welcome to the revolution. Tickets are free.

((cross-posted from my blog- http://greenchiccheap.blogspot.com)) ...more

Eleanor Roosevelt and Handling Turbulence- Part 5

One of my lowest points financially hit me like a brick. I was standing in the supermarket and I had a choice. I could buy a clearance sale bag of French Fried potatoes or a roll of toilet paper. I could not do both. At that moment I felt helpless, angry and questioning why I was even here. I was not questioning why I was in the supermarket. I questioned how did I get to this point where I had to make this kind of choice? That was my financial bottom. Like Scarlett O’Hara, I vowed to change the situation. I did not know how I was going to do it but it was going to happen. I was a journey and I made missteps along the way. I did know that my ignorance was putting me in jeopardy of harming my spirit. I’d seen the walking dead; the people who go through the motions of life waiting to die.  That scared me more than anything and inspired me to learn what I needed to know. This series of Women’s History posts came from seeing the 1929 Depression as a metaphor for surviving and thriving in the mist of chaos. The fact is that there have been multiple recessions since 1929 and there will be others. ...more

according to Dave Ramsey, personal finance guru.

When you can control the person in the ...more

Budgeting for Fun

I've always been something of a cheap hedonist.  If it's going to break the bank, or it's not fun, why do it?  Yet, in this economy, I have been cutting back - on everything, including my fun money.  Instead of buying discounted movie tickets through my work, I downgraded my Netflix to two videos a month and started relying on my library card.  I'm learning to cook and always bring my lunch to work. ...more

Hey Shannon,

Great tips!  Sometimes, a little planning will help us save a long ...more

Becoming Debt Free Q and A

Thanks for your questions and comments on personal finance. Keep 'em coming, I LOVE reading them. The following email, struck me as universal and probably the most common question I get asked... I have to ask how were you able to live on the budget.  I try to stick to a budget, but stuff always gets in the way.  I'd love to know how you were so disciplined. ...more

How Bad Does Your Personal Economy Have To Get Before You Give Up Your Fitness Club Membership?

In December, as I was looking at my receivables for January, February, March, I decided it was time to implement an austerity plan. It included putting my membership at Lifetime Fitness on hold with the hope that once things improve, I will reinstate. This was not a decision I made lightly. But, between my travel schedule and the fact that I can technically workout at home-- I have a body bars,DVDs's,a Pilate's machine, bands,exercise balls and the requisite yoga equipment--it seemed like a good idea at the time. ...more

My gym is $10 dollars a month. I can't imagine my finances getting that tight.  I hope I'm ...more