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
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
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
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.
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
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've always believed that you can live large on a teensy budget – especially when you’re travelling. It’s one thing to travel frugally, but it’s another altogether to do so in a way that feels rich! And that is exactly what I wanted to accomplish with the $200 challenge. We chose Vermont as our first location. See previous posts on the Vermont $200 Challenge:...more
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