Is America 'Glamping' Its Way Through The Recession?

Glamping is a new trend that I discovered while watching The Real Housewives of Orange County late one evening (Don't judge). Essentially it's glamorous camping, hence the name "glamping"....more
I once looked into glamping in Montana and went into of how much it cost. Quite frankly, I ...more

Yes, We're a 99er Family Too

Last night, we sat around our family room wrapped in our blankets and layered up socks to watch 60 minutes.  It's a routine we have on Sunday nights.  Only, it's a little colder here because we have the heat turned way down to save on the heating bill.  In one week, we will become a 99er - 99 weeks of unemployment benefits come to an end, having exhausted our savings, retirement, and beginning to sell off things to survive.  And so it goes ... this D E P R E S S I O N we are in.  I am not going to be politically correct here, as this is NOT a recession.  Far from it.  And you know how I know?  Well, let's see ... I'm depressed.  My hubby is depressed.  Our children are depressed.  About 30+ % of our neighbors have lost their jobs and they, too, are depressed.  Businesses are failing and the economy is depressed.  Crime is on the rise and that's because there are a lot of depressed people with guns and knives out there in desperate situations.  Desperate.  Is that what we've become as a nation?  Desperate? ...more

This economy is horrible and you know what really makes me mad?? All of these people I see ...more

Why we DO Need a New Regulatory Agency

by Elizabeth Warren At WVFC, we’ve often highlighted the work of Elizabeth Warren, chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel (who’s a Harvard Law professor, teaching contract law, bankruptcy and commercial law, in her copious free time).Via our friends at the financial watchdog ...more

Is it All Doom and Gloom for 2009 Grads?

Recently I was at a board meeting for a local women's business organization and one of the members who is also a Mom shared something that took me by surprise. She had been at a college graduation where the graduation speaker literally spoke a message of doom and gloom for 2009 graduates. As she put it, "the speaker basically told these young adults that while they succeeded in getting their diploma there are no jobs to be found so be ready for disappointment and dependence on your parents". ...more

Thanks KatieV and MakingCentsMom for sharing your stories.  One thing I know for sure is that ...more

Seduced by a Naked Mango

Seduce: to lead astray usually by persuasion or false promises. ...more

How Bad Will The Economy Get? Prepare To Help Yourself

According to a published report ran by on February 7, 2009, “advanced economies are already in a "depression" and the financial crisis may deepen unless the banking system is fixed, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said.” ...more

Girl With Pen Digest January 17

This week at GWP, Deborah gets personal… ...more

Back of the line for the bailout!

I guess it's back of the line for the bailout for us small business owners, the backbone of America. The question, "What is the final straw in a house of cards that breaks this camel's back?"  Could the final straw be the first straw? I opened my retail handbag boutique Tabar in September of 2007.  The economists now say the Recession started in December 2008.  Sadly, with impeccable timing, I probably opened my store the very first day the recession began. ...more

Recession Proofing for Dummies: 7 Fool Proof Tips

I have been looking for some recession proofing tips from everywhere, experimenting in real life. While some of them work wonders, others are just not worth it. No offense to Home makers, but time is a very important issue with working mothers. Anything too time consuming is eventually not worth it. Here are some of the tried and true tips that actually work! 1. Go Green ...more

Money Saving Tips On Hair Care

During these troubled economic times many moms are facing more pressure than usual. Not only do we as moms have to do a lot of budgeting for the household but sometimes the budget includes your personal beauty and hair care.   ...more