Money-saving Green Habits Let You Work Less, Play More

Thanks to the high price of organic arugula at Whole Foods, green living still makes people think of an expensive lifestyle. In reality though, living green -- which mostly means living smartly and efficiency -- usually costs less than trying to keep up with the Joneses. ...more

Yay on the paperless kitchen! I have a paperless kitchen too :) The occasional visitor who ...more

Homecoming: Getting Off Without Getting Out

 What genius coined the word ‘staycation’? We think it sucks. Vacations are a time for relaxing, exploring, renewing! You should be shedding responsibility and giving life’s everyday worries a rest! But: staycation? Uh-uh. This term gives us an icky, static, stuck-in-the house feeling… it’s a command for a bitch (not you sugar, we mean your dog), not an invitation to depart from the everyday....more

Oh, I love love love Taboo! Balderdash is great too. As a writer, I bet you'd love ...more

Small Business Tip: Green Idea Could Win Technology for Your Business

Going green can save more than the environment; it can make represent a big money savings in a small business budget.  Green business efforts can also make a make a big difference for existing customers, potential clients and business partners looking to support sustainable business practices. A small business contest is underway looking for the best tip for going green in small business. Small Business Trends is looking to uncover the “Top 100 Tips for Going Green in Your Business.” ...more

Start Saving Strategies to Secure Your Finances

My first five years in New York, I led a good single life. Working as a technology and business consultant, I earned a nice salary which allowed me to enjoy nice dinners with friends, spend frivolously and not think twice about large purchases.  ...more

I Love My, 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

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

Can A Financial Plan Help Me Reach My 2019 Financial Goals?

As Northwest Flight 2016 taxied down the runway at Midway Airport, I turned the page of Muriel Barbery's "The Elegance of The Hedgehog" and read this: ...more

Futures happen whether we are ready or not. Someday we'll all get to the point we can't work, ...more

Start Saving

Having a little money stashed away gives you breathing room, freedom and choices. Especially when it is hard to pay the bills. Although it is difficult it can be done (really) and the benefits you give yourself are well worth it. One effective way to save is to open a new savings account, in your name only. Next, start automatic transfers (bi-monthly or monthly) from the account your income is deposited into to your new savings account. Choose the amount wisely and keep it low and realistic. ...more

Holiday Gift Giving: 7 Ways I Reduced My Spending by 50%!

                                                I haven't posted in a while -been too busy staring at my 401k statement and figuring out ways to ...more

Ways to Lose Weight Without Spending Money

When your goal is to lose weight do you often find yourself spending extra money on weight loss products, gym memberships or exercise equipment? I know I do. But during these uncertain economic times we all want to save our money. So instead of wasting your hard earned dollars by hiring a trainer, joining a new gym, or buying the latest weight loss pill, get fit for FREE using these tips to lose weight and save your cash! Get Walking. Go outside. Call a friend you need to catch up with and take a long walk. Walk your dog. Or your neighbors dog. ...more