With Enrollment Deadline Looming, Sebelius Listens to Bloggers' Healthcare Stories

With the deadline for open enrollment for healthcare coverage looming on March 31, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius took the time today to speak with a small group of bloggers with questions to ask—and compelling stories to tell—about health insurance. ...more
A friend of mine lives in California and has been struggling to get work for several years, ...more

1,000% Markup on Pet Meds!

Our precious pets bring us so much happiness. So when they're sick, of course we want to do whatever we can to help them feel better.  But is paying a 1,000% markup on their pet medications really what we need to be doing?...more

Why you should always buy from an authorized retailer

Prior to owing an e-boutique I was your average, every day web shopper. I spent countless hours searching for the best deals on quality items. Oftentimes those deals would come from auction sites such as eBay. From time-to-time I would even find great deals on e-commerce sites - many offering 20 to 30 percent off prices found on any other site. I often wondered why they were they able to offer such significant discounts....more

Buying Our First Home

     We are buying our first house.  Not in December, after we've saved up a huge downpayment, but right now.  I'm am shocked and amazed by what God is doing in our lives right now.  In this moment, I cannot believe that it is actually happening.  I know that it is His hand because of how smoothly it has all gone.  Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father, right? ...more

It's Not Your Business What Other People Spend Their Tax Returns On

I'm constantly telling my twins, "look, when you give something away, it's no longer yours. It belongs to the person you gave it to, and you should be happy you were able to make them so happy." Sharing is a big deal in this house, and it's hard. I get it. You don't want to give away what you think is yours. And when I make them share, it's as if this big unfair, stupid hand is forcing them to do what they least want to do. Then they're supposed to be happy about it....more
I have to say that I hear this same stuff year after year. I've been told many times that I ...more

Partnerships Equals Profits

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How to Get Organized Fast for Tax Season

Welcome to March Madness AKA the month that many a small business owner, entrepreneur, and freelancer will spend frantically diving through months of receipts, documents, and additional necessary paperwork to get organized to file their business taxes in April. While the expectation here is that all documents have been some filed accordingly throughout the year, the reality is usually a bit more scattered....more

I'm Saving Money with a No Spend Challenge

Thanks to the inspiration of The Budget Mama I have decided to take an oath to not spend outside of a strict budget for the whole month of March. The way a no spend challenge works is you don't spend any money on anything that is a non-essential. You still pay your bills, still buy groceries, you just go a month without all of the luxuries and extras. ...more
I would join except that this challenge is actually how I must live every month, no choice ...more