How my business has changed our financial journey

Starting a business can be a scary step, but it doesn’t have to derail your plans to live debt free. With planning and hard work it can help you meet your financial goals and give you the experience of doing something you love and turning it into something that earns an income. Get support I didn’t just start my photography business on a whim. I spent a lot of time in prayer about it. I talked it over with ...more

My Garden Notebook

The summer garden season is winding down for me. I have a lot of green tomatoes still hanging, but the majority of what I grew has been harvested. I am hoping there will be enough hot weather left for the tomatoes to turn red. As I begin to clear out the garden, I am making notes for next year. I have been keeping a garden notebook ever since I started my garden back in the summer of 2002 and ...more

It pays to confirm the price before you agree to services

Dec 07 2009It pays to confirm the price before you agree to services … and I learned this lesson the hard way. Over the weekend, I went to a salon to get a haircut. The last time I was there, the stylist told me about a $15 option where I could have some “spot highlights” or something like that. Just a few foil highlights here and there. I had never highlighted or colored my hair before, and thought that ...more

Confession: I am a Victim of Bank Fees

Posted by JvW on December 10th, 2009 filed in Banking The other night, while sitting on the couch, my husband was scouring eBay to find a new lamp for our living room. Choosing one turned out to be the easy part. Once he found one we both liked (for $35, score!), he logged into the Paypal account to pay for it. Then the fun really began. Paypal has recently increased their security to help prevent identity theft. This, of ...more

Goals Planning and Dreaming for 2012

Welcome to Move To Portugal. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Thinking about a new year and setting a few goals (personal and financial) is an exciting time for me and I could easily get carried away with it all…..I quite often do! ┬áBut what’s not to love about dreaming and goal setting?! For 2012 the financial goals are set, now I just need to think about some personal ...more

Christmas Wrap Challenge: Finding Alternatives to Wrapping Paper

Alrighty, as many of you guys already know I love a challenge and what would Christmas be without a challenge. Well... it would probably be the same since Christmas and my challenges are not ubiquitous. But I am doing a challenge none the less. The challenge I am giving myself is to buy no new wrapping paper. We will not make it through this year's gifts with the supply we have. There will also be no buying of bows, tags or ribbon. We ...more

Great Ideas for Inexpensive Vacation Souvenirs

I'm sure if you've taken a trip any time, anywhere, you've noticed that buying mementos and souvenirs can get very expensive. I can remember my parents telling me that when I was much younger and they were the ones paying for my goodies to take home. Now that I'm the parent, those goodies cost even more!Now occasionally you just have to throw caution to the wind and splurge on that *special something* that you just can't live without~but we ...more

Why do you budget?

Forget about people telling you that you should budget, you should do this and do that. If you don’t want to budget, you will feel like you are being forced to… and this will make you resent it even more. Why do you budget? And if you don’t, what’s stopping you (or do you have another brilliant money plan in place)? REASONS FOR WHY I BUDGET I budget because… A) it makes me feel like I am in control ...more

Doing it Yourself

Day 16Doing it yourself can not only save you money, but add to your sense of satisfaction in life, as well. The June 2011 edition of Ladies' Home Journal quotes neuroscientist Kelly Lambert and other scientists as saying that hand work fights depression. Meaningful work with your hands releases floods of dopamine and serotonin that make us feel happy and satisfied. The work that best calls forth these happy chemicals is when we use our hands in anything related ...more