Extend the Magic of Daylight Savings Time
- Created on 03 November 2014
I really love falling back into Daylight Savings each year. A morning person by circumstance (little kiddos wake up very early), waking to the sunlight wafting through the windows is such a pleasant experience. Fighting with sleep to pitch black darkness is generally a losing battle.
That extra hour is a treasured gift; especially in my time constrained existence. I got a head start on this week’s articles. We arrived at church [more] on time. Breakfast was more than a hurried bowl of oatmeal. Daylight Savings makes for a wonderful day.
Why stop at one day a year? I am convinced that we can keep the magic going. Here’s my plan and a few more ideas to rescue more time from the 24 hour cycle.
Make All Meals @ Home this Month Challenge
- Created on 01 November 2014
In the spirit of Finishing Strong as we pursue debt free living, November strikes me as a great month to take on another money saving challenge. Recently, I surprised myself with just how much damage restaurants can do to your budget. Are you ready for our last good challenge for 2014?
Meals @ Home will be a 30-day test of your planning skills, creativity, and resolve to stretch your food dollars. Initially I thought this would be too easy. Simple…yes. Easy…we’ll see. Essentially, the challenge involves the following components:
- Consume only meals, snacks, and beverages bought from a grocery store and prepared at home (anybody’s home will do).
- Place an emphasis on meal planning to make this work.
- Stay within your budgeted allotment for food for this month.
Holiday Survival Guide: Frugal, Festive and Fabulous
- Created on 29 October 2014
Move over Oprah, Suzie, Whoopi…whichever talk show phenom that comes to mind. Money, Life & More is here! Okay, my ego is really not that big (but a girl can dream).
Money, Life & More is a collaboration between 3 personal finance bloggers: Jessi Fearon (thebudgetmam.com), Michelle Jackson (shopmyclosetproject.com), and myself. I have immense personal respect for both of these ladies and love, love, love that they have agreed to lend their time, talent and expertise to this project.
5 Ways to Slash a Scary Halloween Budget
- Created on 28 October 2014
The National Retail Federation seems excited. They should be. Planned spending for Halloween is expected to break records this year. $7.4 Billion on the October 31st festivities.
Folks, we’re spending (on average):
- $30 for costumes (including pets)
- $23 for candy
- $21 for decorations
- $4 on greeting cards
Individual items from this list alone won’t raise many eyebrows. If you’re in the group pulling the average up, these figures may not be representative. For those interested in pursuing a debt free lifestyle, this festive time of tricks and treats offers a bevy of opportunities to slash [costs] without scrimping on the fun.
Weekend Reading - An Eye on Retirement
- Created on 25 October 2014
It happened. Someone referred to those in my age group (the fabulous and 40 crowd) as middle age. Hold up!
Mid-life. Really? When did this happen? My parents are middle age. At least they were. It seems like yesterday I was tearing up the streets of Dallas with the post-college crowd and living a life of youthful, unconcerned bliss (with-in reason).
Life is still an adventure. The quest now includes a passion for debt free living, diaper drama, and hilarious Youtube worthy moments from tiny-tot swim lessons (at least the grandparents agree). Time waits for no planning.
5 Budget Areas to Review Before Saying I Do
- Created on 23 October 2014
I recently installed a related posts plugin. It creates a list of links to articles with similar topics. The nostalgia has me reading old posts and strolling down memory lane.
In four years of blogging and working to encourage #teamdebtfree members to maintain family budgets, save money, and strive for debt free living; we’ve amassed a large collection of articles. In addition, we’ve shared some pretty interesting guest posts too.
One of our first guest posts to a popular blog, Black and Married with Children, was White Board Economics. This funny story about a white board and pre-wedding, Come-To-Jesus meeting one of our financial coaches had with her then fiancé. To this day, we laugh heartily at how a white board saved a marriage and helped bring two together as one on the same page financially.
Don’t Give Up
- Created on 21 October 2014
If you’re not up on Sesame Street’s music production, you’re missing out. Grant it, with toddlers running around my ankles – Sesame Street and other children’s programming have become a part of my regular routine. Enjoyed throughout my childhood, Sesame Street really keeps up with the trends while keeping the focus purely on educational development. That said, we groove out to the music videos almost every day.
I’ve actually created a Youtube playlist that is crucial for hair braiding time (that and a steamy bowl of oatmeal. Don’t ask – it just works). The two-year old and I rock out to a 30 minute set and all is well by the end. The music videos are well produced, catchy, and have the best messages. Being out of the mainstream loop, I didn’t realize the songs were remakes of popular productions – none of which I’ve even seen to date. A song with Bruno Mars and a delightful cast of puppets has me thinking about those who need encouragement on the debt free journey.