November 19, 2014

(Non Toy) Gifts That Make an Impact for Years to Come

Nov18
Create your own photo booth

As the holidays arrive, stoves simmer, and families reunite, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year resonates in our hearts. We want our family to know they are loved beyond measure, yet everything around us during this season equates with […]

Great Alternatives to Traditional College Education

Oct23
College Graduation celebration

I can remember the specific day. Enrolled in my first year of college as a Mass Communications major, (yes, I was going to be the Today Show’s next female anchor woman), I had an epiphany. Sitting under the tutelage of […]

5 Ways to Save & Pay Cash for College: 4 kids in 5 years

Sep15
Saving money and paying cash for college tuition

 A little over two years ago, I opened up an incredibly interesting can of worms on my facebook page with the status updated, “Why we won’t let our graduating senior go to college in the fall, unless things change.” As […]

Save Money on Buying a Car

Jun2
Important information to know before making your next car purchase. Be informed and save money $$

I remember the day well. My first car purchase. All grown up and living on my own, I didn’t know what I didn’t know and I fell for every sincere sounding bit of advice the dealer told me. He had […]

Dreaming Big: Guess What I Am Planning?

May27
Dream Party Barn Inspiration

Does your heart pound a little faster? Have you been kept awake at night wondering what your life would look like if this were realized? Is it a topic that you can’t stop talking about or brainstorming? Is it a […]

5 Ways To Spring Clean Your Finances & Save Thousands!

Apr11
Simple, practical tips to help you save money this week. Start implementing them now.

Pin this for later Yes, it’s that time of the year when everyone is talking spring cleaning, de-cluttering and new ways to freshen up the home. There’s nothing more freeing than emptying out all the old baggage and clutter that […]

Figuring Out Tax Returns: Save $ Now!

Dec18
Putting Cash in Your Pocket Starts Today

Last week, a simple envelope caused quite the stir in our home. We opened it and it was as if manna from heaven floated out. Typically, anything stamped from the IRS causes my stomach to turn.  I rant a little […]

I’m Going There: Saving on Healthcare

Dec5
Do I Dare Talk Healthcare Suggestions for dealing with health insurance.

My momma used to say, there are three things nice women should never talk about in public, “Money, Religion and Politics.” Hasn’t that motto been whispered in halls across the land for generations? Well, I’ll admit, my momma never said […]

3 Ideas for Saving $500 Right Now!

Nov15
3 Simple Ideas to Save $500 Now!

(I just posted “I’m going there: Ideas for saving on healthcare” for more suggestions on how to save.) With Christmas only six weeks away, it’s that time of year when many desire to create the “Most Wonderful Time of the […]

The Front Porch That Took 17 Years to Build (Part 1)

Nov3
The Porch That Took 17 Years to Build

Our son rolled his eyes at me, “Mom, you live like we are still unemployed.  Why don’t you just buy that furniture?  We finally have the money and I know you want it.” I turned to him and gathered all […]

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Climbing Out of Debt

Sep11
Pay Cash Cut Up Those Credit Cards

One of my goals of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam is to embrace life’s beautiful moments, many which don’t cost a cent. You can read pages and pages of my thoughts on finances, but one thing I know for certain, when […]

Save Thousands by Learning to Negotiate

Aug20
How to save money by negotiating

Whether in a third world country or tucked away in the heart of the USA, perfecting the art of negotiation is instrumental in slashing the costs of ones personal financial budget.

Negotiating, bargaining, and haggling are all synonyms that conjure up a variety of feelings. My sister in law hates haggling, and some of you can relate. The idea that you may appear cheap, hurt someone’s feeling or quite frankly, you just don’t know if it’s worth it, are all stereotypes that I want to breakdown.

How Did I Save Hundreds of $$ on Food?

May21
tasty tuesday larger logo

I saved hundreds of dollars on food during our vacation this week. For many, vacation is a time to splurge and I completely respect that decision, but when you are feeding a crew of over the top eaters like my […]

How My Car Accident Reminded Me of an Important Financial Principle

May11
dave-ramsey-free-budgeting-guide

I’ve addressed the Dreaded “B” word many times before. From the basics of budgeting,and to understanding the importance of Giving Every dollar a job, I’ve talked about it in some form. For most of us, the dreaded “B” word of […]

Doomsday Preppers…Fact or Fiction?

Feb21
Doomsday Prepper home

It’s true. I admit it. I was intrigued. Have any of you had the jaw dropping opportunity to watch an episode or two of that reality show, Doomsday Preppers? When it first came out, I set my DVR to tape […]