March 27, 2014

How to Keep Year End Cash in Your Pocket

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 […]

Lessons I’ve Learned from My Redneck Freezer

Oct29
Outside shed

As I drive my mini van down our winding gravel drive, I am greeted by an old familiar friend.  He’s faithfully held some of my most “prized” positions; stored frozen goodies acquired from hours of dedicated grocery guru shopping, yet […]

It Just Doesn’t Matter What You Think…well, kind of…

Oct12
crash collage

Two years ago, I introduced you to my big ‘ole “Hunk O Junk.” While I thought that this blue beauty was a Good ‘enough Thing at the time, never in my wildest dreams would I have anticipated that we would […]

How Do You Handle Allowances for Your Children? Finances & Kids

Jan22
saving money kids

“Mom, there’s just chores in our household that we should always do just because we are part of a family unit. We shouldn’t need any money for doing them. You’ve always offered us money for going above and beyond, but […]

5 Simple Ways to Refocus Our Finances for the New Year

Jan18
save money pic

(photo) As the new year rolled in, many blogs I read shared goals and resolutions for 2012. For many, the New Year brings a time of refreshment, refocusing and sweet new mercies of grace given by our Heavenly Father. Yet […]

Kids, Money and Kidworth

Dec17
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This past October, I spent 31 days brainstorming ways to balance beauty and the budget. Often we confuse the matter. We think that living a full, beautiful life necessitates having a large bank account, but often it’s about being smart […]

Women Who Rock It

Oct31
yo yo can flowers

Over the last few days, I’ve been sharing my thoughts on the spirit of entrepreneurship, especially as it relates to making money from home. For many of us, getting started is absolutely the hardest part. Finding something that you love […]