March 27, 2014

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 […]

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 […]

What’s the Right Money Saving Choice?

Oct13
save up

As I glance around the conference room, gathered together are some of the most influential, money saving experts on the web. I’m spending a few days with my fellow Savings.com Deal Pros, learning, brainstorm, and sharing with each other in […]

The Lies and Secret Life of Money (31 Days)

Oct5
31 days - lies

The scent of fir and simmering cider filled the home with the sweet aroma of Christmas. The fireplace crackled while, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” serenaded in the background. Remnants of wrapping paper strewn all of the […]

Money is Amoral

Oct2
31days-beauty-budget

Wars declared. Family members turned enemy. Murders committed. Lives taken. How’s that for a few encouraging words this Sunday, Day 2? Throughout history, the plethora of true life events tied to the desire for money rival any bestselling book or […]

31 Days to Balancing Beauty and the Budget

Oct1
beauty and budget

If you are just joining in, Catch up on my entire 31 day series here. For most of us, the dreaded “B” word of budgeting shares similar feeling with housekeeping, ironing or quite possibly, finger nails on the chalkboard. We […]

Join Me in the Savings Pledge

Jul31
savings.com pledge

Don’t forget that today marks the start of our 30 days of Healthy Living (30 Day Shred). Check in at the end of the day for that extra push of accountability. I have uploaded a calendar for your use. One […]

Give Every Dollar a Job: Budgeting

Nov1
money in envelope system

Giving Every Dollar a Job is one of the most important financial decisions one makes to get their family finances in order. Yes, budgeting is back, and you thought I forgot about this dreaded “B” word topic after my last […]