August 20, 2014

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 […]

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 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 […]

Wicked, Wicked Wealth

Oct20
31days-beauty-budget

Lately,  not a day that goes by where I don’t turn on the TV or radio and hear incredibly strong, opinionated views on wealth, debt, finances and then some. For a geeky personal finance kind of girl like me, I […]

Family Finances: Cut Up Your Credit Cards

Mar17
credit card

Pay Cash: the Building Block of Financial Security Since I’m often asked asked for advise and tips on dealing with the  family budget, my biggest concern hands down is the use of credit cards. I am about cause controversy, and […]

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 […]

The Dreaded “B” Word: Where Do I Start? (31 Days to More with Less)

Oct20

For me, creating a budget is pretty similar to fingers on a chalkboard, my daughter “serenading” me over and over in my ear, spending money on underwear (what a waste), committing to workout with the “30 Day Shred” for….30 days […]

Take a Risk…Give Generously (31 Days to More with Less)

Oct15
Emmas hands

Take a risk…give generously. This picture of my daughter’s hands exemplifies my hearts desire – to generously open up my hands and heart to give of my resources. And not just give, but give generously.  The problem is that sometimes […]