July 26, 2016

One Quick Money Win Today!

Mar22

Our credit card statement came this week and I saw money flushed down the invisible money toilet. Even though I often share credit card’s potential for danger, the fact that 69% of all bankruptcies filed state credit card debt as the #1 […]

Flying to Freedom: Climbing out of Debt

Feb10

Over 70% of Americans are financially stressed. How is that for a welcoming and “I’m so glad you’re here” statement to this most encouraging post? Yes, three out of four of us reading this article have stress which impacts our life […]

Let’s Stop These Money Mistakes Now

Dec19

As the holidays greet us and this last week meets us with trips to the stores, charges on our credit cards and anxiety that shouldn’t occur during this “most wonderful time of the year,” I’ve decided to re-visit some of […]

Great Alternatives to Traditional College Education

Oct23

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 Spring Clean Your Finances & Save Thousands!

Apr11

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

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 […]

3 Ideas for Saving $500 Right Now!

Nov15

(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

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

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 […]

How My Car Accident Reminded Me of an Important Financial Principle

May11

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 […]

Money Talk is Sexy

Oct6

source Yesterday, I shared a bit about The Lies and Secret Life of Money, a touchy subject that I don’t necessarily enjoy writing about, but one which I thought was pertinent with this month’s topic. Since there are so many […]

The Lies and Secret Life of Money (31 Days)

Oct5

Debunking the most recent money lie: You Must Go into Debt to Pay for College. How we’re saving and paying cash for school.“ The scent of fir and simmering cider filled the home with the sweet aroma of Christmas. The […]