March 28, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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
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 […]