I am a natural spender! I love to shop and love the feel of new things (clothes, shoes, household items, etc.) in my hands. I am also an impatient shopper and don’t like waiting for things that I want....

Teaching Kids About Money

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Money can be a sensitive topic, am I right?! But, it doesn't always have to be, especially when it comes to guiding and teaching our children. While I don’t think it’s necessary to divulge every detail of our finances to...
Ever since it was legal for me to work, I had a job and often times I had two. I always enjoyed working and have had so many jobs, I can't even count them all. When I started dairy...
What is it about summertime that sends my grocery budget flying out the window? I’ve noticed our grocery bill, and food costs in general tend to increase during the summer months. I guess it could be due to all the...
Lately I've been contemplating how I feed my family. I work hard to stock my kitchen with healthy snacks. Soda is a rare treat, baked goods are typically homemade, and I (almost) always home-cook meals. I try to avoid high fructose corn...
I have a confession: I love clothes and I LOVE to shop!! Earlier this year, I blogged about our family getting serious about reining in our spending and one of the things that had to change was my shopping habit....
Your home office is a breeding ground for paper. It seems to multiply overnight causing the piles to close in around you. It doesn’t have to be this way.  I will share with you my learned insight about paper clutter.  I’m...
Party planning is not what it used to be. Back in my own 1980s birthday party heyday we played games like Drop the Clothespin in the Jelly Jar and passed out home-popped popcorn in brown paper bags as favors....
After a short writing hiatus, yours truly is back. Did you miss me while I was gone? Speaking of "being gone" my 7 year old son burst into tears a few weeks ago right before bed saying that he was...
{Disclaimer: We are working with VHEIP and The Vermont Lake Monsters to bring you this information.} We have partnered with VHEIP and Vermont Lake Monsters CHAMP’s Kids Club for a summer-long effort to encourage more families to begin to save...
It’s a fear we’ve all had. For us, it began once we placed our sweet babies in daycare. For others, maybe it struck in the checkout line while purchasing diapers, or at the pharmacy, picking up yet another antibiotic, or...
A few weeks ago, I was attacked. I got attacked by something that I’ve been attacked by before. By this time, I should know its patterns, and be able to smell it coming. But no, I was blindsided with...
May 29 is College Savings Day! Celebrate with VHEIP, and get ready for a full summer of fun! {Disclaimer: We are working with VSAC and The Vermont Lake Monsters to bring you this information.} We have partnered with VHEIP and Vermont...
I was born to older parents. In the 70s, it was unusual for couples over 35 to start building their families. I’ve always grown up knowing that my parents would probably need longer-term care sooner than those of my...

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