So many people make New Year resolutions with the intention of seeing them through. It gets to the end of January, though, and those resolutions are often forgotten. The motivation of a new start for the New Year is gone. There’s always next year, right? Why should you wait until next year? There are ways […]
Part of taking control of your finances is controlling your debt. This can seen daunting at first, especially if you have thousands of dollars worth, with it spread all over the place. But it is possible. About five years ago, I was in some serious debt. I got a credit card without really understanding much […]
Do you give your kids an allowance or not? I have been in both camps at one point in time, so I will share with you what I have learned in each one. To Give an Allowance… My kids were 8, 6 and 2 at the time and we wanted to teach them good spending […]
It often seems as though your efforts to eat inexpensively mean having to sacrifice what many of us see as standard fare. For example: What about beef? With the toughest cuts of beef starting above five dollars a pound, a juicy grilled steak will bust the $7 Dinner budget… or will it? Very recently, […]
So many people offer couponing and double couponing as an easy method to save on groceries. This article isn’t one of them. My family hasn’t clipped a coupon in months. Yet, we tend to live on $20 to $60 per week on groceries for a family of three.
My regular readers know that I sometimes post sponsored posts – that is, posts where I’ve partnered with a company or brand to bring you a post written around a specific topic. I wanted to talk about why I do that, and how I decide which companies to work with. I get approached to work […]
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2006, 70% of mothers worked outside the home. Are they actually costing the family money? The median salary for women in the United States, in full-time, all-year jobs, is $28,000, according to the 2000 census. Of course, many women make more than this, depending on their career. The […]
Since we decided to begin giving Evan a weekly allowance for his extra jobs around the house, we wanted to have the ability to teach him money skills. The timing was perfect for us to become involved with Kidworth – an amazing online tool to teach kids about money. Here is the video of us […]
One of the fabulous things about living in a small-town in Oklahoma is that many of the businesses are small and locally owned. Like the hardware store that doubles as a pet shop because, “my wife loves pets and there were no other stores around for her to get her favorite fish.” Or the amazing […]
Mike Kelly is an author, father, and pilot. He is an amazingly sincere person with a natural love of financial education. He turned into a self certified expert at an early age. Just after military basic training, his sole motivation for getting into financial education was helping his mother after a divorce.
The new “Restoring American Financial Security Act of 2010” is going to hit banks hard by reducing debit card fees that stores have to pay. The 2% charge might seem small, but has brought banks $20 billion dollars in revenue.
You love your kids and you love your job but being successful on both fronts is no easy thing. Being a work at home mom might be the envy of your neighbors, but it can easily put a strain both on your home and family life, if you let it. Here are seven tips to […]