Save money on meat!

Carrie Rocha from Pocket Your Dollars has some great advice on how to keep your grocery budget in check, and still be able to eat the things you love: The cost of beef has gone up and is rising due to the extreme drought in the western United States. Let’s talk about how to save on your favorite types of beef. Ground beef. Substitute ground…


Sure, go ahead! Splurge.

I talk lots about saving and getting out of debt.  But, what about spending?  Heck, what about splurging?  Contrary to popular belief, I’m actually a fan of splurging. For my family and me we don’t scrimp when it comes to groceries.  I would guess we spend more than average on food a month.  However, our “going…


Spring clean your life this month

It’s April and a renewed sense of vigor and life seems to roll in with the warm spring air. Maybe it’s just the satisfaction of watching our children run giddy through the soggy playground, but April is always welcomed with smiles as big as spring puddles. It’s a chance to throw open the windows and get after the dust bunnies –…


Still think the lottery is a good idea?

The lottery is not only a bad idea from a statistical standpoint; it goes against some fundamental biblical principles regarding money. First of all, we have to understand that God owns everything and we are merely MANAGERS of His stuff.  (By the way, did you know the Bible talks more about money and possessions than prayer?  So,…


Read now before filing: Top 5 tax mistakes that cost you

There are only a few weeks left to file taxes and many of us are worried about making mistakes when filing. A miscalculation here, a forgotten signature there and BAM! It could delay your refund, cost you a penalty or result in paying the government more than your fair share. Don’t let that happen to you. Take time now to avoid these…


Maximizing your federal tax refund

Tax season is upon us and with it many questions of whether or not we’re “doing it right.” Deductions, credits, receipts, forms…you don’t need to be a tax attorney to know that it can sometimes get confusing. One of the most common questions is how to maximize your federal tax refund. Below, we’ve outlined one possible…


Don’t let money fights TKO your marriage

As I contemplated hiding my new, had-to-have riding boots from my husband (until the time was “right” to tell him about my mini-shopping-spree), I had second thoughts. While there were times we didn’t see eye-to-eye about money, experience taught us that if we avoided the issue, it only made things worse. I recently learned…


Moms: What are you worth?

Attention stay-at-home moms (or dads): If you’re earning a six-figure salary, please raise your hand. Anyone …?… You might ask, “How do you place a value on being a mom and the ‘super-powers’ that come with the job?” Like healing a skinned knee with a kiss and a cookie. Or creating a parallel universe to watch a soccer game


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