Three Fun and Frugal Tips for Kids Birthday Parties

As anyone with younger kids knows, birthday parties seem to be a must. Your child (along with the whole class) is usually invited to many, many parties over the years-starting in preschool. And you may feel obligated to throw your kids a nice birthday party and invite the whole class back. Well, today I'm going … Continue reading Three Fun and Frugal Tips for Kids Birthday Parties

A Fun and Frugal $11 Weekend in Connecticut

When you're a family of five living on one income (mine) with aggressive mortgage payoff and college savings goals, having a frugal good time is a must. Does that mean we sit at home in the dark all weekend (to save on electricity, of course), reading free books from the library by candlelight? Of course … Continue reading A Fun and Frugal $11 Weekend in Connecticut

2017 Goal Check-in: Some Successes, Some Not

Today I'm taking a break from talking about insurance and identity theft to check in on how I'm doing with my 2017 goals. Now, I almost don't want to do this because I know some are not quite where I want them to be. But there's no time like the present to get back on … Continue reading 2017 Goal Check-in: Some Successes, Some Not

Is it Snowing or Is It an Avalance? Planning to Pay Off Non-Deductible Debt

Getting out of debt. It's a dream for many, no matter what kind of debt you might have. I'm focusing today on the first part of the second tier of financial freedom - making a plan to pay off "non-deductible" debt. What's "non-deductible" debt again? It's the worst kind of debt-the kind where you can't … Continue reading Is it Snowing or Is It an Avalance? Planning to Pay Off Non-Deductible Debt

Everything’s Free! All the time! Come on Down! or My Love of the Library

When I was a kid, I can distinctly remember going to the library all the time. I was a voracious reader and would take out many, many books each time – finishing them very quickly. I can remember learning how to use the card catalog (the actual one, with cards, in a giant filing cabinet! … Continue reading Everything’s Free! All the time! Come on Down! or My Love of the Library