When Saving $10 On a Field Trip Turns Into A Disaster

About a month or so ago, my middle son came home with a field trip permission slip. They were headed off to the CT Science Center, at a cost of $15 per person (not including lunch/snacks/gifts). Since we're members of the science center, my son had a brilliant idea on how to save money-why not … Continue reading When Saving $10 On a Field Trip Turns Into A Disaster

Why Easter Is Not My Favorite Time Of Year – But I Still Make It Fun For the Kids

It's going to be Easter in just a few days! Easter is actually not the best time of year for me. Back five years ago after my husband almost died of septic shock,┬áhe was still away from home for Easter in the rehabilitation center, receiving 24/7 care. So on Easter morning, and for Easter lunch, … Continue reading Why Easter Is Not My Favorite Time Of Year – But I Still Make It Fun For the Kids

Getting Out Of Debt Following a Near Death Experience – Part Two

On Monday, I wrote all about our journey into debt. Going into my husbands planned surgery, we had an emergency fund set aside to deal with the costs. I also had other savings and investments that I hadn't tapped, which were sitting and growing while this debt was also growing. As far as I'm concerned, … Continue reading Getting Out Of Debt Following a Near Death Experience – Part Two

Frugal Fun With “Not A Box” – And Other Fun Objects

When people think about kids, they'll usually think about toys and other such fun "stuff". But kids, especially small kids, love playing with things you might not expect. Have you ever heard a parent complaining that they got their kid a brand new toy for Christmas, only to have them be more interested in playing … Continue reading Frugal Fun With “Not A Box” – And Other Fun Objects

Stop Spending to “Save” Money – Active Versus Passive Frugality

In order to master your financial life, you need to spend less than you make - right? Interestingly, there are two ways to do that, and one might lead to higher spending than the other. When people talk about saving money, what are they usually referring to? Saving money on a vacation Using coupons to … Continue reading Stop Spending to “Save” Money – Active Versus Passive Frugality