Archive for April, 2009

Postage Is On The Increase Very Soon

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I know you probably don't send mail a whole lot anymore what with email, texting, and twittering.  But, Mom, you probably still use the mail for some things, like getting those school pictures to Grandma, sending thank you notes (yes, kids, it's still the proper thing to do), sending sympathy ...

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned – A Lesson That Needs Your Help

Monday, April 27th, 2009

You and I may have grown up with those words planted in our little heads, but maybe not this younger generation.  Our children were born and raised in a world of instant gratification, a world of swiping plastic for everything, a world without cash.  How many households still have “penny ...

Free Earth Day Activities For Kids

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Okay, Mom, I know your day is jam-packed with work, errands, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, and all those things you've got to get done before it's lights-out tonight.  But, today is Earth Day and your kids are going to need a bit of your time and a lot of your input. There ...

Time To Do More Than Clip Coupons

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

If you have been cutting back on every single item on your budget, but still the balance on your credit cards doesn't seem to be dropping, it may be time to do more.  It may be time to consolidate your debt. This is a hard step for many families to take ...

Pet Expenses Can Cause Stress During Tough Times

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

That little furry friend of yours is a wonderful companion that not only gives you love unconditionally, but calms your nerves, too.  Many studies show that stroking your cat or dog actually lowers blood pressure. However, that sweet little snookums that shares your life is costing you money.  And, when you ...

Are Your Digital Pictures Good? Turn That Talent Into Money

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Since you've started using a digital camera, have you notice that you have a talent for getting the shot just right?  Does the composition of the picture look pleasing to you?  Have you found yourself investigating all the settings on your camera?  And, when you load your pictures on the ...

Hey Mom - It’s Thrift Store Season!

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Thrift stores have a season?  You bet they do!  In fact, they have several "seasons" each year.  The trick is to find the right season for your family's needs. Most folks hibernate a bit in the winter and really don't get into an organizing and cleaning mood until spring.  Even in ...

Feel Better to Function Better - How Fatigue Affects Your Pocketbook

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

I've been following a few methods for re-energizing myself during those sleepy afternoons I experience more and more often lately.  Simple methods, really, but I've found that when I started thinking about the days in which I don't take a few minutes to rejuvenate, I fall off the "frugal wagon." For ...

It’s Time To Re-Think Your Discretionary Cash

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

You no doubt have some kind of family budget.  You have an idea of your income and expenses, and hopefully are trying to save a bit each month, too.  However, if your situation has changed in the last few months, have you updated your budget to reflect your family's needs? A ...