Yearly Archives: 2016


What to Pack When Traveling with a Baby

What to Pack When Traveling with a Baby Everyone who has traveled with a baby knows that you basically triple the amount of stuff you used to take with you when traveling with a baby.  We went on approximately 5 out of town trips with E before she was 6 months old and I felt like I basically had to pack up everything and anything I might possibly need, because you never know, right?  The first time I think I packed too much but I had made a list so the next time I was able to look at the list and […]


Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Tex-Mex Style

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Tex-Mex Style   Who doesn’t love good old fashioned homemade macaroni and cheese?  It is delicious, cheesy, and comforting.  During the holidays I feel like I am always preparing something for a party, get together, cookie exchange, or big meal so during the other days during that week I like to try and keep our dinners simple and cheap.  Not to mention, it seems to be super gloomy and rainy in December here in Virginia (but of course no snow!) so I am always craving some comfort food. Sometimes I like to put a little […]


Amazon Prime – Is It Worth It?

Amazon Prime – Is It Worth It? Do you have Amazon Prime?  Is it something you have been considering, but you’re not sure it is worth it?  As a previous skeptic, I am here to tell you that it is! Not only is the annual cost really low compared to how much you would otherwise spend on shipping, but there are so many great features to be found once you sign up.  Plus, you have nothing to lose if you sign up for a free 30-day trial!  That is how I started out.  I signed up for a free trial […]


How to Create a Christmas Budget

Christmas comes at the same time every year.  So why do so many people go into debt or not create a budget for Christmas? Christmas 2015 was the first time we ever set a true budget for spending on Christmas items.  While we did go over that budget, we were lucky and still did not go into debt because of overtime that my husband worked in November. Related: Christmas Budget Planner –> Not ready to think about Christmas yet?  Pin this post for later to your Christmas board so you can track your budget when you’re ready! However, I think […]


Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili I love fall, especially when it means you get to make warm comfort foods.  This slow cooker chili is easy to make and absolutely delicious.  Chili is great for tailgates, football parties, and just regular old weeknight dinner.  It can easily be frozen so you can save the leftovers or stock up for later.  Did I mention that it smells amazing and so after a day of being in the crockpot, your house will smell wonderful! This slow cooker chili takes about 30 minutes to prepare and 8 hours to simmer on low.  It tastes better if you […]


3 Ways to Save Money this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and whether you are planning on hosting for just your family or a whole host of guests, the time and money spent on preparing a large meal can be overwhelming. I have hosted Thanksgiving exactly once so far in my adult life and while I had a blast doing it, I did not realize how much really went into the planning and execution.  Here are three easy ways to save money this Thanksgiving, no matter how many people you are hosting. {affiliate_disclosure] Stock up on food you need ahead of time. If you are on a tight […]


How to Not Spend Your Savings

I have been using the best little trick since I can remember to ensure that I do not spend money allocated for savings before I actually save it. If you do not already have your paycheck direct deposited into a checking account, STOP AND DO THIS NOW.  This may seem like a no-brainer but I just want to be sure you have it done as this is key to getting your money to where it needs to be.  I am not sure that most employers even send out paper checks anymore but having your paycheck directly deposited into your account is […]


How to Track and Manage Your Budget

If you are just getting started and do not have a budget created yet, be sure to check out my plan out my budget each month. Now that you have created a budget and started to plan out your budget each month each month, it is time to learn to track and manage your budget. Getting in the habit of checking in with your budget and your spending on a weekly, or even daily basis is going to take some practice. When I was first getting started in tracking my budget, I used a spreadsheet.  I still use a spreadsheet to […]


How to Plan Your Monthly Budget

If you have not created a budget yet, or are interested in how I suggest creating a budget, go ahead and check out my first post in the series to get yourself started! Alright, so you have determined your monthly income, listed out your mandatory and discretionary expenses, and balanced your budget to ZERO for your first month.  If not, go ahead and create your first budget here. But how do you keep yourself organized and accountable for creating a new budget each and every month BEFORE the new month begins? How do you plan your monthly budget? What you […]


How to Earn Money Grocery Shopping

How to Earn Money Grocery Shopping I used to be really into couponing to save money on groceries.  I was no extreme couponer, however I was pretty excited when I would save $30 or so on a grocery trip.  I truly thought that this was the only way to save money on groceries.  In spite of this, I was still in my phase of buying whatever I wanted every time I went to the grocery store and as long as I saved some money it was all good, right? Wrong.  I have since stopped couponing in the traditional sense for the most […]