Saving Money


Practical Outdoorsman Gifts

Do you have an outdoorsman in your life?  Whether he hunts, fishes, or just likes to be outside working with his hands, here are some great outdoorsman gifts for you to give him. Folding Hand Saw – My husband received one of these last year for Christmas and he says it is definitely a must have.  It folds up nicely and is perfect to carry around outside and use at the ready! Solar Hand Crank Powered Radio – I bought this as a gift for my husband a few years ago because he wanted to play music out in his shed without having […]


Gift Guide for Kids: Non-Tech Toys

Given the numerous options today and the abundance of technology, it is always hard to choose toys to give as gifts for kids. If you are buying for your own kids, you know what they already have. However, if you are buying for other kids in your life, you don’t necessarily know what they already have or how the parents feel about technology and its role in their kids’ toys. Here are some great non-tech toys for kids of a variety of ages if you would like to get that something more educational, crafty, or imaginative. Non-Tech Toys for 2-4 […]


How to Help Your Budget Survive Black Friday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two huge shopping days.  The surrounding days and in some cases weeks, are also big times to catch sales on deals on products of all kinds. It is so easy to blow your budget shopping all those crazy Black Friday deals. If you have been out to physical stores on Black Friday, emotions are running high and there is this unspoken pressure to buy things that you would not normally think of purchasing. Here are some tips to shop Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals without blowing your budget or making unnecessary purchases. Make […]


6 Ways to Make Your Christmas Budget Last

This year you are setting a limit on your Christmas spending and are determined to make your Christmas budget last. You will not buy unnecessary items. You will not use credit cards and go into debt for Christmas. You will enjoy the holiday season with your family. You will not stress over finding the perfect gift or how much money you spent on each person. Do these statements sound familiar? Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year…right?  It is supposed to be anyway! However, far too many of us stress ourselves out over the decorating, gifting, traditions, hostessing, etc. […]


Educating Your Children on Good Financial Habits Before They Leave Home

This is a guest post from Patty over at Working Mother Life. We have just a short amount of time to prepare our children to be productive members of society. From a very early age, our children watch everything that we do and learn from us. They soak everything up like a sponge. If you haven’t already been doing so, it is time to teach them some good financial habits before they grow up and leave home. The best thing that you can do is model good financial habits and behaviors, but on top of this, you need to teach them […]


5 Back to School Tips and Tricks

Back to school where I live is not until labor day (for now), but I have noticed that many others have already started back to school! August/September is similar to January in that a lot of people kind of start a “new year” and make plans to get organized, start new activities or hobbies, and set up new systems and routines. This is a great time to do this as it is about halfway through the year and allows you to reflect on any goals or resolutions you made in January.  And also add new ones. If you did not […]


12 Items Not to Buy at the Grocery Store

“http://www.viewfromourterrace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Not-to-Buy-at-the-Grocery-Store.jpg” Do you dread grocery shopping?  I have a love/hate relationship with grocery shopping. I still hate meal planning, which is the first step when it comes to getting ready to grocery shop.  But that is probably more because I have not set up a working meal planning system. I hate the amount of time out of my day grocery shopping takes, but I actually like being in the grocery store (half the reason why I shop at Wegmans!). I love when I have a perfectly organized grocery list that allows me to minimize my time actually shopping, but I […]


6 Areas to Save Money During Wedding Season

As an almost-thirty-year-old (not quite yet!), I feel like half my Facebook newsfeed either gets married or attends a wedding every weekend.  I am sure you are thinking it is hard to save money during wedding season! If you are in that mid-twenty to mid-thirty age range, you know exactly what I am talking about. And you have your fair share of weddings to attend each year between April and October. It can get EXPENSIVE.   Sometimes you might even feel like you don’t want to RSVP ‘yes’ to another wedding in fear of what it will do to your […]


4 Ways to Save Money Without Coupons

Do you know how to save money without coupons? I used to be a moderate couponer when we first got married.  I had just quit my job and we were new to the whole strict budgeting and living on one income thing. I eventually stopped couponing once I got my teaching job about a year later because it was just too much work and it was not really “necessary” anymore. Since I have been staying home with our kids, couponing still is not the best use of time in my mind, but I have found a few other ways to […]


How to Get Started Gardening

Do you have a garden?  Have you ever thought of trying out gardening? Gardens can be an excellent source of food in the summer and can save you money as well!  I tried out gardening for the first time in the spring of 2013.  We lived in a townhouse with an extremely sunny backyard and I had lots of time on my hands so I decided to try creating a small garden. My husband helped me build a small raised bed (although it was not technically “raised”).  I think it was 6×4? We just used simple pressure-treated wood to build […]

How to Get Started Gardening