I graduated cum laude with a BS in economics from the School of Hard Knocks. True story.
Sticking to a zero-based budget is easy, even with a variable income, if you use these tips.
A few months ago, I wrote a post that listed resources for teaching kids about money. This is a topic with which I have no real personal experience, since Mini is my first child and he is only two, so I think it’s an important topic to keep researching as he gets older. I know […]
I base my parenting mostly on research, rather than gut response or intuition. Whenever Mini starts doing something new, or if he is about to hit a new stage of development, I crack open my MacBook and start googling to figure out how to handle it. (Oh who am I kidding? The MacBook is pretty […]
[singlepic=62,560,560,,center]Photo by Rozzyraspberry Let’s face it: I’ve been writing this damn blog long enough to start inventing financial terms. I mean, really, what kind of qualifications does one have to have to be a personal finance guru? If Suze Orman is any measure, you apparently don’t need good taste in jackets. Or any consistency in […]
[singlepic=60,560,560,,center]Photo by meppol This week I’ve put together a huge list of potential supplemental income sources from various spots around the web as well as my own brain. Some of these ideas are more realistic than others, and some are saner than others, it’s true. There are some humdingers in this list, incidentally, so don’t […]
[singlepic=34,560,560,,center]Photo by chiseled marble I know somebody who is getting a divorce. I’m sure you do as well, but this person’s financial situation is somewhat unusual in that there are a lot of marital assets, and the spouse has used real estate and arrangements with his/her employer to hide additional assets from the eyes of […]
I’ve been trying to think of things that are helpful to me in sticking to my budget, sticking to the meal plan and not ordering food out (always a temptation for me, since I hate to cook), and just generally being a responsible CFO for my family. Here’s what I’ve come up with–I hope you’ll […]
My husband is a very smart man and he takes very good care of me and Mini. When we were engaged, we decided to merge our finances and had to hammer out a family budget. At first, my husband was extremely resistant to this idea, because he had always associated the word “budget” with deprivation, […]
People, I have a dirty secret to share. I can only hope that you won’t look at me differently after this. So, here it is: my grocery budget, for a family of 3, is over $1000 a month. I KNOW! I KNOW! Does it make it any better if I tell you that things like […]