Why you need a car box I mentioned in my post about baby supplies that I feel a diaper bag is unnecessary, especially if you mostly travel in your car. If you're in a car, you can keep a box full of supplies available without having to carry them everywhere. Although a car box is especially useful when you have babies & toddlers, I feel they're useful for all families. A … [Read more...] about How to Pack a Car Box to Be Prepared, Save Money, and Have Fun!
I was recently having a discussion about which kind of account to save money in to reduce taxes. Reducing taxes is always a good goal and it is one of the skills that is necessary for optimizing your finances. Most people have a variety of savings and investing options and very few people have enough money to save the maximum allowed in each. So where do you start? … [Read more...] about Why You Should Max Out Your HSA Contributions
I believe that money management is one of the most important skills that children need to learn before they head off into adulthood. It naturally follows that if we want children to learn to manage money, we have to allow them to have some money to manage, right? That's where allowance comes in! I wanted to start my kids on an allowance years ago but I was always stuck on … [Read more...] about How to Give Kids an Allowance Without Power Struggles
When we bought this house, we were aware that it had two single garage doors (instead of a double) but never thought much about it... until we tried to pull a van into it! Remember those cone exams when you took your driving test? Remember how stressful it was? I get to do that every day! Since there is a structural support beam in the center of our garage, there's … [Read more...] about How to Remove Paint Transfer From a Car – Easy Home Remedy
It costs $2.50/day to buy lunch at our school, so for 2 kids, I'm looking at $5/day if they both buy. I do allow my kids to buy lunch 1-2 times/week for my convenience, but it can be much less expensive to pack lunches (and probably healthier at the same time!). It is also easy to spend MORE on a packed lunch if you buy all prepackaged items like little bags of cookies, … [Read more...] about How to Pack a Cheap & EASY Lunch for a Young Child