It is June, the kids are out of school, and I have slowed down on the blog. Right now, I need to focus on my family responsibilities and spending time with my kids. If you’d like to read more about how I decided on these goals, check out my 2017 S.M.A.R.T. Goals post from January. Read on to see my progress over the last month. [Read more…]
Memorial Day has passed, so the summer season has begun! Have you made your June budget yet? Here are some things you might be forgetting from your June budget:
Have you seen all the ads and discussion about Tieks ballet flats? If you haven’t heard of them, Tieks are high-end leather ballet flats that cost $175-295. A lot of people are wondering if they’re worth the price or it’s just all hype. In case $200-300 flats are out of your budget, I went searching for some cheaper alternatives to Tieks ballet flats. After I wrote about Tieks, a lot of people were also wondering about cheaper alternatives to Rothy’s flats, so I’ve added some cheaper Rothy’s alternatives too.
I’ve been working on some painting projects around my house lately. A few years ago, a friend who is very experienced with painting shared a tip with me. It has saved me a lot of money AND time! It’s not often that something will make things both easier AND cheaper! What is this amazing trick?
I can’t believe it’s May! Spring has sprung here in Central Ohio and the school year is almost over. It’s time for an update on my goals! If you’d like to read more about how I decided on these goals, check out my 2017 S.M.A.R.T. Goals post from January. Read on to see my progress over the last month.
I have a confession to make… I LOVE BUTTER! Other butter lovers out there are probably familiar with the famous Kerrygold butter. Now that I’m a Costco member, I can buy three 8 oz sticks of Kerrygold for only a bit more than one stick costs in the grocery store! If you know about Kerrygold butter, you probably also know that it’s a bit of a challenge to store. I finally got fed up and searched for a butter dish for Kerrygold butter. If you’re a Kerrygold butter lover too, read on!
April was another interesting month around here! My family pitched in a lot around the house as I had the boot on my foot (for a stress fracture) for most of the month. Despite some challenges, we had a fun month. Thankfully, I finally got released from the boot at the end of the month. Here are some ways I saved money in April:
I wrote before about our experiences shopping for my son’s first pair of glasses. I compared the options for glasses at Walmart Vision vs Target vs Costco. After we got his first two pairs, I compared the quality of glasses from Walmart vs Zenni. My son loves his Walmart glasses and wears them every day. We never have to argue with him to wear them! Unfortunately, although he loves his glasses, he’s not the most careful with them. He’s a rough-and-tumble 7-year-old boy! As I feared, we’ve had to deal with scratched lenses and broken frames, both within the first 6 months. Thankfully, I had anticipated this and chose Walmart Vision, mostly for the Walmart Vision Center 12-month Replacement Guarantee. So how did it go with the Walmart Vision Center Warranty?
Since few people talk about money, it can be hard to know where you stand compared to others. This post will take a look at some recommended budget category percentages and average spending in the United States.
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