The Tax Man Cometh (Frugal Friday)

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Share your ideas for easier tax return preparation and filing. photo source: Heidi As you know, the only things sure in life as death and taxes. Whether you get a return each year after filing or have to pay something, we all pay taxes: at the store, at the gas pump, at the DMV. Somewhere. […]

Money, Giving, and Happiness (Frugal Friday)

Can money buy happiness? Check out this video for some interesting thoughts on the topic. I stumbled across this video during a web-surfing session earlier this week. I found it to be intriguing. Hopefully, you’ll have a chance to watch it. It’s short and insightful. If not, the crux of the clip is that money […]

Determine Your Own Financial Path (Frugal Friday)

The end result is financial responsibility. How we get there can differ from those around us. Imagine that you are going on a trip across the continent of North America. You start in San Diego and you zigzag your way across the South. You curve up the Eastern seaboard, you cut back across through the […]

What Makes You a Financial Success? (Frugal Friday)

I had a chance to eavesdrop and start thinking about what makes you a financial success? Last night was a writing night. I headed to Starbucks in the late afternoon to spend focused time writing without interruptions. Hallelujah for a quiet space away from home! Near the end of my time, I was transcribing some […]

Regular Money Meetings (Frugal Friday)

Consider having regular money meetings with your spouse. They will help your finances, but they can also help your marriage. Nineteen years ago this month, Fish and I got engaged. The church where we met and married had the requirement that we do four pre-marital counseling sessions, one with each of four different couples. They […]

Getting Your Financial House in Order (Frugal Friday)

Last week we shared financial goals for the new year. It was so great to read what everyone is hoping and dreaming and working toward this year. Yeah! At the base of these financial goals, whether they be to pay off the last credit card or to head out on a Disney vacation, is to […]

Frugal Friday: What Will You Save for in 2013?

This week’s Frugal Friday post is going to be short and sweet. I imagine you’ve been inundated with information all week. It has felt like a week of Mondays! I’m ready for pizza and a movie tonight. But, first, let’s chat finances. You know you need to be responsible with your money. You know that […]

Unappreciated Gifts? (Frugal Friday)

How do we as parents handle unappreciated gifts? I think that my parents and my sisters will recall the Christmas of Disappointment. It’s also referred to as the-Christmas-when-my-sister-wanted-a-Cabbage-Patch-doll-but-my-brother-who-couldn’t-care-less-got-one-instead-and-my-sister-bawled-her-eyes-out. Yes, that. My guess is that if you’ve lived in the US for any number of years, you’ve probably encountered, parented, or even been the child who […]