How to Move without Going Crazy or Broke

Moving Boxes

In the past three years, Life as MOM contributor Janel has moved house three times and just completed move #4. Today she shares some tips on how to make the moving process a bit easier. Moving can be the start of a great adventure. Or it can make you feel as if you’re going crazy. Since […]

How to Set a Budget

budget forms

Ready to get your finances in order? If you don’t know how to create a budget. Today’s the day to learn how! You hear the word budget all the time: budget-friendly this, budget-friendly that. I think people often mean: “being frugal” when they say “budget”. But that’s not the same as having a budget. A […]

Live within Your Means (Otherwise Entitled, Stop Using Credit)

live within your means

A few weeks ago I offered up an exhortation for you to get out of debt. It’s something I’m pretty passionate about and something that is probably pretty weird to some people. Some folks make the conscious decision to use credit and carry debt and believe they have  good reasons to do so. But, I would […]

7 Steps to Better Finances

7 Steps to Better Finances

Some food for thought…. I know that you will feel better about your life and your spending if you’ve got your finances under control. This post is part of a 7-part series to help you get your finances in order. Check out past posts here: Stop using credit. Set a budget. Build an emergency fund. […]

Do the Math to Save Money

peets coffee

Pay attention to unit pricing in order to save money. You have to do the math to make cents. Today’s Frugal Friday tip is short and sweet. With a mini rant just for fun. If you’re not good at math, today is the day that you change your ways. Knowing basic math operations (addition, subtraction, […]

You Can Get Out of Debt


Photo credit: Daniel Oines by license As a college freshman, I was able to get a credit card in about five minutes. How ironic that ten years earlier, my mom, a college instructor with a Master’s Degree, couldn’t get one because she didn’t have a full-time job. What a switch that a bank was willing to […]

How to Use Up Those Gift Cards You’ve Been Stashing

Gift card stash

The other day a friend and I were chatting; she mentioned that they had a ton of gift cards that they’ve yet to use, some five or ten years old. I gave her the pep talk that she needed to use them on their upcoming trip cross-country. Vacation is a great time to save money […]

How to Make a Lego Money Holder

how to build a lego money holder

Create a fun Lego money holder for gifting cash for birthdays, graduation, and Christmas. It is amazingly simple. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this […]