Budget Living

How to Save Money on Road Trips

How to Save Money on Road Trips

Driving instead of flying is a great way to save money on travel costs. There are even more ways to save money on road trips. Depending on how many are in your party, it’s usually cheaper to drive than fly. I know this because my parents packed up the van every year for most of my childhood…

Budget-Friendly, Big Family Travel

Budget-Friendly, Big Family Travel

Does the size of your family seem to limit your adventures away from home? Here are some of our strategies to make big family travel happen. Years ago I had big dreams of jetsetting around the world. I had been a French major and lived a year in France. That year I traveled to Austria,…

How to Live Without Credit Cards

How to Live Without Credit Cards

Wondering how to live without credit cards? It’s totally possible. And you’ll feel so much better knowing things are paid for. Once upon a time I thought it was impossible to live without credit cards. Even if I had the funds “to pay it off every month,” it was the convenience I couldn’t live without….

How a Security Camera Saved Me 25 Bucks

How a Security Camera Saved Me 25 Bucks

photo source: Jeepers Media So a couple weeks ago I was in Walmart, purchasing a gift card for our neighbor who kept an eye on our house while we were away. I had kids with me; we bought various items; confusion reigned. The next day no one could tell me where the gift card was….

How Having Less Can Save You More

How Having Less Can Save You More

 It’s okay not to have all that you think you want. When we have less, we save more. And we treat what we have with more thankfulness. We tend to think that if we don’t have an excess of something, i.e. money, that we are lacking. Having “just enough” money to pay the bills can…