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Blog Post Archive

How to Manage the High Cost of Back-to-School Expenses

Do you remember the back-to-school excitement?  Your parents likely took you out shopping for new clothes and new folders, pens, pencils and other supplies.  While you couldn’t wait to get out of school in June, you were equally excited (at least temporarily) to go back in August or September. Show More Summary

Pay Off Your Debt for Good

“There are two ways to enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.” There is an ongoing debate on the internet about whether or not that quote was first said by John Adams. Regardless, the quote is very powerful with its meaning. Show More Summary

Our Cross Country Move: One Year Later

Almost one year ago, our family made the move from Chicago to Tucson, Arizona.  Honestly, I wasn’t that excited to be moving so far away from my family in the Midwest, but we thought the move would only be for two or three years.  The...Show More Summary

Are You Ready for a BIG Emergency?

Are you ready for a big emergency?  Do you have the required 6 to 12 months’ emergency fund? I can hear your groan now.  Who has enough extra money to put aside 6 to 12 months in the bank?  If you have expenses of $3,000 a month, anShow More Summary

Earn Rewards with Swagbucks

It’s been a while since I last wrote about Swagbucks.  A little over a year to be exact.  And almost 3 years before that.  I’ve been using Swagbucks for a long time, I guess.  What is Swagbucks? Swagbucks is a rewards program.  You earn rewards called Swagbucks for doing a variety of activities. Show More Summary

Do Your Kids Do Chores?

I recently saw an article on Yahoo! that said only 28% of today’s kids do chores versus 82% of kids from our generation. I don’t know about you, but I had chores when I was growing up.  I took care of our pets, washed the dishes, and...Show More Summary

May 2015 Beating Broke Newsletter

Are you subscribed to the Beating Broke Newsletter?  If not, you just missed the May 2015 edition of it.  You can read it online though!  Check out the May 2015 edition of the Beating Broke Newsletter. If you aren’t subscribed, consider doing so here. Show More Summary

5 Fun Ways to Educate Your Child about Money This Summer

Ah, summer.  Your kids get to take a break from the school grind, and as a parent, you get to take a break from the homework grind.  While your child will likely have fun hanging out with friends, playing sports, going to the movies,...Show More Summary

Can You Build Wealth in College?

Generally speaking, college is not a place where you’d imagine building wealth. Typically, students who graduate college often owe thousands of dollars of student debt to their lenders. With all the expenses related to college, the frugal...Show More Summary

Is Not Keeping Up with the Joneses Boring?

We’ve been on a journey to pay off our debt for 3.5 years now.  At first, we were gazelle intense, but then I burned out from working too hard, so we slowed down on the debt repayment. Last year, we moved to Arizona from Illinois, so...Show More Summary

Giveaways: Budget Stretcher or Waste of Time?

Giveaways are nothing new.  Just read a handful of blogs and you’ll likely find plenty of giveaways.  But are they worth the time and effort?  Can you ever win something good? I’ll be honest, my husband and I are digging out of a hole...Show More Summary

5 Ways to Save When Online Shopping

Online shopping is a multibillion dollar industry and it continues to grow for a couple of reasons. Aside from the obvious fact that it’s extremely convenient to shop at home in your PJ’s and avoid all the crowds, another major benefit to shopping on the web is that it can save you money. Show More Summary

2 Best Places to Start Fixing Your Finances

When I first started trying to get my finances under control, I had no idea where to start. I tried to follow a patchwork of ideas like pay yourself first and only spend X percent of your income on rent, but at the end of the month there would always be more month than money. Show More Summary

Would You Consider Moving to Improve Your Standard of Living?

Last July, our family moved from the near suburbs of Chicago to the suburbs of Tucson, Arizona.  We knew that there would be some significant changes to get used to, like the change in weather, but honestly, we weren’t sure how our lives would change. Show More Summary

3 Easy Ways to Get a Home Cooked Meal on the Table: Save Time and Money

Do you cook at home?  If so, how many times a week? Chances are, your answer will vary depending on whether or not you work outside the home, your age, and your income. Sure, cooking at home can save you plenty of money, but not a lot...Show More Summary

Achieving True Diversification in Your Portfolio

“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” I’m sure you’ve heard that expression before. Most people at least understand the idea of diversification. The idea is to prevent you from losing all of your investments if something bad were to happen. Show More Summary

4 Ways to Spend Less on Groceries Each Month

Are you familiar with the USDA food plans?  These plans state how much food should cost a family each month based on four categories:  thrifty, low-cost, moderate and liberal.  The plans are updated each month to accommodate food price...Show More Summary

Living on What You Earn Can Make You Feel Broke, and That’s a Good Thing!

Living on what you earn can be a difficult thing.  For many, it seems like a little like a foreign language; difficult to learn to do, and backwards.  But, if you can learn it, and transform your life into one where you’re living on what you earn, it can make a whole lot of difference. Show More Summary

There Is No Ideal Time to Contribute to Retirement

“Do you really think you should be voluntarily putting money into your retirement account?  It just seems like there are so many other things you could be using the money for right now.  Why don’t you wait to contribute to your retirement...Show More Summary

Are You Teaching Your Kids to Follow Your Financial Habits?

My oldest is 10, and he does chores around the house to earn an allowance.  He works hard, and we’ve taught him to set aside a percentage for investing (10%), for saving (20%), and for giving (10%).  That leaves him to spend 60% of everything he earns. Show More Summary

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