Posts in category "Money"

Are your happiness buckets being filled?

Are your happiness buckets being filled?
Lately I’ve heard myself complaining a lot that I don’t have enough time. Not enough time to exercise, do laundry, do the dishes; not enough time for anything. But the kids are back in school, and for the first time I have 6 hours to myself every day. I’m done with work at 2:30. I thought... Read more »

Everything I learned about saving money I learned from watching Shameless

Everything I learned about saving money I learned from watching Shameless
Y’all know I love me some binge watching, and the latest series I devoured in an inhumane amount of time was Showtime’s Shameless. I was instantly hooked because it’s set in Chicago, but I also love Emmy Rossum (“Fiona”), who I otherwise haven’t seen much of lately (apparently she’s been busy for the past 7... Read more »

Don't hate me because I'm a mompreneur

Don't hate me because I'm a mompreneur
Everybody is selling something these days. If you suffer from headaches, anxiety, insomnia or eczema, I could sell you some essential oils that I honestly use and believe in. If you want a good probiotic but aren’t sure where to start, let me tell you about what I take. I’ve been feeling pretty good for the... Read more »
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Next Christmas will have to be different: A story about the kindness of strangers

Next Christmas will have to be different: A story about the kindness of strangers
I know I told you last month that I wasn’t worried about the holidays, but something happened this week that made me realize I’ve been keeping a lot of this $20 Challenge business inside. The folks over at Unmarketing apparently do this thing every year called Unsecret Santa, and because I don’t spend much time... Read more »

How to keep your holiday spending in check

How to keep your holiday spending in check
Something about the slow trickle of changes this fall has me starting to get in the holiday spirit. We set the clocks back, the election is over (which I think subconsciously just made me want to think of ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD), last week we sat around making place cards for Thanksgiving and this... Read more »

Trust your breakthroughs: How to not lose hope when you're struggling financially

Trust your breakthroughs: How to not lose hope when you're struggling financially
Living on a budget isn’t always easy. During the course of The $20 Challenge, there have been a few dark days — when I just couldn’t make the numbers add up. Where is the money going to come from? I don’t want to dip into savings or go back to using credit. Luckily, on those... Read more »
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What you have to give up if you want to save money

What you have to give up if you want to save money
The $20 Challenge has been a glorious and mysteriously easy experience thus far (knock wood), but it’s not all rainbows and cupcakes. I imagine that if any of you were to take up a similar challenge, your success (and mental breakdowns) would depend on where you started and how determined you were to save money,... Read more »

What it takes to win at saving money

What it takes to win at saving money
Winning at The $20 Challenge takes effort. Most days, it feels like my mind has to be constantly on one track — the money track. How much money do I have? What do I need to spend it on? What do I need to remember this week in terms of activities and appointments that cost money?... Read more »

See for yourself: The $20 Challenge versus living a "normal" life

See for yourself: The $20 Challenge versus living a "normal" life
An important part of going through any “challenge” is, of course, to find the silver lining. And it clicked for me last week, as I was paying a credit card bill. I could have paid it in advance so that the account would be credited on the due date, which I sometimes used to do... Read more »
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A challenge within The $20 Challenge

A challenge within The $20 Challenge
Last week Friday, I did it again. We were out of paper towel (vital when constantly faced with new puddles of puppy pee), so I asked the kids if they wanted to stop at the grocery store with me on the way home at night — knowing we didn’t need much, because I still had... Read more »