Finances · Food and Drink · Spending

Coupon Haul

It's been a while since I've posted anything about couponing. Tonight I feel even more accomplished than normal, because my husband and I have started Dave Ramsey's program for budgeting/dealing with finances. So, suddenly I find myself being very very aware of what I spend. But, I love food. I don't want to eat garbage… Continue reading Coupon Haul

Coupons · Finances

Cathartic Couponing

Did you ever just have a really lousy afternoon? Me too. I had one today actually. Everything in me wanted to verbally assault someone. Or possibly eat an entire half-gallon of ice cream...and some butter drenched bread. Instead, I went couponing. It was totally cathartic.  I spent $24.43. At regular prices - here's what I… Continue reading Cathartic Couponing

Family · Finances · Life · Spending

Couponing 101

A couple weeks ago, one of the gals at my MOPS table invited me to a couponing class with her. She is a self-proclaimed "crazy coupon lady" who doesn't purchase things without a coupon. She gets most of her groceries at a huge discount, free - or sometimes even makes money back on the deal.… Continue reading Couponing 101

Bailout · Finances · Government · Life · Protest · Spending · Taxes · Tea parties

One t-r-i-l-l-i-o-n dollars…mwah, ha, ha.

I talked to my mom this morning regarding the "tea parties" going on today to protest the massive government spending plan. Americans are joining together in cities all across the country to take a stand against their growing tax burden and out of control government spending. Both sides of the aisle are guilty of reaching… Continue reading One t-r-i-l-l-i-o-n dollars…mwah, ha, ha.

Finances · Food and Drink

Here’s a tip

During my Easter dinner with family, I heard an astonishing story. Apparently, Oprah told her audience that in light of these economic hard times, we should all band together in a grand money saving strategy and decide only to tip 10-12%. Now, my immediate reaction to this news was horror - my sister is a… Continue reading Here’s a tip

Finances · Life · Marriage

I can’t leave you alone for one hour!

Earlier this week I decided to make a quick trip to Costco, leaving the munchkins with my husband. When I returned an hour later, I returned to hear the following story from Zack. (imagine a hot 30-something relaying the following) "So, shortly after Donovan woke up, the doorbell rang - I answered it, holding the… Continue reading I can’t leave you alone for one hour!

Bailout · Congress · Finances · Government

“I’ve run out of gas…can I have five bucks?”

I'm sure most of you know exactly what I'm talking about in my title. We've all heard it. Most commonly when trying to pick up a few groceries on the way home from work. I've had the experience numerous times. You're approached by someone who looks down on their luck - possibly homeless. They tell… Continue reading “I’ve run out of gas…can I have five bucks?”

Finances · Kids · Life · Parents

Training Required

I had an interesting conversation with my brother this weekend. He's been talking to some folks at work who have passionate opinions on who should be allowed to "breed". Apparently, the criteria goes something like this. You should be able to provide your children with "every opportunity". You need training to be sure you're capable… Continue reading Training Required

Beauty · Finances · Wellness

Getting gorgeous – at what cost?

I just read an article online called "Get Gorgeous in 4 Weeks" - it was a main link on Yahoo's homepage. I cannot believe the ridiculousness of it. Included in the article were "four weeks' worth of purifying, indulgent, get gorgeous ideas", which is a fine idea, but as I started to read, I realized… Continue reading Getting gorgeous – at what cost?

Finances · Fitness · Kids

The shabby Y

I worked out with my sister Amy last night at the brand spankin' new 24 Hour Fitness near her house. Oh my goodness. As I walked thru the doors, I felt like I'd died while working out and gone to gym heaven. Every treadmill and elliptical machine had it's own tv attached. You could plug… Continue reading The shabby Y