Should You Buy a More Expensive Product?

Should You Buy a More Expensive Product?

In general, people want to make financially responsible decisions when they go shopping. Often times, I look at two apparently identical items that priced differently. On some occasions, the difference between two products is as obvious […]

5 Things That Can Save You Money on Car Maintenance

5 Things That Can Save You Money on Car Maintenance

Owning a car can be an expensive proposition. You can’t just look at the price of a vehicle (or your monthly car payment) and think that is your only cost. Maintenance costs can sometimes overwhelm a […]

Can You Afford to Be a Single Income Family

Can You Afford to Be a Single Income Family

Life has a way of changing long-held opinions. I used to vehemently state that I would not want to stay home with my children (who did not exist at the time) because I needed adult interaction […]

4 Ways to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

4 Ways to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

There are several ways to save money on health care, regardless the type of medical insurance you may have. Even if you don’t have any health insurance coverage, there are opportunities available to help lower your […]

Handling the Emotions of Helping Your Parents

Handling the Emotions of Helping Your Parents

There’s a great Friends episode where Joey’s Dad is having an affair and his Mom knows about it. Joey gets really upset and thinks his Dad should end the affair and be reconciled to his wife. […]

How Meal Planning Can Save You Money

How Meal Planning Can Save You Money

A few years ago, this was an almost daily conversation in my home: My husband (sometime around 5 pm): “What should we have for dinner?” Me: “I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it.” My […]

4 Job Benefits to Consider When Comparing Jobs

4 Job Benefits to Consider When Comparing Jobs

When people go through a job search, the salary figures and job duties are often the information applicants pay attention to the most. While both factors are definitely important and should be part of the equation, […]

How to Set Up a Joint Bank Account

How to Set Up a Joint Bank Account

If you are married or about to be married an important question will eventually pop up: should we combine our finances? There are many different factors to consider, but if you do decide to combine some […]

5 Items You Should Buy Secondhand

5 Items You Should Buy Secondhand

As the daughter of a small business owner, you will not hear me say that you should never pay retail. I’m a big believer that there are goods and services that you should buy retail to […]

Rent-to-Own vs. Saving Up to Buy Things

Rent-to-Own vs. Saving Up to Buy Things

A while back, we were in need of an extra bed to accommodate a couple of guests. We’re not quite ready to buy another bed, so we decided to rent one. My husband called the rent-to-own […]

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