Budgeting & Saving

The Restaurant Challenge: Valentine’s Day

Well, we dodged a financial diet bullet. In a last-minute decision to celebrate Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I were minutes away from dropping unplanned dollars at a classy restaurant. Luckily, View More...
 

The Restaurant Challenge: January Totals

The first month of our Financial Diet has come to a close. Meals have been cooked, tears have been shed and pennies have been saved.  It was a good month. View More...
 

The Restaurant Challenge: Beginning Stats

Alright, blog followers… I’ve listed the starting spending averages for our Financial Diet participants. Read ’em and weep. THE BEGINNING Participant Avg. Spent Amanda C.  $166.96 Cate R. $150.00 Amanda View More...
 

Financial Dieting: The Restaurant Challenge

And the gauntlet has been thrown… If you remember my entry back in November, I had a personal revelation regarding how much I spend on eating out each month (I’ve cleverly View More...
 

Credit Snowball

It’s the season for cold weather and snowballs.  Those lovely white flakes reminded me of a great tip for getting out of debt in a timelier manner; The Snowball Plan. View More...
 

Financial Dieting: The NBD Purchase

We all have one. That small indulgence that really doesn’t cost all that much, and whether it’s out of convenience or want, you find yourself justifying the purchase because, hey, it’s View More...
 

Simplicity in Budgeting

Simplicity, to me, comes from a mindset. What works for you? What makes you think less? When it comes to budgeting for my monthly spending and saving, one all-purpose account View More...
 

How Long Can You Last Without A Paycheck?

If you lost your job today, how long would you be able to cover your expenses?With a struggling economy, many people fear losing their jobs, but very few have been View More...
 

Help Your Future Self and Save Now

Looking back on my twenties (I realize this makes me sound old, but I swear I’ve only recently turned 30) there are a few things I wish I would have View More...
 

Cycling Cents 101: Chapter 1

If you are you looking to save up for a big purchase, and you don’t know where to begin, you may be pedaling the same bike as me.  Being an View More...