Personal Finance

Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness… Or Does it?

You’ve all heard the old adage, but what if money actually can contribute to a happy and fulfilled life? Of course, I’m talking indirectly – taking a bag of money View More...
 

The Restaurant Challenge: February Totals

The financial diet-ers have survived yet another month. While February only lasted 28 short days, it was filled with the challenge of Valentine’s day, four complete weekends, a three-day weekend for some and View More...
 

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...
 

Tax Refunds = Income Lost

Getting a big tax refund check may be a great feeling, but the ugly truth is that it’s a poor investment decision. It is much wiser to receive those funds throughout the 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...
 

How to Negotiate an Allowance

As a teenager, it can be hard scraping together enough cash for all the social things you want to do.  You’re willing to put forth the effort to earn your own money, but View More...
 

Online banking and the Love/Hate Relationship

Online banking is great. It gives you 24/7 access to your accounts and is a quick reference for balances and presented items. It serves as a resource for archived statements 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...