Tag: budgeting

Pulling the Plug on Cable

We finally did it.  We have talked about it for quite some time but for some reason we always had some reason why it justified the monthly expense.  With the lives we are leading now it simply is not worth the money for us to pay for cable TV.  We have been paying $36 each and every month to watch maybe two TV… Read more →

Surviving as a One Car Family

Guys like to talk about cars right?  Our love affair with the automobile is a part of the male identity, correct?  Well, not for me.  I never understood the fascination for cars as in my view they are just a method to get around and a necessary evil for the ultimate road-trip.  I don’t like spending money and for all the many options we… Read more →

The Benefits of Freecycling

Have you freecycled yet?  It is a great way of getting rid of your clutter and getting things you need for free.  I have belonged to The Freecycle Network for five years now.  I have given away a couch, coffee tables, a Christmas tree, and numerous children’s items we were no longer using.  We could have tried to sell it but… Read more →

Hand Me Downs – Pay it Forward

Somewhere along the line hand-me-downs became a negative term.  Sure there are some kids who do not like wearing their older sister’s clothes, though Bryce does like Annika’s old pink slippers, I would suggest that if you move past the stereotypes hand-me-downs can be a great way of saving money on kids clothes and equipment.  This is especially true during the younger years when kids… Read more →

Rediscover Your Public Library

A few years ago I rarely used the library thinking that they were out of date and held little value. I did not read a lot of fiction at the time and I used the internet for a lot of my personal research (mostly travel related). When our first daughter arrived we decided to check out what resources were available… Read more →

Why Spend Too Much? Buy Used Kids Stuff

Picture this; A group of urban mamas slurping their latte’s with their kids sitting in their new top end stroller, wearing designer clothes, and playing with the latest toy that will double their IQ. I walk in with my garage sale stroller, with kids dressed in thrift store clothes, playing with hand-me-down toys. Oh the shame……. the embarrassment……..Ha Ha………….I spent… Read more →

Puerto Vallarta with Kids – Exploring the Town and Surrounding Area

This is part two of four blogs discussing extending a package holiday to include independent family travel.  Part one, Getting the Most of Your Package Holiday – With Kids, discussed the concept and gave reasons why to consider it. Puerto Vallarta ‘Please return to your seats we will be landing in Puerto Vallarta soon’.  We were happy to hear this message,… Read more →

Budgeting without Sacrifices?

I find that if you want to see what the root human emotion is to an action, just test it on a child.  I wanted to test the word sacrifice and the common simple definition is ‘Giving up something valued’.   Let’s see, Jada seems to value this dolly she is holding.  Now if I come slowly and take this dolly… Read more →