Why my Gym Membership is a Non-negotiable Expense

I cannot tell you how many budgeting books and blogs I’ve read that ask people to cut their gym membership to save money.  The suggestion comes from a perspective of budgeting, saving money, or paying down debt.  Usually, this is accompanied by a suggestion of taking walks or runs around your neighborhood, or checking exercise […]

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Three Gifts for Christmas

A bit over a decade ago, my husband and I became good friends with a classmate of mine and his wife–for the blog, I’ll call them David and Georgia.  We spent lots of free time together–everything from watching movies to cooking to running errands together.  As you can imagine, when the holidays rolled around, we spent […]

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3 Things to Start Saving before School

My daughter started kindergarten this year, and I’ll be the first to tell you that you’ll be asked to send lots of stuff to school beyond basic school supplies and lunch. Schools everywhere, no matter their neighborhood, are under tight budgets.  I’ve yet to meet a teacher or administrator who says that that they can’t use […]

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Kindergarten is a Difficult Transition…for Mom

I’m not going to gloss this one over.  My heart aches.  There has been a pit in my stomach for the last few days. My daughter went to kindergarten, and it’s been a lot harder on us than I’d ever imagined. We’d both been looking forward to her first day of kindergarten for months.  I […]

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Mom with Mono

The Kissing Disease. Teenagers. Missing school. These are my thoughts when somebody says “mono.” I think most of us associate it with high school. Most of the people I know who have had mono got it when they were teenagers, either from eating or drinking after someone (or kissing them), and then they miss weeks […]

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