Fast food is easy and cheap, especially when you opt for the Dollar Menu items. But what of the cost to your health – never mind your waistline? Personally, I don’t eat fast food. I don’t eat red meat and don’t crave what McDonald’s and Burger King are selling. However… I do find myself occasionally with a hankering for a Wendy’s Frosty. Mmm… chocolatey goodness.
It’s that time of year. The days are longer, the sun is shining, and your kids will be out of school before you know it. If you’re anything like me, it won’t occur to you until the last week of school that you should probably get the teacher an end-of-year gift. And after paying for summer camps and vacation travel, you probably don’t feel like spending a
This recipe is the creation of my 10 year old budding chef. She took a pancake batter recipe and turned it into muffins. It’s become a favorite breakfast for her and her little brother. These muffins are especially nice on those rushed mornings when breakfast has to be consumed on the road. (This happens more frequently than I care to admit . . . we are not morning people.) They are
Think your baby or child is cute enough to be a model? So did I – which is why I got both my kids into modeling and acting at an early age. I figured they were young enough not to feel pressured by unrealistic beauty standards and would be able to earn a few bucks for college. Here’s my two cents on breaking in, staying
Are you looking for fresh family fun this summer? As a homeschooling mama, I feel like my kiddos often exhaust the summer activities pretty early in the season. By June our water guns are broken, the chalk is washed away and we have already made playdough, baked cookies, and visited the park approximately 5000 times. This year I really want to focus less on boredom
In a month’s time, my daughter will have graduated from elementary school, my son from middle school and my niece from high school. Whether your child or someone you know is graduating from preschool, college or somewhere in between, there’s always cause for celebration… on a budget. Graduation itself has its own expenses – from gifts to cap and gown – but if you do
Who wouldn’t like to give more? Sometimes when I am feverishly hunting for a bargain, it occurs to me that I could be applying that energy toward something a little more humanitarian. A smart shopper, however, knows that it’s possible to do both. How would you like to donate to your favorite causes just by going about your regular shopping? Whether you’re shopping online, in brick and
I have always had a secret wish to be some kind of organizational genius. I remember when I first got a school planner in high school. I carefully recorded everything in it diligently….for the first week or so. Then I went right back to flying by the seat of my pants and hoping everything got done in the end. And so it has been ever
I started using facial lotion with sunscreen and foundation with sunscreen when I was 22 years old. I’ve never smoked. Seldom drink. I began using Retin-A occasionally when I was in my 20s for acne. So I always assumed I’d be able to keep wrinkles at bay… but that’s not been the case. Pregnancy, time and hormone changes have brought wrinkles to my face and
Is the weekly ritual of clipping coupons from the Sunday paper becoming a thing of the past? I, for one, would not be sorry to see it go. These days all you need is a mobile device to find great deals. Here are 15 apps you’ll want to have the next time you go shopping. 1. Ibotta The original rebate app and the one I still use
Yesterday I spent an hour on the phone negotiating my monthly bill with my wireless provider. It was a long, tedious hour, but I can’t argue with the results: I’m going to be saving $600 per year. Now I feel dumb for not doing it sooner. I love a great sale or coupon stack as much as the next person, but it stands to reason
Are you drowning in student loan debt? In 2015, student loan debt in the United States reached a staggering $1.3 trillion. Nearly 71 percent of students who graduated in 2015 carried student loans, at an average of over $35,000 per borrower. For students graduating with professional degrees that number can be substantially higher. You May Be Able to Pay Less.
Yesterday was my 17th wedding anniversary. This got me thinking about all the things we registered for… and how many we still do and don’t have. My husband and I took a trip down memory lane, remembering what items we received and which ones are still useful all these years later. Here are 6 items you shouldn’t register for… and 6 you should.
Is the heat getting to you? One sure-fire way to cool down is with a frozen treat. High-end ice creams and sorbets can be a little pricey, not to mention sugary and fattening. So we’ve put together a list of easy, affordable DIY ice cream recipes featuring healthy, low-cal ingredients like real fruit and coconut milk. Good for you and good for the kids. And
Who doesn’t love a nice refreshing swim!? Having a backyard pool can make you feel like you’re on vacation all summer long. That’s why my Dad likes to get the pool open as soon as possible every year. He opened the pool in May this year which surprised our neighbors because of the high cost of heating the pool. We have a gas heater so