When my daughter first started playing soccer, I noticed other parents hauling coolers and chairs and tents across the field, and I thought how silly it was to encumber themselves with so much stuff for a one hour game. I’ll never do that, I smugly told myself. But I quickly learned that standing under direct sunlight at the hottest time of the day for an hour does
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
Jennifer Lawrence recently played Joy Mangano in the movie ‘Joy.” You may know some of Joy’s inventions like the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers. Her story is inspiring because she was a divorced mother raising three children while working a variety of jobs when she came up with the idea for a better mop, simply to make her own life easier. Now she has a estimated net
Signing your kid up for a sports team will mean signing more than a few checks or credit card receipts, but it’s an investment that’s worth making. Of course the chances of your kid getting a college scholarship to play at a university is small, and the idea of them making a career of it is even slimmer. But the upside of sports and the
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.
I have had cats nearly all my life and I never considered getting pet insurance for any of them. Maybe it’s because our cats rarely needed medical care, but pet insurance just seemed like overkill. You get your pets their vaccinations and flea meds, and then you sorrowfully say goodbye when they get old, right?
As you know from my 21 Reuses for Freezer Bags and 21 Uses for Coffee Grounds (apparently I love the number 21) posts, I don’t like to waste things. I take pride every week in how small the garbage sack is at the bottom of my driveway. It means I am reusing, reducing and recycling! That being said, every time I stared at that
Using Google Analytics, I found which articles people read the most this year on BargainBabe.com. I’m surprised a few of the articles below made the list, but I’m also puzzled by a few articles that didn’t make the list. A quick look back at the community’s most popular reads. How many of them have you read?
Signing off for a quick break to eat turkey before we return for Black Friday. We will be blogging about the best deals and sales, so check back if you are shopping in store or online. This year I am thankful for my loving husband and two precious children. For my sisters who are my best friends and constant support. And I am truly thankful
Fall is in the air and Oktoberfest is not far behind! If the changing of the seasons has you thinking about a nice tall cold one, you’re not alone. Then again, what season doesn’t go with a good beer? But beer can get pricey and eat into your grocery or entertainment budgets fast. My spending dropped fast this year because I got pregnant, but that may
Has it really been 13 years since 9/11? Gosh, it has. Who remembers that day? Every year the tributes and news coverage shrinks. Fewer friends and family seem to recognize that this day is different. A day to remember and mourn. Perhaps they are moving on. I am, too. My heartache is softer, fainter. I call up the images in my head – the plumes
I’m super psyched to announce that BargainBabe.com is a finalist for a really important award – the Best Deals and Bargains Blog in the Plutus Awards. Okay, so it’s not like I’m up for an Oscar, but for an everyday finance blogger like myself, this means being recognized by my peers for the hard work our team does everyday to save you money!!! The nomination
What has your dishwasher done for you lately? You know, other than wash your dishes and such…. Sometimes being a frugalista means having to have more time on your hands than money, to search out the great deals. With a second baby on the way at my house, I’m needing to find more and more ways to save time so that I can continue to
Need more options for what to do with expiring airline miles? I already get more magazines than I can read each month, and never have enough for a flight or for “purchasing” items in the mileage stores. So when I got another letter from United saying I had 10,000 miles about to go the way of the buffalo, I was excited to see that I