• Crucial Money Questions for Couples Before Marriage (and After)

    “Will you marry me?” isn’t the only question that should be popped when taking your relationship to the next level. Only ⅓ of couples talk about important money questions before moving in together or getting married. Yet, money problems are cited as the biggest cause for divorce or separation. So, before taking the next relationship move, talk about your finances. Not just about the budget for whatever celebration you want, but about how money influences you and your relationship. While it’s best to ask these questions before you make a big commitment to someone, you can also ask these questions if you’re ALREADY married or committed. Regardless of your situation, it’s…

  • Desperate to Pay off Debt? Avoid These Mistakes

    As much as we admire the debt-free, financial-freedomers, most of us will have to deal with debt at some point. Regardless of the reasons for your debt, owing money is NO FUN. But, good news, being in debt doesn’t have to last forever! If you’re desperate to pay off money the quickest way possible, here are some pointers that might just help you avoid a big mistake. Desperate to Pay off Debt? Avoid These Mistakes 1. Not Making a Plan Planning to repay your debt can feel so overwhelming, especially if you owe a lot of money. But not making a plan will slow you down big-time. As hard as…

  • Easily Combine Your Baby Room and Guest Room by Doing This

    When you live in a small place away from family, you have to improvise when houseguests come to visit. When my husband and I were preparing for our first baby to come, we knew we were going to have to find a way to make our baby room and guest room into one. We lived in a two bedroom place that was tight on space, and we had visitors throughout the year. So we set to work figuring out how to fit everything into one small room. It wasn’t an easy task, but along the way I figured out some key components to making a nursery and guest room combo work. If you’re…

  • My honest opinion of the Instant Pot after two years

    Is an Instant Pot Worth It? My Honest Opinion After 2 Years

    I got my Instant Potabout two years ago, and it’s slowly worked its way into my regular kitchen routine. It’s like the faster version of a crockpot. And while slow cookers still have their place, they are NOT for supper procrastinators (and I’m one of those). If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Is an Instant Pot worth it?” you’re at the right place. I’m here to tell you about Instant Pot pros and cons I’ve experienced over the past couple of years so you can see if this kitchen tools is right for you! And, spoiler alert, I’m pretty pro Instant Pot. This appliance really can save you money and cook your…

  • Freelance write with no experience!

    How I Made $50 per Article My First Month Freelance Writing (With No Experience)

    Are you trying to learn how to start freelance writing WITH NO EXPERIENCE and you have no idea where to begin? Or maybe you’ve been at it a while, and you’re just not getting anywhere. If so, I understand! When I first decided to freelance, I was overwhelmed with all the information out there, and I didn’t know what to do first! Luckily, I found some direction and jumped in! I began freelance writing with absolutely NO EXPERIENCE. But, I was still able to skip the “working for next to nothing” stage and get my first job writing for $50/article. Here’s how I did it, and you can too! This post contains…

  • Want to be a writer? Here are 9 free freelance writing courses!

    9 Free Courses to Make You a Freelance Writer With No Experience

    Want to become a freelance writer with no experience? Freelance writing  has the real potential to help you quit your 9-5 job and be your own boss, but getting started can feel intimidating. So, to help you get started I’ve compiled a list of FREE freelance writing courses by people who have gone from inexperienced newbies, to successful freelancers! And they’re willing to tell you how they did it. These courses are all based on the experiences of the successful freelance writers who created them—that means these methods are tried and true. So if you’re ready to kick-start your writing career, take a look at the courses below. *This post contains affiliate…

  • Not sure you're using the right budget? Here are 6 different styles to consider.

    Are You Using the Right Budget? 6 Alternatives That Might Be Better

    Based on your personality type, financial situation, and other factors, the right budgetfor someone else may not be right for you. So how do you know which budget is best? When you find the right budget, you should feel able to understand, implement, and stick to it. By choosing a system that fits you, you can increase your chances of reaching your financial goals! So take a look at the options below.  Whether you like a traditional budget with daily tracking, or you want something a little less structured and time-intense, there’s a budgeting system here to help you spend less, save more, and get out of debt! 1. Bucket Budget This less traditional…

  • Budget Thanksgiving hosting

    How to Host a GREAT Thanksgiving on a Budget

    Food is one of the biggest parts of Thanksgiving. Family and friends gather to reflect and express gratitude, around a welcoming table filled with mouth-watering flavors. And, while any host knows you want to provide your best, you can also do it on a budget! Here’s how: Plan, Prep & Shop Smart How to Stick to Your Budget During the Holidays – Especially When Hosting 1. Make a Strict Meal Plan Thanksgiving (and Christmas) should be planned out just like you do your weekly meals. Sure, this is probably going to be the biggest and most labor-intensive meal of the week, but you should attack it the same way. This…

  • Are these 4 lies making you bad at budgeting?

    Are These 4 Lies Making You Bad at Budgeting?

    Are you bad at budgeting? Like, so bad it feels like you might as well just give up and live paycheck to paycheck for the rest of your life? I’ve gone through times where I basically just gave up on my budget. Thinking back on these times I’ve realized that I was SO bad at budgeting partly because I was buying into some budgeting lies. If you’re struggling to stick to your budgettoo, it’s possible you unknowingly believe some of the same budgeting mythsthat I did.  So, today I’m here to let you know about some of these lies. If you can acknowledge your false money beliefs, you’ll be better prepared to move past them and…

  • Before buying my first home I wish I would have known this!

    Crucial Advice for Buying Your First Home

    Buying your first home can be exciting and nerve-wracking! You’ve probably been working hard to get to this point and it feels like a major accomplishment.  However, it’s easy to make mistakes and forget to ask about important things – I would know, I did it! During the process of buying our first home (well, townhome) I learned a LOT and I’ll definitely do things a little differently next time.  So to help you out, I’ve written down my top tips for buying your first home. Take a look below! 1. Figure Out What Mortgage You Can ACTUALLY Afford Before you look at houses, and DEFINITELY before you go to…