• How to Plan Thanksgiving dinner

    How to Plan Thanksgiving Dinner When You’re Crazy Busy ( Step by Step Guide With FREE Spreadsheet & Invitations)

    For many people, thinking about Thanksgiving dinner brings visions of turkey and pumpkin pie appearing effortlessly in front of them. But, for those who have actually hosted Thanksgiving dinner, you know there’s A LOT more to it than that. Time, money and planning all goes into creating the special scene on this nostalgic day. And hosting it is often squeezed into an already crazy schedule! So, if you’re overworked and overwhelmed but want to pull off Thanksgiving dinner, we’re here to hook you up. The following guide will break down all your Thanksgiving tasks into bite-size pieces. You’ll be super organized so you’ll have time to get ready for the holidays…

  • 3 Quick Tips to Try for Better Budgeting

    Don’t be discouraged if you’re having a hard time budgeting. If it were easy we’d all be a lot richer. So, whether you need some quick wins or you want to strengthen your game, here are 3 easy-to-follow tips to try. 3 Quick Tips for Better Budgeting 1. Weekly Accounting I’ve found weekly accounting to be a really important part of my budgeting process. Here’s how it works: I pick a day (Sunday for me) and a general time (after my kid goes to bed) when I’ll enter all my expenses into my budget spreadsheet.  I open up my online banking and go to the transactions page for my checking…

  • Do this when your party is flopping in order to entertain guests

    How to Entertain Guests (When Nobody’s Mingling & Your Party is Flopping)

    Ever wonder how to entertain guests when it seems like your party is taking a huge nose dive? After hosting my fair share of events, including some that were less than successful, I’ve come up with a few tricks to nip the silence in the bud and bring the party back to life. 5 Ways to Entertain Guests and Bring a Dying Party Back to Life 1. Make sure you’ve properly introduced your guests If your party includes guests from different circles of friends, introductions are key. While it’s ideal to introduce your guests to each other first thing, you can easily recover if you’ve forgotten to do so. And,…

  • Want to stop being overwhelmed by housework? Here’s my secret!

    Do you ever feel like your house runs you instead of the other way around? You know, the never-ending pile of dishes, the laundry, the rotting leftovers in the fridge, the counters that are never clean, the husband that can’t see the mess… it’s exhausting. I’ve been there too! It’s discouraging and hard, but it can get better. And, contrary to what I initially thought it would take (i.e, cleaning harder and/or hiring a maid), improvement comes by focusing on your mindset. 3  T h i n g s  I  D i d  t o  G o  F r o m  O v e r w h e l m…

  • The crazy truth about how organization saves you money

    The Crazy Truth About How Organization Saves You Money

    If you’re looking for a way to spend less money, focusing on organizationis actually one of the best things you can do.  Did you know it’s actually proven that getting organized can help you control your spending impulses? And, that being disorganized actually has a negative effect on your brainpower (and spending impulse control). But, organization doesn’t just help with impulse control.  It also helps you save money in other ways. Here’s how: The Crazy Truth About How Organization Saves You Money 1. Organization Reduces Money Mistakes Getting organized doesn’t mean you’ll never make a money mistake again, but it can help cut back on late fees for bills and lost reimbursements when…

  • 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…

  • 26 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Cheap

    Ever realized you forgot someone on your Christmas list AFTER you’ve spent your Christmas budget? Then this list of last minute gifts is for you! They’re cheap, cute and thoughtful AND best of all won’t have you stressed about money! Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for Cheap 1. Brown Sugar Scrub This last minute Christmas gift comes from crayonsandcravings.com.Brown sugar scrub is a great gift for people who like to pamper their skin — it helps exfoliate, it smells fabulous, and it only contains 3 simple ingredients. 2. Lavender Shower Melts These lavender shower melts are a great present for somebody who deserves to relax but is short on time. They dissolve in…