Every year at Thanksgiving, I have my mom take a family photo for us. I use that photo on our Christmas cards. My hair has had a ton of damage for a while now, but I didn’t want to spend money on a haircut. Finally, I had to. My split ends were causing tangles and knots, which resulted in more Read More »
Tips for Living on a Budget
Financial advice is never taken for granted in a single mom's life.
Budgeting and planning for unexpected expenses to include medical, pet, extra school costs and much more are discussed. Many articles are written about how to save money on party ideas, family fun and tips for around the house including recycling, green living and feeding the family on a budget.
Having a healthy recipe database on hand is a great beginning. Living within budget constraints can create tough choices especially with housing decisions. Real estate resources will help educate on mortgage, home buying, renting, moving, avoiding scams and making sound decisions.
To conclude, this section explores a variety of basic financial topics with information and advice geared specifically to the priorities of single-parent households.
Sometimes just keeping your house clean and orderly is a big enough challenge. However, cleaning up and clearing your clutter can have a bigger impact than you think. Those who follow the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui believe that the home decor choices that you make invite certain energy into your house that then follows you into other areas Read More »
Furnishing a new apartment or house is a financial challenge. Even if you’ve set yourself a budget, and are willing to forego some luxuries, it will still cost a few hundred dollars (at least, if not thousands) to furnish your home with even just the basics (a couch, a dining room table, beds). Luckily, there are a few creative methods Read More »
Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to make healthier choices for your family meal. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, suggests the following tips to ensure a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving meal: 1. Start small: When it comes to Thanksgiving, the biggest concern is not just WHAT you are Read More »
Some of my fondest memories from when I was a teenager are gathering with my mom, aunts, and grandmother on Thanksgiving Day to look through the Black Friday sale papers making lists of what we planned to buy at each store. The next morning, we’d head out early to shop, some of us picking up things for others, and being Read More »
I hate throwing food away. I don’t like being wasteful, and I know it doesn’t set a good example for my children. Sometimes though, there’s food that they just won’t eat, and I don’t know what else to do with it. Example: I could serve the same pot of chili for a week straight, and my children would choose to Read More »
Some people have heard of the word “tithe”, some haven’t. Some people tithe regularly (I’m one of those people), and some have never tithed in their entire life. So what exactly is this mysterious sounding word? How do you do it? What benefit is there to it? One definition for “tithe”, according to dictionary.com, is “the tenth part of agricultural Read More »
The new year is already about 3/4 of the way over. How are you doing financially? Have you stuck to your budget? Are you meeting your goals? If you’re still struggling, maybe some of these tips can help you: 1. Be accountable to someone – anyone. Just because you’re single doesn’t mean that you can’t be accountable. You don’t need Read More »
Money is a necessity. Bills aren’t going to pay themselves. Groceries aren’t going to buy themselves. But sometimes, money is the furthest thing from my mind. Three days ago, my 2-year old daughter was attacked by our neighbor’s dog. As I was pulling out of the driveway to take her to the emergency room, my neighbor came up to my Read More »
For most of us, getting our body into good physical shape requires an effort. We have to exercise, eat the right foods, and the input from a professional, such as a personal trainer or a nutritionist, can help us achieve a healthy physical body. It also takes a commitment over time to get into good physical shape – eating right Read More »