Free YNAB Webinar

By |February 4th, 2024|Categories: My Blog|

Sign up for a Free 1 hour YNAB webinar via Google Meet Interested in learning more about YNAB (You need a budget) website and app? I am so excited to have setup a Free YNAB webinar via Google Meet. Sign up is Free and a Google Meet link will be sent to you. Be ready to listen in and ask questions about YNAB, while I screen share real examples. [...]

You Need a Budget (YNAB) – How do you Reconcile Amazon Purchases?

By |December 3rd, 2023|Categories: My Blog|Tags: |

How do you reconcile Amazon purchases? One of the frustrating things I find about budgeting in a tool like YNAB (You Need a Budget) is to figure out how to reconcile Amazon, Walmart or Target purchases.  Amazon and other big box stores allow you to purchase items from all sorts of categories. They may be gifts, household items, car stuff and even groceries. How do you manage these types [...]

The 10 Best Budgeting Tips for the Holidays

By |December 3rd, 2023|Categories: My Blog|Tags: |

Updated for 2023! Budgeting for the holidays doesn’t have to be as tough as it may feel. Here are the 10 best budgeting tips for the Holidays that I have personally done myself and have learned from others over the years. The sooner the better.  Let's get started: Tip 1: Write it all down! I know this is super simple and you may roll your eyes but it is [...]

Financial Independence

By |January 31st, 2023|Categories: My Blog|

I guide families to gain financial confidence to take control of their lives and guide them towards financial independence.    What is financial independence? Financial independence means you have enough wealth and/or assets that generate income to cover all of your living expenses for the rest of your life.  It really means freedom to do what you want and to have enough wealth to live on without having to [...]

Why YNAB is better than sliced bread

By |January 6th, 2023|Categories: My Blog|Tags: |

This is updated as of 1/6/2023. Caveat:  There are some affiliate links in this post.  I may receive cash benefit or discount for recommending products.  However, I will only post about products I think are worth it. Why YNAB is better than sliced bread! It was 2014 and I was searching for budget software and small business accounting software. Why you may ask?   I was not a fan [...]

7 Pros and Cons for buying a New Car and getting a Car Loan

By |January 6th, 2023|Categories: My Blog|Tags: |

7 Pros and Cons for getting a new car and car loan Is it worth it to purchase a New car and get a new car loan? Currently, automotive manufacturers and dealers are trying to sell new cars with lots of incentives, including 0% interest rate, cash back, delayed payments and more. Some are even offering 7 years or more loans. Does having a 7 year car loan make [...]

Bread Maker Challah Braided Bread Recipe

By |November 25th, 2020|Categories: My Blog|Tags: |

Yummy Challah Braided Bread made in the Bread Maker This is a super easy recipe to do it in the bread maker. It does take some time but it is easy since the bread maker does the hard work. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. It is a great recipe for any holiday event. Bread Machine Challah Braided Bread This is my [...]

Thanksgiving Dinner for less than $35

By |November 19th, 2020|Categories: My Blog|Tags: |

This is how we spend under $35 for our Thanksgiving Dinner! There are a lot of ways to make a Thanksgiving Dinner for less than $35. Here is what we do and I will also include some other cost saving ways to get it even less. Our favorite foods for Thanksgiving! Menu Roasted Brined Turkey Stuffing Broccoli casserole Mashed potatoes Gravy Homemade Bread Homemade cranberry sauce Apple Pie Free [...]

Home Balancing Act

By |August 25th, 2020|Categories: My Blog|

Home Balancing Act This is a tough time for parents and kids of all ages and it is a home balancing act. We have all been stuck at home for months doing our part to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus. Our family has limited our outings to a couple stores and only when we need something. We are so blessed we work in the positions that we [...]

Virginia Tax Free Weekend and Maryland Tax Free Week 2020

By |August 7th, 2020|Categories: My Blog|

Virginia Tax Free Weekend and Maryland Tax Free Week 2020 If you live in the DC Metro area this is a good time to look at the tax free weekend in Virginia and tax free week in Maryland. Virginia starts Friday, August 7 and ends Sunday, August, 9, 2020.  Maryland is for a the week of August 9 - 15, both are offering tax free for clothing and shoes. [...]

Steps you should take when you get a medical bill

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: My Blog|Tags: |

Medical bills in my mind are some of the most stressful bills to get in the mail.  It can be daunting when a medical bill arrives in the mail.  I’ve written up steps  you should take when you get a medical bill.   When I get a medical bill thoughts that came to my mind include: Is it correct? Do I pay it or does my insurance? Am I [...]

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