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Money management 101: an introduction

The Sound Mind, Sound Mom Book Club is about halfway done with its first book, Your Money Or Your Life. That, combined with all the news lately about the economic downturn, has resulted in a lot of emails hitting my inbox with your questions about basic money management. This spring, I’ll be writing a series (read more…)

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Weekend link love, one day early :: Blissdom, a great giveaway, & a debt-free business that ROCKS

Unless noted, all photos are by the wonderful Emily. I usually save my link love posts for the weekends, but since I didn’t get a chance to do one last weekend because of Blissdom, I thought I’d just jump the gun a little. My Thoughts About Blissdom If you have any interest in learning how (read more…)

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Q&A Tuesday: How important are mom-and-pop shops?

Today, the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) goes into effect.  You might have read quite a bit about it already around the blogosphere, so I won’t reinvent the wheel – Cool Mom Picks has a page dedicated to this recent political move, and it’s become quite the hub of all information regarding this act.  (read more…)

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Zero-based budgets for the home: a primer

This post was first published on June 19, 2008. Budgets have a bad rap because they’re seen as shackles. Instead of getting to do fun things with money, budgets make you do boring things, like pay the gas bill, and not go out to eat. Not necessarily. Whether you realize it, you do have a (read more…)

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18 everyday hacks for cooking from scratch

As I wrote earlier, cooking from scratch has so many benefits. It’s healthier and cheaper than prepackaged food-in-a-box, and cooking provides a shared skill you can enjoy with your family. Once it becomes a lifestyle choice, your menu planning will become much simpler and pleasant. But many people, especially those who didn’t grow up in (read more…)

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