Personal finance 101 – saving for retirement

This is the sixth part in my series on Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps, a proven personal financial plan. My goal is to explain a really solid money management plan in plain ol’ English, for intelligent yet financially “average” home managers. Photo by ballycroy It has taken me awhile to get to Baby Step #4 in (read more…)

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Rachael Ray’s Carbonara Recipe

When I’m pressed for time, low on ingredients, and everyone’s sick of spaghetti, I go for carbonara. It’s cheap, easy, and really tasty. Our picky preschooler eats gobs of it every time I make it. Here’s the recipe, with a few mentions of our family’s tweaks. Photo by Culinary Curiosity salt & freshly ground black (read more…)

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Upcoming topics for Simple Mom

While I’m taking a short break, I thought I’d let you know of upcoming topics here at Simple Mom: Photo by Fleamarket Studio The art of hospitality – what does it mean? What are ways to practice hospitality simply? What Dave Ramsey’s teachings mean for stay-at-home moms Design inspiration – how and where to find (read more…)

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Welcome to Simple Mom

Alright, so this blog. It’s kinda new. My personal blog isn’t, however, and that’s where you can read our family updates, little cultural stories about life here, and generally whatever comes to my mind that doesn’t fit here. So what does fit on this blog? This blog is dedicated to encouraging moms to simplify their (read more…)

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Personal finance 101 – sinking funds

As you know, our money strategy is to follow Dave Ramsey’s baby steps, and in my recent post explaining Baby Step 3, I mentioned “sinking funds.” It’s a simple financial strategy, and it’s not new, but it has enormously helped our family’s finances. And I encourage you to start using sinking funds even while paying (read more…)

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