balancing finances

Family finances: our modus operandi

Here’s how we handle the family finances in our home. Our Basic Structure • We keep track of all our spending with a monthly zero-based budget. I’ll explain the basics of this type of budget tomorrow, so be looking for it! • Together, my husband and I decided that I would be the one to (read more…)

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13 tips for packing light with small children

Since we live overseas, we travel a LOT together as a family. In fact, I’m sitting in a hotel room as I write this – my baby is next to me on the bed, playing with his toes; my three-year-old is also on the bed, coloring in her special travel notebook with crayons. My older (read more…)

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Simple gifts for an easy-to-please daddy – the best kind there is

Photo by Greg Lawler We are out of town this weekend, so we won’t be celebrating Father’s Day until the next weekend. But my husband truly deserves pampering, guy-style. He’s an amazing daddy to our two kids, and I am so proud to be his wife. Here are our simple, frugal, practical gifts for him (read more…)

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Your home: the best company to work for

Do you love your job? No, I mean, really love it? Or are you just doing it because someone has to stay home with the kiddos, and well, the laundry isn’t going to fold itself? Many of us have “bonus” jobs – we work from home for pay in various ways, and some of you (read more…)

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Make a coo.kbo.ok

I love poring through cookbooks, especially when they have color photos and richly descriptive text. Photo by Emma Smith But when it comes down to it, about 75 percent of the recipes I use on a regular basis come from the internet. Betty Crockers of the post-modern world have a plethora of recipes at their (read more…)

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