Cobb County School Board – Common Sense is DEAD

Posted by idawrites on February 22, 2011 in All Moms, Children, education |

Today is a rare occasion… when my political opinions intersect directly with my parenting opinions and my PTSA President opinions.  In Cobb County, GA (where we live) the school board held a vote last week and 4 to 3 voted for a 2011-2012 school calendar that went against the (VERY VOCAL) wishes of the parents, […]


20 Free Resources for Teachers and Parents

Posted by idawrites on November 18, 2009 in Children, education, Resources |

Last night was the PTSA meeting, Chorus performance,(FAITHA HAD A SOLO AND DID GREAT!!!!!!! Ok, proud mommy outburst over and you can return to your regularly scheduled article) and Thanksgiving Dinner at Faitha’s middle school. I was happy to see so many people in attendance, but saddened by the fact that the PTA/PTSA has to […]


What Would You Do? – Planning for Our Children’s Futures

Posted by idawrites on September 1, 2009 in Children, Debt, education |

I don’t really have a witty opening line for today’s entry, or a compelling story to tell. I just have a blazing looming worry that I’m hoping ya’all can shed some perspective on. Now, I get that in the grand scheme of things, this is a concern that many people only wish to have… but […]


Get off the Sidewalk – I’m 16 and have a License!

Posted by idawrites on August 26, 2009 in Children, education, Insurance |

That phrase is written on keychains in gas stations and Dollar Tree stores all over the country.  I used to laugh at them… until our children turned into teenagers.  Our 3rd daughter is 16 and she’s had her permit for almost a year now.  In Georgia, teen drivers are required to have their permit for […]


Money Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips to a Richer Life

Posted by idawrites on June 23, 2009 in economy, education, Finance, Money |

I think I am falling in love with Podcasts. Months ago I downloaded several Podcasts to my iTunes and forgot they were there. This morning I added them to my iPhone to listen to on the way to work. The first ones to hit the playlist were Money Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for a Richer Life. I really like […]


Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Posted by idawrites on June 22, 2009 in credit, Debt, education |

I ordered the 2008 Consumer Action Handbook mid last year, and sort of tossed it to the side once it arrived.  Yesterday, while organizing part of the office, I found it again and started to thumb through.  You know, this book has a LOT of great information in it. It’s got extensive information regarding credit, […]


18 Financial Literacy Websites that aren’t Blogs

Posted by idawrites on April 15, 2009 in Children, education, Finance, Money |

When you’re selling a house, the realtor will tell you to move all of your personal stuff, (knick-knacks, photos, and general clutter) into a storage unit so that perspective buyers can see THEIR stuff in your house. It makes sense. After all, it’s harder to envision how your things fit when the house is so […]


Do You Budget For Field Trips?

Posted by idawrites on February 13, 2009 in Budgeting, Children, education |

Do you budget for school field trips throughout the year? What about school pictures? Dances? Fundraising drives? Or does the cash you spend for these things come out of other budget categories? Although our youngest children are 11 and we’ve been dealing with the Ninja Expenses associated with school aged children for over a decade […]


Where did you learn about money?

Posted by idawrites on January 29, 2009 in education, Finance, Money |

As someone who grew up knowing very little about money, except that we had none, I’ve always wondered where others learned their money habits.  Where did you learn yours?  Were your parents frugal?  Spendthrifts?  Don’t have any idea? My sophomore year in high school, I took an economics class.  I learned (a little) about keeping […]


Frugal Entertainment All School Year

Posted by idawrites on August 7, 2008 in Children, education |

Want some free entertainment? Volunteer your time. You’re probably wondering how that adds up to entertainment. Well, as luck would have it, I can tell you. I’m the PTA president at an elementary school. Since taking on this position, I’ve had plenty of exercise (Running around in circles, banging my head on the floor, and […]

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