Momma’s Favorites – What are you reading?

Posted by idawrites on July 16, 2008 in Frugal Tips, Link Love, Planning |

There are TOO MANY starred entries in my feed reader.  I don’t even know where to start!  But, here are a few of my favorites from the last week.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s a good start. Can I get Rich On A Salary says: If I were a rich […]


Read This Book or Hello Kitty Dies

Posted by idawrites on June 27, 2008 in Finance, Planning |

I have a standing Wednesday evening appointment with a coaching client. Initially, I deduced that Ms. Words simply need an automated system for everything. She made it very clear that she wasn’t interested in actively working with her finances on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. She simply wanted it to take care of […]


There’s Nothing Thawed For Dinner!

Posted by idawrites on June 20, 2008 in Dinner Topic, Frugal, Planning, Spending |

You never want to hear the phrase “There’s nothing thawed for dinner” 30 minutes before dinner time. But, that’s exactly what Mark said to me yesterday afternoon. I never realized how deep our Money Conditioning really runs until yesterday afternoon. I immediately started calculating the amount of money we had left in the budget. Mark […]


10 Ways To Reduce Spending Painlessly

Posted by idawrites on May 12, 2008 in Frugal, Frugal Tips, Money, Planning, Spending |

Where Can You Reduce Spending Without Pain? This is the first question that many people ask when they realize they need to get their financial acts together. Just like with dieting, when you drastically alter your lifestyle to reduce spending, the changes will not last. You’ll get tired of having to sacrifice and go back […]


Financial Goal

Posted by idawrites on April 10, 2008 in Goals, Money, Planning |

Until now, I have had a very vague idea of what I want to accomplish. Getting out of debt is only a portion of the equation. It’s going to take a long time, but how do I get there? Not only that, but once I get there.. and max out my retirement savings.. and get […]


Articles By Request

Posted by idawrites on March 28, 2008 in Articles by Request, Frugal Tips, Planning |

I posted a request for topic ideas on my other blog. So far, I’m up to three really great topics. I plan to use all the resources at my disposal to write articles on the following topics: Can you explain how to save money while still raising a family and trying to keep up with […]


Best Brunswick Stew By Accident

Posted by idawrites on March 27, 2008 in Cooking, Food, Planning |

Before I left for work on Monday, I took the easy way out for dinner and put a pork tenderloin roast in the crock pot with some diced tomatoes, garlic, and spices. This pork roast is a favorite of Momma’s family, because it means one thing… CARNITAS! I always make 3 meals from our pork […]


Keeping Up With The Accounts

Posted by idawrites on March 26, 2008 in Banking, Planning, Records |

We have 12 bank accounts. How does this happen? Quicken used to be a simple program to use, but not anymore. In the beginning, there was just me. I had one checking account and one savings account. When my three young ladies started receiving child support, I opened a savings account for each of them, […]


Results of Planning

Posted by idawrites on March 26, 2008 in Budgeting, Planning, Travel |

The convention was AMAZING! Mark and I got to spend loads of time meeting new folks and reconnecting with old friends. There was so much to see and do, we didn’t even get to 1/2 of it. The planning ahead really paid off for us. We didn’t spend any money on restaurant food or drinks […]


Preparing for the Weekend

Posted by idawrites on March 21, 2008 in Frugal, Planning, Travel, Vacation |

BIG BIG weekend planned! Mark and I are going to a convention this weekend. We’ve been planning it for a year and are so excited. I mentioned, in previous entries, that one of the biggest reasons I work so hard to live on less is because we enjoy traveling. This is no exception. How we’re […]

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