How to Dehydrate Apricots: I’m not a cook, but I really try and eat healthy. Although my cooking skills leave a lot to be desired, I make a mean batch of dehydrated apricots. Since this is mainly a money blog, I’d love to say this is a great way to save money, but honestly, I think it actually costs more to dehydrate your own fruit, particularly when you factor in the time involved. However, for me, the lack of sugar makes the extra cost and time worth the sacrifice. I’m lucky enough to have access to Utah Apricots, which is the most ... Read More about How to Dehydrate Apricots
I recently had a bunch of medical work done and realized that I was completely unprepared to deal with a medical insurance claim. I’ve grown complacent, since I’m rarely sick. Ironically enough I work in the medical field, so you would think I would be prepared. Instead I made a couple of very rookie mistakes. I had my old health insurance cards – The first time I went to the office, I whipped out my card, paid my co-pay and thought I was good. One my second time, they mentioned that my medical insurance had been cancelled. I know ... Read More about How To Avoid Problems With Your Medical Insurance Claims
How to Identify and Avoid Personal Triggers that Lead to Overspending: I relearned a valuable lesson about myself today. I ended up with a rare hour of unplanned time this morning. Aaron was running late (trying to get the meat in our Pit Roaster) to drop off our truck for new tires. The tire shop was right next to the mall and since I was waiting anyway, the mall just kept calling my name. After all, I really need a new pair of shoes and a curling iron. I got all the way to Ulta when I realized how stupid I was being. Did I have the ... Read More about How to Identify and Avoid Personal Triggers that Lead to Overspending
My A/C unit died over the weekend. There is nothing worse than walking into your house and realizing that it is 83 degrees at 10:00 AM. I live in Phoenix and in the middle of July, it is HOT around here. It turns out we were low on fluid. So $350 dollars later we were back in business. I think I need to switch jobs – I’d like to make that much in one hour. I got lucky this time, but it made me realize that my home is now five years old and it may be time to consider a home warranty. What is a Home Warranty? A home warranty is not ... Read More about Do You Need A Home Warranty?
Why You Should Always Pay Yourself First: It's funny how childhood memories stick with you. Our local credit union was a block from our home in a small brick building that couldn’t have been more than 1,000 square feet. I remember walking there as a child with my mother to deposit a portion of any money that I earned into my own savings account. They always gave us suckers, so initially, that is how my Mom got us to go. As I got older, I remember being so proud of the fact that I had my own account. My Mom used to say I was paying ... Read More about Why You Should Always Pay Yourself First
Death and Kids - We Have So Much to Learn From Both: Why do people have to die? I know it is part of life and just something that everyone has to deal with, but watching someone go through the grieving process is so heart wrenching. I have a close friend and former coworker whose husband contracted cancer about two years ago. After a very hard fought battle, he passed away surrounded by his wife and kids last night. Over the last couple of months, as she has shared her never ending battle with me, the reoccurring theme to all of her ... Read More about Death and Kids – We Have So Much to Learn From Both
Want or a Need: How To Control Your Spending Habits: Is that a WANT or a NEED? I used to hate hearing that question from my parents. If they had to ask, I knew that I was getting ready to purchase a WANT, not a NEED. My feelings towards that question haven’t changed over the years. But my appreciation for that question has increased. This morning I read an excellent article by Stefanie O’Connell called “Is Increased Income a Threat to my Financial Goals?” Stephanie is living the broke dream in New York and for the first time is ... Read More about Want or a Need: How To Control Your Spending Habits