If you’ve resolved to master your finances in 2017, there are ways to make that process easier. Setting small, specific goals throughout the year is the most effective way to keep larger resolutions, according to the American Psychological Association. Here are smaller steps you can take to reach three popular money goals. Big goal: Improve your credit Small steps: Keep track of your credit history
A few months ago, after a regular check-up, my doctor called to tell me that I had high cholesterol, something that I know runs in my family. He immediately wanted to put me on meds, but I was hesitant, having heard about myriad side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs. I asked my doctor if I could have 6 months to try to lower my cholesterol naturally.
When it comes to Ugly Christmas Sweaters, the tackier the better. And if you’re thinking of throwing an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, you’ve got to go all-out gagworthy (in a good way). Here are some ways to assure your Ugly Sweater Party is delightfully hideous. Think beyond the sweater. If you’re a woman, you can add to your festive look with a skirt of bows, like
‘Tis the Season to be crafty! Especially if you’ve got bored kids on your hands and are looking for a creative way to pry them away from their computers or phones. We found DIY crafts that are fun to make, easy and best of all – cheap! Get your Christmas Crafty on! 1. Tea light snowman ornaments. My friend Dana made this with her daughter,
Just when you’ve gotten the taste of pumpkin spice out of your mouth, here comes eggnog. The pumpkin spice latte is now a thing of the past, with the eggnog latte happily stepping up to take its place. Pumpkin spice madness clearly got out of hand this year. But what about eggnog? Is it next? Eggnog is everywhere. Eggnog slime. It’s not just a flavor, it’s
The other day I stopped into Z Gallerie and was immediately drawn to an absolutely gorgeous wreath. It was so elegant, so stunning, I had to have it… until I saw the price tag of $75. This led me to thinking, “I bet I could make an equally beautiful wreath for a fraction of the cost.” Make your own wreath and save some holiday cash. 1. Snowball
Before I began studying minimalism as a lifestyle, I started exploring different ways of becoming more mindful and placing less emphasis personally on consumerism. One of the first steps I took towards that goal was a couple years ago when I gave myself the challenge of not shopping during the month of December. This may seem like an odd topic for BargainBabe, but I think it’s
When you receive your first student loan bill, it’s a serious wake-up call to adulthood. You’ll likely need to rein in spending and adopt more frugal habits in order to pay off your student loan debt. Here’s how: Try the 50/30/20 budget Start your budget off with the 50/30/20 rule for your after-tax income — 50% for necessities, 30% on wants, and 20% on
A friend of mine recently posted: “When I was in Costco, a woman in line shared with me, as she threw a mess of potato and tortilla chips onto the conveyor, that she was emotionally eating because of the election. Then when I popped into Whole Foods, a woman impulsively grabbed two bags of cookies near the checkout and said to her husband, “So I can
The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos honors those we have lost with festivals and parties. It is a chance to celebrate the lives of the deceased who are believed to awaken from their eternal sleep to celebrate with their loved ones. How to throw a Dia de los Muertos party fun enough to wake the dead. For this post, I consulted my friend Crystal,
You’ve heard of gingerbread houses, but what about gingerbread Haunted Houses? We make them every year. They’re fun for kids of all ages – and adults, too – and there are all levels of difficulty (or lack thereof). Your guide to DIY Gingerbread Haunted Houses. Choice #1: Start with a kit. I found various Haunted House kits, including this one from Target for $8.99. I saw similar
If you’ve read my post about pet insurance (yes, you need it!), you know that my dog has multiple food allergies. That means the options for commercial dog foods are very limited. Commercial dog foods at a reasonable price are even more limited. At one point I resorted to making his food, but boy does that get old fast. Plus, the proteins he can eat are so limited
Every autumn, I look forward to stepping into Starbuck’s for a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin scone. I love it when the house smells of pumpkin bread cooking in the oven. And every year, I splurge on my favorite pumpkin spiced soap. But there is such a thing as overkill. Here are some pumpkin spice scented products that have just gone too far. Pumpkin Febreze.
Why go for the same old carved jack-o-lantern when you can do something really creative? Whether you choose to paint your pumpkins or carve them, it’s always fun to do something different. Here are 6 DIY Pumpkin Decorating Ideas. 1. BB-8 pumpkin. Do you have a Star Wars fan in your household? You won’t have to “Force” them to love this adorable BB-8 pumpkin. What