How My Family’s Financial Wellness Journey Allowed Me to Become a Stay-at-Home Mom

Even the smallest financial decisions can make a big impact on your future.

The following blog post is part of The Road to Financial Wellness blog tour. The Road to Financial Wellness is a three-month, grassroots campaign promoting financial empowerment on a national level and encourages people to pursue their dream lifestyle. Find out more about local events near you. When I was a kid, I wanted to […]

How to Stop Fighting with Your Spouse Over Finances

What can couples do to turn their financial fighting into financial peace?

Today, we are joined by my fellow personal finance writer and friend, Carrie Lowrance, from Freelance By Lowrance. Like me, she graduated from Financial Peace University and learned a whole lot more than how to spend her money. She’s joining us today to share her own experience and wisdom on the subject of financial disagreements […]

Confessions of a Financial Blogger Who Hates Budgeting

I'll never love budgets, but I'll still use them. I'll never love details, but I know the benefits of having them in my life. When I grow up, that'll come in handy.

In case you thought every personal finance blogger was a tech-savvy, detail-oriented, finance wiz in trendy “reading” glasses and a suit, I’m here to tell you that I’m soooooooo not that dude. Or any dude, for that matter. I write Facebook updates about my socks and Star Wars memes and the ridiculous things my 3-year-old […]

You Can’t Afford NOT to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Don't let extreme frugal living get in the way of investing in your marriage

I recently got off the phone with a young couple as they were creating their first zero-based budget. ::enthusiastic applause:: They’re both attending Financial Peace University, just like my husband and I did five years ago, and had a question about their homework assignment. It pertains to anyone celebrating Valentine’s Day, or going on dates […]

My $1,031.20 Chipped Tooth

Life Doesn't Take Visa, It Takes a Few Facepalms and an Emergency Fund

Life happens. One day, you’re in a study room at the library, getting tons of writing done and making money. The next, you’re home, sneaking a bite from the tub of cookie dough in your freezer when one of your back molars chips. You freeze, mid-bite, wondering if that was your imagination. Sure enough, you […]

Saying “No” to House Fever

How to Be Rational When You're Standing in Your "Dream House"

My husband and I stood with our realtor inside our dream house on Friday.  Ok, they were standing.  I was levitating.  I had raging house fever, not caring about whether or not we could afford it.  All I wanted was to get my kids into that magical house with a fenced in back yard, attached garage […]

19 Ways Financial Peace University Changed My Life

Fall Classes Are Starting Soon. What's Stopping You From Signing Up?

Fall is a season of change.  The trees shred their old leaves, making room for new growth.  It is an ideal time to evaluate your finances since all around the country, Financial Peace University classes are getting ready once more to launch.  And like it did with me four years ago, it just might change […]

Two Critical Habits for Getting Out of Debt (and Staying That Way)

We used them to get out of debt; we use them to this day.

Looking back, there are two critical habits my husband and I repeated that got us out of debt.  Just yesterday, I realized that they are still as critical, even three years later. Photo Credit: Joshua Earle (via Unsplash)   What are the two habits? Living on a budget Talking about money Everything boils down to […]