What’s so bad about a little credit card debt?

What's so bad about a little credit card debt? A reader recently asked me this question and when I started to respond to his email, I realized I had a lot to say on the topic! I know that many people think "a little bit" of debt is no big deal, … [Read more...]

How to Get Cheap Sports Tickets with Score Big

My children have followed in my footsteps as avid sports fans. However in today’s day and age, paying full price seems to cost an arm and a leg. And that’s before they hit you with the added processing, printing, shipping and various others … [Read more...]

5 Ways Losing Weight Is Like Getting Out of Debt

Today marks a pretty exciting day for me. I am officially more than half-way to my weight loss goal. On July 1st, I set out to lose 50 pounds. Today, I stepped on the scale and - hooray! - had lost 26 pounds. To celebrate, I'm writing this … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for Rising Food Prices

It's no secret that this has been the hottest, driest summer on record for more than fifty years. If you live in the Midwest like I do, all you have to do is look at your front yard to understand the impact the drought is having on our … [Read more...]

Reader’s Story | So Excited to be Getting Out of Debt!

I'm so excited for my reader, J! She's been emailing me for a while about their getting out of debt plans - and now they are really on a roll with their debt snowball. Dear Mara, We just paid off our SECOND DEBT! Turned out car needed minor … [Read more...]

Mint.com Tutorial, Part 3 | How to Split Expenses

While there is no right or wrong way to track expenses, I have found that the best way for my family is with Mint.com. Instead of having to check through all my credit cards and bank cards, or remember to save every single receipt (only to inevitably … [Read more...]

Monthly Deficit in the Thousands – What do you do?

I just responded to a question from a new reader on my About Me page, but it was such a pull-at-my-heart question, that I wanted to share it as a post, too. I'm sure Jeff can't be the only one going through this - and maybe this discussion will help … [Read more...]

Mint.com Tutorial, Part 2 – How to Categorize Expenses

While there is no right or wrong way to track expenses, I have found that the best way for my family is with Mint.com. Instead of having to check through all my credit cards and bank cards, or remember to save every single receipt (only to inevitably … [Read more...]

Mint.com Tutorial, Part 1 – How to Add Your Accounts

I've talked before about how much I love Mint.com for tracking our spending and keeping us on budget. But a number of you have asked me just how that works - and what exactly I do with Mint. It's a good question - because Mint can be pretty … [Read more...]