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Stress Management

Jun 09 2011 08:30 PM | Sabrina O’Malone in House, Heart, & Home
We all know better than to stress, yet why do so many of us do it with such alarming regularity?

Sometimes it’s poor planning. Cramming in “one more quick thing” after another until you wind up leaving too late to make it to an appointment on time. That’s a guaranteed way to add stress for the entire drive.

Sometimes it’s from a tendency to splurge when you’ve “got the money” - but don't actually have a decent emergency fund set aside. Then when an emergency strikes, there’s a reason to stress.

Other times it’s plain old-fashioned worry over what “could” or “might” happen. Worry about your job, fa...
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Being Disorganized Is Expensive

May 19 2011 07:00 PM | Tricia Meyer in House, Heart, & Home
While most people would agree that being organized saves you time, do you also realize that it can save you money? I’m not the most organized person, but I am trying to become better at it because I know more and more that my lack of organization actually costs me money.

One great example is Dramamine. Every time that I go on a trip, I have to take Dramamine, whether it is a car, a boat, or a plane. Most of the time I buy one of those little bottles that has 10 in it but I only end up taking 4-6 of them throughout the trip. When I come home, the Dramamine gets tossed into a drawer in my bathroom or an overnight bag in the clos...
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Getting into Alignment

May 18 2011 06:35 PM | Sabrina O’Malone in House, Heart, & Home

When Suze launched MoneyMindedMoms, the first article I wrote for her was about Vision. It’s an important principle when you’re seeking to improve your life. After envisioning what you want for your future, the next step is to set goals. However there’s another important component towards making your vision, hopes and dreams a reality.

Are your daily actions in alignment with your vision and goals?

If you’ve ever had the wheels of yo...
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Keeping up with The Joneses

May 13 2011 02:50 PM | Vicky Collins in House, Heart, & Home
Many of us are spoiled. Two cars, a nice house, fancy clothes, and vacations are all luxuries that we take for granted.

It’s amazing to me how many people can't tell the difference between wants and needs.

Please stop trying to keep up with the Joneses!

One of my good friends was feeling overwhelmed recently. She works full-time, has kids, and a generally busy schedule.

She was complaining about how she has so little time with the kids, and almost no time to herself. She can’t remember the last time she hung out with a friend or read a book.

Ok, I don’t know about yo...
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Natural Remedies for What Ails You

May 10 2011 04:55 PM | Doreen Kukral in House, Heart, & Home
My medicine cabinet is nearly empty. By nature, I’m someone who prefers not to use medication unless deemed absolutely necessary.

Over-the-counter remedies can also be quite costly. Often times, you use only a portion of what you buy, and then it hangs around until it expires and gets tossed into the trash.

Have you ever considered your spice cabinet? Chances are, you already have an “ingredient” in your pantry that’s a great remedy for what ails you... and it doesn’t even require an expensive trip to your drugstore.

Ginger – add some to y...
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Happy Mother's Day - A Gift From Suze

May 06 2011 04:25 PM | Julie Vazquez in House, Heart, & Home
I want to wish all our wonderful moms a very special Happy Mother's Day! It's been wonderful getting to know you all through the Money Minded Moms community. You've shared your financial struggles, you've helped other moms with your advice, and you've made the choice to be more minded about your money. It's been a pleasure watching the powerful women you've become.

Just for you mom, Suze has a special gift she'd like you all to have for Mother's Day.

Get a FREE 1-YEAR subscription (no credit card required) for Suze Orman...
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Flying Stress Free with Kids

Apr 29 2011 07:00 PM | Vicky Collins in House, Heart, & Home
I just went to Orlando with my nine year old daughter for a special trip. After years of flying with many kids, I’ve finally got this down to a science.

There is a way to keep kids entertained, even on a budget. I really wish the family behind me with the screaming two year old read this prior to our flight.

So, here are my top 5 flying tips:

1) Bring books to read (this pertains to all ages, from babies-adults).

2) Bring your own headset, otherwise you will get charged. Most planes have some sort of in-flight entertainment. Nothing distracts little ones like TV. Just in case your fli...
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A Plan to Prevent Excessive Gasoline Expense

Apr 19 2011 07:00 PM | Doreen Kukral in House, Heart, & Home
Lately, a trip to refuel your car at the gas station can leave you gasping for air (and not because of the fumes!). We all have sticker shock because of the cost of gasoline.

There are simple ways to conserve on the consumption of gas and give your wallet a little break.

I talked about some ways to make sure your car is as efficient as possible in my recent article, Neglect Your Car and Pay the Price. Tips included everything from keep...
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Crafting on a Budget with Kids

Apr 18 2011 07:00 PM | Jen Goode in House, Heart, & Home
So you have creative kids? You don't have to continually spend an arm and a leg on art or craft supplies to feed that creative appetite. Half the battle with creativity is just having a starting point. Encourage your kids to re-use and re-cycle items from around the house to create their crafty masterpieces you both can enjoy.

Here are 5 ideas for crafting on a budget with bids:

  • Try all kinds of paper - you don't need brand new paper to create pretty projects. Paint on newspaper, recycled gift wrap, junk mail and more. ...
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Take Time to Save

Apr 13 2011 07:00 PM | Jen Goode in House, Heart, & Home
I keep talking about taking the time to plan ahead. We live in a time when everything is nearly instant, however rarely is instant free. We can grab fast food, but it's more expensive than taking the time to cook and eat at home. We can buy ready-made products and party packages and a whole variety of other pieces and parts of our lives that we "just don't have time for."

Do we really not have time? If we are saving time buying things, that just means we're now required to spend more time earning the money we need to buy the stuff. If we stop and take the time to plan how we're spending our money, maki...
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