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Free Family Fun!

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I love this time of year because it always seems to be jam-packed with free things that we can do together as a family! Our area hosts monthly movies in the park, live music in the park, fall festivals, and more! This weekend we took the girls to do something I’ve been wanting to do […]


Homemade Beef Broth (& Stew!)

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I hope everyone is staying warm wherever you are! Here in southern Arizona, we’re finally starting to get a little bit of chill in the air! Don’t get me wrong, it’s still 90 degrees mid-day. But the mornings and evenings are nice and chilly! I’m pretending it’s colder than it really is by making yummy […]


Unpredictability

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It’s funny, even after 3 years of blogging here, you guys always keep me on my toes! When publishing posts that I think might be controversial (like this one or this one), I’m met with nothing but understanding and support. And then I write a post that I think is more innocuous (like this one) […]


Increasing Student Loan Payments

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Nothing like being kicked when you’re down, right? Well, I’ve had a good run. After 3 years of Income Based Repayment where our student loan payments were only a couple hundred a month (it varied, but was never over $300/month in total), I knew there would be some changes in store after updating our income […]


Retirement Planning

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Let’s be real, if it weren’t for the mandatory retirement required by my employer (we’re required to contribute 7%, which is matched dollar-for-dollar by my employer!), I’d probably be a ways off from any serious retirement discussion. I mean, we should all be doing it, but when you’re just trying to pay your monthly bills, […]


IRS Frustrations

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The IRS is currently working its way to the top of my list of most hated organizations to deal with. My current Top 3 List of Organizations I Hate Dealing With include: #3. Social Security (I am the representative payee for my father so I have to deal with them in reference to his disability […]


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