Weekend Update: Life Happens

Hi All, its been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted here.  The reason is, well life happens. Unexpected events take over and some things suffer such as this blog. A week with my mom About a month ago I shared that I’m a caregiver to my mom and that she was going to be staying with me for a week while my sister was on vacation.  Well, that week was a bit of a challenge.  My mom doesn’t take well to changes in her life and she was not very happy with the change of staying in my house.  She … Continue reading

How to Prepare for Home Improvements

If you’re a homeowner you know this already, home improvements never end. When we bought our fixer upper in 2012 we did a big renovation project that covered many of the major areas in our home such as, kitchen, bathroom and new flooring. Since then we’ve had to replace the water heater, sump pump and air conditioning.  The fact is that owning a home requires maintenance and repairs.  Below I discuss some of my lessons learned and ideas on how to prepare for home improvements. Decide What Type of Home You Want It all starts with what type of home … Continue reading

Benefits of Sharing Financial Goals with Family and Friends

There can be many benefits to sharing your financial goals with family and friends.  I wrote about the different strategies I’ve been using to stay focused while spending less but one thing I have not written about is how sharing your financial goals with friends and family can also help you stay focused and on track. Don’t be embarrassed to share your financial goals If you have debt, sharing your money issues and financial goals is nothing to be embarrassed about. Many people you know are probably in the same situation and will understand what you’re trying to accomplish. Last year … Continue reading

Being Caregivers to Our Aging Parents

Hi All, I can’t believe how this week just flew by.  I’ve been pretty busy preparing my house for my mom who will be staying with me for one week.  I’ve shared this in some of my comments around the blogosphere but I never wrote about it here so you probably don’t know that I am a caregiver for my mom.  She lives with one of my sisters but me and my other two sisters share the caregiver responsibilities every day. My mom became a widow at age 29.  She had six children and I am the youngest of the six.  She never remarried. … Continue reading

Weekend Update: World Cup Edition

This is my first Weekend Update.  Ok so I stole it from SNL but I just wanted to talk a little bit about my favorite tournament. I have to say I’ve been a little distracted by the World Cup this past month. This Sunday, July 13 is the World Cup Final.  Wow, I can’t believe it’s been one month since the whole tournament started.  Who could have guessed that Germany and Argentina would be the final two teams and who could have predicted the shocking meltdown of the Brazilian Team.  I admit that I knew it would be hard for them … Continue reading