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

July Progress Report – 2nd Quarter Results

Every couple of months I check up on my 2014 financial goals to see how I’m doing.  My main goals where to reduce expenses, save to fund our 2015 emergency fund and pay down our debt.  I’ve decided from now that I will complete my progress report on a quarterly basis.  It’s just easier to remember this way and it gives me a decent amount of months to compare my progress.   Reduce Expenses Groceries – My average grocery bill from April to June was $508.29.  This includes household items as well such as cleaning products so it’s not just … Continue reading