1 Major Money FAIL Not To Make On Your Next Vacation (+ 4 Budget Wins!)

My family just got back from a 9-day vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. While we found ways to road trip on a dime, we also made a few rookie mistakes that I’m embarrassed to admit. (You’d think I’d know better about paying off over $81K in debt!) But I’m going to shove […]

1 Unexpected Reason Why You Don’t Want Your Dream Home Right Now

Last Memorial day, my family closed on our dream house. We were going to raise our family there. We were going to grow a garden in the interior courtyard. And we were never going to move unless someone kicked us out. But by Thanksgiving weekend, we had a signed contract from a buyer and a […]

The BEST Way To Send Gifts To Long-Distance Family (PLUS 5 Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas!)

Are you ready for the gift-sending trick that rocked my world? First, there are four girls in my family and all of my sisters live in New England. My parents live there too. Plus, my husband’s sister lives out west. We have a laundry list of close family members that we want to shower with […]

(2 Ingredient!) Cheap & Natural Insect Repellent

Summer is just around corner. That means picnics, park play dates, pool days…and bugs. I live in a house that backs up to wooded conservation land in Florida. For those from other parts of the country, “woods” in Florida means “swamp-like jungle.” Think dense vines, spiders, snakes, alligators and wild boars. Yes, REALLY scary pigs! And of course, bugs everywhere. Mosquitos […]