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Love Drop for June: The Aubin Family

Hey guys!  The Love Drop team is at it again! Last month they gave over $9,200 worth of cash, goods and services to their recipient, the Stalnaker family, who had been going through a financially hard time due to the effects of the BP oil spill on the Louisiana economy. The family was in need […]

Made an Oops – Need Your Advice!

Okay, I’m freaking out a little here. I pulled my free Experian credit report this morning. Everything was pretty much normal – my bankruptcy in 2006, all the credit cards and loans from the bankruptcy that will come off in a few more years…. I’m just used to seeing a sea of negatives, unfortunately. (At […]

Spending Roundup for May

Here’s the breakdown of where my money went in May: Fixed ExpensesThese are the easy ones. My car payment, car insurance, AT&T bill, cable/internet, and CC payments fall into this category. I budgeted $750 and spent $750. Groceries/HouseholdBudget was $250. I spent $202.60 – woohoo! GasGas is currently $3.67/gal. in my area. I budgeted $250 […]

Money Doesn’t Make You Smarter

When I was broke, I used to wish fervently for a windfall of cash. I mean, I think we all do that, but I took it to a disturbing level. If only some wealthy, unknown relative would leave me a fortune in his/her will. If only my limited edition Harry Potter watch would sell for […]

Idiot-Proof Your Summer Spending

My son gets out of school this week, and it occurred to me that summer really is here (despite the best efforts of Harold Camping, and my brain’s insistence that it should still be February). In my former life, summer meant shopping for new clothes and flip flops, taking weekend trips with friends, and going […]