cost of living research

Cost of Living Research: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

No Strangers to Cost of Living Research A few years ago, we were living in Houston when my husband got the job offer that he'd been waiting for. The job would move us across the country - from a hot, humid environment to a one where winter lasts most of the year. We were no strangers to moving - we … [Read more...]


Lessons I Wish I’d Learned from the Mennonites

My father was the baby of the family - the only son who survived into adulthood. He was a "junior" and his dad ("senior", naturally) was a well-respected pillar of the community. Dad hadn't really known what to do with his life and was close to frittering it away when he finally decided to join … [Read more...]

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7 Staycation Ideas for Summer Break

As I am gearing up for the big move, and winding down on my time at my job, I asked a few talented freelancing friends to help me out. Today is the first of those posts, written by Tennille, from Two Kids and a Budget. If you aren't already familiar with her site, you are missing out. Tennille has … [Read more...]


I’m Finally Sharing My Big News

FINALLY! I can tell y'all everything that's been happening and what I've been hinting at for months :-) I'm glad I held on to this update, because things have ebbed and flowed. Waiting has helped me have a more solid story to share. The Backstory Three years ago, my husband started his current … [Read more...]

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How To Find Legitimate Work From Home Opportunities

Back when I started this blog, I spent days researching everything from how to afford to be a stay at home mom to how to find a legitimate work from home job. Those searches tend to land you on some pretty unhelpful sites. Especially when I looked for work from home jobs, I tended to find scams … [Read more...]

Freelancer of the Year {This Could Be You}

This post is a part of the Get Paid to Write for Blogs Course Launch! Get Paid to Write for Blogs is a brand new course created by Cat Alford of Budget Blonde. Cat makes a full time income from writing for blogs, and this course will teach you how to do the same. Late last summer, I was pouring … [Read more...]


Can Crowdsourcing Student Loan Debt Work?

Want to pay off my student loans? Come on?! Why not? Why not just contribute $5 and tell all your friends to do the same? It's for a great cause, after all - my girls need me, my family needs me. If you help pay off my student loans, I'm going to quit working and be a stay at home mom. Worthy cause … [Read more...]

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What Should We Do About the Student Loan Debt Problem?

With 40 million Americans owing a total of $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, it's pretty clear that we are headed for a student loan bubble burst, reminiscent of the 2008 housing market collapse. Too many people are borrowing too much money for college, not understanding how or if they will be … [Read more...]


Student Loan Debt? A Few More Resources

The last few months, I have been on a mission to give you hope. I'm here to tell you that you can get control of your student loans. You can pay them off. You don't have to run from your creditors, you can beat the loan game. You don't have to live with the depression and anxiety. I'm here to help … [Read more...]