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How Amazon Subscribe and Save Helped Me Take Charge of My Budget

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La Pollivendola by Giacomo Favretto
Call me naïve, but in almost six years of running a household for my family, I have never come in under budget for household goods…

I’ve known about Amazon Subscribe & Save for a while now, but it is only in the last few months that I’ve used it to take charge of my spending on staple household goods. Believe it or not, I’m spending less than 75% of what I used to spend on these items each month!

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How to Take Care of Your Family If Something Happens to You

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Mjallhvít from an 1852 Icelandic translation of Snow White via WikimediaI don’t like to think about death. But the fact is that my husband and I will die someday. If we die before my son is grown, I want to know that he is taken care of. For healthy young adults like us, paying an attorney to set up a will or a sending a monthly fee to a life insurance company can seem like a waste of money. We choose to spend the money now because, if our family ever faces a tragedy like a terminal illness or a fatal accident, we want our family to be secure. Read the rest of this entry

How to Budget Smarter

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Interior of a Dutch Shop Selling Gold and Silver by an Unknown Dutch MasterAbout a year ago, I posted Why a Family Budget Is “Woman’s Work.” It was one of my most popular posts. I still believe that a woman is in a unique position to manage her family’s finances. (I do make most of the family purchases, after all.) But I’ve recently discovered a better way to take care of our family’s resources.

When I wrote the original post, Mint was the best personal finance software I could find. I budgeted every month. Mint automatically imported my purchases.

With Mint, I always knew where my money was going. But it wasn’t always going where I wanted it to. Mint left me with a lot of difficult questions. Read the rest of this entry

How to Choose the Right Charity

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Charity, St. Stephan's Cathedral in the Background by August Heinrich MansfeldEvery year, Americans donate almost $350 billion to charities. But it is difficult to know where that money goes. Some charities are notorious for spending large percentages on donations on operating expenses. Some charities, no matter how well-meaning, simply don’t do much good. And, in the worst cases, some charities actually undermine the causes many of their donors mean to champion.

If we value giving to charity, how can we be sure our money is being well-spent on causes we support?


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Navigating the Ocean of Health Insurance Coverage

Part of taking care of yourself and your family in modern America means providing the best healthcare you can. Guest blogger Donna Fincher is a Georgia resident with 27 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of hospitals and physicians’ groups. Today she provides a crash course in navigating the stormy seas of the American health care system. Read the rest of this entry

How to Demand (and Get!) Great Customer Service

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My family recently had our windows replaced. It was an ordeal that turned out to be long and expensive. When the company installed windows that weren’t even the right color, I had to make several angry phone calls to the general manager and owner to get the problem solved. And along the way, I learned a few valuable lessons about customer service.

Gone are the days when airline passengers could expect a warm meal or department store customers knew that managers would go out of their way to make the shopping experience pleasant. Spending money today can be a real chore because most companies have lost an emphasis on customer service. It isn’t just the companies’ fault—it’s our fault, too, for paying more attention to price-tags than the quality of the things we buy and the way we’re treated when we buy them. Read the rest of this entry

Five (Mostly Free!) Date Nights That Make Great Conversations Easy

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In almost nine years together, Adam and I have learned that great conversations depend on time, space, and silence. The best date nights are the ones that make conversations easy by providing the stillness and quiet that make open conversation thrive. These five (mostly free!) dates make great conversations easy, whether you’re just beginning a relationship or you’ve been married for many years. Read the rest of this entry