Thursday, November 28, 2013

Christmas Traditions

Christmas is bar-none my favorite holiday. And, I'll be honest, I've been listening to Christmas music since October. I just love how there's an entire Christmas season filled with food, traditions, and family. I always enjoy hearing other people share their traditions. Here are five of my favorites.

1. Twenty-four (or 12) Days of Books

One of my favorite wedding presents was from my cousin and his family.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Retirement: How Much to Save

Sometimes it's hard to figure out how much you "should" be saving for retirement when you're not out of school with a steady income, 2.5 kids, a dog, and a white picket fence. Guidelines can feel unhelpful to say the least when you feel like you're not the typical target audience. Unfortunately, since I don't know each of you personally, guidelines are really the best we can do. But, here, at least, I'm going to attempt to break them out to address smaller groups of people.

But first things, first. It's time to "do the numbers" as Kai Ryssdal would say

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Shopping: Four Money-Saving Websites You Should Know About

It's that time of year again. In honor of Black Friday, let us show you how to do your holiday shopping, Money Hip Mamas style. :) Here are four money-saving website your should know about and how to use them to their full advantage.
1- Ebates - Get Extra Cash Back for Shopping Online

My tech-savvy husband first introduced me to

Monday, November 18, 2013

Money Hip Chat: Budgeting for Groceries

Lisa and I are starting a new monthly series on our blog called Money Hip Chats. It’s basically the transcript of an informal chat between the two of us. We write it together on a google doc and then post it for you! We thought it might be fun to occasionally switch things up and be a little more casual and fun.

For our first topic, I suggested budgeting. Lisa wisely wanted to be more specific and suggested grocery budgeting. To which I respond:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My Favorite Children's Books

Just for fun, I thought I'd post some of my (and my son's) favorite children's books. After all, books are free from the library (and also fun to buy), and we're always scouting out new ones. Let's face it-- you can only read Sandra Boynton board books (cute though they are) so many times before you start to loose your sanity. There are three sections-- board books, picture books, and chapter books.

  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? written by Nancy White Carlstrom, illustrated by Bruce Degan. I probably love this book more than my child, but he certainly doesn't mind it. The rhythm of the words is great for a read-aloud book, and I love how we get to see different angles and rooms of the same house, so it feels like Carlstrom and Degan create a little world.  (Note, link is to paperback edition-- I can't seem to find it in a board book). 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Kids' Savings Accounts

I think we can all agree that while the piggy bank is great at teaching the principle of saving, it's not so great at teaching the principle of interest. So where's a good place for little ones (or not-so-little little ones) to stash their cash and learn to how interest works?

You can have your kids "bank" their money with you, or with a commercial bank. And I think the ideal solution is to do a combination of the two.

1. The "Family Bank." The great thing about the family bank is you can offer a really great rate of interest (like 10 percent), that will show kids how it pays to save your money.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Write a Will in 6 EASY Steps

This has got to be one of those things that's on everyone's to-do list, but never "urgent" enough to get done. For some reason being pregnant always makes we want to tackle this type of nagging task (I guess I nest in a weird way), so this fall we finally got it done. And, guess what? It was super easy and cheap.
Why did I want a will? 
The primary reason was to assign guardianship of our son ourselves.

Monday, November 4, 2013

DIY Christmas Ornament Ball Wreath Tutorial - Cheap and Easy


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Although I was a little concerned about what kind of internet browsers would be brought to this page by labeling this tutorial "Cheap and easy," there is no other way to describe this project. A lot of Christmas Glass Ball Ornament Wreath tutorials are a little spotty on the details, so I thought I'd throw another one out there for people like me who need very specific shopping lists and instructions (basically, "Crafting for Dummies").

Note: The number and size of ornament balls depends on the look you're going for. These instructions are for a wreath like mine pictured below.
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