Monday, September 30, 2013

10 Money-Making Jobs for the Stay-At-Home Mom




About me: I met Lisa and Lauren in the Accounting program at BYU. After graduation I moved to Houston to work in audit for a large public accounting firm. I left my (good-paying,

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It's Giveaway Time Again! ($25 Amazon Gift Card)

In case you missed it in Lisa's last post, we hit our first blog goal of 10,000 page views in a month! To celebrate, we decided to thank you all for reading by doing another giveaway. We are really into practicality over here, so it will be another $25 Amazon gift card (because, really, who can't use one of those?).

In case you are new to our blog, here's a quick introduction. (If you want to read the better written one Lisa did a while ago, click here.)

Lisa and I have maybe five pictures of the two of us together and like five billion of our kids together. Here's one of the few where we make an appearance. For some reason, we are each holding the other person's child. I think C loved Lisa more than me and so Lisa's kid was stuck with my lap on ye olde dragon ride. 
Lisa and I met while getting our bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting at Brigham Young University.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Welcoming my new Money Hip Baby! (My Favorite Things for Pregnancy, Labor, and Newborns)

Well, this blog just hit a couple milestones. We reached over 10,000 views per month (thanks everyone for reading!) and... I just had another Money Hip Baby!
A little over a week ago I had my second baby, my first totally natural birth (to a 9-pounder, no less). It has been a beautiful experience. I am about 1,000 times less stressed this time around than I was with my first. So in celebration of this beautiful new baby, I thought I'd throw together a list of the things that have helped me the most throughout my pregnancy, labor & delivery, and recovery with a newborn.
I hope you enjoy (and that you'll add your own tips in the comments section)! By the way, if you haven't already liked our Facebook Page, please do so now!
My new little sweetie @ 5 days old. As you can imagine, I am completely smitten

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1. The Waiting Game

I know due dates are

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Credit Score: Part 2 of 2

We've already talked about what the credit score is and why it's important. Now let's get to the "what do I do about it?"

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Step 1: Get Your Credit Report

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Favorite Things (#7) -- Kitchen and Cooking Tips


1- Clean/Dirty Dishwasher Trick

Is one of your most commonly uttered household phrases, "Are these dishes clean or dirty?" Or, worse, have you ever emptied half of the dishwasher before realizing, ew, those were dirty. Nevermore. And you won't even have to put one of those homemade signs or kitschy magnets on the door of your dishwasher. I learned this trick from a college roommate, made my husband learn it when we got married, and my own parents even adopted it after visiting me a few years ago.
The trick: IMMEDIATELY after emptying a clean dishwasher, before closing the door again, put the dishwasher soap/tab in the dispenser and close it.
Think about it: If the dishwasher soap dispenser is closed, you always know the dishes are dirty because as soon as the dishwasher runs and cleans the dishes, it will open and remain open until the dishes are emptied and a new tab is added and the dispenser is closed again. It takes a week or two to get in the habit, but once you do, you always know:

2- Easy way to dispose of grease

Am I the only

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Credit Score: Part 1 of 2

And you thought just because you graduated you were done with grades? Enter the FICO score (aKa your credit score). I'm sure you've heard of it, but I thought I'd do a little mini-series to refresh you on the details. Part 1 is going to cover what it is, why it's important, and how it's calculated. Part 2 is going to cover how to optimize your score and keep an eye on it.

Notebook image from freedigitalphotos.net

The WHAT

Monday, September 9, 2013

Saving For Kids' College Education—What You Need To Know: TOP 10 FAQs about 529 Plans

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Does saving for your kid’s college education seem like a good idea, but that’s about as far as you’ve thought it through? Luckily for you, I’ve already gone through the pain of researching 529 plans for you (Don’t feel too bad for me—I voluntarily got a Masters in Accounting with an emphasis in taxation, so clearly I have a weird sense of what's "interesting"). Browse through these 10 FAQs and if you still have questions, shoot me a comment. I’ll either answer it here or in my next post about saving for college.

A quick note on the

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Retirement Accounts: Roth v. Traditional

We already know that retirement accounts can be an employer sponsored plan (401(k)) or an individual plan (IRA) (see this post for a refresher).

But did you know that each of those accounts can be either a Roth or a traditional account? Or what that means?

Basically Roth vs. traditional is a question of

Monday, September 2, 2013

How to Host a My Favorite Things Party

Back in July, my friend and I hosted a My Favorite Things party. It was basically just an excuse to have a girls night (I'm always looking for an excuse), but the exchange ended up being a total hit. Clearly, I love talking about My Favorite Things and turns out everyone else does, too.

(1) Pick a Theme

We did a basic two
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