Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Reducing Your Electric Bill: My Favorite Recommendations

My husband is going back to school to get his MBA this fall, so I've been thinking a lot about how to tighten our budget since each dollar will count a lot more now. I've sifted through many of the videos to find some of the best for you (and me) on cutting costs. Here are some of my favorites on how to reduce your electric bill.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Master Bedroom Makeover: Architectural Detail (and Budget!)

That awkward moment you realize you never posted the 3rd part of a 3-part post...

Well, here it is. The last time I'll make you listen to me blather on about our master bedroom makeover. (Part I - How to Brighten a Room, Part II - Making a Small Room More Functional).


Wall Panels

Our 1970s home is plain and boxy--it lacks architectural detail. So, my #1 plan of attack for our master bedroom was to

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

6 Tips to Start Medical School & Residency on the Right Financial Path

Living in Palo Alto and Boston I've crossed paths with many people in various stages of their medical training. And I've got to say, my hat goes off to all doctors and doctors-in-training for the dedication it takes to make it through years and years (and more years) of school, residency, fellowship, and more. I've asked a few of my friends for input and done some research, and here are six tips to help start your journey through medical school and residency off on the right foot financially. While this post is primarily geared towards those going into medicine, many of the principles could be applied to other types of undergraduate/graduate education.

Thanks to Becca for the picture and rhonnadesigns for the font.

1. Choose your school/residency carefully.

If you have options for medical school/residencies, Becca suggests

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Turn Your Toddler into an ABC Genius--The Easy Way

Can we all agree that being a parent is HARD? And for things like potty training, discipline, and healthy eating, there are no shortcuts. Diligence and consistency are key. But not everything has to be hard. And when I find out there are parenting shortcuts, you can bet I'm going to share them here. So here's my shortcut, lazy-parent, EASY way for your toddler to learn letters and their sounds. Minimum effort for maximum results. (Hint: No flashcards required, although I actually tried those--Ha! What a joke.)

Here's what you need:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Budget Boot Camp - To Do #3: Track Your Spending

Welcome back! If you've stuck with us so far, you've (1) faced your fears and figured out your net worth and (2) set specific and achievable financial goals to motivate you through the budgeting process. But before we actually set up our budget, we're going to track our spending for a month so you have a better idea of what categories and amounts to use in your first budget (which we will be setting up next month-- promise!).

To Do: Track your spending for one month

Step 1. Pick and set up a tracking method.

There are a lot of different methods you can use to track your expenses. Look through the list and see what fits you the best.

Mint.com or yodlee.com. I've listed these two first because
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