Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Budget Boot Camp Wrap-up

Congratulations on making it through a year of our Budget Boot Camp! We've slogged through tracking expenses, creating your budget, and trimming expenses to make the numbers work, and now you are ready to go on with your life with some serious budgeting skills.

Here's what we did together:

Lisa and I feel like budgeting is foundational to all other areas of personal finance. And while it's discussed frequently, it never seems to get addressed as thoroughly as it deserves. 

So now that you're officially a budgeting guru, are you ready to build on that foundation and tackle other areas of personal finance? Stay with us as we start our Retirement Savings Boot Camp. Everyone knows they should be saving for retirement, but we'll break that broad goal down into actionable steps for you. Stay tuned for posts answering these questions (and more)
  • How much should I be saving for retirement?
  • What if I don't have money to save for retirement?
  • How do I open a retirement account?
Get ready!
Lauren & Lisa

P.S. These are a few of my favorite things right now. Air-cushioned bath visor for kids. This thing is amazing for any children like mine who hate getting water in their eyes. This stroller blanket is super warm and convenient. We can't all live in California like Lisa :) Since we live in Manhattan and walk outside all the time, we need something really warm. This is cheaper than the 7AM Enfant bag, but just as nice, in my opinion (we have both, the 7AM was a hand-me-down). Plus, they just dropped the price $35 since I bought mine. Hate it when that happens... 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Easy Neighbor Gift - Decorative Martinelli's Bottle - (Free Printable)

I'm always trying to come up with ideas for neighbor/friend Christmas gifts. Last year, I was in the thick of trying to lose weight from baby #2, so we were those people who gave out buckets of fruit. Well this year, I think my neighbors will be significantly less tempted to egg my house. :)

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The whole project is so easy, it's ridiculous.


Step 1: Print -- The printable has 2 labels per page. (I think we were the last people on the planet to join the 21st Century and buy a color printer. I guess it was worth the wait because we love ours--mostly because I can print straight from my iPhone.)
Step 2: Cut out a 1.5" circle (I did use this hole punch to speed things up, but you could use scissors).
Step 3: Fold printable and place on bottle.
Step 4: Put your feet up. Because you're done. You're welcome.

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Anyone have ideas for easy neighbor gifts? I need ideas for next year!

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