These are my 2015 goals where I share my blogging income and how I made money blogging along with my personal and financial goals for the year.
How to Fix Spending Habits -- What happens when you have a budget, but it keeps failing month after month? Is it a spending problem that maybe you don't want to admit you have? Or do you simply have a spending habit that needs to be put in check? These tips will help you figure out how to fix your spending habits once and for all.
These money tips for mompreneurs will help you figure out how to build, grow, and maintain your business funds. These are some of the best money tips around for business!
These money tips for mompreneurs will help you figure out how to build, grow, and maintain your business funds. These are some of the best money tips around for business!

2015 Goals Update #7


These are my 2015 goals where I share my blogging income and how I made money blogging along with my personal and financial goals for the year.

July brought about some tough decisions for Pat and I to make and starting next week, one of those decisions will be starting....preschool. We don't have the money in our one-income budget (which is just my husband's income and is what we live off of), but over the past month I had been doing a lot of research and running numbers to hire a virtual assistant because it became clear that I was running on empty. This money would come from my blog's budget and not our household budget.  Then

How to Fix Spending Habits

How to Fix Spending Habits -- What happens when you have a budget, but it keeps failing month after month? Is it a spending problem that maybe you don't want to admit you have? Or do you simply have a spending habit that needs to be put in check? These tips will help you figure out how to fix your spending habits once and for all.

Sometimes we don’t realize that we have a spending habit - we fail to see those small everyday purchases. The Redbull at the gas station, the chapstick at the checkout line, the item from the One Spot in Target – all those little extras that start to add up and wreak havoc on our budgets. So, how do we cure those spending habits? How do we develop strong spending habits instead of weak ones? Write it Out By now, you know that you need to and should have a written budget but let’s be real

The 10 Best Money Tips for Mompreneurs Part 2

These money tips for mompreneurs will help you figure out how to build, grow, and maintain your business funds. These are some of the best money tips around for business!

This is part two of The 10 Best Money Tips for Mompreneurs! In case you missed part one, head here to read tips one through five.  6. Identify weaknesses in your plan I’m a firm believer in a business plan. When I first started TBM, I didn’t have one and thus, I had zero direction for where I wanted to take my blog and how I was going to take it there. Once I developed a plan, I was able to start setting some goals. Throughout this goal setting process and business plan development, I

The 10 Best Money Tips for Mompreneurs

These money tips for mompreneurs will help you figure out how to build, grow, and maintain your business funds. These are some of the best money tips around for business!

*** This post got really long, so I'm breaking it up into two parts to make reading it easier. Wednesday I'll publish tips six through ten for you! :) Mompreneurs are taking the business world by storm and I think it is super awesome! But, many of these businesses ended up folding due to a mismanagement of funds. So, I thought I'd put together some of the ten best tips that Mompreneurs can use to help manage the money coming in and out of their businesses.  1. Create a budget (Are

It’s our anniversary but YOU get the present!

It's giveaway time! Today is our 6 year wedding anniversary but YOU get the present - because we're awesome like that. :)

I can’t believe that it’s been six years ago today that I said “I do” to the hottest guy around in our $500 wedding ceremony. That day was the official start to our real life on a budget and it has been quite the ride for sure! When we said “I do”, I was still paying off the remaining crazy debt I had from my early adult life and my husband was deep in the trenches of his first year in business for himself. I was working fulltime as a project manager for an engineering firm in Atlanta and

The Cash Alternative

The cash alternative - no, it's not credit but if you're worried about having your cash stolen, this is a great alternative and will help you stick to your all cash budget! VisaClearPrepaid AD

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Visa Clear Prepaid program and the Kaiku® Visa® Prepaid Card.  “Carrying cash freaks me out” wrote one reader in response to my cash grocery budget. She was concerned about trying out a cash budget due to safety concerns. When using cash at the register, your money is on display. These are viable reasons to not want to carry cash. My uncle is disabled and doesn’t count cash when he pays for things. In the past he has been

How to Self-Publish a Book – Tips to Get You Started

Ever wonder how to self-publish a book and wonder if it is worth the time? The world needs your book and if you want to avoid the traditional route, self-publishing is the way to go!

I have self-published three books on Amazon and am currently working on researching the various ins and outs of the traditional publishing world. This means that I am definitely not an expert in the world of self-publishing and I have made many mistakes along the way but I love self-publishing. Self-publishing is a whole lot easier than traditional publishing in that it is a much faster process than going through a traditional publisher. However, self-publishing can be a little scary,

I need a vacation….like now. Finding Contentment in Life.

Finding contentment in life isn't always so easy. Because sometimes our wants really do feel like needs. Sometimes I just want a vacation...like now. I don't want to wait and having to wait can bred discontentment if left unchecked.

“Jessi, I love how content you are.” “Your contentment amazes me and inspires me.” “How are you always so content?” These are just a few of the comments I’ve received throughout my life about how content I am, but I want to be 100% honest – I’m not always as content as I seem. I think contentment comes in seasons. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great example growing up of what contentment looks like from my mom so contentment does tend to come a little more naturally to me, but that doesn’t mean

Real Life on a Budget – Sometimes it’s Just No Fun

Living a real life on a budget sometimes is no fun. Sometimes we just want a new outfit or we want to go on that well-deserved vacation. However living a real life on a budget isn't about the restrictions, it's about what a budget allows us to accomplish.

Sometimes I get angry over having to live a real life on a budget...I mean let's get real for a moment - making sure you don't go over budget sometimes just flat out sucks. I know, I know, that's not what personal finance people are supposed to say. We're supposed to say things like "budgets are roadmaps" and "make your money work for you" and all those statements are 100% true. The problem isn't in the budgeting part itself, because honestly figuring out how much money you have or don't have

How to Start Freezer Cooking & Why I Changed My Mind About It

How to start freezer cooking so you don't lose your sanity -- I used to think that freezer cooking meant that I was going to have to spend an entire day in my kitchen and a ton of money on food to make recipes I didn't even know if my family would eat. However, I know have changed my mind on freezer cooking and realize that it's not what I originally thought.

I have to be 100% honest with you – I never in a million years thought that I would be interested in nor did I expect to actually freezer cook. Seriously, freezer cooking to me has always meant that I was going to have to spend a whole day in my kitchen cooking. Which means that I would need to find child care, buy a whole bunch of food, freezer bags, and make a huge mess in my kitchen to simply prepare a bunch of meals for my family (not to mention that they’d be meals I wasn’t even sure we’d