Friday, May 23, 2014

Money and Debt: He Said One Day It Would Happen

He said one day it would happen, but I never thought it really would....

Let me back up, I love Dave Ramsey. I have a secret crush on the man solely because his money sense and adorable face make me happy. Seriously, how can you not love him? 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Money and Debt: A Disney Vacation on a Budget

That sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it.  A Disney vacation on a budget.

We've been at that age for a few years now where the pint sized pumpkin "gets" the whole princess thing.  Last year we made the trek to Orlando for our first trip with the kiddo in tow and oh man was it hard on the budget.  I will preface this with the fact that we hit up the beach first for a couple of days, then drove to Disneyworld and hit up New Orleans on the way home. Ten long days and many thousands of dollars later, I'm still glad we went.  We were extremely budget conscious when we planned that trip last year, opting to drive and use hotel points for hotels and booking the trip to fall in the lowest pricing season of Disneyworld's year.

If I can offer anyone out there advice as I learned from my mistakes they would be this:

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Tank of Gas & Less than $50: Ennis, Texas - Bluebonnets

Every year I wait for the bluebonnets in Texas to start making their appearance on our highway medians, in random patches and in rolling country fields.  For me, it marks the beginning of a wonderful time of year.  This year however, those beautiful blue flowers, just barely mustered an appearance in our area.

I've often heard and seen photos of the prolific spots south of Dallas where there are fields of bluebonnets as far as the eye could see.

And this year, we found them.  Hitting the highway one afternoon to make the hour and a half long ride down to Ennis, Texas was a piece of cake.  The only thing easier than that, was finding the bluebonnets.

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Tank of Gas & Less than $50: A New Tradition

Lately, I see and hear about all of these amazing and wonderful things friends, co-workers, neighbors, and the cashier at Target seem to be doing on a weekly basis.  I keep thinking to myself, how on earth do these people afford to do all this crap?  Am I in the minority here?

Don't get me wrong, we live in a thriving metropolitan area with more things to do than I could throw a stick at, yet it seems like all people do when they get free time is flee the darn state. Chicago, New York, Cabo, the list goes on.

Again, how on earth do people afford to do all this crap?