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Article image Why Sticking to a Budget is a Struggle

Why Sticking to a Budget is a Struggle

June 27, 2017 - By: Helene Furst

Since we're all in this Budgeting 101 together, let me be clear peeps; Although I use a budget for all those daily life "˜things," occasionally I slack off. It's natural; I'm human. Budgeting and keeping track of all monies in and out is mostly a way to maintain staying on track, and not ending up in debt. Most of the time, I am pretty rigid with the family budget, but sometimes, a little luxury falls through the cracks. And that's OK, as long as it's only sometimes and I get back on track right away.

However, a lot of people struggle with budgeting. You may be one of them. It all begins with the best intentions, deciding what money needs to be allocated to major expenses (think rent, utilities, car, groceries - you get the gist). All excited and ready to start living the frugal life, you set out on your new budgeting journey. It's... [Continued]

Is Advice Good for Your Health?

Article image Is Advice Good for Your Health?

June 22, 2017 - By: Helene Furst

Is Advice Good for Your Health

"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't." ~Erica Jong

My life has been full of advice, some welcome and some not. Most of it is easy to sort into good advice, and WOW, that's bad! For example, if someone advises me on a better way to peel an avocado or how to make my latest poem have more depth, that's good advice. I might even take it. Bad advice, on the other hand, is when somebody makes a suggestion to me about my life and my choices that I do not agree with. I may respect the person, their opinion, or not, but their view clashes with my own. This advice is usually easy to ignore, but sometimes it gets tricky.

Last year I decided on a career change. You lovelies all know that I am giving my writing a chance on many different forums, but I also si... [Continued]

Your Summer on a Budget

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June 20, 2017 - By: Helene Furst

June has arrived in South Florida with a bang. The rainy season appears to have crept in, and of course, school's out. By the end of the first week of June, most schools are finished, and summer is officially here. Long, hot, lazy days are the perfect setting for making lasting memories with friends and families. BUT WAIT! What about your budget? Summer can be a hot, sticky time that can make or break your budgeting goals. Vacations, parties, the water park, the road trip ... these extra expenses can add up faster than you can blink. So what can you do to stick to your budget? Read on peeps for some simple tips.

June is a great time to work on your finances. It's halfway through the year, you have your budget firmly in place (I hope), and there's plenty of time to shore things up if you've been sluggish since January. Summer means ... [Continued]

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Dog Sitters by Rozsa Gaston Comment By: Rozsa Gaston
Note from Author: Dog Sitters Kindle Edition is OUT June 18, 2017, just in time for summer beach or

Dog Sitters by Rozsa Gaston Comment By: MorningBeans
Rozsa - you make it way too easy! :)

A Minimal Mindset Comment By: Barb
Love the post. I have been thinking along these lines and today is the day to start.

Pushing Beyond the Fear Comment By: Barb
Love your posts. I write pretty much about the same thing in my own blog as I search my way through

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Pushing Beyond the Fear Comment By: MorningBeans
Thanks Barb. I know all about the fear AND about not being able to afford much. I'm so glad you enjo

Is Advice Good for Your Health? Comment By: Izuzu Nworgu
Excellent tips. I love them all. My best tip is to listen to your gut but sometimes, our decisions

Is Advice Good for Your Health? Comment By: Emily
Thanks for your tips

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