Category Archives: Helpful tips

Tom and I have been just completed the 13-week “Financial Peace University” by Dave Ramsey (to clarify, Tom attended the classes and brought the info back to me, and I stayed home to watch the kids). Very enlightening and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to live a debt-free life and not be controlled by credit cards and banks (which never have, and never will, look out for your best interest).  I look forward to the day when we don’t exist according to FICO. :)

Anyway, through these classes we found out about this amazing website called E-mealz: mealtime makeover.  Quoting from the website:

“Each meal plan is only $1.25 per week and represents many hours of recipe and menu planning, price shopping, and recipe testing. All of these plans are designed with your whole family in mind, even the specialty plans created for weight management… and now we also have plans for just two people!”

Awesome, right?  Basically, for a small fee ($5/month), meals, recipes, and grocery lists are compiled based on where you shop or even if you are on a special diet.  This is especially great for those who cannot get their act together to plan meals on their own (ie, moi).  Sale items for the week are also incorporated into the meal plans so saving money is a huge perk.
Knowing how stressful life can get, I thought sharing this little nugget of info could help other harried mothers out there.


Ok, so normally I am skeptical of anything that pays you for doing almost nothing.  I mean, c’mon nothing is free these day (including healthcare, people)!  So I had to do a little research and do my usual perusal of various bloggers who have used “swagbucks” and earned money in the form of gift cards. The result?  I now have a toolbar at the top of my browser that I use whenever I can to earn me some bucks!

This is NOT a “get rich quick” scheme and, for those moms out there who use the bonus points from buying diapers can attest, it adds up slowly.  BUT I gleaned from my research that people who did this over the last year actually had enough gift cards for ALL of their Christmas shopping!   We are talking hundreds of dollars worth here!  After the lean Christmas this year, I have to say I am pumped about the idea.  So, if you are interested in checking it out, go to this link so I can get credit for referring you.  It’s free to sign up and right away you get 3 swagbucks to start your stockpile.  I would recommend loading their toolbar onto your browser for all of your online searches so you start earning whenever you are online.  One caveat, it is not as thorough as Google sometimes, but if you search for Google to further your search, you get credit for that.  I’m willing to sacrifice some efficiency for my pocketbook this cause. :)

If you need further testimonies, read this blog post and see the subsequent comments (but if you choose to check SB out, come back to my page and use my link since I referred you).

Happy hunting…oh, and Happy New Year!!