Have you ever had appliances so old that you find yourself planning a party for the day they die? Like, you have a good bottle of wine saved and some money set aside for some take-out to celebrate the death of your ancient appliance. Well, in the iHB household, we have a few of those. You may remember the death of our water heater. It was the first "emergency" that we had encountered in our house, … [Read more...] about How To Save Money: New Dishwasher
I remember the night like it was just yesterday. We were in the "white house", as it is now known, upstairs in the boys room (I grew up with 3 brothers, shared a room with 2 of them). I don't know what day of week it was, because, well, I was 7, and days of the week didn't really matter. What was significant about this day was that I had just learned how to play a few hands of poker. My brother … [Read more...] about Learning About My Relationship With Money At Age 7
It's time for another episode of Budget Confessions, the show where I publicly acknowledge that I haven't even been taking my own advice and display what a mess it creates. In my first budget confessions post, I talked about how we'd been blowing the food budget (like, friggin' doubling it!), how our backyard budget was blowing up like a balloon, and how I had removed my sinking funds this year … [Read more...] about Budget Confessions: Part 2
Many people play the lottery in hopes of winning the big jackpot, or even a couple thousand dollars to help fix whatever financial mess they've gotten themselves in to. Heck, I've even sat around and dreamed about the possibilities of what I would do if I won the lottery. But I never knew there was so much money out there for the taking! Insurance companies make so much money it's falling out of … [Read more...] about How To Strike It Rich: Get In A Car Accident
You may have noticed our "I <3 Emeals" button on the right side of the page and we've mentioned it a few times in previous posts. Well, I am here today to tell you a little bit about it and let you in on a super awesome deal! Adjusting to motherhood was a little difficult for me. After having our son I had NO time (or energy) to sort through all our grocery circulars and pick out deals … [Read more...] about Michelle’s Frugal Finds: Emeals!!
As someone who has definitely spent way too much money for the 26 short years I have lived on this earth, I should be the first to tell you that buying expensive things can definitely drain your cash supply faster than Justin Bieber running from the paparazzi. After blowing through my inheritance, I had to really scale back my spending; otherwise I would end up in more debt than I already had. I … [Read more...] about Get Out of Your Hole Without Living In a Cave