03.13.12

Extend the Life and Value of Crayons (72/365)

For Christmas, my children received an interesting gift: a Crayola Crayon Maker. It’s a cute little device. All you do is break up some crayons

Frugally Considering a Tempting Purchase

I don’t play video games that much at this point in my life because, frankly, I don’t have very much time for them. I perhaps

03.12.12

Encourage Art Skills with an End Roll of Newspaper (71/365)

Two or three times a week, our dining room table turns into a giant art project. We cover the table with paper, crayons, markers, safety

Reader Mailbag: Basic Manners

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

03.11.12

Participate in Babysitting Exchanges Instead of Hiring a Babysitter (70/365)

Within walking distance of our home lives another couple that’s about our age. They have two children, both of which are in the age range

Golden

One of the basic guidelines that I try to live my life by is the Golden Rule. It’s a simple statement that pops up in

03.10.12

Focus on Buying Open-Ended Toys (69/365)

Yesterday, I wrote about the advantages of buying fewer toys, but focusing on higher-quality toys. This makes sure that you’re not replacing toys because they’re

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #63

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

03.09.12

Buy Fewer Children’s Toys, but Buy Higher Quality Items (68/365)

Every so often, Sarah and I go through our children’s toys and set some aside to donate to Goodwill. Our children tend to receive a

Breaking Through the Frustration Barrier

Personal finance can be really frustrating at times. For starters, money success can take a long time to achieve. If you’re in a big hole

Take Advantage of Hand-Me-Downs (67/365)

When Sarah and I had our children, we were somewhat lucky in that a lot of our friends and family were having children around the

Reader Mailbag: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Reader Mailbag: Parent-Teacher Conferences What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number

03.07.12

Shop Yard Sales for Young Children’s Clothing (66/365)

Newborn. Three months. Six months. Nine months. Twelve months. Eighteen months. Twenty four months. 2T. 3T. 4T. Children go through clothes sizes incredibly fast. I’ve

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Springing Forth Edition

On Sunday, we had a snowstorm that deposited several inches on the ground and left me shoveling the driveway. On Tuesday, the temperature reached 70

03.06.12

Make Your Own Baby Wipes (65/365)

Over the years, Sarah and I have used two different approaches to cut down on the cost of baby wipes. Both of them save significant

Toxic

It’s the little things that inject poison into your life. There’s a particular flavor of soda that I really like. I often absentmindedly buy a

03.05.12

Use Cloth Diapers (64/365)

When Sarah and I first started cloth diapering, quite a few of our family and friends thought we were completely crazy. Rather than focusing on

Reader Mailbag: Paper Search

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

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