Previously, I discussed raising the money to fund personal financial goals such as these that are not covered by your budget or your savings. But let’s say your financial need is for a community service project or a mission trip and you know that others would like to help you reach your goal. Then there are other, more public ways, to raise the money.
Meal planning doesn’t have to be complicated. Services exist to help you — but beware. Before signing up for a menu-planning service, make sure their food philosophy lines up with yours. You don’t want them sending you meat dishes if you are vegetarian. Nor do you want the recipe for biscuits to include two cups of Bisquick® when you prefer to cook from scratch.
When my husband started getting membership applications from AARP around his 49th birthday, he was the laughing stock of the family. “Ha, ha, dad,” the kids would jeer. “You’re officially old.” Not wanting to admit his advancing years, he threw the offers in the trash . . . .
Our nine-year-old doesn’t have a regular income, so we haven’t required him to meet any financial responsibilities. But our teens are a different story . . . .
Several months ago I wrote the post “25 Free Ways to Show Your Wife You Love Her.” That post had such an overwhelming response, and we got so many requests for a husband version, that here I am again.
According to Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages, people understand emotional messages from others in five different ways. He calls these ways “love languages.” He insists that in order for your spouse to understand the feelings that you are trying to convey, you must speak her love language. Here’s how you can do that!
I started writing this article sitting in the dark with no power after a storm. Fortunately my laptop was fully charged and I have a little USB powered light that illuminates my keyboard. The next morning the power was still out—for hundreds of thousands of people in my state. I needed to do my weekly shopping but the grocery stores were closed. I wanted some produce from the farmers market, but had no cash. The ATM machines did not work. Sometimes, there is just a good reason to have a bit of cash hidden in your home. I think this is one of them. But where would you keep it? Here are seven places to consider . . . .
My husband asked me to marry him in November and we planned a February wedding. My younger sister, however, had already been engaged for over a year with a June wedding planned. I was accused of trying to upstage her wedding, steal her guests, and use up Daddy’s money. Of all things, I better not use up Daddy’s money. Whatever your reasons for cutting your wedding expenses, I have the ideas for you.