Owning a home is a huge change from renting or sharing quarters without your parents. You get a deed and a mortgage payment but that is about all the information that you receive upon the purchase. Knowing what it takes to maintain your home is the first step to getting to know this new place that you now call home, but getting to know it in ways that save you money takes some time. Like any good relationship, it’s worth investing the time. With the warm summer months coming up, it’s especially worth investing the time to cut down on expensive summer bills. Here are three areas to save some money in this summer.
Sometime back, I mentioned that Story wanted to be and in her mind effectively became goth. Well, that experiment lasted only a couple of weeks. She had the solitude and black clothes down pat. The not-talking part is what got her. She’d be gabbing away happily, as usual, and then realize she was supposed to be in character. Immediately, she’d shut her mouth, look sullen, and sulk off. She was not happy. The lack of chatter was a bit jarring for me, but a bit refreshing in a way if I’m honest. With that identity out the window, she hunted for a new one. She was Australian for a while, which merged back into her comfortable British, and there she stayed for quite a while. I thought that was the end of the search. Until a few weeks ago.
For a woman, there are always a lot of things to worry about, especially when you are pregnant. When you are heavy with a child, there is always that voice inside your head that keeps on asking questions like: Will I be a good mother? Will my baby be healthy? Am I eating right? All these questions coupled with worries about finances and other issues may leave you and your baby with a devil to pay if you don’t keep a positive attitude. (more…)
When I first moved out on my own I thought a lot about ways to save money. The sites I perused for ideas often recommended lowering my energy consumption. I adopted many of the tips and tricks these sites shared, and after owning two homes, I’ve continued to try to upgrade my money-saving tricks. I use many of them during the summer months to reduce my energy bill while still staying cool. Below, take a look at four of my favorite summertime energy- and money-saving secrets.(more…)
I’ve been reading a book off and on for the last couple of months called The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. The content of the book explores different areas of social research that have focused on the confidence of females contrasted with the confidence of males. I haven’t made it all the way through the book yet, but the theories of female confidence are fascinating and very relevant to both myself and my two daughters. Culturally, we see a difference in female confidence when pursuing promotions, asking for raises, and standing up for our beliefs, but how much of that is nature and how much is nurture? (more…)