Archive for the ‘family’ Category

We break even at Christmas

Friday, December 14th, 2007

This is the most wonderful time of year for our family - and the most difficult financially. We have so many unplanned expenses that sometimes all we can do is throw money at the problem and hope we can take care of it in January. Every year we attempt to ...

My wife did an incredibly frugal thing

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

. . . the other day. She is very low maintenance. My wife wears little make-up, does not require manicures, pedicures or tanning and she can go for a long time without a haircut. She waits for a long time to go to the hair salon because she can't bear spending that ...

Life Insurance in Australia

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The average lifespan for an Australian is among the longest in the world. Males live 78.5 years and females live an average of 83.3 years according to The Australian.  However, no one will live forever and unfortunately, some of us will land "down under" the average. Life Insurance is once of the best ways ...

My kid’s allowance plan

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

My parents were good with their money. They worked hard and lived frugally, and even gave us an allowance from time to time. However, they were either unknowledgeable about financial issues beyond the basics or didn't think them important. The bottom line is that they never spoke about investing, mutual funds, IRA's ...

Response to Might Bargain Hunter

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

One of my favorite personal finance blogs is Mighty Bargain Hunter, however his post from yesterday might tend more toward miserliness than bargains. I fully recognize and accept that Christmas is overcommercialized, but let us not throw out the proverbial baby with the bathwater. Overcommercialization does not have to steal the joy that my family derives from ...