How to Discuss Money Differences Without Fighting


Money creates strong emotions in many of us. The way we spend, save and otherwise use our money impacts in many ways. When we have differences in philosophy with a life partner, though, things can get even more heated. The way we view and use money is at the core of who we are as people, and that can create challenges when it comes to discussing finances. If you don't want your financial discussion to turn into a fight, here are some things to keep in mind: Understand that it's Not Just About the Money First of all, realize that…

Are Your Finances Affecting Your Health?


We often try to compartmentalize different aspects of our life, allowing us break things down more effectively. As a result, when we think about health, we don't think about money. In fact, we are likely to focus more on food and exercise when we try to figure out what's at the root of some of our health issues. Even though we think of finances and health as two different aspects of our lives, the reality is that they are connected, and your finances can have a big impact on your health. Financial Stress: Physical and Mental/Emotional Health The biggest way…

Kids and Money: The Allowance Debate


In the United States, April is Financial Literacy Month. Whether or not you live in the States, it's a good time to review your own financial practices -- and consider the type of financial education your children receive. When it comes to kids and money, there is no replacement for the allowance debate. As you consider how to approach allowance with your children, here are some things to think about. There's no right or wrong answer; instead, think about what philosophy you best agree with, and what works best for your family. Give Your Children Money to Manage Most of…

How to Sprout Your Own Garden Starts


One of the best ways to ensure good food -- and save money in the bargain -- is to grow a garden. My parents always had a garden when I was growing up, and my husband and I regularly planted a garden when we had a house. While you can buy young plants to transplant into your garden, it can be more cost-efficient (and rewarding) to sprout your own garden sprouts. If you want to get a head start on your garden, you can sprout plants indoors, where they are safe from the cold weather, and move them outside to…

How to Reduce Distractions When You Work from Home


One of the things I love about what I do is the fact that I get to work from home. I enjoy sitting at my home office, setting my own hours, and being home for my son if needed. It's a great setup. Unfortunately, working from home also comes with distractions. The kitchen is a few steps away, and if I'm working while my family is home, it's a little harder to get things done. I've learned a few things in the last 10 years of working from home, however. Here's how I reduce distractions while I work from home: Create…

How to Show You Care without Breaking the Bank


We all like to feel loved -- and we like our loved ones to feel loved. At times, though, it can seem as though showing you care goes hand-in-hand with spending money. Whether it's buying an expensive present, or whether it's helping pay the rent, showing you care can get really expensive, really fast. But do you really need to spend a lot of money to "prove" that you care? Of course not! Here are some ways to show you care for someone without breaking the bank: Listen Active listening takes effort. It's not just about hearing someone else; it's…