From the monthly archives:

May 2011

I grew up in northern Indiana, where tornado warnings rarely mean business. Tornadoes touched down in our area a handful of times when I lived there, but they were always weak storms that caused superficial damage at most. Now we’re living in southern Indiana, which is on the outer rim of tornado alley. The deadly […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

According to a new study, nearly half of all Americans definitely or probably couldn’t come up with $2,000 in 30 days if they faced a financial emergency. Financial experts recommend keeping an emergency fund with enough cash to cover at least three to six months of expenses. Based on this research, it seems almost half […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Post image for Three years and counting

Three years and counting

by Karen on May 24, 2011

Three years ago, we promised to be together forever. Two years ago, we camped on the beach with our pup and climbed to the top of a pretty tall lighthouse. One year ago, we celebrated our second anniversary in the Paris, the City of Love. We toasted with orange juice, because I was 11 weeks […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

A mouse in the house

by Karen on May 23, 2011

I’ve made no secret about my struggles with anxiety. I worry. Constantly. Less than two weeks after moving into our new home, and I’ve come to the conclusion that homeownership, while wonderful, has extended my list of worries by about a mile. At the top of my list? A MOUSE. In my kitchen. At least […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Post image for Is college worth it?

Is college worth it?

by Karen on May 19, 2011

Lately, there have been tons of headlines touting the idea that rising unemployment, high tuition costs, and overcrowding in the post-college job market have made college degrees a poor value. Proponents of this theory believe that other career tracks — such as internships and entry-level positions that don’t require a degree — may be a […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Judah and the oatmeal

by Karen on May 19, 2011

We started introducing Judah to some solid foods this week, which has been exciting for everyone. His first food — mashed bananas — was a big hit. The oatmeal we tried today? Not so much.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Let me start this by saying I would never condone risking the health of yourself or anyone in your family to save money, no matter what the cost. My family’s health is our top priority, and we will spend whatever is necessary to keep all of us well. That said, emergency room visits are outrageous. […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Post image for The real cost of buying a home

The real cost of buying a home

by Karen on May 9, 2011

If you’re planning to buy a house in the near future, then I’m sure you’ve heard this from a million people already, but I’ll tell you again: it ain’t cheap. So what does it really cost? Well, you’re probably already saving 5-20% of your purchase price for a down payment and 1-3% for your closing […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

For new moms, today is pretty much like every other day. Wake up earlier than you’d like, change diapers, feed the baby, step over the boxes in your living room, pack your entire house, deal with your husband’s wounded hand after he sliced it on a broken glass. What’s that? That’s not what you’re doing […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }