Feb 26 2013

Ways to adjust your budget without feeling the pinch

The hardest part of budgeting is worrying how it will affect the everyday life that you're used to living. I found an article on ways to slightly cut your budget, without having to give up too much.

Change the way you shop: Cook according to what’s on sale. Plan your meals in advance with the week’s brochure from your local grocery store. Consider shopping at multiple stores to get most of your groceries at a discount.

Stockpile: Everything from cereal to chuck roast! If it’s on sale and you have the space, get it at rock-bottom price and buy multiples.

Rediscover the library: Your local library has way more than just books. Check out DVDs, audio books, and tap into activities for preschoolers and up (like story time and other fun crafts.) Your library might also have fun classes for date nights that are way cheaper than dinner and a movie.

Shop for clothes seasonally: And by that, we mean the opposite season. Bathing suits are way cheaper at the end of the summer than they are in May. That winter coat? Get it in March for a fraction of what you’d pay in November.

- Amy

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Feb 21 2013

A Lesson From Mister Rogers

 

It 45 years ago this week that we were first introduced to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This childhood classic was brought to us in 1968, when Fred Rogers decided to make a change to children's programming.

At that time, Fred "hated" everything that television had to offer. He felt that there should be a show that focused on boosting self-esteem, so he made it happen.

Is there something out there that you aren't happy with, something that needs a change? Chances are, you might be the one to make those changes. - Amy

 

 

 

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Feb 11 2013

The Three People You Need

To maximize growth and success, you will need three types of people along your professional journey: advisor, sponsor and mentor. 

The Advisor - The person that provides direction, such as where you should go to learn what you need so you get reach your goals.

The Sponsor - The person who’s going to expend their own personal capital (connections, reputation, finances) to allow you to get ahead.

The Mentor - The person that allows you to bare your soul. The person you can say, “I’ve got this fear, and I’ve got this anxiety.” A mentor helps you through your challenges and issues.

Do you have these people in your life already? Or better yet, are you acting as one of these people to someone in their journey? 

- Amy

 

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Feb 07 2013

3 Statements to Change Your Kids' Lives

At the doctor's office the other day, I came across an interesting article. 

A counselor claims that there are 3 statements you can say to your children that will significantly improve your parenting and the way your children behave. 

 - "Do you need a hug?" Instead of lecturing a child on their actions and attitude.

 - "Do you want to talk about it?" When kids are upset, regardless of why. 

 - "I am SO happy to see you!" The way you react when your kid enters the room is so important for their well-being and sense of self. 

 

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