Save money in the new yearOne of the most common New Year's resolutions is to save money, but this may be easier said than done. Financial expert Erica Sandberg joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to help tighten your purse strings with some money-saving solutions.
Sandberg says that before you start thinking about making more money or having a budget, the most important thing you need to first is get rid of your debt. "Put yourself on a plastic diet," she says. "Totally stop using the card while you are paying that debt off." She suggests giving yourself goals-for example, "I'm going to put $500 toward my credit card debt every single month, and I'm going to be out of debt by May."
Related: 6 new ways to tame credit card debt
Debit cards can also be problematic, as they may come with high overdraft fees. In addition, "if you're constantly going to the ATM and if it's not your particular bank, you've got fees associated with it," Sandberg says, noting that these types of fees are a waste of money.
Save money in the new yearOne of the most common New Year's resolutions is to save money, but this may be easier said than done. Financial expert Erica Sandberg joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to help tighten your purse strings with some money-saving solutions.Read More »from Money-saving Solutions for the New Year
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Use that crockpot!
We all want to serve easy, nutritional meals to our families without having to sacrifice quality time. One way to accomplish this is by dusting off your slow cooker and putting it back into service. Crockery slow cookers are a smart way to save time in the kitchen. And with just a few adjustments here and there, we can turn our one-pot recipes into healthy choices the whole family will enjoy. Here are some great ideas and recipes to get you started.
The Benefits of Crockpot Cooking
Temperature - You can't watch much of the Food Network or Cooking Channel without hearing the phrase "low and slow." That's the secret to why food cooked in your crockpot tastes so wonderful. Ultra low cooking temperatures keep food safe while allowing your protein to absorb the flavors of its cooking liquid.
Economy - Another advantage of slow cooking is that by cooking meats slowly, it allows the collagen to break down into a rich, sumptuous gelatin. This tenderizes the meat and allows you toRead More »from 4 Healthy Crockpot Recipes for Every Week in January
3 Must-Read Tips For Work-at-home-mompreneursAlmost a year ago, I was named the Mompreneur of the Month by Tori Spelling on her website, ediTORIal. This was one of my "ahhh" moments. All the late nights, the long hours at my desk, the stress - it was all worth it. I was thrilled to be interviewed by Tori and share my story here along with plenty of tips on being a mompreneur and just why I do it - everyday.Read More »from Work It, Girl: 3 Tips for Becoming a Mompreneur
As a mompreneur, you have two full-time jobs. You're not just running your own business but you're running a household too. And in my case, a household with 5 littles. Yes, it's not always easy. Yes, sometimes I want to scream. But, I don't buckle under pressure. I make it work because I have to provide for my family and well - because I love it. The number one thing you have to have is passion when it comes to successfully starting your own business. It won't happen without. Here's why - along with a few other tips to make it work! I promise, it's possible. And if you really don't believe me, I am always here to help
Use potty training books to help your child.While the thought of potty training fills me - a mom of a two year old - with dread, I want my child to have positive associations with it, viewing potty training as a major step and accomplishment on the road to becoming a big kid. One great way to motivate your child and help them form positive associations with potty training is to introduce kids books that talk to them, on their level, about this intriguing new subject. Here are five of the best kids books for potty training:Read More »from Best Kids Books for Potty Training
1. My Big Boy Potty by Joanna Cole. The best parts of this book, though numerous, include the engaging illustrations, simple explanations, and how the author makes it easy for your child to relate to the main character, Michael.
2. My Big Girl Potty by Joanna Cole. Also making the list of best potty training books for kids is Cole's alternate version of this book, a perfect fit for little girls learning to use the potty, who get to follow along as the main character, Ashley, earns her big girl underpants.
Mommy dearest always warned you about these things, and now, you find yourself repeating the maybe not-so-true sayings. In a quest to give his kids a better explanation than, "that's what grandma told me," Ken Jennings, author of Because I Said So!, uncovered the truth. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from 11 Mom Sayings It's Okay to Ditch
"When you open the oven, all the heat goes out"
At age seven, there's nothing worse than waiting for the cookies to be ready. Thus comes the kitchen version of "are we there yet," prompting moms everywhere to claim checking the chocolate delights will only make them take longer. Yes, when an oven is left open for one minute, about one-quarter of the heat escapes, but it returns in less than that time because warmth radiates from the walls of the oven. No matter what you say or do, it'll be ten to 12 minutes until sweets-time.
"Sugar makes you hyper"
As a parent, it's difficult to admit that your kid's behavior was out-of-control - even though you know it happens to everyone. "It's more
Infomercials make some pretty amazing claims, but how much can you really believe? The Good Housekeeping Research Institute took a closer look at some popular products seen on TV to see if any live up to the hype.
Edge of Glory1. Edge of Glory
$11 + $7 S&H
The Pitch: "The best knife sharpener money can buy!"
The Truth: More like one of the worst. The sharpener broke away from the suction cup before we could even test it, making its use potentially dangerous. Paring, chef's, and utility knives honed on the tiny contraption became only marginally sharper. An electric sharpener did the best job, though we even saw significant improvement with a standard manual handheld sharpener. The product's claim to turn a credit card into a razor-edged tomato slicer just didn't cut it.
The Bottom Line: Edge of Glory is anything but sharp.
Hot Booties2. Hot Booties
$15 + $15.90 S&H (two pairs)
The Pitch: "Long-lasting, soothing heat to treat your feet!"
The Truth: These slippers, filled withRead More »from The Truth Behind Seen on TV Products
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