sleep, sheep, mattress, baa Budget Savvy 

Once upon a mattress – and a movie to help you sleep

A good night’s sleep is never a waste of time – or money. According to a 2014 study conducted by the Better Sleep Council, many consumers just don’t know how to choose a mattress. But a good mattress is an important part of having a restful night. Oklahoma State University researchers found that study participants slept better and had fewer aches and pains when they slept on new mattresses, regardless of age, weight, or body mass index. Mattresses are expensive, and many of us are hesitant to purchase a new…

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cash crone, car, planet, walking Money Management 

Lose the car – sometimes – and save money.

If you were forced to give something up in order to stay on budget or pay off a debt, what would you be willing to sacrifice? I have started a walking routine in the morning before I begin my work day. Now, I would rather mosey than trot, and running anywhere in my opinion has to be a joyful thing, with jumping and laughing. Sort of like Phoebe from Friends: So, I walk, and I have slowly turned up the goal from a mere 1/2 mile to 2 miles per…

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Money Management 

6 questions to ask yourself about saving money

Journalists often interview sources or experts by using the six traditional questions – who? what? when? where? how? and why? – as probes to more information. The questions can open up more discussion, uncover new information, or clarify vague or confusing statements. Ask yourself these questions to find a path to wealth: Who? When outlining your wealth path, you must consider who is involved. Do you have a partner you want to share with or support? Or do you have dependents, or elderly parents who might play a part in…

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DIY ways to help hurricane victims

We can still help others while staying on budget. Although I have a “give” envelope in my budget, there are other ways we can help. Many people are being displaced and evacuated during the recent hurricanes, and others have been homeless for some time. Here are some ways you can help:     Plastic bag bedrolls The sidewalk or shelter floors can wear on anyone’s bones and make for poor sleeping. These DIY crocheted bedrolls are made from plastic grocery bags! They can be washed easily and tied into a…

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Money Management The "Eleven" : The Fixer Upper 

Why remodeling has to wait until I’m off the ledge

I have an amazing life. So many exciting adventures have crossed my path (and if you don’t believe me, take some time to read my oldest blog, TrusttheUniverse.com), and I am grateful for all of them. All of them! The business of blogging has forced me to share things I normally keep to myself. But I also know, through my work as an optimism guide and motivational coach, that our stories help others learn as well.     At the big house If you are a regular Cash Crone reader,…

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