What people think freelancers do all day.

Five Things Freelancers Can Do When Work is Slow, Aside from Freak Out

I think that title holds the record as the longest in the Budget and the Beach catalog. Yes! This post is written from a tongue and cheek point of view. PS, why can't I ever spell tongue correctly the first time? As I mentioned in Sunday's post, work has been SA-LOWWWW. For some reason, the less I have to do, the more I lose motivation to do absolutely anything. I find that minutes hours can go by with my hands on the keyboard, but staring blankly into space, as if I should be doing something … Read More...

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Emotional Spending and iPad Mini Giveaway!

I'm going to start with a bold statement: We are all guilty of emotional spending. Young. Old. Men. Women. We all do it. Unfortunately, too many people are unaware of how their emotions influence their spending and the damage it can do to their finances. Our emotions, be it fear, anger, boredom or loneliness, has caused many people to pull out their credit card and spend in an attempt to cheer themselves up or because they "deserved it". My father taught me about emotional competence when I … Read More...

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Random Sunday Thoughts

I don't usually post on Sunday, but out of the blue suddenly felt the urge. This goes to show you that I rarely plan ahead with my blog. I'm a very spur of the moment kind of blogger. So here are just some random things I've been thinking about lately. Technology I was having a conversation with Kathleen from Frugal Portland, and she asked me what kind of productivity technology I use. The answer was easy: none. Well, that's not entirely true. I have a notepad that sits in front of me at … Read More...

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Five Common Budgeting Mistakes when Buying a Car

Are you saving your pennies for your first car, or thinking about upgrading your set of wheels to something new and shiny? Purchasing a car is a major decision, so it's important to weigh all aspects of car ownership carefully from sticker price to road tax. As you start to work out a budget, don't fall prey to the following common car buying mistakes. 1. Only looking at new cars. There's nothing like the thrill of driving off the lot in a brand new car, but if you're limiting your scope … Read More...

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone…

Today I'm posting on my sister site, Healthy, Fit, and Frugal.  …and into the foam. One of my 2014 goals that I posted back in January was to do an obstacle course/mud run. I wasn’t super interested in doing ones that were 10k or longer, or ones where they seemed a bit too much…just something challenging, but fun. What was and is my biggest challenge is finding someone to do it with me. These kinds of races tend to be outside of metro areas (because of the space needed to build the obstacles) … Read More...

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Do You Speak Up?

Today I'm posting as part of my regular series at Debt and the Girl.  Part of my stress-free living plan involves me becoming a better listener…someone who doesn't have to voice his or her opinion about everything, especially when it was never asked for. I mean I don't know why, since I'm brilliant…yes, I'm kidding! :) It also involves more compassion and less judgment. I'm trying to follow the motto of "seek first to understand" before I jump to any conclusions. I have to admit, it isn't … Read More...

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Are You Buried in Stuff?

For some bizarre reason, the 4th of July weekend has always been very productive for me. I think it's because it's the one time of year I tend to avoid the beach. This year  was no different. I did "big laundry" (the sheets, rugs, clothes, etc.), cleaned out the rest of my garage (email me if you want to know why this was a big deal), reorganized my closets (again), and loaded up my car full of donations and materials that needed to be recycled. It. Was. Awesome!  It's funny because I had … Read More...