When You’re a Christian Who Hates Christmas


I’m a Christian who hates Christmas. I know I shouldn’t use the word hate because it is such a strong word so I’ll tone it down a bit. Over the past few years, I’ve dreaded Christmas.

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Question of the Day: Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation is on May 6th.  I have 3 kids in school.  They each have 3 teachers, 4 specialty teachers, 2 P.E. teachers and 3 class assistants.

I feel like that is a math question.  Overall that’s 12 teachers to appreciate. [Read more…]

PinchThisStretchThat.Com is now MomsLifeboat.Com

A lot has changed over the past 4 years, especially with this blog.  I know I may have shocked some of you with the name change, but let me explain why.

PinchThisStretchThat.Com initially started out as a website designed to help you save money and find great deals.   Over time it’s really grown into so much more.  The site doesn’t just talk about money, we provide recipes, talk about family struggles and so much more.

With that being said, it was time to move on and change the name of the blog.

I would like to introduce you to…. MomsLifeboat.Com  (Helping you stay afloat when life is overwhelming)

Why did I choose MomsLifeboat.Com?  Because as Moms we do it all!  Sometimes when life is so busy and chaotic we feel overwhelmed, to the point where, we feel like we are drowning and just need some help.  (a life saver, a life boat).

Other than the name and design of the blog changing (which you’ll see coming soon), everything else will pretty much stay the same.  MomsLifeboat will continue to focus and write about Finance, Family, Food, Faith and Home.

I hope you are as excited about this change as I am.

Girl Scout Cookies – Is the Cost Worth It?

Girl Scout cookies seem to be getting more expensive and the packages and cookies seem to get smaller and smaller.  Our cookies cost $4.00 a box.    In my opinion Girl Scout Cookies are not worth the price.  To me that is crazy!

Girl Scout Cookies

The marketing behind the cookies is genius!  By only offering cookies once a year, we all get suckered into what we can’t have, so we go crazy when we can.  Just look at what happened when people couldn’t buy Twinkies anymore.  Do you think that if these cookies were offered every day we’d be willing to pay $4.00 for a box.  Heck NO!

Taking that into consideration, you should always say No to the co-workers coming in or the parents coming around asking you if you want to buy Girl Scout Cookies.  You should also say No to buying in bulk, because of the (I can only have them once a year syndrome).

But even though I feel that the cookies are not worth the price, I still think you should buy at least one box of cookies from a Girl Scout that approaches you. 

Why?  Because these little girls are learning some amazing life lessons.

  • They are learning how to work.
  • They are learning how to set and strive to reach their goals.
  • They are learning how to deal with money.
  • They are learning how to deal with people, face to face.
  • They are learning how to deal with someone when they say No.
  • They are learning how to work with a team.
  • They are learning friendly competition.

Our society needs this!  Therefore contributing to one box of cookies will help these girls learn some these imperative life lessons.

Want to make your own cookies throughout the year?  Check out the following books:

Joys Top Secret Recipes

Even More Top Secret Recipes

Whats your thought on buying Girl Scout Cookies?  Do you even worry about the price?

 

Financial Problems – My Husband and I Just Don’t Agree

Financial Problems occur in many households including mine.  My husband and I just don’t agree when it comes to dealing with our finances. (With the exception that we want to be debt free.)

Lately our financial problems have been paying off some lingering debt.

Financial Problems

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Dave Ramsey says to get aggressive with your debt and sell everything!  I love that theory, but I’m also not taking it literally.  My husband has a motorcycle that he can sell.  We’ve had it listed but no buyers yet.  My husband  is impatient and he wants to drop the price to get rid of it faster.  I told him not to do that.  He disagrees with me, which leads to us arguing because we just don’t see eye to eye.

His reasoning is that this will keep our motivation and we’ll no longer have to pay for registration and insurance on the item.

My reasoning on this is the fact that selling this item, won’t take us out of debt.  Yes it will put us closer to becoming debt free, but since it won’t zero out our balance why rush?  We have time to be patient and wait for the right buyer to come along and pay us our asking price.  As of right now, we’ve solely relied on Craigslist to find a buyer.

I pointed out that we don’t have a plan of action to get this bike sold.  We can’t just market it on Craigslist, we need to start looking at other opportunities to find a buyer.

He pointed out that we’ll have to pay for advertising and costs associated with marketing it elsewhere.

I justify that the advertising costs won’t be as much as what he want’s to lower the bike for.

See our dilemma?  Comment and tell me what your thoughts on how to solve our current financial problems?

Check out our post:  Manage Your Money by Setting Your Personal Money Goals

Financial Problems

 

Merry Christmas and a little insight of my plans for 2013

Pinch This Stretch That Family Photo

Merry Christmas from me and my family!

 

I know it’s a little late, but I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  I hope you and your family had a blessed one.

I’ve been a little unplugged over the past few weeks and honestly, it’s been nice. It’s given me a chance to re-group with the direction I want to take for 2013.

This year has been an amazing year for me in the blogging world.  I’ve been able to connect with some local bloggers, make some new friends and have learned a lot to help make my blog better.  I’ve gotten so caught up with this, that I’ve lost my focus on writing for my blog.

Over the past few weeks of being unplugged from my computer, I’ve realized that… I love blogging, I love being able to share with you the things I doing to make life easier for me and my family.

So my goal for 2013 is to get back to posting and sharing all the things I love to write about.

I’m going to continue writing post and series for you, as well as sharing recipes, freezer cooking tips, ways to save money, budget, organizing etc.  I’m going to put a big emphasis on showing you ways to save money without using coupons, but don’t worry I’ll still post the must have coupons and deals.

I really appreciate everyone of you for reading here and wish each of you a blessed New Year.

MomsLifeboat ~ Las Vegas, NV
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