John & Jane Doe Guide to Money & Investing

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The Cost of a Sick Kid

If you have a kid, you know eventually you are going to have a sick kid. We’ve been lucky, and our daughter’s illnesses have been mild and …

Buyer's Remorse and Broken Toys

This weekend I got to teach my daughter an important but necessary lesson: <b>Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, everyone wastes money every now</b> …

Fried Chicken Shouldn't Be Easy & Other Thoughts on Fast Food

For the last 3 months, I’ve been working beside a Bojangle’s. I’ve also been avoiding it.<p>Bojangle’s is my absolute favorite fast food. <b>Mmm sweet tea,</b> …

Walking Up the Big Darn Hill and Out of the Comfort Zone

Since I’ve been actively trying to <b>get moving a little more this year and escape the existence of a couch potato</b>, I’ve been trying to take a lot more …

Six Weeks of Saving Gets a CleverKeet

I may have to amend my position on those darn toy videos.<p>A couple of months ago, my daughter became obsessed with a toy from a toy video: the Little …

Celebrating the Awesome Women in My Family • John & Jane Doe Guide to Money

Jon’s aunt has been asking me about my family tree.<p>She is a genealogy enthusiast who has managed to trace her own family back to BC. I gave her some …

A Tale of Two Meters: Simple Ways to Save Energy

<i>It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…</i><p>Okay, I can’t really write like Charles Dickens, but I wanted to share the story of how <b>we saved</b> …

"Watching Toy Videos Just Makes Me Want Stuff."

It was around 8:30 and my daughter was bouncing around the room. My husband and I flinched as she bounded closer and closer to sharp-cornered …

Reducing the Cost of My Coffee Habit

Of all the chores I do, grocery shopping is by far my favorite. For a long time, I thought of a trip to the grocery store as the perfect opportunity …

Everything in Moderation, including Moderation

After a season of overindulgence (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Super Bowl) it’s easy to feel a little partied out. And so, tradi<b>tional forces</b> …

Windfalls and the Lost Lost Tooth • John & Jane Doe Guide to Money

We had a big event last week: <b>my daughter lost her first tooth Thursday night.</b><p>As you would expect of any kid of five and a half, my daughter was super …

The $12,000 Birthday Present I Got From Our Power Company

Back in late December, on my birthday in fact, I opened the mailbox to discover a post card from Duke Energy Progress, our power company. The card …

Do Year-Round Schools Hurt Your Bottom Line?

It’s no secret that <b>raising a child costs money and that educating a child can be expensive</b>. Parents are faced with a lot of educational options, and …

Are You Talking to Your Kid About Money?

<b>Are you talking to your kid about money?</b><p>Like a lot of parents, I want my kid to be financially savvy, but I also know from experience that even smart …

11 Ways I Satisfy My Book Addiction Without Going Broke

I think it’s fair to say I have had a pretty serious book addiction since I first discovered the tongue-twisting delights of Doctor Seuss. Even as an …

Surveillance Surprise: Proof #76,857 that Someone is Watching

Like a lot of folks, I took some time off for Christmas and didn’t write much for a couple of days. So I completely forgot to write about the Big …

Do You Have to Be Weird to be Debt-Free?

One of the more interesting posts I read this weekend was Get Out of Debt by Being Weird by Erin over at the Stay at Home Yogi. Erin had some …

The Textbook Business Explained: Supply and Demand, Baby

It’s January, and January makes me almost nostalgic for my years working the textbook counter in a used book store. I spent 17 years working for a …

His and Hers Resolutions for 2016: Emily's Goals for the New Year • John & Jane Doe Guide to Money

<i>As we go into the New Year, Jon and I started to make our resolutions for 2016. It didn’t take very long to realize we were going in very different</i> …

How Much Do I Save By Driving Slowly? Gas Mileage Redux

About a month ago, I wrote an article about ways to increase gas mileage. I mentioned three basic techniques that could be followed by any driver at …

Little Bit and her Giveaway Jar: Teaching a 5 Year Old to Give

So what happens when you give a Kindergarten kid discretion over charitable giving? This year, we found out that teaching a 5 year old to give …

4 Ways I Stopped Christmas Overspending This Year • John & Jane Doe Guide to Money

Two weeks until Christmas, and I’m almost done!<p>I have some cooking to do, which will cost me some money, and I need to make a run to the liquor …

Humor and The Uncomfortable Truths of Discworld

<i>Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.-Terry Pratchett</i><p><i>This article is part of the #pfmessages project at The Yachtless, exploring</i> …

The Personal Balance Sheet:MVP of Your Financial Plan

When’s the last time you filled out a personal balance sheet? It’s one of the most useful financial planning tools you can use, and in a short time …

Christmas Budget Busters Part 2: The Lure of Holiday Treats

You stroll into the grocery store, shopping list in hand. You limit your produce to what you’ll actually consume this week, you shop the specials on …

Spitting in the Eye of the Middle Age or Embracing It?

So Sunday is my birthday..It’s not a BIG birthday, just a regular middle age birthday. I won’t be moving into any new demographic groups or decades, …

Don't Fall Victim to Christmas Budget Busters!

This is the year: you’ve vowed to stay within your Christmas budget. This is the holiday season you won’t be paying off presents well into next year. …

My Struggle to Be A Good Steward

I really enjoy the tongue in cheek posts on J Money’s Budgets are Sexy blog. Wednesday, he wrote a piece called “I changed my philosophy on money and …

Crush Christmas Budget Temptation with Thoughtful Shopping

I love Christmas shopping. The thought of buying stuff to give other people joy makes me happy, and Christmas is my free pass (well, budgeted pass) …