How I Keep Fit and Healthy on a Budget

How I Keep Fit and Healthy on a Budget

I like keeping active and working out. I always have. Before I got pregnant, I was watching my weight and going for a run almost every evening after work. When I found out I was pregnant, I stopped running. I knew I could carry on – a lot of pregnant women do – but I decided it would be better to postpone working out until after pregnancy. You know, just to be on the safe side. I signed up for pregnancy yoga classes held at my local library when I was in my last trimester. I heard a lot of positive […]

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The Financial Benefits of Being a Stay-at-Home Parent

If you’ve been reading my blog, you will know that I am currently on maternity leave until September. My partner and I discussed what I should do when the time comes to return to my office job, and we both agreed that I should leave my day job and become a full-time stay-at-home mother. We looked at both possibilities: I return to work vs. I stay at home, and had a thorough discussion. Naturally, our discussion involved the financial aspect too. Having spent some time deliberating, we eventually came to a conclusion that we will not gain a lot financially […]

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Saturday Special #1: Life Lately

Welcome to my first edition of Saturday Special blog posts! The idea behind these posts is to have a quick overview of my spending halfway through the month to ensure I am not overspending, check how I am doing with my monthly goals, talk about blog news and share some of the best personal finance articles around the web. I plan to publish these blog posts once a month on a Saturday. SPENDING OVERVIEW My spending was a bit excessive in the first quarter of the year. This is the main reason I decided to start tracking it again. I shared our family budget […]

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Goal Setting: 5 Steps to Success

I have been writing down my goals since May 2013 when I was up to my eyeballs in debt. I started with just one financial goal – to get out of debt – and set a deadline to complete this goal by. I made it my absolute priority, created this blog and shared my story along with my debt repayment plan. It was then time to start working towards achieving my goal. Long story short, I reached debt freedom in just 18 months and one year ahead of the deadline I set for myself to accomplish this goal by. With that, my life has changed forever. I have been setting and […]

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My Financial, Personal and Professional Goals for 2016 – Q1 Update

I wrote down my goals at the end of 2015, but since I have not been around the blogosphere at the time, they never got published. Today I am going to change this by sharing my goals for the remainder of 2016 and my progress so far. Now, my goal setting strategy has changed a little. In comparison to previous years, I no longer set many goals. These days I prefer to have a few solid goals set that I can focus on entirely. I have one big goal in each of these categories – financial, personal and professional. I break down […]

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3 Fun Money Saving Challenges That Will Easily Boost Your Savings

I am all about saving money these days, but I have to admit that paying off my debt was way more fun. Don’t get me wrong; I love seeing our savings grow. I truly enjoy logging into our internet banking on the day we get paid, because I know that it is that time of the month again when I get to top up our savings accounts and make another step towards our big savings goals. Sometimes, though, saving money can become a little tedious. You see, we are saving for something that currently does not have a shape or […]

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