Denver Deals: Starbucks, Mad Greens, Vail and More

I am a fourth generation Colorado native. I am very proud of that fact. I am even more proud when the ideals of our politicians match my personal ideas. I saw that in action this last week when Gov. John Hickenlooper along with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation challenged Colorado schools, businesses and individuals to collectively perform 10,000 random acts of kindness. The six-month challenge kicked off at Gov. Hickenlooper’s inauguration and culminates at the Biennial of the Americas event in Denver on July. What can you do?Give, receive or witness an act of kindness. Post your photos, videos and stories using #StateOfKind on Twitter, Vine, Facebook or Instagram. Or email them to Glinda@randomactsofkindness.org with the subject line: #StateofKind.

FREE Salad at Mad Greens Westminster. In celebration of their newest location, Mad Greens will have free salads for anyone who shows up at their new location at 120th and Huron on Tuesday, April 28 between 10:30 and 8:30 p.m. The salad can also have chicken added and a free drink.

Starbucks. Starbucks is once again having Happy Hour with Frappuccinos! Nothing could make my teenage kids happier. May 1 (This Friday) through May 10 Starbucks will offer their cold blended beverages for half price between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

King Soopers. King Soopers offers a Free Friday item. If you sign up for King Soopers coupons – you can download a chosen free item each Friday. Items in the past have included Lindt Chocolate Stick, Lipton sparking iced tea, power bars and yogurts. All it takes if for you to click “download to my card” then when you check out they take the entire purchase price of that item off your bill. Also while you are at KingSoopers.com (or the KingSoopers app) you can download manufacturer coupons (so you don’t have to cut and carry them) right onto your card.

Girl’s Night At The Movies. You and your girls are invited to a special advance screening of HOT PURSUIT starring Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon on May 5. Visit http://www.wbtickets.com/HOTMama to download your admit-two pass. Please arrive early as seating is first come, first served, and is not guaranteed! HOT PURSUIT hits theaters May 8.

Vail Announces Epic School KidsFor years the ski areas in Colorado have given free passes to kids in 5th and 6th grade (some make you pay a nominal fee for the 6th grade) but now, Vail Resorts is offering FREE skiing for Colorado kids kindergarten through 5th Grade. Visit any Vail-owned retail locations (Colorado Ski & Golf; Colorado Ski & Sport; Boulder Sport; and Colorado Springs Sport) with your child. Have a copy of their school ID, report card, birth certificate or letter from the school to sign up for the FREE pass which will be good for four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone plus, one free beginner’s lesson. These are ONLY available in the stores through end of May.

Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum (DAM) recently announced that kids 18 and under are entitled to FREE general admission every day for the next FIVE years thanks to Kaiser and Reiman Foundations.

Free/Cheap Days.

  • The Newman Center at the University of Denver has a mothers day 2 for 1 Special for their final performance of the year.
  • Friday, May 1 Four Mile Historic Park admission will be free.
  • Colorado Railroad Museum offers free admission this Saturday, May 2.
  • Sunday, May 3 is free admission at the Mizel Museum of Jewish Art and culture.
  • Tuesday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. is free at the Children’s Museum of Denver (compliments of Target)
Professional Organizing. Simply Put Organizational Solutions for the Home is a full-service company, which helps people focus, simplify, and organize their home or office. They design, purchase, and install innovative space solutions and organizational systems. Products and services are tailor-made, high quality and guaranteed to meet diverse and changing needs. Call today 303.321.2692 – get the first 2 hours of home or office organizing support for the price of one (a $150 value for only $75). Additional hours are 20% off (making it just $60/hour). Plus, the offer is good for new and existing clients on your first project of this year.

Consignment Sales. MileHighMamas has compiled the best of the best in kids consignment sales. The whole list can be found at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2015/02/11/denver-childrens-consignment-sales/

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If you’re on Twitter follow me on Twitter (GeeWhy93).  If I find a great deal during the week, I’ll tweet it out.

Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

FitBit Check In One

When I first divorced several years ago now, I got really involved in fitness. (It didn’t hurt that I also worked at 24 Hour Fitness at the time). I was a junkie for the Group X (Group Exercise) classes like Turbo Kick and LesMills. But then I switched jobs, got into different routines and hung out with different people. Now several years later, I realized that I have not been as fit as I was before.  Don’t get me wrong, I still snowboard and hike. I like to take a walk or hit tennis balls. I have not become a total couch potato.

I recently went on a snowboard trip to Park City/Canyons for work and one of my colleagues was showing me her fitbit. I was more than a little intrigued. It tracked her steps and her heart rate. There is an interface where you can denote your goals and even track your meals. A one stop (on your wrist) stop to a personal trainer in my pocket. So I ordered one. I got the kind she did with the heart rate monitor and all.

It arrived today. I got it all set up. I have the app on my phone and the interface on my computer. I’m ready to go. I think this will be the ticket where I check back in with my fitness life. Where I actually pay attention to how many steps I take in a day (and how many more I need).

I am sort of disappointed that it arrived on a cold day. Where I can’t go out on a giant hike and get it going. I am sort of obsessed knowing my colleague will be my “friend” on it and be able to tell how many steps I take. I feel that competitive streak coming back…I.MUST.WIN.I’m not sure which of my friends have a fitbit. I guess I will just do check ins here. With whoever is reading this. Day 1 – excited to put it on. Not really counting steps today. If I get to 5,000 (1/2 of my 10,000 daily goal – that should be good since I got it late in the day?!?!)

In either case – I think we both win. We are both be conscientious about our health and making decisions based on that. Yay us.

Can We Skip Brunch This Mother’s Day?

I am a big believer of time spent with someone as a gift. The gift of the memories you can not buy – and long after the flowers have died or the chocolates have been eaten – you remember the time you spend with someone. Typically for me that means doing something active together. The best Mother’s Day memories are the times that my teens acquiesce and do what I ask of them, because it was Mother’s Day. Here are a few choice ones from our list (and one that would never make our list).

  1.  Go on a Hike: We are lucky to live in Colorado where there are trails everywhere. Hiking can be easy. Pick a hike that you can do with the whole family. Something that makes it even more fun is if you pack a picnic and plan a fairly short hike just to get to the picnic. Hiking is simple and costs NOTHING to get started. We sometimes do the picnic idea in reverse – where we walk to the store and then figure out what we are having for dinner. We walk home while carrying all the groceries (this is sort of on the move weight lifting).
  2. Play Tennis: When was the last time you told your kids to gang up against you? Seriously the kids love to play two on one tennis. It doesn’t have to be a serious game where we keep score. Just hitting the ball to each other is fun. And it is a very inexpensive sport to play. I grabbed a couple tennis rackets and a sleeve of balls from WalMart for just $20 or so.
  3. Try a New Class Together: Nothing makes my daughter giggle more like she did when she was little than the time we went to a Hot Yoga class together or the time I attempted a Barre class (Seriously! It’s not just dancing). She could do the moves better than I could – and I looked like a discombobulated dork. There are several gyms (I belong to 24 Hour Fitness) that will offer free day passes – before you have to commit long term to have your son or daughter be at the gym with you.
  4. Go to the Batting Cages: There are a couple batting cages near our house. It is fun to go and make a competition on who hits the most balls. My son got a total charge out of this one!
  5. Garden: While this would never make it to my own personal list (I have a black thumb), I know that many of my friends get great pleasure from gardening. Planting and pulling weeds is (supposedly) a great workout and digging in the dirt a stress reliever. The kids will get a kick out of you telling them to go outside and get dirty! The cost is inexpensive as you can get seed packets for under a dollar.
  6. Sleep: A full night’s sleep is so very necessary and good for your health. Rather than waking mom up to try to give her some extravagant brunch – how about you let her rest.

Denver Deal: Bass Pro Shop, Hot Pursuit Movie, Cherry Creek North Expo and More

My kids were never into Legos. While I thought they were cool – I guess I didn’t have the imagination to make something spectacular out of them (and as a parent I stepped on a few in the middle of the night and it really hurt). But the FREE Lego Exhibit at Park Meadows Mall of our American National Monuments is very cool. Having gone to D.C. with my kids last summer and seeing these amazing monuments in person, I was astonished at the size and complexity of the ones at the mall. Maybe this will inspire both myself and my kids to like Legos a little more..again.

Bass Pro Shop. Bass Pro Shops celebrates the Workender Weekend Escape event with sales, giveaways, how-to’s, social hour and more on April 24 & 25. Demos Friday 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. include cooking down and dirty, pack right, beat the bugs, slumber by the number, pickout and get out , streamline your kayak. Take the 20/20 challenge to log 20 miles or 20 days to win cool prize package (tent, backpack, kayak, watch and GoPro).

Cherry Creek North ExpoCherry Creek North will host the Spring Shape-Up Fitness Fashion Show & Expo on Sun., April 26 on Fillmore Plaza. Denver’s premier shopping district will feature spring and summer workout wear from Cherry Creek Dance, Lucy, PrAna, and Title Nine. (I’ve got my eye on a pair of PrAna shorts). Fitness fanatics are also invited to join the Yelp Cherry Creek North Bike Meet-­up event on Thur., April 24th. Bring a bike or borrow a Denver B-­-cycle bike! *Special discounts for participants.  Meet-­Up participants will receive a map of locations offering discounts and giveaways to cyclists via Yelp. Both events are free and open to the public.

Girl’s Night At The Movies. You and your girls are invited to a special advance screening of HOT PURSUIT starring Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon on May 5! Visit http://www.wbtickets.com/HOTMama to download your admit-two pass! Please arrive early as seating is first come, first served, and is not guaranteed! HOT PURSUIT hits theaters May 8!

Vail Announces Epic School KidsFor years the ski areas in Colorado have given free passes to kids in 5th and 6th grade (some make you pay a nominal fee for the 6th grade) but now, Vail Resorts is offering FREE skiing for Colorado kids kindergarten through 5th Grade. Visit any Vail-owned retail locations (Colorado Ski & Golf; Colorado Ski & Sport; Boulder Sport; and Colorado Springs Sport) with your child. Have a copy of their school ID, report card, birth certificate or letter from the school to sign up for the FREE pass which will be good for four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone plus, one free beginner’s lesson. These are ONLY available in the stores through end of May.

Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum (DAM) recently announced that kids 18 and under are entitled to FREE general admission every day for the next FIVE years thanks to Kaiser and Reiman Foundations.

Free/Cheap Days.

  • Denver Botanic Gardens has a free day on Wednesday, April 22 (Happy Earth Day!)
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science is free on Saturday, April 25
  • DCPA Family Fun Forum. Discover all kinds of performance skills and win tokens redeemable for prizes at our Family Fun Forums. The events are free and open to all ages. Time: 12-2pm April 26, 2015 on 3rd Floor, 1101 13th Street in the Robert & Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education
  • Butterfly Pavillion $5 Day April 25 Experience Butterfly Pavilion and all of our small wonders for only $5.00 on select days! $5 for each guest 2 and older; Free for members and children 1 and under. 
Professional Organizing. Simply Put Organizational Solutions for the Home is a full service company, which helps people focus, simplify, and organize their home or office. They design, purchase, and install innovative space solutions and organizational systems. Products and services are tailor made, high quality and guaranteed to meet diverse and changing needs. Call today 303.321.2692 – get the first 2 hours of home or office organizing support for the price of one (a $150 value for only $75). Additional hours are 20% off (making it just $60/hour). Plus, the offer is good for new and existing clients on your first project of this year.

Consignment Sales. MileHighMamas has compiled the best of the best in kids consignment sales. The whole list can be found at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2015/02/11/denver-childrens-consignment-sales/

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Email me if you know of any great Denver deals!

If you’re on Twitter follow me on Twitter (GeeWhy93).  If I find a great deal during the week, I’ll tweet it out.

Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

My Relationship With Money

Have you ever thought about why you do the things you do with money? Do you value it different than your friends? Where do your money attitudes come from anyway?

I grew up in a middle American household. There were weeks when the money was tight and there were weeks when the money flowed a little more freely. I wonder how many times my mom would take me to the mall to shop for clothes and we would bee-line it to the sale rack. “You can fall in love with something on sale” was a typical statement. Or “wait a few weeks and if you still want it and it’s still here…” (meaning it will likely go on sale and if I still like it then it would be a good (not impulsive) purchase.

I divorced several years ago now. My ex was horrible with money. We had gotten ourselves in so much debt we were living in his parent’s basement. We didn’t have the money to pay our bills. We were in DEEP. After divorcing and being completely in charge of my own money – my attitude started to change. I got excited to see my savings account add up. I got excited about paying OFF my bills completely (I was following the Dave Ramsey plan – if you don’t know it. You should!) But I sort of became obsessed with it. I was working 4 jobs at one point (just so I get throw extra money at my debts), I had a precarious balance in my life between my kids and jobs. There really wasn’t time for anything else. I think that is the point. If I had not gotten myself in so much trouble with money in the first place – I would not have to spend this time now trying so hard to get out of it.

Having a bit more money (and no debt except house) has not made me a happier person (I was pretty happy all along). But I will say the less stress has made me a more fun person to be around. I have learned there is a lot you can do without a bunch of money.

On this journey I’ve learned that money is important but is not everything. Your relationship doesn’t have to make it be everything. If you are vigilant and pay attention to your money (hello budget) – you will have the time to pay attention to what really matters – family and friends. If you learned how to act with your money (from your parents, spouse or something else) you can unlearn that thought process too.

Making Macarons at Sur La Table

It started a few months back. My daughter informed me that she had tried macarons and loved them. Where she got such a decadent dessert I don’t know. What I do know is that I am cheap – and these are probably the most expensive little cookie on the planet. I blame the French! So we hunted for them. We found you could buy a box at Trader Joe’s for something like $6 or you can buy the cookies at $2.50 a piece at Whole Paycheck (er…Whole Foods). Yikes. So I suggested we make them. Little did I know that they need almond flour which is like $15 a pound. My mom is a great cook – so I emailed her and asked her to learn how to make them. She said she had tried before – and had no success. So..we were stuck. Until my mom got an email from Sur la Table about a Spring Macaron Workshop!

So we signed up for the class – both me and my mom. There is a class space at the back of the Sur La Table store. (We had taken a class there once before). This time there were 12 people in the class. We split into teams of four. Chef Brett Dolce (seriously? His last name means sweet? It’s no wonder he’s teaching this!!), did a great job of walking us through each step and explained things that we may not have known just by reading a recipe. Things like…don’t get your hopes up that these will turn out good – they don’t do well in cold or rainy days (which it was as a freak April day in Denver where it was SNOWING).

Chef Brett Dolce teaches Macaron Class at Sur La Table Cherry Creek Denver Colorado

Chef Brett Dolce teaches Macaron Class at Sur La Table Cherry Creek Denver Colorado

The cookies don’t require much when it comes to ingredients so they should be simple right? Just Almond Flour (which he taught us how to make with almonds and powdered sugar), powdered sugar, egg whites and then any flavorings if we want them. The measurements are weighed rather than volume.

  • 7 oz powdered sugar
  • 4 oz almond flour (or mix almonds in with powdered sugar in cuisinart)
  • 4 large egg whites (room temp)
  • Pinch of cream of tartar or lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 oz granulated sugar

Sift together the powdered sugar and almonds. In another bowl make meringue by beating the egg whites, lemon juice and granulated sugar to medium peaks. Mix the powdered sugar mix with the meringue. Stir until it falls off the spatula in runny chunks (like a heavy drip). Transfer the batter to a pastry bag. Pipe  on to parchment lined baking sheets.

Sifting powdered sugar and nuts for macarons at Sur La Table Cherry Creek

Sifting powdered sugar and nuts for macarons at Sur La Table Cherry Creek

Piping the cookies onto the baking sheet.

Piping the cookies onto the baking sheet.

Let stand at room temperature for 15-30 minutes. bake 10-15 minutes at 300 degree oven. Let macarons cool. Make into sandwiches with a buttercream frosting or ganash (ganash is chocolate chips and heavy cream).

I usually say I am not a good cook. But if this class is any indication – I may have hope to make a few things that are edible. Can we have cookies for dinner?

What Happens When You Don’t Make It

My daughter recently tried out for cheerleading at her high school. (She will be an entering Freshman). This is not a typical teenage passing fancy – something that just sort of sounded interesting. She has been preparing for this for several months now. She participated for several months at a competitive gym cheer program. She has perfected her cartwheel, round-off and is working on her back walk-over. They say that after the back walk-over the handspring will come fairly easily. Then for the past couple months she has been participating in cheer clinics to learn the cheers and dance that she would need to perform during try-outs. They also needed to hand in recommendations from three teachers. She has really been preparing for this!

Friday was the big day. The school said they would distribute letters (which they asked the kids to open in private). If the girls were chosen to be a part of the team they should come back to attend a meeting about an hour later. She did NOT get chosen. She was heartbroken. He was a crying mess. I don’t blame her. She had been trying so hard. And as a parent – there is absolutely NOTHING I could figure out to say to make her feel better.

But then trying to be level-headed I sort of have to say – this is good. She can put in another year. She can get that handspring. She can concentrate on the transition into high school (and maybe her grades – but she is a good student and has good grades already). My son told her to explore other sports (he also provided her with a list of all the sports she would be good at – love that kid!). And at the back of my head I couldn’t help thinking, “ok, well it is a good life lesson – she won’t get every job she interviews for or every promotion she’s up for.” And not to mention the amount of money that I will be saving! But no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that it was OK. I felt bad for her. No matter who else had a story of trying a second, third or fourth time (my sister and I both had to try out a couple times before making our cheer teams) it didn’t make her story any better in the moment.

Just when she was starting to put together a plan on how to go chin-up and try again next year…she got an email from the coach. A spot had opened up after all. She is in! Now it is a different kind of determination (proving they made the right choice to include her).

Denver Deal: Tax Day Deals, Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Day, National Parks and More

I have already filed my taxes (and paid) but for all the procrastinators out there – tax day is this week. While it might not be a fun day for anyone – there are some sort of fun deals out there.

Tax Day Deals

  • Smiling Moose Deli. During the week of April 13-17 get a free kids meal after 3 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entree, chips, and drink. To claim the offer visit Smiling Moose Deli Facebook page.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels. Bet a Big Bundle for just $10.40 (Get it? Like the tax form!)
  • Sonic. Sonic is offering 1/2 off Burgers at Sonic on April 15.
  • Tokyo Joe’s. Tokyo Joe’s is offering beer for just ONE penny with the purchase of any bowl or big salad (limit 2 per customer).
  • Boston Market. Buy on individual meal get one free. (No Coupon Required)
  • Schlotzsky’s. Buy a 32 oz drink and chips get an original sandwich free.
  • Staples. Print the coupon from Staples.com for 5 lbs of free shredding at Staples.
  • Hydromassage. HydroMassage offers a free Hydromassage experience April 13-17. Print coupon.
  • Molly Brown House. Admission to the Molly Brown House is FREE on Wednesday, April 15 (tax day)

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Day. Wednesday, April 14 is Free Scoop Day at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops. Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream between 12 noon and 8 p.m. Free Scoop days are just a way to thank you for another year of support. Which flavor will you choose?

National Park Free Entrance. The U.S. National Parks will offer free admission April 18 & 19 (this weekend) in celebration of National Parks Week!

Vail Announces Epic School KidsFor years the ski areas in Colorado have given free passes to kids in 5th and 6th grade (some make you pay a nominal fee for the 6th grade) but now, Vail Resorts is offering FREE skiing for Colorado kids kindergarten through 5th Grade. Visit any Vail-owned retail locations (Colorado Ski & Golf; Colorado Ski & Sport; Boulder Sport; and Colorado Springs Sport) with your child. Have their school ID, report card, birth certificate or letter from the school to sign up for the FREE pass which will be good for four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone plus, one free beginner’s lesson. These are ONLY available in the stores.  These are only going to be available for a limited time – so get to a store soon!

Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum (DAM) recently announced that kids 18 and under are entitled to FREE general admission every day for the next FIVE years thanks to Kaiser and Reiman Foundations.

YMCA of the Rockies. As they say, the ‘Early Bird’ catches the worm and that rings true for booking cabins at both Colorado locations of the YMCA of the Rockies.The summer and fall cabin reservations for non-members at both locations (Estes Park & Snow Mountain Ranch) open on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Guests can book online starting at 12:01 a.m. http://ymcarockies.org – Estes Park Center  http://snowmountainranch.org/ – Snow Mountain Ranch or by phone at 7:00 a.m. Mountain Time by calling 888-613-9622.

Consignment Sales. MileHighMamas has compiled the best of the best in kids consignment sales. The whole list can be found at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2015/02/11/denver-childrens-consignment-sales/

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Seven Money Tips

I started blogging as the Deals Editor at MileHighMamas. I still love and contribute weekly to that blog. I was a newly single mom looking for ways to get back on track financially and still trying to entertain my kids on little money. I would take them to every free event in town – just because it was free. We went to our fair share of Grand Openings and Summer Concerts. In that time though, we had FUN. (We still have fun but they are less happy about going to all the free places I drag them to – they are teens after all).

It really is a lifestyle to be conscious of your money, to not get caught up in the wants of today.  I am sort of constantly surprised at how some people find these tips – as a completely new concept. But here are a few of the tips that I use regularly. I am by NO means a money expert. I am not a millionaire (or even close) but I think I’m working my way toward financial independence.

1. Live below your means. Seriously? Are we still talking about this? Spend less than you make. Keep some in savings.

2. Plan ahead. Plan your purchases. Put the credit cards away. What seems like a great deal now – will tack on all kinds of interest and that item you bought because you thought you needed it will actually cost MORE if you don’t pay it off right away, so just pay cash now. I plan to take my kids on a trip this summer. I know that several places only take credit cards (making a reservation at a hotel). Get a pre-paid re-loadable card that you can continue to add your savings to. By the time you head out for your trip, you will know exactly how much you can spend on souveniers etc.

3. Do It Yourself. I live in an apartment so I’m not talking so much about DIY Home projects – I am talking about little things. Make your own sandwich and bring it for lunch. Clean your own house (don’t pay someone else to do it). Shovel your own sidewalks. Mow your own lawn. Cook dinners (don’t go out).

4. Find Friends On The Same Path. Yes, I have friends of all different financial situations. But I find that if I have this one friend that will indulge me when I say I need to do something that costs NOTHING they won’t put me down for it – but happily spread out a blanket at the free concert with me or go on that hike. It also helps if they know your goals. Why are you doing this?

5. Challenge Yourself. I like to challenge myself (and my kids) just to see if we can do it. I pick a week where we will spend NOTHING. We plan our meals ahead. We plan our entertainment ahead. (So we set ourselves up for success). We go to the store and get everything we will need. Then for one week – we spend nothing. Not a penny. We have to live on what we have only. For my kids, I usually do this just one week a month. We did try it for a full month once (we may do that again some time and I will blog about it when we do).

6. Look For The Sale. Try to shop the sales. Almost every item will go on sale at one point or another. Use coupons. Coupons can be found in a multitude of places from your mailbox to online. Sign up for frequent shopper or loyalty programs. (Safeway has a great one that tracks your purchases and pushes coupons for those items to your website – you can upload  them to your loyalty card). I am not however advocating that you purchase things that are out of date. (I am a stickler for the date on my milk jug – if it is that date it is a NO GO in my world).

7. Write Down Everything and Keep A Budget. I wasn’t really sure where all my money was going. For one month we wrote down literally every penny that was spent (I know it sounds ridiculous because we would even write down – threw a penny in the fountain). Then we made a budget the next month based on the month we tracked. Then we stuck to the budget. You also get a chance to see what you are really spending your money on. There are great apps for this too – Mint.com is one of my favorites as you can tie it to your debit card and track where and what category your money is going.

Do you have something you do that is money wise? Something that seems so natural to you – that you don’t really understand that other people don’t do it too?