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How to Socialize on a Budget

May 23, 2017 - By: Helene Furst

So it’s Tuesday, it’s GNO, and you’re tapped. You paid the rent, utilities, materials for the kid’s science project, and bought some groceries, but your friends insist on those pomaritas. What’s a girl to do if she wants to have a social life, but she’s on a tight budget? The struggle is real. However, you CAN go out even if your friends have bigger bank accounts, or don’t care about budgeting or saving. All good things are worth a little tough love and belt loosening. Here’s how.

  Surround yourself with the right kind of peeps. I am NOT telling you to drop your friends who have fatter wallets and deeper pockets. I’m just putting that out there. Your friends should be the kind of peeps who are supportive of you; they get where you are, and what’s going on in YOUR life. They may be unable or not want to understand your budgeting ... [Continued]

Life's Big Changes: How to Cope

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May 18, 2017 - By: Helene Furst

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” ~Karen Kaiser Clark

It’s inevitable. Change happens. It can be a bright light shining into your future or feel pretty darn uncomfortable. Sometimes, it is painful, and once in a while, life changing, like an epiphany. Change can also be transformational. I’m not talking Cinderella ball peeps but in the little things. There are those days I wake up energized, and as I’m chugging back that first cup of morning beans (extra strong please), I realize that I am not the same “me” I was yesterday. Sometimes, I’m not even the same person I was ten minutes ago. Am I becoming a better version of myself? I think so. That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I love being able to change myself to the better side of me – a more mindful me. But change is still scary.

In general, I think we ... [Continued]

Budget is Not a Dirty Word

Article image Budget is Not a Dirty Word

May 16, 2017 - By: Helene Furst

MBB continues to bring you Bagging it on a Budget 101: How to live life to the max with out the debt.

Welcome back to Bagging it on a Budget 101. OK, I'm facetious, but I want to share some serious tips with you lovely peeps. How can we set ourselves up to financially secure when we are distracted by life and shiny, new things? It’s not easy, but if you’re savvy, it’s possible. I am not suggesting by any means a total withdrawal from society and socializing with friends, but we all need to start making wiser decisions NOW, so we have that slush fund and savings LATER. Finances can be confusing, and our exposure can be limited. Let’s talk about how to spend smart and save wisely, so today, a quick lesson in dos and don’ts. I promise to keep it interesting.

So here’s how it goes: we all need to save money now, to have a succe... [Continued]

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Reader Comments...

How to Socialize on a Budget Comment By: Mica
These are really good tips - especially the one about Girls Night in, that's always a good idea and


How to Socialize on a Budget Comment By: Jobie Medina
Socializing on a budget can be a challenge but these are great tips. My husband and I have a lot of


How to Socialize on a Budget Comment By: MorningBeans
It sure is Jobie!


Budget is Not a Dirty Word Comment By: Brian
Thanks for the insight, I would be curious to see an article about where to save money on all of the


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Budget is Not a Dirty Word Comment By: MorningBeans
Brian, I will try and address that somewhere in the series. It's still a work in progress. Thanks fo


How to Socialize on a Budget Comment By: Ant
Having nights in is a great way to do this! I also like to ask people to pitch in and bring somethin


How to Socialize on a Budget Comment By: Saidat
I always have night in because I hardly go out. The only time I overspend is online. I always make s


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Welcome to Morning Beans. Grab a cup of your favorite coffee, pull up a chair, and let's chat! I'm Helene and I am many things: writer, artist, mother, daughter, wife and friend. I write for all of us: the overworked homemaker, the executive goddesses, the poets, artists, and the wild hearted women

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