Hurricane Harvey

Just over a week ago, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast. We were very fortunate, but so many still need your help. If you are looking for somewhere other than national organizations to donate to, there are plenty of local groups needing monetary assistance to help those displaced by floodwaters.

Austin Pets Alive – They have rescued over 1,700 animals displaced by the hurricane in the Houston area, and transported them to temporary shelters while they try to reunite them with their owners.

Church of the King – 100% of donations to the Harvey Relief Fund go straight to relief efforts and people in need.

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Harris County Public Library – I know a few of their library branches suffered damage. I do not have information regarding monetary donations at the time of posting, but I will update if that option becomes available.

Houston Food Bank – Donations will be used for disaster relief until this year’s needs are met, and the remaining funds will support ongoing hunger-relief efforts.

The J.J. Watt Foundation

Second Baptist Church – 100% of donations to the Flood Relief fund go to those in need.

In addition to families that were displaced, several schools suffered significant damage, and teachers are having to resupply their classrooms in temporary locations. If you would prefer to donate to them, here’s the list I have so far. I will update as I have more information.

Thank you for your support!

Save Money with Green Home Upgrades

The following is a guest post.  No compensation was received. 

Green home improvement is a hot topic these days. With the cost of water rising throughout much of the country and energy policies facing an uncertain future, more homeowners than ever before are showing an interest in energy-saving remodeling projects and upgrades. The following infographic explains energy saving upgrades that will put money back into your pocket within two years.

 

How Families Plan their Budget

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Some people think that it’s impossible to plan their budget, but it’s actually a rather important process, because you have to secure your family members financially.

Budget planning helps to find unnecessary expenses, and also to realize how much money you need for certain things. Your family budget will show you what part of income comes to the house and what stays outside of it. Such information helps to build a system of savings.

For example, with a family budget you can understand how exactly it’s possible to save money for college for your children. Start your budget planning by researching your income. Calculate your salary, dividends, and any other money you have accurred. Compare income sums each month. You’ll see when this number was the largest and when it was the smallest. Try to figure out all changes in your income and find reasons of them. If you want to increase your budget, there are always available loans from online lenders. Type “easy loans” into a search engine and check such offers.

Define main expenses of your family. They are usually things like car payments, medical bills, groceries, utilities and housing. We can’t live without such expenses today. Knowing the amount of your main expenses helps to realize the amount of money you spend outside your house, so you’ll be able to reduce them if you want to start saving money for something. It’s also important to plan your spending properly. Planning of your family budget will let you find out the amount of money that you can economize. You can make a bank account for your savings, or to keep them at home. It depends on the sum and on
a purpose of this money. If you save money for your child, it’s better to keep it in a bank account in your child’s name. Make a proper plan of your family budget, and you’ll see that it’s easier to live with full information about your finances.

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So this is where all of my money goes…

A visual breakdown of a child’s expenses from birth to age 18…

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