When the pantry’s low and you need a kid-friendly meal fast, here’s a surefire recipe that can get you by for a night, direct from a kid chef. It may not be the healthiest option, but it is surprisingly tasty (even a hot dog hater like me enjoys this meal once in a great while!). So here we go: HDMPC, aka hot-dogs-mashed-potatoes-and-cheese.


  • 1 package of hot dogs (I like lower fat options like turkey dogs)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • American cheese

When there's a $1,000 credit line to your name, it may be tempting to feel rich. It may even be tempting to spend some of that credit on a hot new outfit or a few other treats. But spending all of that would-be cash can cause you some major trouble in the form of lowered credit score and a strapped-for-cash situation. Want some more details? Let's look at some more info on credit below!

What is a Credit Card?

If you've been following along at MomVesting, it's probably no surprise that my husband and I are expecting our first child, a baby girl, in June. It's a very exciting time period for us, but we've found that it's also very expensive. Between $200 rocking chairs, $300 cribs, and $50 to $100 here and there for other baby necessities (or at least very-nice-to-have items...), having a baby can be outlandishly expensive. Thankfully, there are a few ways to save money on items for your bouncing baby.

How to Stretch Your Dollars

As we continue on our stock market definitions path, we come to the price-to-book ratio. Also known by the terms the price/book ratio, the price/equity ratio and the P/B ratio, this stock ratio tells you if a stock is a good deal or a company is in trouble. Want to know more? Well, let’s take a gander.

Definition, Please

It’s been quite the lovely week here in the Midwest, and as I’ve continued to walk (okay, at this point, waddle) four miles per day, I’ve never been more grateful for 70 degree sunny days. In fact, almost every day in the past 8.5 months has been unseasonably beautiful. I couldn’t have hoped for better weather and a better pregnancy overall.

“Mom, what’s for dinner?”

Good question. You’ve already hit up the pizza joint this week and drove through Cluck-in-a-Bucket (a nod to Stephanie Plum there) another night – and your purse is lighter for it. What you really want is to throw together something yummy and quick.

These days, it can be a challenge to come up with meals to bring to the dinner table that are quick, healthy and don’t cost a ton of money. Well, cyber friends, here is one such dish that should fit the bill and please your crowd without costing an arm and a leg.

When my mother was thrown into the single parent pool, she was grossly unprepared. Only 24-years old and presented with supporting three kids under five-years old, she was overwhelmed. Not only was her divorce situation heart-breaking, but the thought of taking care of three kids with a part-time minimum wage job was unimaginable. What could she possibly do?

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Ah, but yes we are, Dorothy. Well, kinda. Today, we’ll take a look at the next state in line in our quest to peruse every 529 college savings plan in the country.

Kansas, home to the Jayhawks and a lot of flat, open land, offers up three plans to aid those wanting to save for college: the Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program, the Learning Quest Advisor, and the Schwab 529 College Savings Plan.

Fees, Residency and Contribution Level Info

When I think about wraparound anything, the first thing that comes to mind is a wraparound porch. My grandmother had one, and it was a thrill as a child to chase my younger cousins all the way around the house to end up right where we started. Ah, memories…but I digress. What we’re talking about today is wraparound financing, not wraparound porches. But I promise, the porch will come in handy as an analogy. Got you hooked? Well, let’s take a look!

Wraparound Financing at its Finest

As the weeks wind down to baby time, my nesting instinct has kicked into high gear. In fact, my nest-preparation may be hinging a little (or a lot…) on the crazy side. Why? Well, because I’ve turned my entire house upside down in search of items that we no longer need or use, all so that I can sell them.