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My name is Lisa. I started Mad Money Monster to help other people just like me. Up until a few years ago, my husband and I weren’t making our finances a priority. After a hard look at our bottom line, we decided we needed a financial reboot.

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As I was scouring the internet this week reading other financial blogs, I was excited to come across This One by our friends at How To Stuff Your Pig.  It's all about financial gift giving for children.  I was amazed that the very first suggestion is the EXACT one we will be doing for Mini [...]

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and here at Mad Money Monster we're trying to figure out how to save MORE money this month.  Craziness.  We've been going over our expenses with a fine-tooth-comb and feel as if there isn't much more fat to trim.  Having one foot firmly planted in the Spend Less [...]

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is over and we're heading back to work today, WE HAVE A CONFESSION.  As you all know, Mr. MMM and I have dedicated ourselves to analyzing every. single. purchase.  BUT, (that's the eraser word.  it erases everything you said before it.  try it) we are not perfect, and we [...]

I've noticed that many of our frugal blogger friends have taken the second half of this week off to spend time with their family and friends.  Here at Mad Money Monster, we are still working our day jobs today (ugh) AND we still have something to say.  Although, you can maybe expect this post to [...]

Last weekend Mini Monster and I were sitting at the kitchen table talking about making the turkey for Thanksgiving.  I got her to agree to make the mashed potatoes, by the way.  She's only 6 so they should taste interesting :)  During the discussion I told her that we were probably going to need to [...]

Our Friday night routine used to consist of play dates (we're parents) at various, local venues such as the roller skating rink, the bounce house, or Chuck E. Cheese (oh, the horror).  Along with that went, a trip to Pizza Hut, Isaac's, or dare I say it, McDonald's.  This seemed necessary to us only a [...]

A funny thing occurred to me this week.  I realized that, since we started down our ultra frugal, early retirement path, we also started changing our habits.  Changed habits led us to devise new strategies for having fun without spending our dough.  This line of thought stimulated our creative thinking and resulted in new hobbies, [...]

No disrespect to J. Money, but in the Mad Money house we believe budgets are for the birds.  I have spent countless hours inputting guesstimated dollar amounts to be spent in every detailed category in the quest to create our monthly budget.  Each month was different, so it wasn't set it and forget it.  Every [...]

Let's see...it's been a whole week since we started our Hump Day Headlines series; time for installment #2!  Mr. Money Monster and I are officially back into our weekly routines after the wedding and honeymoon.  We're enjoying being a married couple *yippee* and sharing ideas for our collective future, along with Mini Monster. The Morning [...]