Can’t Keep Up? 4 Ways To Save Money Without Compromising Your Lifestyle

As a stay-at-home dad, you begin noticing things that you missed when you were busy climbing the corporate ladder and making your mark in the world.

For one thing, you begin to take the idea behind the euphemism “domestic engineering” a little more seriously. You understand it on a realistic level, managing your home with the precision of an engineer. One example is seeing your finances in a new way.

Instead of merely paying the bills reflexively, you begin to pay them reflectively. In other words, you reflect on how to make bills more affordable. When you think about it, you can save on expenses like car insurance, car fuel, utilities, and grocery bills.

Let’s take a quick look at how you can pay less for the same quality of life:

1.  How to Save on Car Insurance

You are most likely buying the insurance you do because you saw an advertisement. You took them at their word because it was more convenient than to do your own research.

However, you might be able to get an even better deal by shopping around.

If you plan to buy a new car, compare insurance costs on different types of vehicles before buying. And if you plan to stick with an older car, maybe it’s time to reduce coverage.

After you’ve found a better insurance provider, you can save still further by paying higher deductibles to secure lower premiums. You might also be eligible for discounts because you’ve maintained a good credit history and driving record. Since you might be traveling less, you could look into getting a low mileage discount.

2.  How to Save on Fuel when Driving

While you have no control over how much you pay at the pump other than driving around to find cheaper gas stations, you do have a lot of control when it comes to your driving habits. Here’s the thing: by adopting specific driving habits you can save on how much fuel you need to use at the pump.

Here are three ways you can consume less gas when driving:

  • ·  Slow down. If you drive at the posted driving speed, you’ll not only save on speeding tickets, but you’ll save on gas because the faster you drive, the greater the aerodynamic drag. If you drive at 62 mph rather than 75 mph your car will consume 15% less gas.
  • ·  Prefer a more uniform speed. Drive at a steady speed, and use cruise control when traveling on long, open stretches. Constantly switching speeds consumes more gas.
  • ·  Reduce how often you brake hard. If you’re slowing down and cruising, you have more control of your car, which means that you can anticipate the flow of traffic, accelerate slower and brake more gently. This pattern of driving might increase your fuel economy as much as 20 percent.

3.  How to Save on Utilities

You may live in a state that gives consumers a choice when it comes to electricity providers. If you do, take advantage of the deregulatory scheme and shop around.

Other things you can do are change the way your house consumes energy and your own habits when it comes to energy savings. You can insulate your attic, water heater, outlets and switches. You can apply weather stripping to regulate internal temperatures. And you can install a programmable thermostat and a low-flow shower head.

In terms of habits, you can use a bowl or sink to rinse your razor when shaving instead of running faucet water, turn off the lights when you leave the room, and pack the dishwasher before running it.

4.  How to Save on Grocery Bills

You’ve probably noticed that the price of groceries has been creeping up since the financial crisis in 2007. It’s not enough to make you want to picket your supermarket for more humane pricing, but you do pay more for less.

Here are some things you can do to slash your grocery bills:

  • ·  Quit buying food whenever you run short. Instead make a plan, by preparing a weekly menu. Your kids will appreciate the predictability. This way, you will tend to run out of things at about the same time and you just need to shop once a week to replenish your fridge.
  • ·  Cut back on things that you don’t really need to buy. We’re talking about snacks, treats, or new products that you want to try out.
  • ·  Simplify your meal plan to three meals a day, or six small meals if you prefer. Don’t buy a surplus of food for snacking.
  • ·  Once you’ve developed a food plan, just repeat it. Naturally, a little variation is fine, but you want to focus on identifying the best foods and sticking to those selected choices instead of trying to come up with something original each week.
  • ·  By developing a food plan, you’ll get wise to the best places to buy, what generic products are as good as the leading brands, and what to stock up on.

Save More To Live Better

As consumers, we often equate cost with value. In many cases, this still holds true. But in others, you can get the same or even better value at a lower cost. By saving money on basic costs, you’ll have more available for living better.



How Dads Can Get Healthy Looking Skin

A lot of dads don’t often think about skin care. They have too many other things going on in their day, such as taking care of children, trying to be the best husbands they can be, and juggling the demands of family and work life.

Some put off skin care because they think it’s not a “manly” thing to care about. Yet all men care about their appearance and how well they are able to attract the opposite sex — even if that means just being more attractive to their wives so that they enjoy a more exciting romantic life.

Men can’t follow the same skin care routine as women and expect results. We have special needs and must adapt the appropriate routine.

Here are a few things you can do to get healthy skin as a dad:

Remove Blemishes

Before you start on any sort of routine, take a look at your face. Things like skin tags, moles, age spots and other blemishes can make your skin look older than it is. You should see a dermatologist to determine the severity of the problem, and then you can use simple natural products such as this mole remover, lotions that remove skin tags and more. You can also look towards a variety of other treatments that can reduce the appearance of age spots and other discoloration.

Cleanse Daily

Cleansing your skin every day may seem like an overly simplistic recommendation for healthy skin, but it is such an important yet overlooked step that it must be mentioned.

A lot of men just grab the bar of soap and run it over their face as well as their body while they are showering, but soap is overly drying. It can easily cause your skin all manner of problems. Soap will either dry out your skin, or it will cause your oil glands to go into overdrive and make your skin oily and prone to acne.

Men typically have larger pores than women, so they are prone to more breakouts and other skin problems from dirty skin or overactive oil glands. Choose a cleanser that is both strong enough to get results but gentle enough not to irritate the skin or the oil glands. Cleanse your skin at least once a day.

Exfoliate Regularly

Without regular exfoliation, dead skin cells will accumulate on the skin and cause it to look duller and older. Your skin will look tired even if you aren’t.

Yet too much exfoliation can cause irritation that can cause breakouts and redness. Choose a mild exfoliant, such as a face scrub, and use it a few times a week. Don’t use it every day, or you’ll irritate the skin.

Use the Right Shaving Products

Shaving can irritate your skin like nothing else. If you don’t use the right shaving products your skin will end up dry and bumpy.

Always shave with a proper shaving cream, not just soap and water. The cream will protect your skin against irritation from the razor and it will also moisturize your skin.

Follow up with an aftershave that will both moisturize your skin and help to close the pores, preventing dirt and oil from clogging them.

Moisturize Daily

You may not care about having soft skin, but your lady sure cares if you do. If you want her snuggling against you, make your skin more inviting by moisturizing it.

Moisturizing also makes your skin look younger and reduces the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Use a daily moisturizer after you wash your face, and consider a deeper moisturizer for night time.

Pay special attention to the area around your eyes, which show the signs of aging first. Consider using a special night cream in addition to your daily moisturizer.

Choose a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it so that you also protect your skin from the damaging (and aging) rays of the sun. This also means you won’t have to apply sunscreen separately.

There’s nothing more manly than being irresistible to your lady. One way that you can do that is to create beautiful and healthy skin. You’ll also feel pretty great about yourself when you look in the mirror, and that will boost your confidence in other areas of your life. Use these simple tips to get healthy looking skin.



Single Fatherhood: Taking Care of Them Means Taking Care of Yourself

‘Single father': it is tough to think of two scarier words for a man. There are all kinds of heroes in the world. Fire fighters, police officers, soldiers, doctors: all are heroes. None are any more heroic than single dads. Unfortunately, they do not get the recognition they deserve.

There are responsibilities common to all parents. Being a single dad makes even the most common parenting tasks exponentially more difficult. Some parenting tasks are even tougher for single dads in this society than for single moms. But as difficult as they are, they still have to be done. Here are a few examples:

Take Care of Your Health

A single dad is the lifeline of the family. Parents often prioritize the health of their children over their own. But it is a little like the airline instruction concerning oxygen masks. Place your own mask in position before attempting to help someone else. You have to be healthy and conscious if you are going to have a chance to save anyone else. Saving yourself is not an option. It’s a necessity.

Because you are the lifeline of your family, you have to save yourself by doing all of the little things that you might leave undone if you had someone else to count on. Taking care of yourself includes everything from treating that suspicious cough before it turns into a full-blown flu, to using a skin tag remover. The difference between a skin tag and skin cancer is not immediately obvious. By doing what you can to deal with the little things while they are little, frees you up to take care of the kids.

Under the best of circumstances, dads are terrible when it comes to taking care of themselves. They eat poorly, exercise poorly, and develop a poor work/life balance. They tend to rely on others to remind them of their health. Single dads have to do a better job of taking care of their own health.

Ask for Help

If there is one thing men are notoriously bad at, it is asking for help when they need it. This is likely an evolutionary trait that was once extremely useful, but is now a detriment. It is not hard to imagine that a show of weakness in a tribal situation was bad for finding a good mate, and rising through the ranks of leadership.

But today, we recognize a show of vulnerability as a show of humanity. Not asking for help is viewed as a sign of arrogance, even foolishness. There is no shame in being a stay-at-home dad. Whether it be from parents, coworkers, or professional nannies, single dads need the same help as single moms. They just have to learn to ask for it.

Live a Simpler Life

There are two ways do deal with challenging life circumstances when resources are limited: The first choice is the most popular. Find a way to make more money. We are convinced that we can solve just about any problem with enough money. The second option is the road less traveled. Make a conscious decision to live a simpler life.

As a single dad, you always have the option to work more hours and hire someone to raise your kids for you. But in doing so, you miss seeing your kids grow, not to mention the opportunity to guide that growth. You will make enough money, but miss out on the reason you are working.

For context, it would help to see how people live in other parts of the world. They make less money, live in smaller homes, and still find a way to put family first. Making an intentional choice to live a simpler life is something that everyone should probably consider, especially single parents. It is doable, but the harder choice to make.

There is nothing easy about being a single dad. But you can relieve a lot of the pressure by taking better care of your health, asking for help when you need it, and choosing a simpler lifestyle. To all the single dads who are out there making the hard choices everyday, we salute you.



When You Can’t Seem to Help Your Children

As many of you know, my daughter has had food allergies for quite awhile.  We learn’t how to handle that and everything has been good for quite awhile.  Just recently, my daughter got chocked a little on a cupcake.  Ever since then she is refusing to eat anything that she has to chew.  The only things that she will eat are liquid and she was already a very picky eater.   We are doing all that we can to find her new stuff to try and eat plus we are taking her to several different doctors to try and find help.  What can you do when you can’t seem to help your children?

It is so hard to see your child go though something that is so dramatic to them but in our hearts as parents we know that getting chocked and strangled is just a part of life.

Has anyone else had this problem?  If so, what did you do?  What doctors did you go see?

The hardest part of parenting, to me, is watching your child go through something like this and there doesn’t seem to be much that we can do to help.  It’s just not as simple as telling them it’s ok and then it be ok.

What problems have you as parents went through with your children?



5 Ways for Parents to Make the Most Out of the Internet

Parents definitely have one of the most difficult jobs and when the kids finally are in bed, they want to relax and enjoy the quiet. This is an excellent time to enjoy some free time partaking in various hobbies, and many of these hobbies can be found online. Here are some top tips for activities that can be enjoyed.

Movie Night

Streaming online movies services such as Netflix are ideal to enjoy a movie. Either on your own or with your partner, movies can be watched on a computer or streamed easily to the television. Using a streaming movie service means that thousands of films can be selected.


Online casino gambling is an exciting pastime for people to enjoy. Most sites such as will allow users to choose between free play or for money, so you don’t actually have to risk losing any cash. Many also offer bonuses and incentives for new players which mean you can sometimes gamble and win the moolah for free.

Stay Connected

With today’s social media, sometimes you may wish to spend the evening keeping up with friends and family. It can provide them with time to hear what other friends are doing or perhaps network with other parents on blogs such as these. Facebook and Twitter are probably the most popular forms of social media for all age groups.


Sometimes it can be hard to make the time to exercise with all the responsibilities that life brings. However, with numerous online fitness shows and programs, many use the time in the evening to exercise and improve upon their overall health. Although before embarking on a fitness regime it may seem like another chore, once you get into it it can be the perfect way to let off some steam.