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  • Welcome Alpha Consumer readers!

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kimberly of the U.S. News Alpha Consumer blog. The podcast is now available if you’re curious about what I sound like. You’ll also learn how I got started blogging and some of my best money-saving tips (although if you’re a regular reader, you already know those!).

    If you’ve found Chief Family Officer for the first time via Alpha Consumer, WELCOME! My favorite topics to discuss are family finances, cooking, and parenting. With prices on the rise lately, I’ve been working hard to keep my family’s expenses from rising along with them. I share my tips here at CFO, along with recipes, reviews, and lately, my foray into Weight Watchers.

    If you’re interested in reading more about The Drugstore Game, which Kimberly and I discussed, you may want to read some of my recent posts on the topic. You can also read about the details of some of my transactions and pick up a few tips on playing the game over at my other blog, CFO Reviews.

    And if that’s not enough to keep you busy, you can check out the Best of CFO.

    If you like what you see here, why not subscribe to new posts via RSS or email? You’ll get the latest on CFO delivered right to your inbox or favorite feed aggregator. Thanks for stopping by!

    I’m guest blogging at AFM again

    I had a lot of fun filling in for JLP at All Financial Matters last year while he was on vacation, so I was delighted when he asked me to fill in for him again this year.

    Yesterday, I discussed how I could find $12,000 in our budget if I had to. And today, I explained what I’ve learned about Social Security death benefits. Tomorrow, I’ll write about Social Security disability benefits.

    If you don’t read AFM already, I encourage you to subscribe. JLP is a certified financial planner and much more knowledgeable than I am about investing and the economy. He’s also very good with numbers, doing the kind of calculations that make my head spin, to back up his assertions. (And the lawyer in me appreciates the factual basis!) I learn a lot when I read AFM and I think you will, too.

    It’s Chief Family Officer’s Third Anniversary!

    Wow, it’s hard to believe it was three years ago today that I started this blog. Credit for the name (which I still love) goes entirely to my darling husband – thanks, honey!

    Thanks also to all of the entrants in the giveaway – I appreciate all of the suggestions and ideas, and will be considering them all. I love having some new ideas for posts that I wouldn’t have thought of myself. I also heard your requests for more giveaways and I already have two in mind, one kid-related and one personal finance-related. They will both happen in the next two to three weeks, once I’ve wrapped up the Third Anniversary giveaways.

    Mostly, I just want to say:


    Stay tuned for the last giveaway – it’s coming right up!

    Chief Family Officer’s Third Anniversary Celebration Kickoff

    I can’t believe Saturday will make three years since I learned what a blog is and started my own. I really enjoy sharing my thoughts and experiences and learning what you think in response. In fact, as the number of CFO readers has grown, the more fun it has been to write. Which is why I want to say . . .

    Thank you for reading Chief Family Officer. You make it all worthwhile.

    And to prove I’m not just saying that, I’ll be hosting giveaways all week long. So stay tuned . . . the first one is coming right up!

    Save your expired coupons!

    If you’re like me, you have a huge stack of coupons that are going to expire tomorrow, May 31. Instead of throwing the coupons away, please consider sending them on to The Happy Housewife. She will forward them to military families overseas, who can use the coupons at the commissary or base exchange for six months after the expiration date. Click on the button below for details: