Crystal Stemberger's Articles

About Crystal



More about me.

This post was written by staff writer Crystal Stemberger at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, where she writes about finding the balance between paying your bills, saving for your future, and budgeting in the fun stuff along the way.

Using Craigslist to Sell Your Stuff

by Crystal Stemberger on August 03, 2011

I have been a big fan of Craigslist since I found out about it after college.  I don’t usually buy much from it, but I have used it to sell a bunch of things including old electronics and furniture.  In the beginning, it took a few weeks to sell an item, but now I can easily have things sold in a single weekend.  The trick has been figuring out how to make posts that can catch and hold a buyer’s interest.  A great Craigslist listing needs a few things – a good price, a solid description, and a flattering picture.

(click here to continue reading…)


{ 12 comments }

Budgeting for a Baby – Inexpensive Ways to Prepare

by Crystal Stemberger on August 02, 2011

There must be something in the water. Most of the female friends I have that are about my age seem to be getting pregnant right now. Despite the fact that I am not in the market, I have been helping plan for a bunch of babies on the way. The hardest part is helping my friends stay within their own budgets. Having a baby does not have to break the bank. In fact, here are a few inexpensive ways to prepare for a baby on the way.

(click here to continue reading…)


{ 3 comments }

What I Would Do With a Windfall

by Crystal Stemberger on August 01, 2011

I will admit that I have spent some time daydreaming about what I would do with millions of dollars.  It’s fun to just sit back and think about how easily my husband and I could live off the interest of our investments for the rest of our lives.  But I haven’t given as much thought to windfalls that we actually may have to handle.  What if we were just given $500?  How about if we sold something for $5000?  What would we do if we inherited $50,000 or more?  In short, would I handle a windfall any differently depending on the amount?

(click here to continue reading…)


{ 12 comments }

Financial Tips for Before You Buy a House

by Crystal Stemberger on July 28, 2011

Buying a home can be a stressful and expensive experience.  Home hunting, closing a deal, and moving in can take a lot out of you.  When we were first thinking of buying a house, I started to make lists of things we would need to pay attention to.  I knew we were going to need a mortgage and that homes come with extra expenses as well.  Here are a few financial tips to keep in mind before you buy a house.

(click here to continue reading…)


{ 6 comments }

Three Keys to Career Success

by Crystal Stemberger on July 27, 2011

I have been working in stereotypical big business for more than 6 years.  I even have my own little cubicle and receive the sort of memos you see in “Office Space”.  I have welcomed new employees and said farewell to the same ones a couple of years later.  I have watched employees that started around the same time as me advance in the company or move on to something else.  Although there may not be any hard and fast rules that would guarantee career success, there do seem to be a few key attributes that truly help.

(click here to continue reading…)


{ 8 comments }

How to Kill Your Car

by Crystal Stemberger on July 26, 2011

JunkerWith gas prices being so high, I have been thinking about how to save at the pump for the last few months. I realized that becoming self-employed was going to help since the commute to my day job was causing me to need to fill up every 5 or 6 days. Since quitting your job isn’t an option for everybody, I also tried to think of other ways a person could kill their need for a car. I have come up with several main options. You too can save yourself some money on gas and vehicle maintenance by opting for alternative forms of transportation. Here are a few of the ways I can think of that you can kill your car.

(click here to continue reading…)


{ 7 comments }

How to Declutter Your House

by Crystal Stemberger on July 25, 2011

Since I’ve started working from home, I’ve noticed how much stuff we really own. We have piles of books that won’t fit on our shelves, school supplies being stored until the new semester starts, and a bunch of family items lying around. In short, our offices are cluttered with a ton of items that we either need to sell, store, or toss. We are tackling this problem this weekend and over the next two weeks. If you have found that your home is packed to the brim with your stuff too, then you may want to simply your life like me.

(click here to continue reading…)


{ 20 comments }

Business Clothing on a Budget

by Crystal Stemberger on July 21, 2011

SuitsWhen I got my first job out of college, I found out that they required their employees to dress business casual or professional every day. I knew that might happen, but I didn’t have to be happy about it. At the time, I owned one pair of black slacks, two solid-colored blouses, and one nice suit jacket. I needed some more outfits but buying business clothing can be incredibly expensive if you are not sure of the right places to shop. I panicked just a bit, but I learned very quickly where to find the best deals and how to maintain my new wardrobe.

(click here to continue reading…)


{ 24 comments }
Advertising Disclosure: Bargaineering may be compensated in exchange for featured placement of certain sponsored products and services, or your clicking on links posted on this website.
About | Contact Me | Privacy Policy/Your California Privacy Rights | Terms of Use | Press
Copyright © 2014 by www.Bargaineering.com. All rights reserved.