About the Writer

by James Hendrickson

Stapler Confessions is a District Media personal finance blog.Newlyweds on a Budget is part of the District Media, LLC portfolio. Originally founded in the District of Columbia in 2007, District Media, LLC is an independent media company. Our objective is to deliver high-quality personal finance news and advice that informs, empowers, educates and entertains the public. We provide this information free of charge through our portfolio of personal finance websites, with all operating expenses paid through advertising.

About the Author

Tamila McDonald has worked as a Financial Advisor for the military for past 13 years. She has taught Personal Financial classes on every subject from credit, to life insurance, as well as all other aspects of financial management. Mrs. McDonald is an AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselor and has helped her clients to meet their short-term and long-term financial goals.


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the articles are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Nurse Frugal December 26, 2012 - 9:27 pm

Hi there! I wanted to get to know the people who are going to have lunch on Saturday before I met everybody! Your blog is so awesome!!! My husband is a firefighter, and I think you guys are rockstars for paying off that debt!!! It’s definitely not an easy task!!! Can’t wait to hear about your shack to castle story!! Looking forward to meeting you!

Kevin @ Growing Family Benefits November 12, 2012 - 2:44 pm

You are lucky to live and work in California, the state with the best state entitlements for maternity situations. Make sure you take advantage of SDI and Paid Family Leave payments. The extra money will help!

Also, file a claim for Eric’s health event if you haven’t already.

Kyle'sDad January 30, 2012 - 8:40 pm


Sometimes it no so much that you want the other person involved in and knowlegeable about the finances…………it’s more that you want some acknowledgement and appreciation for caring about and doing all the financial crap……..

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Tim @ Faith and Finance January 30, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Hey Erika – great looking blog you have here! Glad to connect and I’m looking forward to exploring your articles more. All the best to you and Eric as you work through your finances and share your progress with us!

Financial Samurai January 14, 2012 - 8:07 am

Wonderful to read your bio! Congrats on the marriage!


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Mysti October 14, 2010 - 4:32 pm

Congrats on your marriage. My hubby and I only knew each other 7 weeks when we got engaged…so I totally get it. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to getting to know ya.

Sarah Soon-To-Be October 8, 2010 - 12:05 pm

My fiance and I live in OC as well – working on saving up for our July wedding, paying bills on time, and hopefully someday getting out of a rental!

I’m looking forward to reading more (and stealing some of your tips/ideas) 🙂

Hollie October 1, 2010 - 10:24 am

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TwentyFiveFifty October 1, 2010 - 8:26 am

Thanks for reading my blog (and leaving a comment)! Your blog is super cute and I commend you for budgeting! So hard, yet so rewarding.

citygal September 15, 2010 - 1:37 am

Love the new blog! I’m single on a budget and definitely need some support to get my ass out of debt. Great blog idea 🙂

IntrigueMe (Quarter For Her Thoughts) September 13, 2010 - 10:21 pm

I’m really glad that your last blog post ended with a link to a new blog, I’m not going to lie I felt a little pang of disappointment for a second, but no longer. So happy for the new direction your life has gone on (and is continuing to go in) and I look forward to reading all about… your budget. lol



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