From the monthly archives:

August 2008

August budget round up

by Karen on August 31, 2008

After budgeting for just one month, I am amazed at how empowering it is! I suddenly feel this huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Now that I’m monitoring where each dollar goes, I feel like we have so much more money than we did before. At the beginning of the month, we looked over our […]

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Menu Plan Monday & Weekly grocery round up

by Karen on August 31, 2008

Woo hoo! We stayed within our budget this week!! Our grand total was $57! It seems like it was easier this week, too. I felt like we were buying a lot of extra stuff (the hubby has been missing snacks, so we picked up some crackers and pretzels even though they’re not technically part of […]

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Sometimes saving money can cost you money

by Karen on August 31, 2008

Update: Um. I just replaced the ink cartridges at Costco. I paid $50 for two black cartridges and a color. They’re slightly smaller, but $10 cheaper than what I paid for the ones that didn’t work. Doh. Now I really feel stupid. But the good news is my printer is working fine with the new […]

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Make eating out the exception, not the rule

by Karen on August 30, 2008

Who doesn’t love going out to dinner? Unfortunately, frequent dinners out are not part of a frugal lifestyle. It’s expensive and usually leads to weight gain. Before I found a full-time job, we avoided restaurants for months. We just couldn’t afford to eat out. Only on very special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries, did we […]

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Rescuing a pet is frugal

by Karen on August 30, 2008

In honor of the 1-year anniversary of the day we adopted our dog, Howie, I’d like to share a few reasons why pet adoption is the frugal way to get a new pet. We knew we wanted to adopt a dog when we moved in together, and we searched for one for a long time. […]

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Is it really Labor Day already? I’m not complaining … the sooner we say goodbye to summer, the sooner my electric bill goes back to normal. Unfortunately, here in North Carolina, we’ve got another six weeks of summer temperatures and humidity (at least). Ugh. Hopefully September will fly by as quickly as August did! This […]

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Freebies are starting to arrive

by Karen on August 28, 2008

I’m struggling for ideas this evening (and I’m more than a little distracted by the Democratic National Convention, I must admit), but I wanted to write a quick post anyway. I didn’t start signing up for freebies until about a month ago. Now that they’re finally starting to fill up my mailbox, it’s really fun! […]

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In the past two Wedding Wednesday posts, I discussed getting started on the right track and planning a stunning ceremony on a budget. This week I’m sharing some tips for an elegant reception without spending a fortune. The reception is usually the most expensive part of any wedding. With catering, entertainment, and venue costs, a […]

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I’m the world’s worst couponer

by Karen on August 26, 2008

When I started this blog about a month ago, I also decided to adopt a new habit in addition to writing about my financial progress: clipping and using coupons. Even though I’d been living fairly frugally for about a year, I never clipped coupons. To be honest, I doubted that they would help me much […]

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