From the monthly archives:

September 2008

The hidden danger of budgeting?

by Karen on September 30, 2008

Photo by jonnystiles When we created our first budget, I felt instantly liberated. I knew our absolute spending limits. As long as we didn’t go over those amounts, I knew we’d have enough to pay for everything. I no longer had to wonder, “Can we afford this?” I knew exactly what we could afford. I […]

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123InkJets update

by Karen on September 29, 2008

Just wanted to give you a quick update on my experience with returning defective printer cartridges to 123InkJets. Last week, about three weeks after my initial request for a refund, the money showed up in my account. I was relieved since I wasn’t actually expecting the refund. This isn’t to say it was an easy […]

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Menu Plan & Grocery Round Up: 9/27-10/3

by Karen on September 28, 2008

My menu plan and grocery round up are a little late this week. We opted to skip the grocery yesterday for Tony’s birthday. Our grand total this week was $42 and some change! Looks like we had a phenomenal week, huh? Well, not so fast. We’re leaving town to visit my sister in Seattle on […]

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We’ve come a long way

by Karen on September 28, 2008

Tony and I had a lovely time yesterday celebrating his birthday. We slept in, enjoyed some coffee cake for breakfast (something he loves, but I never let him buy), and then headed out to enjoy the beautiful weather. He received some cash from his parents to buy himself a gift, so he wanted to browse […]

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Celebrating my husband’s birthday today

by Karen on September 27, 2008

Today is my wonderful husband, Tony’s, birthday. First things first, I want to take this opportunity to thank him for his support and willingness to join me in our efforts to live frugally. He’s had to make a lot of sacrifices (including his beloved snack foods). Not only has he been supportive from the beginning, […]

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With everything that’s happened in the economy in the past two weeks, there’s been a lot of buzz in the personal finance blogosphere and the news on the topic. Though the topic of tonight’s presidential debate is officially on foreign policy, the candidates have agreed to spend some time on the economy as well. In […]

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Stay healthy, save money

by Karen on September 25, 2008

Photo by smaku It’s that time of year again. One by one everyone in the office and at school starts sniffling, coughing, and sneezing. It’s only a matter of time before you come down with it, too. Or is it? Cold and flu season is no fun. Getting sick not only makes you feel bad; […]

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Every couple has a different set of priorities. Some couples choose to spend next to nothing on the wedding so they can take the trip of a lifetime for their honeymoon. For some brides, a designer dress is the budget buster. For us, it was photography. When we first started planning, we weren’t going to […]

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Exchanging gifts with joint finances

by Karen on September 23, 2008

My husband’s birthday is this Saturday, and I’ve been struggling to come up with a special gift for him that won’t blow our budget. Exchanging gifts with joint finances is tricky. Our birthdays are 2 weeks apart, and we’re taking a trip to Seattle the week in between, so we both agreed to a very […]

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