From the monthly archives:

November 2008

Photo by rwhitlock I don’t know about you, but the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a dangerous time for my waistline and my bank account. The holiday spirit tempts me to overspend on entertainment and gifts, and the holiday parties and meals tempt me to eat and eat unhealthy foods. This has been a […]

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Fresh turkey for next to nothing next year

by Karen on November 29, 2008

If you’re like me, then you found yourself staring longingly at the fresh turkeys this year, convinced that they must taste better. After all, they’re fresh. OK, so I’m not convinced that they do taste better. My husband swears by it, though. I’ll admit, the idea of skipping the thawing process with a huge turkey […]

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An all new Living Well on Less!

by Karen on November 28, 2008

It’s been a crazy few days. With the holiday, blog migration, and redesign, I’m exhausted! Who knew that sitting in front of a computer could be so tiring? I hope you all had a fantastic holiday. I sure did despite the craziness.Tomorrow is Christmas decorating, relaxation, and the official beginning of the Christmas season. I […]

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Finally making the switch to self hosting

by Karen on November 26, 2008

Just a quick note to say I’m taking advantage of the extra time on my hands this weekend to finally migrate to self hosting. I’m not sure how this will affect the site. It may be down for periods of time tomorrow and Friday while I try to figure this out. I’m in way over […]

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Black Friday? No thanks.

by Karen on November 26, 2008

Sigh. Black Friday. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite frugal holiday. Nothing but friends, food, and relaxation. Aside from food, I typically don’t spend any money at all the entire weekend after Thanksgiving. I’ve never headed out to the sales on Black Friday. I’d prefer to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving in my PJs grazing […]

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Thanksgiving is the most frugal day of the year

by Karen on November 25, 2008

According to the American Farm Bureau, the average American family will spend $44.61 on a traditional Thanksgiving meal for 10 people this year. That’s a $2.35 increase from last year’s price, which is more than double the typical yearly increase of $1 and some change. There’s been a lot of buzz about this increase in […]

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New traditions for my favorite frugal holiday

by Karen on November 24, 2008

Photo by rick Being newly wed is so much fun at the holidays. It’s so fun combining traditions from each of our families, adapting them to suit us, and creating our own. We’re building our own family history starting now. Last year we ate a traditional meal on Thanksgiving Day, but the holiday really ended […]

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For my fellow word nerds: Are you a frugalista?

by Karen on November 23, 2008

Photo by enter This month, the word experts at New Oxford American Dictionary announced their choice for 2008’s word of the year: Hypermiling: attempting to maximize gas mileage by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one’s car and one’s driving techniques. A very timely choice considering this year’s astronomical fuel prices and many Americans’ desperate attempts to […]

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Menu Plan & Grocery Round Up – 11/22-11/28

by Karen on November 22, 2008

Watch out! After wrapping and shipping Christmas gifts for my niece and nephew in Seattle this morning and picking up the final things on my Thanksgiving menu, my holiday spirit has arrived. My husband probably won’t find his holiday cheer until next weekend when we put up the tree. He doesn’t appreciate the pre-Thanksgiving Christmas […]

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