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2009 February

From the monthly archives:

February 2009

Frugal fun in Washington DC

by Karen on February 27, 2009

Tony and I will be back from our frugal mini-vacation in Washington DC on Sunday. In the meantime, here we are in front of the Lincoln Monument on our honeymoon in May. Aren’t we nerdy? :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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Planning a frugal, educational mini-vacation

by Karen on February 26, 2009

Sometimes you just need to take a step back and take a break. That’s where we are right now. Though we’ve taken several trips to visit family (including Seattle in October and Indiana in December), Tony and I haven’t gotten away together, just the two of us, since our honeymoon 9 months ago. In November, […]

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Where do you sell unwanted items?

by Karen on February 25, 2009

Tony and I need to do a little spring cleaning. That’s an understatement, actually. We have several boxes of books, DVDs, and other items that we don’t want anymore. That in addition to the stuff still on our shelves that will soon be added to our “sell” pile. Most of this stuff isn’t worth any […]

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Money in Europe: What’s the best option?

by Karen on February 24, 2009

photo by poolie As I continue to research for our frugal European vacation in 2010, I’ve come across a new dilemma: what should we do about money overseas? We’ve decided to carry only a limited amount of cash. Not only are currency conversion fees really high at banks and other institutions (at ATMs we could […]

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Menu Plan: 2/21-2/27

by Karen on February 23, 2009

I received a question by email last week from a reader that I thought I should clear up. She asked whether our grocery costs include toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. The answer is usually no. I find that prices at the grocery store for these items are typically a lot higher than I can get them […]

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It’s not always about money

by Karen on February 22, 2009

Yesterday, Tony and I took our dog for a hike at the state park, then for a walk along the beach. We had a wonderful time, and it didn’t cost a penny. It also allowed me some time to think and reflect on some things. This may not be my favorite place I’ve lived, but […]

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How we’re spending our no spend weekend

by Karen on February 21, 2009

Most of the spending we do — from groceries to unnecessary extras — takes place on the weekend. Because we work all week, we typically don’t have time to do any shopping. Trips to the grocery store, Target, and the occasional recreational window browse often lead to extra spending. We try to limit unnecessary spending, […]

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TGIF Round Up: No spend weekend edition

by Karen on February 20, 2009

This week has flown by … compared to last week at least. I hope next week goes by even faster, because Tony and I are heading out of town for a quick weekend getaway in Washington DC! We haven’t gotten away together (aside from visiting family) since our honeymoon, so we’re really excited to spend […]

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My favorite sites for free music online

by Karen on February 19, 2009

photo by abletoven Are you always looking for new music? I listen to music for hours at a time when I’m working, so I get sick of my iTunes playlist very easily. Luckily, I don’t have to spend a ton of money at the iTunes store to find great new music. There are a ton […]

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