From the monthly archives:

March 2009

When we started planning our Europe trip, we wanted to visit London; Paris; and Florence, Italy. After I started crunching numbers and planning a tentative itinerary, we decided that the added cost and extra travel time made Italy an impossibility. Since then several people have urged me to reconsider our decision to nix Italy. Two […]

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Menu Plan: 3/28 – 4/3

by Karen on March 30, 2009

We had a wonderful relaxing Saturday doing nothing, but that meant we spent all day Sunday running around trying to make up for lost time. Now I wish I had just one more day to relax. :( But I really can’t complain. I slept a full 12 hours Friday and Saturday night to make up […]

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I’m back with an announcement!

by Karen on March 28, 2009

After a whirlwind four-day trip to New York, I’m finally home. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot, but I’m absolutely exhausted. Traveling with an expense account is odd. I have to admit, it’s kind of thrown me off. For four days, my boss covered the tab for everyone at fancy restaurants. […]

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Playing financial roulette

by Karen on March 26, 2009

Last week our debit card was declined. We had to pick up a few things at Target for my trip on Thursday night. The total was less than $15. When the cashier told us the card had been declined, we asked that he run it again. Declined again. Isn’t it scary when that happens? We […]

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photo by kalebdf Last week Tony took the car in for an oil change and brake check. I wasn’t expecting the news he gave me when he came home. One of our tires had a bubble and needed to be replaced immediately. The other three were on their last legs and needed to be replaced […]

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photo by ario_j It’s been almost three months since I joined a gym. Initially, I was concerned about the 12-month commitment. If my enthusiasm didn’t stick, I might end up stuck with a monthly fee for a gym membership that I wasn’t using. The good news is, that hasn’t happened. When going to the gym […]

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The following is a guest post from my wonderful husband Tony about how he plans to save money while I’m away. Karen has joked that I’ll be “living the bachelor life” for four days while she’s away at a conference in New York, which isn’t entirely true, but it does have me worried. The “bachelor […]

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Heading out of town on business

by Karen on March 22, 2009

I’m leaving tomorrow for a work-related conference in New York City. I won’t be back until Thursday. I’ll have my computer with me, but I can’t guarantee I’ll have time to check in as frequently as I usually do. Be sure to stop by and comment, though! I’ve got some great posts scheduled, including a […]

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Entertaining guests for the weekend (again)

by Karen on March 21, 2009

We’re expecting visitors again this weekend. Our friends from back home are staying with us Saturday and Sunday nights. When it comes to entertaining visitors, I tend to have a pretty relaxed attitude. After all, they’re coming to see us, not for a nonstop agenda of activities. But it does help to have some fun […]

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