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2009 April

From the monthly archives:

April 2009

I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. Just generally kind of blah. It’s taken me some time to figure out what could be causing it, especially since everything is going so well for us right now. I’ve always had a tendency to be preoccupied with the future. Instead of enjoying what I have […]

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A year ago, our situation was drastically different than it is today. Our savings was depleted after months of bringing in less than we needed to make ends meet. We had a little money in the bank, but not enough to sustain us for very long. We were living frugally out of necessity. Though our […]

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Simplifying our banking system

by Karen on April 28, 2009

When Tony and I first combined our finances, we decided to open one joint account for the majority of our spending, bills, and other banking, and a personal account for each of us. The plan was to keep a small balance in our personal accounts and use them for discretionary spending, gifts, and other personal […]

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I’ve tried herb gardening a couple times before, and the results were dismal. But I’ve never been a quitter, so I’m giving it another go. Last weekend, I picked up three herb plants from Lowes — sweet basil, thyme, and rosemary. At $3 each, they cost the same as fresh cut herbs at the grocery […]

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TGIF Round Up: Sunny & 75 edition

by Karen on April 24, 2009

There really is nothing like spring in this part of the country. It’s been sunny and 75 degrees all week, and the weekend promises more sunshine and warm weather. I’m craving sunlight, so we’ll probably try to get out as much as we can this weekend. One of my Earth Day resolutions was to buy […]

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Welcome to the fourth edition of the Carnival of Pecuniary Delights! I’m excited to be hosting this week! Thank you to everyone for submitting such great posts. Yesterday we celebrated all things Earth and green living, so I thought it would be appropriate to extend the celebration one more day by featuring some beautiful photos […]

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Frugality is good for the Earth

by Karen on April 22, 2009

Everyone’s thinking about ways to be more eco-conscious these days. We’re also thinking about ways to save money. Luckily, the two go well together. Most of the habits that are good for the Earth are also good for your budget. Here are some little changes you can make to help your wallet and the planet: […]

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Why I’m using credit cards again

by Karen on April 21, 2009

Tony and I have been credit card debt free since January of this year. But for the past couple of months, we’ve started using our cards again every month. Don’t worry, it’s not what you think. We still don’t carry a balance, and we probably never will again. But we also don’t want to leave […]

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Menu Plan: 4/18-4/24

by Karen on April 20, 2009

This was quite an expensive week at the grocery store — $68. Yikes. But we needed olive oil, and we ended up needing two separate types of meat, something that doesn’t usually happen. This week we tried to focus on planning lunches for me. I’ve been struggling to find lunch ideas that are healthy, cost-efficient, […]

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