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2009 May

From the monthly archives:

May 2009

Thoughts on our first cash-only weekend

by Karen on May 31, 2009

We made it through our first cash-only weekend! It has been quite a challenge, but it’s actually been fun! Here are some highlights: Successes We didn’t use our debit cards once! The only money we spent was from the $90 we withdrew on Saturday. We also didn’t go over budget! After buying groceries and seeing […]

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TGIF Round Up: No spend summer edition

by Karen on May 29, 2009

Our no spend summer begins tomorrow, and I have to admit I’m a little nervous. Tomorrow we’ll withdraw $90 from our bank account for the first time, and that will be our only spending money for the entire week. It seems like a lot of money, and yet I already know exactly how it will […]

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Last week, I wrote about the steps we’re taking to make sure we can get through the summer on my income alone. Throughout the year, Tony is paid to teach undergraduate classes at his university. Now that it’s summer, he won’t be receiving a paycheck. We knew this was coming all year, so we saved […]

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For the past few days, Tony and I have been going over an idea that might be completely insane. I’ve written a lot about our plan for a two-week vacation in Europe next May. Both of us always wished we’d taken the opportunity to study abroad in college, and this vacation seemed like the next […]

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Our frugal anniversary trip

by Karen on May 26, 2009

View from the Top of Cape Hatteras This weekend, we planned to celebrate our first anniversary with a weekend getaway to Charleston, SC. Since we’re working toward so many financial goals, we didn’t want to spend much money on this trip. However, it wasn’t quite as frugal as it could have been. With a $100 […]

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Menu plan: 5/23-5/29

by Karen on May 25, 2009

We had an incredible but utterly exhausting weekend. We were only gone for two days, but it feels like we’ve been gone a week! I’ll write more about our weekend — and our change of plans that saved us a ton of money — tomorrow. For now, all I can manage is a menu plan […]

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He just pronounced us married! One year ago, my husband and I were celebrating our wedding day. I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown! I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished in just a year. Our main goal was to begin our life together on the right financial track, and I’m confident that […]

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TGIF Link Round Up: Long Weekend Edition

by Karen on May 22, 2009

It’s finally Friday, and I’m looking forward to a long weekend! This weekend we’re celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s going to be a very frugal trip, and I’ll be sharing the details with you on the trip when we return. :) But now a round up! The Simple Dollar shares […]

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Since part-time job opportunities are slim in this town and we’re trying to get through the summer without spending our savings, I’m looking for ways to earn extra money online. As you can imagine, most work at home jobs don’t pay much, but I’ve earned about $30 a month plus gift cards and discounts through […]

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