From the monthly archives:

June 2009

A little symbol to remind us of our goals

by Karen on June 30, 2009

Photo by benklemm Just last week I wrote about the importance of dreaming big. Sometimes the day-to-day reality of living frugally can be tough. Having big goals to remind you why you decided to scrimp and save can make it easier. By keeping my eye on the prize, I’m reminded of why the daily sacrifices […]

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Menu Plan: 6/26-7/3

by Karen on June 29, 2009

I’m ready for a short week after a fantastic, relaxing weekend! It was a great weekend budget-wise. We only have $3 cash in our pockets today, but we’re getting better at appropriating our cash for the week. After finishing our grocery list and doing price estimates based on past costs, we determined that we were […]

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It’s been a really sad week for celebrities. My thoughts are with the families of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. :( But on a personal note, I do have some good news! After six months of dieting and exercising with no results, I’m finally losing weight! I’ve officially lost 6 of the 14 […]

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The importance of dreaming big

by Karen on June 25, 2009

Photo by martie I’m the first to tell you that frugality is a real struggle sometimes. No matter how committed I am to this lifestyle, no matter how appreciative I am of the security and peace of mind it brings us, I still have weak moments when I look at what other people have and […]

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Life before our emergency fund

by Karen on June 24, 2009

Every once in a while I’m struck by the difference between life now and life before we started living frugally. Back when we made more money than we do now, but we were always strapped for cash. Back when a car problem or unexpected bill could completely wipe us out and then some. It hasn’t […]

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Rediscovering frugal fun on a cash budget

by Karen on June 23, 2009

Photo by qisur Back when it was easy for us to head out and spend a little extra money on entertainment, we neglected all the free entertainment we have available. Since we started living on a cash budget, we’ve had to get more creative about how we entertain ourselves on the weekends. A lot of […]

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Menu Plan: 6/20-6/26

by Karen on June 21, 2009

This week was really rough for us. Our chicken stockpile has finally run out, but we haven’t seen any good sales on chicken breasts for the past several weeks. We’re still waiting, but that means we’ve been spending a little extra money every week buying meats that are on sale. We also ran out of […]

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When we decided to live this summer on a cash budget, I was nervous. Not only did I know it would be a challenge, but I feared that we would feel deprived and miserable. Almost three weeks into the experiment, that’s not the case at all. In fact, there have been several unexpected benefits. Weight […]

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New to frugality? What to do first

by Karen on June 17, 2009

Frugality is overwhelming in the beginning. I remember reading blogs from frugal veterans who made it sound easy, but I was terrified. Cutting groceries down to $35 a week, zero-based budgeting, coupon clipping, drug storing? It may have been easy for them, but I didn’t know where to begin. Take a deep breath. Remind yourself […]

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