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2009 June — Page 2

From the monthly archives:

June 2009

Left: His first photo at the shelter, 8 weeks old. Right: Enjoying our anniversary camping trip last month. I can’t believe how quickly time flies. We made the decision to adopt a pet right after we moved to a new place. We were just beginning to live frugally out of necessity, but we managed to […]

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Menu Plan: 6/13-6/19

by Karen on June 15, 2009

This was a very expensive week at the grocery store. Our chicken stockpile ran out, and chicken breasts weren’t on sale at either of our grocery stores. So we opted to buy a whole chicken, which was on sale for $1 a pound. We’ll use the leftover chicken for two meals and make a nice […]

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TGIF Link Round Up: Frugal fun edition

by Karen on June 12, 2009

This is the beginning of our second weekend living on a limited cash budget. I’m amazed at how smoothly things are going so far, and how inspired we’ve been at entertaining ourselves. Weekends have always been the cause of most of our money hemorrhages. The temporary “vacation” mindset of the weekend would lead us to […]

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Photo by lonebluelady We’re only in the second week of our no spend summer, and we’ve already hit some challenges and setbacks. Even though we know it’s worth it, limiting our spending has been really tough. It’s a challenge to keep ourselves from feeling deprived and losing motivation. There are some things that I associate […]

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What made you decide to live frugally?

by Karen on June 10, 2009

Every frugal family has a unique reason for choosing this lifestyle. For some people, it’s a job loss. For others, it’s the birth of a child or the desire to be a stay-at-home parent. For us, it was a gradual change, but I do still remember the day I made the conscious decision to live […]

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We’re making some serious progress

by Karen on June 9, 2009

If you’re following my progress through my progress meters in the sidebar, you may have noticed some changes over the weekend. Our emergency fund is now over 75% complete! Woo hoo! We’re getting so close! Our Europe fund doesn’t appear to have changed, but it did. I increased our savings goal for Europe to $10,000 […]

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Another successful no spend weekend! We ended the weekend with $30 in cash. We went $5 over our grocery budget, but we decided to stay in Saturday instead of spending our entertainment money. We also made a few household purchases. We still haven’t used our debit cards! :) Yesterday I cashed two rebate checks and […]

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Just a couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about making money online. I said PineCone Research is the most reliable online survey site I’ve used. At the time I said the only way to sign up was to find their banner ad while surfing online. Well, now I’m able to offer you the opportunity […]

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TGIF Round Up: No spend success edition

by Karen on June 5, 2009

Week one of our no spend summer is almost over, and it’s been a success! We’re ending the week with $18 left, and we haven’t used our debit cards once. The success of our first week is definitely motivating. Hopefully we’ll be able to keep this motivation going. We’re planning on taking it easy this […]

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