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2009 July

From the monthly archives:

July 2009

We were not as successful this month as last month. We made a handful of unnecessary purchases on our debit card in desperation, not because we needed things but because we wanted them. I know, I know, we’re bad. But this is an experiment. In the beginning we set a goal, and even though we’ve […]

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I used to be the queen of excuses and procrastination. Whether I wanted to lose 10 pounds, start saving, or accomplish a lifelong goal, today was never the right day for it. I always made lofty plans for the future, but I didn’t realize that when it comes to accomplishing your goals, tomorrow is no […]

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Menu Plan: 7/25 – 7/31

by Karen on July 27, 2009

Between my redesign and various errands, we kept pretty busy this weekend. We had a lot to do, and since we’ll be out of town for the next three weekends, we wanted to get as much done as possible. We decided to try to hang on to some cash for the concert next weekend. We’ll […]

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Living Well on Less got a facelift!

by Karen on July 25, 2009

In honor of my blog’s 1-year anniversary and its changing direction, I’ve updated the look of my blog! Please take a look and let me know what you think. I haven’t had a chance to test it in other browsers and operating systems, so if you’re using Windows or IE, I’m particularly interested in how […]

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TGIF Round Up: I Spent Edition

by Karen on July 24, 2009

Thank you so much for being so supportive about yesterday’s announcement! I am so excited for this slight change in direction, and I can’t wait to get started. Now it’s time for me to come clean. This week, I did something very unfrugal. We bought some concert tickets. They were only $30 a ticket, which […]

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Living well isn’t just about money

by Karen on July 23, 2009

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the direction of this blog. The truth is, the more settled we become in frugality, the harder it’s become for me to find inspiration for finance-related posts. As Tony and I continue to live a healthy, simple lifestyle, though, I’ve been hit with a ton of inspiration […]

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Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive

by Karen on July 22, 2009

One of the most frustrating things about the frugal world is while most people acknowledge that everyone is different when it comes to budgeting and spending, the approach to beauty is relatively one size fits all. The consensus seems to be that you don’t need to spend money on beauty products. But personal appearance is […]

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We’ve been doing some big planning again for the future. That’s always dangerous. :) But lately, we’ve been talking about a timeline for becoming homeowners. The closer Tony gets to finishing school (about 17 months now), the more confident we feel that we want to live near family. We’re pretty set on starting our own […]

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Menu plan: 7/18 – 7/24

by Karen on July 20, 2009

Still no sales on chicken, but pork tenderloin was buy one, get one, so we’re eating pork this week! We came in right on budget at the grocery story: $60 almost on the dot. If there’s one thing I’ve gotten out of this summer of cash budgeting, it’s estimating grocery costs based on a shopping […]

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