From the monthly archives:

January 2010

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Pixar & pain killers

by Karen on January 29, 2010

I made it through the surgery just fine, and as all of you predicted it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your experiences with me. The scariest part was not knowing what I was getting myself into, so your encouragement and advice helped calm […]

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How I saved $5 by reading a label

by Karen on January 28, 2010

This week I came down with a cold. The same week I’m getting my wisdom teeth out, of course. I’ve already contacted my oral surgeon, and he says the mild congestion I’m suffering won’t affect my surgery tomorrow. Whew. I didn’t want to put it off another week. But that’s not the point of the […]

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Tomorrow, an oral surgeon will be ripping my wisdom teeth from my skull. I’ve been putting this off for over five years, and my fear of surgery is now bordering on pathological. I know I’m being a wuss, but I’ve never had any kind of surgery. I’ve never been sedated in my life. And since […]

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Prioritizing our goals for the months ahead

by Karen on January 27, 2010

Now that our emergency fund is complete, and we’re less than $1000 away from our goal to pay for our Europe trip in cash, I’m starting to think about what goals are next for us. Even though we’re unlikely to make much progress in the months ahead, it’s time to set our priorities and figure […]

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Learning to jump right back on the wagon

by Karen on January 26, 2010

This post originally ran on January 22, 2009. A year later, I’m still struggling to stay motivated, especially after temporary setbacks. Besides, I think we can all use a little encouragement as the novelty of New Year’s resolutions fades. These days, I’m thinking as much about fitness as I am about finance. I’m still working […]

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A rock and a hard place

by Karen on January 25, 2010

It’s time for us to deal with the part of moving that I’m dreading most: health insurance. We were uninsured for a year after we moved to North Carolina. I was working part time in retail, Tony was a student, and we were trying to get by on a tiny income. In hindsight, I realize […]

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Lonely little acorn

by Karen on January 24, 2010

More from our winter hike here.

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I’m about four years late on this one

by Karen on January 21, 2010

It’s Thursday. Which means tomorrow is Friday. So how about something fun? Today I’m sharing some free music. First listen to the adorable Drinking with You, a fun little song about the beginning of a relationship. And then download the hauntingly beautiful but depressing When You Go , an all acapella song about the end […]

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Last year after I painfully paid $175 for a year’s worth of contact lenses and the accompanying “contact lens fitting” that wasn’t covered by my insurance, I considered setting aside money every month for this yearly expense. I don’t know why I didn’t, but now I really regret it. It’s time for me to order […]

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