From the monthly archives:

September 2010

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Gifts from a yard sale master

by Karen on September 29, 2010

When we first announced that I’m pregnant, Tony’s incredibly sweet grandmother asked hesitantly how I felt about used items. Apparently, she didn’t want to offend me by giving us used baby stuff if we weren’t into the idea. Pfft. Of course, I told her we LOVE to buy used things and that we’d be incredibly […]

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When we were in Europe, we left our car parked at my parents’ house for two weeks. My dad was kind enough to get a nick in our windshield fixed for us. When he was driving the car, he noticed that the steering wheel was shaking at 65-70 mph. We’d noticed this, too, but between […]

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Good news: the recession really is over

by Karen on September 22, 2010

I’ve seen lots of posts in the blogosphere with tongue-in-cheek responses to yesterday’s news that the recession is over. “Unemployment is still high.” “The housing market is still in a slump.” “People are still struggling.” “What do you mean the recession is OVER?!” Take heart: when an economy is actively in recession, it means economic […]

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Sad day

by Karen on September 20, 2010

Unfortunately, I don’t have time to write a new post for today. An old friend’s 3-year-old daughter lost her battle with cancer on Friday, and I’m hustling to get caught up on freelance work today so I can attend the funeral service 4 hours away tomorrow. The friend and I haven’t been close for several […]

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Hidden costs of small-town life

by Karen on September 17, 2010

When Tony accepted a teaching job at a community college in a small town in Indiana, we planned to move to Fort Wayne — the closest major city about 40 miles away. I wasn’t crazy about the 1-hour commute for my husband, though, especially since we share a car. When we started hunting for apartments, […]

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Become a fan, write a post, feed a dog #dogsrule

by Karen on September 16, 2010

I know I’ve posted this picture before, but it never gets old for me. This is my dog, Howie. This is the photo taken by the shelter that made us fall in love with him and decide to adopt him. Isn’t he so stinkin’ cute? That was three years ago, and he’s brought nothing but […]

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Transitioning to a work-at-home career

by Karen on September 15, 2010

Back in May, when my husband finished graduate school, we made the decision to move closer to our families. I quit my full-time job as an internet marketing specialist and copywriter at a web design company, we packed up our 2-bedroom apartment, and headed to Indiana. Since I was already about 8 weeks pregnant at […]

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Our cloth diapering game plan

by Karen on September 13, 2010

Since we’ll be using cloth diapers, and cloth diapers aren’t particularly easy to add to a registry, I’ve already started to stock up. Here’s what I’ve collected so far: 4 Flip covers (clearance) 2 Econobum covers (clearance) 2 Bummis Whisper Wrap covers 1 SmartiPants pocket diaper (won in a blog contest at Sense to Save) […]

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Adjusting to our new lifestyle

by Karen on September 10, 2010

This summer has been terrible for our finances. We haven’t had any income since May. Thankfully, our bills were drastically reduced for the first, oh, 6 weeks of summer while we stayed with Tony’s family. But we still had car insurance, health insurance, student loan payments, my health insurance deductible, and other expenses. We moved […]

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