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Frugal Fun

Oh, summer. I have made no secret about the fact that it’s not my personal favorite time of year. Southern Indiana turns into a swamp in July. But I am determined to make the most of summer this year, so I’ve spent some time compiling a list of activities to fill up our schedule without […]

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This post was originally published on February 10, 2010. Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve never been a Valentine’s Day believer. I’ve always believed that you don’t need a special day to celebrate love. We should be celebrating every day, right? It’s hard to avoid the Valentine’s Day hype, though, and any excuse to do a little […]

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Why are you still paying for cable?

by Karen on April 6, 2010

For the record: I am not being compensated in any way by Netflix, PlayStation, or anyone else to write this post. I am just sharing our setup, and I welcome your tips and recommendations in the comments for how you get around paying a cable bill. Once upon a time, cable television was one of […]

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Over 300 hours of entertainment for $2.99

by Karen on February 5, 2010

Do you have an iPhone? Are you a fan of “This American Life“? If you’re not, you should be, and the This American Life iPhone app is a great way to become one. “This American Life” is a public radio show that offers a glimpse into the lives of real Americans through quirky stories and […]

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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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Digital broadcast TV is impressive

by Karen on November 24, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on life without cable TV. It’s been absolutely fantastic. We’re more productive, happier, and more active without the constant draw of TV. We still watch a handful for television shows, but they’re all available online the next day at the network’s website. This means we’re more purposeful […]

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Are you up for a challenge?

by Karen on October 28, 2009

It happens every few months or so. I get restless. I start feeling unfulfilled and bored. I want some excitement, something new, but I don’t really know what that something might be. We all get in a rut sometimes. The question is, what do you do about it? Do you complain? Wallow in unhappiness? Or […]

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My favorite frugal things about fall

by Karen on October 15, 2009

This is my absolute favorite time of year, and even though our weather isn’t quite as cool as I’d like it to be, it hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the season. Fall isn’t just cozy and comfortable. It’s also frugal. Here are my favorite frugal things about my favorite season. Finally opening the windows, airing […]

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Unexpected benefits of life without cable

by Karen on October 1, 2009

Don’t you love when you make a life change for one reason, and realize that it benefits you in countless other ways? That’s kind of how we feel about canceling our cable. We made the decision to shut it off to save money. We were paying $70 a month for a service that we barely […]

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