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Bye bye, cable

by Karen on September 22, 2009

Last week, we joined the legions of personal finance bloggers who have canceled their cable TV. In August, our yearly “promotion” ended, and the cost of our cable and Internet increased from $97 a month to $108 a month. Of course, like a lot of people, we were talked into the digital cable/Internet bundle. We […]

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I personally use Netflix, but this deal is almost too good to pass up. Today first-time users can enroll in a six-week trial of Blockbuster by Mail ($26 value) for free! Just go to Blockbuster.com, sign up for an account, and use the promo code groupon. Pay attention to the expiration date, though! If you […]

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I’ve mentioned before that Tony and I have been spending a lot of time reading this summer since our entertainment budget is so limited. We’re lucky, because we have access not only to the public library, but also to the much more extensive library at Tony’s university. Because it’s connected to other branches of his […]

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Rediscovering frugal fun on a cash budget

by Karen on June 23, 2009

Photo by qisur Back when it was easy for us to head out and spend a little extra money on entertainment, we neglected all the free entertainment we have available. Since we started living on a cash budget, we’ve had to get more creative about how we entertain ourselves on the weekends. A lot of […]

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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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Frugal date nights for around $10

by Karen on June 2, 2009

Photo by justonlysteve Now that we’re living on a cash only budget for all of our discretionary expenses, one of the areas we’re really cutting down is entertainment. We still want a little fun money, but we’re limiting our entertainment expenses to about $10 per week. I’ve been brainstorming some things we can do for […]

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I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. Just generally kind of blah. It’s taken me some time to figure out what could be causing it, especially since everything is going so well for us right now. I’ve always had a tendency to be preoccupied with the future. Instead of enjoying what I have […]

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Entertaining guests for the weekend (again)

by Karen on March 21, 2009

We’re expecting visitors again this weekend. Our friends from back home are staying with us Saturday and Sunday nights. When it comes to entertaining visitors, I tend to have a pretty relaxed attitude. After all, they’re coming to see us, not for a nonstop agenda of activities. But it does help to have some fun […]

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