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Simplify your money

by Karen on January 16, 2012

At the start of the year, my friend Kacie inspired me to explore new options for simplifying our finances and bill pay process. I’m still working out some of the details for these new systems, but I’m going to share them with you here, in addition to the systems we already have in place for […]

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Sorry, entries for this contest are now closed. A winner has been chosen, and I will be announcing as soon as I’ve received the prize from T. Rowe Price and contacted the winner. Thanks for participating! When I was a kid, my parents were a pretty open book. We talked about money just like we […]

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The Tightwad Gazette (affiliate link) by Amy Dacyczyn is my favorite frugal book. It’s full of simple ideas for how to cut costs without affecting your quality of life, and Dacyczyn’s values and priorities are very similar to mine, so I find it motivating and inspiring. The first time I read the book, the ideas […]

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Everyone likes to be invited to a party. I love parties! I don’t even mind if the hostess asks me to bring a dish. If I’m being welcomed to her home to enjoy the festivities, it’s the least I can do. And if it’s a shower, I love to bring baby or bridal gifts for […]

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How much are you really spending?

by Karen on March 4, 2011

At the beginning of this year, Tony was hired for a full-time teaching position, and our income doubled. That sounds like we’re making a lot more than we really are considering the fact that Tony was seriously underpaid as an adjunct professor. But for us, it’s a lot of money, and it’s finally enough to […]

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How much is laziness costing you?

by Karen on January 26, 2011

I’ve mentioned before that Tony and I use a credit card to purchase all of our gas. We pay the bill off every month before it accrues any interest, and we get 5% cash back on all fuel purchases. Since we’re not paying interest, the 5% cash back is basically free money, and keeping an […]

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