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Power to the people! BoA drops debit card fee

Will 2011 be the year of the “backpedal?” First, Netflix tries to deflect the backlash of splitting its streaming and mail service but “undoing” said changes. And now … Bank of America drops their proposed $5 debit card fee and other banks are following suit. This likely won’t pave the way towards world peace, but it’s nice to hear that companies are actually listening to their consumers.

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Got candy?

I don’t have kids and since we have more ornery teenagers than cute princess and vampire types in the neighborhood, we keep our lights off on Halloween. (Bah humbug, I know … I also know that my cat likes to launch himself at people.) However, I came across this suggestion on one of my friend’s Facebook feeds today to take your kids’ (or yours – no judgement if you are in your 30s and go trick-or-treating) candy to dentists who … Continue reading

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Why you cannot take “stuff” too seriously …

I had to make a confession to my husband today … pre-shared checking account days and pre-new job with great salary days, I spent a ridiculous amount of money on what I now use as my laptop bag. I actually got two purses from one of those stupid home parties and paid over $100 for both of them. But the laptop bag usually retailed at about $130 and … well. That’s a lot of money. It’s a lot of money … Continue reading

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What’s your vision?

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra After I transitioned from working in an office environment to working at home, I decided to join Rotary International. I had previous exposure to Rotary when I lived up in Northfield and I like their motto: “Service Above Self.” I was also looking for a networking opportunity and – barring anything else – my Tuesday AM meeting guarantees … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! And a book giveaway

I don’t know if this is a sign of the times or if I’m getting older, smarter or what, but last year’s ball drop wasn’t witnessed by my husband or I. I was sitting in bed going through a mountain of magazines, clipping out what I wanted to keep and pitching the rest, while my husband was downstairs in the basement, playing a computer game. We were both drinking water, because we were slightly dehydrated … from the multiple pots … Continue reading

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Keeping a bucket list

One of the joys of writing a blog are when you take a moment to take stock of all of the things you’ve wrote and find some of those unpublished gems that (thankfully) got hidden amongst the other posts that are chronicled in your web publishing program. When I started this blog back in November 2008, I had about $5,500 in credit card debt, had been living with my then-fiance for over a year and was in a job that … Continue reading

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Dealing with temptation

While I was driving home the other day from work, I had a thought: What if I took a non-consumer compact in 2011 and limited how much I spent on “new” items? (See “The Compact” on Wikipedia. Oh how I love you, Wikipedia.) Seriously … I already love Savers. I already have trimmed way back on my consumption of products ever since I started living with my hubby and have paid off my consumer debt. And hell – this former … Continue reading

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The (never-ending) war on STUFF

I’ve talked about how I appreciate people who can truly practice minimalism. There are blogs that are devoted to paring down your possessions to the bare necessities and the feeling of … well, freedom, for lack of a better word … when you are living within your means and are living without a whole lot of extra STUFF to clutter your days, your shelves and your spare rooms. (Oh yes, home office – I’m talking to you. We will meet … Continue reading

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Would you do this to your floor?

OK – this is the craziest thing that I’ve seen in awhile, but with an office remodel coming up in my future (and a tiny budget to accomplish it with), I have to admit – I am intrigued. Imagine it … replacing the flooring in one of your bedrooms for about $70. No, you didn’t just get one heck of a deal by getting carpet or flooring remnants, you have used kraft paper to cover the floor of your room. … Continue reading

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Am I busy or am I just lazy?

That’s the question that I posed to my husband tonight as we were relaxing before he went off to play video games with his guy friends. He was half asleep in the chair and I was prone on the couch, dreaming about the pot of coffee I was going to make to revive both of us. And it was about 6:30 p.m. Since then, I’ve drank my coffee, I made a big pot of soup (yes, it’s over 90 degrees … Continue reading

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