Category Archives: Relationships

The logic for and against combining finances

Last month, I let you all know that after a handful of years cohabiting and over two years of marriage (or as my husband just informed me “two looooooong years.” Sigh.), my husband and I finally took a plunge of a different kind: We decided to combine our incomes into one checking account. It’s been about a month now and so far the transition from two bank accounts into one has been relatively uneventful. (Although, it’s always a pleasant surprise … Continue reading

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Wishing everyone good things …

This night is a particularly good one … it’s a Wednesday that feels like a Friday. As we are wont to do on nights when we don’t have to get up early for work in the morning, my husband (or I) brew a pot of coffee and we sit in front of our computers, catching up on emails (me), playing computer games (him), chattering about things – usually picking on each other about one thing or another. Our lives are … 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of writing a blog are when you take a moment to take stock of all of the things you’ve wrote and find some of those unpublished gems that (thankfully) got hidden amongst the other posts that are chronicled in your web publishing program.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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Advice for grads

The Class of 2010 is hitting me hard this year – no less than five loved ones are graduating from high school and making their way into the Great Beyond. Luckily for me, three of those graduates are triplets and they are having a combined party, so my road trips aren’t as numerous as they could be. The other day as I was thinking of these kids – I traveled with the triplets when I was in college and when … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I was lucky enough today to get to see both of the moms in my life – my mother-in-law and my very own mom. I’ve learned a lot about frugality from my mother-in-law – she’s taught me to check my receipts when I go to Hy-Vee because if they charge you the wrong price for an item and you catch it before you leave the store, you get that item for free, plus a refund. How cool is that? Also … Continue reading

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Time on my hands …

You would think that after a couple weeks of non-blog activity, that I’ve been buried in work or whisked away by aliens. I can assure you that neither has happened, but this is what’s been happening … I am living something of a “normal” life. The new job … oh man – words cannot describe. Every once in awhile, I feel this very cheesy grin spread across my face as I realize how much I’m enjoying myself and there are … Continue reading

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This world is a challenge to my finances and to my hairstyle

I have a lot of things going on in my life right now, a few of them that I’ve only shared with those who are in my inner circle. (And no, family members and friends who read this blog – I’m not pregnant.) There are a lot of days where I end up feeling very sad and defeated. I have this strange little uplift that comes to me at about 5:15 p.m., when I’m pulling into the driveway of my … Continue reading

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Do I need a social media detox?

For those of you who follow a Christian church calendar, we are now entering the season the Lent. Or we have entered it … however that works. When I was growing up, we never gave up anything for Lent. I don’t know if that was my parents, if it was my denomination, if it was the hippie-ish pastor who liked to play his electric guitar in church … all I know is that while my friends gave up stuff like … Continue reading

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Tired of temptation: Valentine’s Day 2010

Can I let you in on a little secret about me? Here it is: I really suck at being frugal. Sure, I shop the sales rack and Savers for my clothing. I do clip coupons, I do sign up for rewards at my favorite retailers whenever possible and I am credit card debt free. But start waving around a “holiday” of little or no significance, I feel this awareness growing in my psyche … who cares if I know that … Continue reading

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