Category Archives: Where My Money Goes

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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Reminders of the past

I’m not sure if this was something that was worthy of celebration, but in all of the busyness of fall, I realized the other day that I had passed the one-year anniversary of getting my credit card debt paid off. And while this certainly warrants a “woo hoo!”, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I only realized this because I was cleaning up our basement for some company and I found old credit card statements from 2008. One year … Continue reading

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Some shopping I can support

One of my best friends from college owns an independent bookstore in the Twin Cities. And although it’s not always the cheapest route of action, I really try to support him by buying my books from him. I have nothing against Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or any of the other outlets I used to buy my books from (and let me be frank, there are times when I still buy stuff from the chain stores), but shopping local is meaningful … Continue reading

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Living in a one-computer home

I’ll be honest – I don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for me. But when it comes to technology, I have been blessed by free or cheap computers and a brilliant husband who doesn’t believe in buying – but building – his own computers. So last Sunday, when my $60 computer gave up the ghost, I was slightly reassured that my hubby would be able to just fix it and I would be blogging and Facebooking again in no time. … Continue reading

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The joys of mattress shopping

Something happened to my husband and I a couple of months ago that has haunted our dreams. … We watched the “Dirty Jobs” episode where host Mike Rowe took a dirty job collecting used mattresses. What always amuses me about this particular episode is that Mike Rowe barely flinches in the face of animal poo, but something about the thought of what is lurking in used mattresses turns totally grosses him out and gives him the heeby-jeebies. Incidentally, ever since … Continue reading

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A new way to save …

Now that I’m done working at the cab company, my husband and I have been fulfilling familial obligations and taking a fair share of road trips. And although we love to see our family members at the end of these journeys, one of the best parts about spending three hours in a car is that my husband and I just talk without the usual interruptions of our life. We talk about the things we need to do to the house … 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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For your reading pleasure

It’s one of my weekends off from the cab company and I have been enjoying it to its fullest. Yesterday my hubby and I spent most of the morning cleaning since we were having friends over that afternoon … even though it’s a pain at the time, it’s nice to only have to pick up this morning and not feel guilty about sitting around and blogging instead of being upstairs and cleaning. My Saturday night consisted of a movie with … Continue reading

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Government Rebates: Grumble, grumble, grumble

This is me multitasking. I am at home this morning, blogging with you fine people, working my cell phone and waiting for a web page to load. What exactly am I trying to accomplish? Today is the day that the appliance stimulus program started in Minnesota. The rebates became available on the State of Minnesota website at 8 a.m., Central Standard Time. It is 8:24 a.m. The website has already crashed and when I call? “Your call can’t be completed … Continue reading

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Fingers crossed for a panel interview!

First off, thank you for so many wonderful comments regarding my current life slump. For those of you who are in the same situation, I will have good thoughts for you guys to regain your moxie and to figure out what way is the best one for you to find happiness. For my friends who emailed me personally to encourage me – thank you very much. Secondly … I got a haircut. Yup – that was my Friday event – … Continue reading

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