Category Archives: budgeting and finance

Austerity August

Money … … amirite? An anniversary, two birthdays, a reworked knee (and physical therapy’d) knee or a culinary tour of New York could all find ways to wreak havoc on a budget. Combine them all together, and, well, the past … Continue reading

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North Stars

Man, posting resolution lists seems like The Thing to do this week. I almost feel silly posting one of my own, but at the same time the public accountability and proof of my goals has always been helpful. I haven’t … Continue reading

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What would you do?

I called my dentist’s office at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, my first day off in over a week, to schedule the six-month checkup I’d been putting off for lack of days off from work. The office manager asked if I … Continue reading

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When it comes to money, we’re stupider than we think

I’ll get to my other good customer service story later. First, a bit of personal finance because it’s big-time on my brain as I’m trying to prepare to purchase a house. I get some great money tips from Vanguard, my … Continue reading

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Because the last time around went so well

Remember how last summer I decided to move again, this time into an old house in the historic part of town? The house with the big front porch and back yard and character and stuff? The one with the roommate? … Continue reading

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Why some people are getting New Year’s gifts from me

Alternately titled: Some financial tips from The Modern Gal Have you ever found yourself sitting in the chair of a hairstylist you’ve never met before and halfway through a full color/cut/style event when you both remembered that you no longer … Continue reading

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Taxing times

I like to think I’m pretty good with my money, but when it comes to doing my taxes I’m somewhat scared of the responsibility, because you know, IRS and all that scary crap. I’ve been especially scared to do my … Continue reading

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Spending to save

Newsweek has a thought-provoking cover article this week urging consumers to start spending a little bit more money in hopes of reviving the economy. A passage from the article by Daniel Gross: Nobody is advocating a return to the debt-fueled … Continue reading

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Organize those records

Ok, enough with the time wasters. Here’s something I hope you’ll find a little more, well, useful. Real Simple has a pretty good article about how to simplify and organize your record-keeping systems for important stuff like bills and bank … Continue reading

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Staying frugal for the holidays

I’m sure money is on your mind as you’re doing your holiday shopping this year. It’s hard not to think about it when there are constant reminders everywhere about the poor economy and job layoffs. Britain’s FruGal (she’s obviously a … Continue reading

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