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Budgeting Software – Helpful or Time-Waster?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Do you know what’s way more fun than actually budgeting? Reading about budgeting. A Google search for “Budgeting Software” will give you 3+ MILLION results.  It’s clear that people are looking for something to make budgeting easier (or something to help them put off doing the actual budgeting work), but is there really any easy way […]

Check Out Ramit’s “No Christmas Gifts This Year” Project

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Ramit of IWillTeachYouToBeRich is always up to something. Check out his latest project: NoChristmasGiftsThisYear.com Here’s the idea behind the website in Ramit’s own words: This year, Americans are planning to spend over $400 on Christmas gifts. Instead of buying things we can’t afford, here’s a way to do something more meaningful. I like this idea. […]

Question of the Day – Food Stamps

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

The other night I went to Kroger to pick up some milk. I was standing in the checkout line behind an older lady. I noticed that she was holding a Lone Star Card, which is our equivalent to Food Stamps. I didn’t have a problem with this lady using a Lone Star Card. What I […]

One Unplanned Consequence of Our Kitchen Renovation

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Remember our kitchen renovation from last year? Well, I recently discovered an unplanned consequence of that renovation. I found it out after I signed up for an online account with our electric company and started looking at our billing history. Here’s a comparison of our energy usage in 2008 and 2007: Bottom line: we’re using […]

The Law of Household Economics

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

I read an interesting and funny article by Karen Blumenthal in today’s Wall Street Journal titled Vanishing Act: The Law of Household Economics ($). She defines “The Law of Household Economics” as for every financial windfall, an equal, unexpected cost. She then goes on to lament the fact that everytime she and her husband experience […]

Balancing Frugality and Camaraderie – What’s Your Advice?

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I received the following email last week: I was hoping you could throw this one out to the group of readers: I’m a relatively frugal recent college grad, working hard to save as much as I can. I left my job at Bear Stearns in April and started a new position at a small but […]

How I Could Find $13,000 Per Year If I Had To

Monday, June 9th, 2008

NOTE: I messed up. I had originally titled this: “How I Could Find $19,000 Per Year If I Had To.” Well, I made a cut and paste error in excel, which led to my numbers being off by $6,000. The error was caught by a reader and I decided to fix it. Sorry for the […]