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Frivolous? Perhaps. Worth it? Definitely.

I try not to buy books. I don’t like to buy something I’ll read once and most likely never even look at again (in fact, this is one of my main reasons why I haven’t purchased an e-reader). I’m all for sharing books but no one I know seems to have my taste in books. So I can’t justify spending the money. Usually.Sometimes, however, I’ll come across a book like this:And this:And most importantly, […] Continue Reading…

Creating a menu plan

The following is a reprint from my now inactive blog, The Empty Kitchen. Creating a menu plan is far and away the easiest way to save money on groceries. A menu plan lets you know exactly what you’re eating, helps you create a list for your weekly grocery shopping and, because it covers all meals and snacks and spells out all the ingredients you’ll need for your meals, it keeps you from stopping at the […] Continue Reading…

Car trouble? No problem!

While driving on the New Jersey Turnpike last week, a rock struck my windshield leaving a small crack. I knew it was going to have to be taken care of but no more so than today when I walked out to my car and saw how the crack had somehow, magically, spread overnight. But you know what? It’s OK. Why? Because I have a car maintenance/emergency fund.After the debacle with the free car and […] Continue Reading…

Money Tune Tuesday: Dreaming

So, I love the song “Dreaming” by Blondie. Here’s the video:Here’s a sampling of the lyrics:When I met you in the restaurantYou could tell I was no debutanteYou asked me what’s my pleasureA movie or a measure?I’ll have a cup of tea and tell you of my dreamingDreaming is freeI don’t want to live on charityPleasure’s real or is it fantasy?Reel to reel is living rarityPeople stop and stare at me We just walk on […] Continue Reading…

Guest post: Making choices

This is a guest post from Shanendoah at Baking the Budget. I’ve known her for awhile and I’m so happy that she not only agreed to write this post but is now a fellow Yakezie challenger!I decided a guest blog post was the perfect place to talk about choices in personal finance. As the recent “If I had $1,000,000” meme showed, not all personal finance bloggers would make the same choices. And I’m certain […] Continue Reading…