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Town for sale? I’m buying!

You may have seen this listing: Scenic, South Dakota That’s right. The whole town is for sale. For just under $800K. That’s less than the cost of a lot of houses. It’s less than the cost of paying Derek Jeter for a year. Heck, it’s less than the amount inherited from cousin Bertha! But is the town worth it? Would you buy it?In a dream world, I would. Who wouldn’t want to own her […] Continue Reading…

It takes one

Rob Base was wrong. It does not take two to make a thing go right. It only takes one.What the heck am I talking about? In order to clear that up, I’ll have to start with a personal philosophy that I have:      “Changing the entirely too daunting. So I aim to impact one person. Because if I’ve impacted one person, I’ve done my job.”To illustrate my philosophy, let’s talk about my cat. For as long as I […] Continue Reading…

Money Tune Tuesday: Absolutely Still

This week’s installment of Money Tune Tuesday is a bit different. Rather than a song about money, it’s a song that represents perhaps one of the best concerts I have ever seen. Ever. Oh, and it was free.Last Friday, I saw Better Than Ezra for free at Baltimore’s Power Plant Live. Sure, it was hotter than the sun and I had to pay for a hotel room and my Jeremiah Weed crush got warm […] Continue Reading…

Roseanne: Domestic goddess, financial mentor.

I’ll start with a confession: I watch a lot of television.  It’s a flaw that I’ve come to accept and embrace.I tend to gravitate towards shows that feature “regular” people—Friday Night Lights, The Office, Parks and Recreation. Not only are these shows just awesome, they often depict people in realistic financial situations.  But for me, no show has painted a greater picture of financial reality than Roseanne. Watching the show in reruns as an […] Continue Reading…

Frugal recipe: Baked beans

On Sunday night, we had grilled hot dogs for dinner. We did this mainly because my in-laws sent us home with tofu dogs for me and all-beef hot dogs for my husband and daughter. Normally, I don’t buy hot dogs but since they were free, I sure wasn’t going to turn them down (especially with the SNAP Challenge going on). We had rolls at home as well as some carrots so we were looking […] Continue Reading…