Today's menu is brought to you by poor planning. I've been eating too healthily lately. It's been really bothering me, so I thought I'd do something about it by making a big lasagna. I thought about making the slightly healthier butternut squash variety with the squash that's been taking up room in my fridge for … Continue reading Cheap Eats – 10/29/2017
Earlier I wrote a little about how I'd previously tried to take care of my future. Mostly that involved making money, seeing how much we didn't spend, and dumping chunks of it on our rental property mortgages a few times a year. It was a good plan, and helped us get further ahead than a … Continue reading So what is the new plan anyway?
No. Just, No. Bad, bad advice, Barbara Corcoran. No. Buzzfeed recently interviewed Corcoran while she was promoting a "woman's empowerment initiative*". Most of the article was generic, forgettable advice, until this section: What are the biggest mistakes women make with their money? BC: They don’t spend it. And I know that’s counterintuitive. I am not a … Continue reading No.
I'm getting a little sick of chicken, but when you do your meat shopping at Costco even though you're cooking for two, you have to get used to eating the same type of meat a lot, even when you have a good freezer. I've been changing up the sauces, but I think I'm glad that … Continue reading Cheap Eats – 10/27/2017
I'm a sucker for skincare products. I don't wear a lot of makeup, and my hair gets cut at First Choice Haircutters three times a year, but I fully admit to having splurged on skin-care impulse buys on many occasions over the year. I'd read a comment somewhere referencing a product, look it up on … Continue reading When a sale is costing you money
I love cooking. There's a primal pleasure in spending hours in the kitchen playing around with spices and ingredients and ending up with a completely satisfying meal. It's why I really don't mind spending half my weekend in the kitchen meal prepping for the week ahead. My office is right downtown, and it would be … Continue reading Cheap Eats – 10/15/2017
It's a fair question. The Internet is swimming with finance and FIRE blogs who probably offer better advise than I can (after all, that’s where I got a lot of my inspiration). I certainly and obviously know nothing about web design. So why write about it? A large reason is to hold myself accountable. I'm … Continue reading So why am I blogging?
My food budget is almost a joke this week, but that's because it was Thanksgiving over the weekend. Two family meals and two mothers pushing leftovers on us means that we're almost eating for free. I packaged leftover ham, mashed potatoes, and veggies into two lunches for my husband (I'm not crazy about ham). I'd … Continue reading Thanksgiving Cheap Eats
There seems to be a general feeling on a lot of FIRE sites and forums that people who don't commit to saving and achieving FI are suckers for not ducking out of the rat race as soon as possible. Sometimes the attitude is almost vicious, like they want to point and say "Look at those … Continue reading Determining priorities
To buy or not to buy. That really is the question. Smarter minds than mine have argued about this, and probably will for ages to come. We're dealing with a number of repairs that surprised us this summer, so I've been thinking about this question a lot and wondering if we really should have kept … Continue reading The Mortgage Question