"Here. It can go in the 'trash' pile." "Really?" *Nod* "Yes! Finally!" The item in question was an ornamental miniature version of a Greek statue. It had been given to my husband by his grandmother when he was a child, and he had been carting it around ever since. We've gone through three moves together, … Continue reading On being ruthless
Today while at a Christmas Eve dinner with some friends of ours, we shared our plans to sell our house and rent instead. I've been surprised how enthusiastic most people have been, overall. The most common reaction I've gotten is "I wish I could do that, but there's no room for our kids in an … Continue reading This is never a reason to buy something new!
Thought I'd share a quick little bit of advice on how to get extra discounts on online purchases. So let's say that you have a planned purchase that fits within your budget and that you've been thinking about for long enough that you're sure you want it. Go online and fine a store that carries … Continue reading How to save money shopping online
This is not a new revelation to me. When I was 8 or 9 years old, I remember begging my mother to let me get a library card for my birthday. To this day I don't know for sure why she said no, but there was also a time in my childhood where I was … Continue reading Libraries are awesome
Yesterday was my family Christmas celebration, so I didn't get to start cooking till 10 or so last night. On the plus side, I took home enough leftovers that I only need to come up with suppers this week! My husband doesn't like kidney beans in chili, but since I like chili, I've had to … Continue reading Cheap Eats- 12/18/2018
As I've alluded to previously, I don’t really do Christmas presents. Or decorating, or baking, or really anything else Christmas-y. Nothing against the holiday origins or the concept of spending time with loved ones, but Christmas has kind of turned into an orgy of buying and consumption that I don’t feel like joining. Now, I'm … Continue reading Not giving and getting presents is awesome
So about three weeks ago I was browsing realtor.ca to see what the housing market looked like in my area when something caught my eye. A house around the corner from me was listed for almost two times the price that we paid for ours a few years ago. Now, it had been renovated more … Continue reading Big changes coming
This is being posted a day late simply because I was busy last night, so I didn't have time to summarize what I spent all afternoon cooking. Turns out when you drink a bottle of wine over four hours you aren’t really in the mood to write coherently when you get home at midnight! Today … Continue reading Cheap eats- 12/11/2018
I have a pretty strict view of debt. It's bad. Even in my most spendthrift years, I never let myself carry a balance on my credit card. I use it all the time for the points, but I've never bought anything that I wouldn't be able to pay off at the end of the month, … Continue reading Do people really think this is a good thing?
If I turned vegetarian, I could probably spend less than $200 a month on food. I've noticed a pattern with all my food posts showing that I usually spend half my food budget on meat. This week is no exception. However, while I could easily see reducing or removing meat from my meal plan if … Continue reading Cheap Eats: 12/3/2017