So I'm about to do something that feels completely contrary to FIRE goals and Mr Money Mustache and everything else I've read about how to save money. When we sell our house, we're probably going to *gasp* use a realtor. I know that Comfree.com exists, and many other sites like it. I know that I'm … Continue reading Decision time
"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!
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?
Black Friday deals are traps designed to separate you from your money. That's what I'm repeating to myself today, anyway. Today is the day when the official Christmas shopping frenzy begins. It's 10 am here, and half my office is empty as a result. If it's anything like past years, people will trickle in throughout … Continue reading Eyes on the Prize
A month and a half ago I decided to cut down on splurging by making myself hit the pause button for a month on all unnecessary purchases- and I was going to be strict with the definition of necessary. Guess what? It totally worked. Confession time- somemost of the things I put on my 'want' … Continue reading Remember those lists?
I don't feel like rereading everything I've written here just now, but I may have mentioned that my husband's car is 11 years old or so. It has less than 140,000 km on it, so our plan was to hopefully drive it for another 5 years at least, maybe more. Well, that's not happening. Thanks … Continue reading The best-laid plans…