Archive for October, 2012

Finance Can Be Fun

…or at least it can be FUNNY! Bridget at Money After Graduation says this is how she feels when she stops buying Starbucks in an effort to be more frugal. (For me, it’s Dr. Pepper.)   Or, how about when you have to say “No” to going shopping or out to eat with friends because [...]

Scary Savings on Halloween Costumes

These guys are the reason this blog exists, the reason we struggle with debt, the purpose of our priorities and hard work.   In the scheme of our financial plan, Halloween costumes are on the bottom of the list. In the bigger picture of our kids’ happiness and enjoyment of their childhood, though, it plays [...]

Halloween Reading

Here are a few interesting links for this “holiday.” (My kids, by the way, don’t understand why it’s a “holiday” if you don’t get out of school for it.) Why You Should Do Things You’re Bad At Despite the horrible grammar in the title, it’s an interesting article on why we should continually challenge ourselves [...]

iPad Mini Fills the Void

Because it’s funny…

Free Kindle Books 10/25/2012

Check out this list of free Kindle books! (Remember you can read this on your iDevice – iPhone, iPod, iPad) – with the Kindle app.) This may not last long, so check them out and comment with which ones you downloaded!

Decisions Make Me Tired

I can now scientifically excuse being cranky when I get home from the grocery store.  I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to cut costs (especially on groceries), and I’ve stumbled onto an interesting area of discussion: decision making and willpower. Have you heard of decision fatigue?  It means that the quality of [...]

Who Says Basketball Doesn’t Have Raquets?

Recently on Facebook, I spent an afternoon complaining about the cost of organized sports for my kids.  I got a LOT of responses to that post, and I realized that we’re not the only family dealing with this particular Budget Buster in our culture today. This particular event was basketball.  After paying $20 towards the [...]

Budget Busting Websites – TUAW

  One of the things all financial bloggers do a lot of is read.  I personally spend a lot of time reading various websites about my hobbies  and interests: finance (SWFTM, AFM, and Money Under 30 are some of my favorites), but also technology – especially anything Apple.   Once or twice I’ve seriously considered [...]

On Track…for What?

    Spring and Summer were full of a LOT of adjustments for our family: We made the decision to send our (previously homeschooled) children to public school for the first time I started working a part-time job Our church ministry commitments changed and a lot more tiny things that have added up to great [...]

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