Pricey Holiday Weekend

I keep forgetting that this weekend is going to be a Holiday weekend. Ya to long weekends! Coming up on this weekend, the boyfriend and I didn’t really plan anything. He’s going to be taking on older friend to Kentucky for a family reunion Friday/Saturday, so he’ll be away for part of the weekend. Even though I started with zero plans, …

How To Grow Some Green in the Garden

In my post Growing Some Green in the Garden, I talked about why the boyfriend and I garden. Hint: We don’t do it to save money on food. But does that mean you can’t save money by gardening? Of course not! To me, gardening can be as frugal or expensive as you make it. It all depends on your goals, your tastes …

Finding Balance

The boyfriend and I have been dating for over two years now. We’d both been living the single life for a long time before we met, so it probably took us longer than most couples to find our balance. Eating, sleeping, communicating; We’ve had to make a lot of adjustments and compromises to make things work as a couple. And …

Growing Some Green in the Garden?

In the comments section on GRS a few weeks ago, someone asked about gardening as a way to save money on food. It’s a valid question, and it really got me thinking about how, and why, I garden. I grew up in a poor, urban neighborhood. The produce section of the grocery store left much to be desired; fresh fruits …

A Very Un-Frugal Vacation

Only one more month to go until I hit the road with my Mom and two sisters for our very un-frugal Disney vacation! I am super excited about taking this trip. I’m especially excited about the time I’ll get to spend with my Mom and sisters. I’ve already posted about our decision to take the trip, and the reason we, …

Lazy Days of Summer

Just wanted to post a short note today, so people won’t think I’m going MIA again! A good friend of the boyfriend’s is in town this week and staying with us, so I’ve been spending most of my free time hanging out with the guys. Spending is definitely up this week, although we have been cooking at home mostly, so …

What Am I Building?

I came across an article online a few days ago that really got me thinking. I’m choosing not to identify the article, since it was very political in nature, which is irrelevant to this post. But a portion of the article brought up an interesting point about motivation; What are we doing out of anger? And what are we building? …

Back Where I Started

Last week I mentioned that my job search was picking up steam, and I was feeling much more confident about the process. Apparently, I spoke too soon! Just as quickly as things had started, everything came crashing to a halt. This week I found myself right back where I started, with no job prospects, and tons of anxiety about my status …

Staying Connected

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working through all my regular expenses to see where I could cut costs. I cut the cable cord. I switched my phone plan to Republic Wireless. I created a budget that works for me. But one place where I’m still struggling? My internet connection. Honestly, I’m not spending a fortune on internet, …

Preparing for the Future

Slowly but surely, the job search keeps rolling along. Things have definitely picked up steam over the last few months. Oddly enough, the further into the process I get, the more confident I become. You’d think rejection would have the opposite effect? Instead, I’m feeling more sure of what I do and don’t want, and more confident that I’ll find something …