• Spending More For Kinder Food

    by  • November 11, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Our vacation to Australia has changed the way we eat. When we were in Australia we got to experience so much of our beautiful planet and see wildlife up close like never before. We snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, visited the rain forest, and spent the night on a free-range sheep farm. We ate local, ... Read more →

    Sizing Up Engagement Rings

    by  • July 10, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    I heard an interesting discussion the other day. A couple is planning to get engaged, and they have agreed to choose the engagement ring together. They both have lucrative careers ahead of them, but are currently in school. The school tuition is being financed by their parents. They set a budget for the ring, and ... Read more →

    So the Economy is Kind of Crazy

    by  • July 8, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    So far our jobs have kept us pretty insulated from the ravages of the economy. I haven’t noticed much personally, other than what I’ve seen in the news reports. But this week I finally started seeing changes – big changes – on the street. Last weekend we went shopping for clothes and we both commented ... Read more →

    Australia is on Sale!

    by  • June 19, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    When we were considering honeymoon destinations several years ago, Australia was a top contender…until we saw the price tag. Package deals for a 2-week vacation were around $20,000 (yes, twenty thousand!). Spending that much on a honeymoon was out of the question. We put the idea aside and chose a $6,000 Greece package instead. Last ... Read more →

    In Which We Put Our Car in a Pothole

    by  • April 19, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    We hit a pothole, and the pothole hit our wallets. This morning we were cruising down Lakeshore Drive when we struck a nefarious pothole. It wasn’t that wide, maybe only a foot or so, but it was also about a foot deep. We hit it while going about 40 mph. That instant I saw our ... Read more →

    Grocery Store Jewel No Longer Accepting Expired Coupons

    by  • April 14, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Tonight I stopped by our local Jewel grocery store and was surprised to see a posted notice that “Effective May, 2009, Jewel will no longer accept expired coupons.” Coupons have long been a major part of our strategy to reduce household expenses, and we have always used expired coupons (with the permission of the customer ... Read more →

    I Don’t Feel Like an Equal Anymore

    by  • March 11, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    When Him and I started our careers, we earned equal salaries ($40,000 each). It felt great! We were working our way up our respective ladders together as equals. I had read about marriages where one partner earns far more than the other, and honestly I was glad that we would never be like that. Or ... Read more →

    Brrr…My Salary Got Frozen

    by  • March 9, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Today at work I found out that my raise for this year is…zip. My company has been affected by the market downturn and there’s no telling how much work we’ll have in the near future. Right now my CFO wants to be cautious and not increase their fixed costs, so no raises for anyone. I’m ... Read more →

    Cheap Sex, the Married Edition

    by  • January 7, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Two years ago I wrote a post called Cheap Sex where I talked about how I took advantage of store promotions to fill my birth control prescription and save money. Now we’re married, thinking about kids, and I figure it’s time for a cheap sex update! We’re in the process of switching to a new ... Read more →

    My DIY Plumbing Success!

    by  • January 2, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Our bathroom drain has been clogged for about a year. We have been pouring gallons of Drain-o (and money) down the drain. I tried to remove the drain stopper (the little thingy that goes up and down) but couldn’t. Recently, the clog got so bad that it would take hours for the sink to drain. ... Read more →

    Our 2009 New Year’s Resolution: Save Like Crazy!

    by  • January 1, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Today we sat down and had a discussion we’ve been putting off for a while: family planning. We both want to have children, although we hadn’t sorted out the timing yet. We have already achieved many milestones that will help us prepare to be parents. We have completed our educations, have steady jobs with benefits ... Read more →

    Group Gifts: Tap Your Resources!

    by  • December 22, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    If you’re part of a group that’s planing to give a group gift this holiday season (a gift for a teacher, building manager, friend, etc), one way to maximize your gift is to tap your resources. Inquire among the group members to see who may have access to special discounts or preferred rates, and consider ... Read more →

    Weathering The Economic Crisis: Bolstering Our Resumes

    by  • December 18, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    We both currently have good jobs, but there have been some frightening indicators that these jobs may be in jeopardy in the future. We already have heard that similar firms to the ones where we work are not hiring right now, which means that if we were to lose our jobs, it would be very ... Read more →

    Things are Getting Pretty Scary Around Here

    by  • December 17, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Friday was an ominous day for us. On Friday, I learned that a company very similar to the one I work at had just laid off almost 150 employees. Rumors abound that this other firm may also be facing bankruptcy in the near future. This is a competitor firm that shares clients and markets with ... Read more →

    Recession Tips Re-Cap

    by  • December 16, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    I don’t know how I missed this, but last week the blog Jeune Marie (which means “newlywed” in French) featured Budget Week, and they had a lot of great posts with tips for weathering the recession in style, for everything from food and clothes to gifts and dating. In case you also missed it (were ... Read more →

    Warm Hands = Warm Finances?

    by  • November 3, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Brrr! It’s cold outside and the American economy is freezing. But a new Yale University study might help us warm things up a bit. This study showed that simply holding a warm beverage in your hands can help you to think more positively of others. In fact, it can even help you feel that someone ... Read more →

    Financial Infidelity

    by  • October 27, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    This week I am broken-hearted because I learned that financial infidelity has struck my family. My brother is in the military and has spent the last few years deployed in very dangerous places. He has a wife and children, so he had prepared for the worst and left legal power of attorney documents for his ... Read more →

    What to Do if You Can’t Afford to Attend A Wedding

    by  • October 24, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    The economy is in a slump, and wedding attendance is seriously hurting. Traditionally, brides planned on 10% to 20% of their guests declining the invitation. Today that the average is more like 40% to 60%. It can be sad for a bride and groom not to have their friends and family in attendance, so what ... Read more →

    Tips For Changing Your Name in Chicago

    by  • October 22, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Changing your name due to marriage is tedious, but you can limit your frustration by doing things in the correct order and bringing the proper documentation with you. Here are some things I have learned from the process this fall. Start at the City Clerk. You’ll need multiple official copies of your marriage certificate. You’ll ... Read more →

    Do NOT Subscribe Me to That Service!!!

    by  • October 20, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Due to my recent marriage and subsequent name change, I have spent the last several weeks calling financial institutions to change my name on my accounts. The new credit cards have been piling up in my mailbox and today I dedicated an hour to calling to activate all the new cards. Previously when I have ... Read more →