• Are Varietal-Specific Wine Glasses Worth It?

    by  • October 29, 2007 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    photo: slack12 We have an expensive hobby – wine. We have spent a lot of money on fine wines, sometimes bringing back a bottle as a souvenir from a trip. But so far, we haven’t invested in any expensive wine glasses. We have a pretty set of balloon glasses we got a s a gift, ... Read more →

    Wedding Budget Tips From Caterers

    by  • September 21, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    photo: churl In the last year we have met with many caterers during our wedding planning. Each of them had some cost-saving tips to offer us. I thought it would be fun to compile them and pass them on. 1. Dress up only the head table If you want a fancy look but can’t afford ... Read more →

    Payroll Error In My Favor

    by  • August 31, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    I got overpaid on my latest paycheck by several hundred dollars. When we had guests at our house this month I took off some days without pay because I had run out of vacation days. I filled out my time sheet correctly, but it looks like payroll wasn’t paying attention. At first I was delighted, ... Read more →

    Got A Wedding Registry? Get $50

    by  • August 28, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Cuisinart is currently offering a $50 wedding registry promotion. If you register for a Cuisinart stand mixer at select retailers, you can earn a $25 rebate. If someone actually purchases it for you, you can get another $25. More information on the Cuisinart registry web page.

    Good Weather For Renting

    by  • August 27, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Lately lots of our friends have been buying houses, and we’ve been feeling left out. But this week Chicago has been deluged with severe weather, and suddenly the only thing we’re missing out on is damaged property. The friends with the brand new garden level condo are furious that it has flooded – again – ... Read more →

    Paying For Weight Loss is Paying Off

    by  • August 8, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    This year I spent about $150 to join Weight Watchers, and that has helped me to lose about 10 pounds in 6 weeks. I know, I know, losing weight is just about eating less and exercising more. But previously, I was never successful at losing more than 5 pounds on my own. Without a comprehensive ... Read more →

    Financially Savvy Wedding Gifts

    by  • July 30, 2007 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Do you know a bride and groom who are financially savvy (or who could use some help in this area)? If so, then the Chicago Tribune has some great wedding gift suggestions. Instead of a stock pot, how about blue chip stocks for the happy couple? Or how about giving financial advice along with your ... Read more →

    What We Sacrificed to Get Out of Credit Card Debt

    by  • June 28, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Getting out of debt requires sacrificing the lifestyle you have become accustomed to. It’s not easy, and some people find that they are their own worst enemy when it comes to making sacrifices. It’s that lifestyle that got you into debt in the first place, after all. Having just paid off ALL our credit card ... Read more →

    My New Credit Limit Scares the Bejeezus Out of Me

    by  • June 26, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Today I got a notice from one of my credit card companies that they have raised my credit limit to over $16,000. This is the first time I have had a credit limit cross the five-figure line. We currently carry zero credit card debt, which is probably why they felt the need to “tempt” me ... Read more →

    Weddings: I Do = I Debt?

    by  • June 26, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    I took an online survey this week for engaged brides. Question 54 asks how you intend to pay for your wedding. Most of the options involved taking on debt in one way or another. The first option on the list, “Refinance your house” is also probably the worst option on the list. Mortgage debt is ... Read more →

    When A Friend Has Become A MLM Robot

    by  • June 14, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    What do you do when a good friend gets sucked into a multi-level marketing scheme (MLM), more commonly known as pyramid schemes? Over the past year one of my closest friends has displayed increasingly bizarre behaviors that are totally unlike her. For example, she has been making claims about how much money she is making ... Read more →

    What Is It Like to Be You?

    by  • May 17, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Him and I now make a combined income of (just barely) over six figures. This is far more than we’ve ever made before. At this new income level, life has become easier. We are able to make large payments toward our credit card debt, while saving a lot for our wedding and retirement. We can ... Read more →

    Bachelorette Party Expense

    by  • May 11, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    My friend is getting married and I’ve been invited to her bachelorette party. Her $135 (without hotel) to $250 (including hotel) per person bachelorette party. Plus I am expected to bring a gift. Says so right on the invitation. Is this typical? I’ve been to a few bachelorette parties before, but never been expected to ... Read more →

    Crying Over Spilled Meat

    by  • April 24, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    So last week we took Him’s parents out to dinner at Fogo de Chao, a brazilian cowboy meat emporium. None of us had ever been there before, but the concept is almost like a table-side buffet. Waiters in costume bring around large spears of meat, which they carve table-side. There is no menu; you simply ... Read more →

    Our Five Obsessions

    by  • April 18, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    English Major recently tagged us to participate in the current latest and greatest meme going around: 5 Things We’re Obsessed With. Without further ado… Three obsessions from Him: Andrew Bird. Do you know anyone who can play violin, glockenspiel, guitar, whistle, and sing ALL AT THE SAME TIME? His new album Armchair Apocrypha has been ... Read more →

    Allowances; Morale Raised

    by  • April 10, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    We got allowance raises this month! Our original allowance amount was $75 each, twice a month. We have received this amount for the last two years. We talked it over and decided to raise this to $100 each in response to some recent financial discussions we had. We use our allowances to pay for everything ... Read more →

    Upromise is Now Helping to Pay my Student Loan

    by  • April 9, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Upromise has recently partnered with Sallie Mae, a big student loan company who I happen to have most of my student loans with. I have also had a Upromise account for over a year. The result of the partnership is that now Upromise will now make automatic quarterly transfers of the money in my Upromise ... Read more →

    Money Discussions Still Uncomfortable

    by  • March 28, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    I can tell when something is bothering Him. Him gets all quiet and skulky, and last week Him had been skulky for over a week. Uh-oh. I finally pried out the problem: Money and Us. Yikes. Turns out I have been spending my allowance, plus some of our joint account money, on stuff that I ... Read more →

    Decorate Your Wedding Car for Under $8

    by  • March 19, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    There are lots of companies that sell “wedding car decorating kits” for upwards of $50. Save your money and do it yourself. Here’s how. What you need: (18) tin cans (saved from soup etc.) lids removed, rinsed (6) 9′-0″ spools of 1/12″ wide ribbon (1) 1/2″ dia. wood dowel Tools: Hammer 1 sharp nail or ... Read more →