• Hiring a Blogger and Looking Towards the Future

    by  • February 13, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    image: Aranami  We’re looking for a blogger to contribute to our site. More information and application here. Summary: $300, 12 posts, 2 months. We’ll start from there and see how it goes. Why are we hiring? Because for a while this website has been pretty much a one man show. That man is me. Her ... Read more →

    A Tale of Two Electronics

    by  • November 10, 2011 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    image: aaltonen In the past month I’ve had bad luck with electronics. Last week Her was using her computer to look up some stuff, and then turned to me and uttered those dreaded words, “I think that the internet is down.” If you’re a home networking amateur like myself, you know that finding the problem of ... Read more →

    Does Our Baby Need an Airplane Ticket?

    by  • October 25, 2011 • Tagged:   • Comments

    image: sbamueller  In a few weeks, Her, the little one, and I will be traveling to see relatives over the Thanksgiving holiday. Of course that means getting on an airplane with a baby. Back in the days of DINK I remember giving dirty looks and being annoyed at the parents of a screaming child. Now ... Read more →

    Optimize Your Employment

    by  • October 18, 2011 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    image: Seattle Municipal Archives  In my 7 years of working for the man, I’ve more than doubled my income from $40,000/year to $81,000/year. It hasn’t been easy, and there’s some things that I would have done differently. Here’s a few thoughts on what has worked for me through the years, and what I wish I ... Read more →

    Working for The Man Makes Me Happy

    by  • October 13, 2011 • Tagged:   • Comments

    image: Tim Patterson I’ve been working at an office job for the past seven years. I’ve been commuting to the same place, day after day, to complete tasks given to me by my superiors. Sucks, right? HELL NO. I love it. (what now?) Sometime in the past few years of personal finance blogging, it has ... Read more →

    The Cost of Charlie Work

    by  • September 29, 2011 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    We’re big fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. That show does wonders for turning our brains off after a day of work and being a parent. In the show, Charlie tends to get stuck with the duties and chores that no one else wants, ie, Charlie Work. Since we’ve had a baby, we definitely ... Read more →

    Happy Family of Renters

    by  • September 26, 2011 • Tagged:   • Comments

    image: Number Six (bill lapp) While in the past year much has changed, you know with the baby and all, much has stayed the same. Yes, we’re still renters, baby and all. Remember that unbelievable rent increase of $8 that we faced in 2008? Since then, our rent has not increased ONE PENNY. Yes, in a ... Read more →

    And Baby Makes Three – Yes, We Procreated

    by  • September 21, 2011 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    image: xkcd So all that non-posting in the past year? Yeah, we were busy having a baby and stuff. Did you realize how much time ONE measly baby takes? What the hell, baby. Also, as it turns out, ONE measly baby also tends to be pretty expensive. It is quite the transformation to turn our ... Read more →

    Saving on Gas

    by  • September 14, 2011 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    image: xkcd These days Her and I drive much, much more than we used to, for reasons that I’ll explain in a later post. Of course that means that we’re saddled with high costs at the gas pump. We’re having to fill up about once a week, and with gas prices being the highest in ... Read more →

    Hello WordPress, Goodbye Movable Type

    by  • September 12, 2011 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    This past month I’ve worked to transfer the blog over from Moveable Type to WordPress. The process was a little difficult, but I think I’ve managed to smooth out most of the bugs. I’ve already noticed that the site is slow compared with how it was, but I’ll continue to fix that. Let me know ... Read more →

    Yeah, Some Changes Around Here

    by  • September 1, 2010 • Tagged:   • Comments

    So you’ve probably noticed that there was a sponsored post yesterday. The decision to run that wasn’t made lightly. We literally get hundreds of requests to do this type of thing, mostly from companies that we’ve never heard of or whom we wouldn’t want to do business with. When we originally received the email propsal, ... Read more →

    My Life is Expensive to Insure

    by  • July 13, 2010 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    (photo: The Doctr) Way back in the day when we were just newlyweds (or 18 months ago if you prefer), we came up with a list of things that we thought would be good to do since we’re now married. Surprisingly enough we managed to accomplish most of those things on the list. One task ... Read more →

    Credit Card Conundrum

    by  • June 17, 2010 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    photo: Andres Rueda Over the past few months I’ve chosen to close a few credit card accounts. I think that in each case, the card carriers were going to start charging an annual fee unless we started using the card. The most recent example was my Citibank card, as they wanted us to spend at ... Read more →

    Financial Doppelganger

    by  • May 25, 2010 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    original photo: Photos8.com, modified in compliance with its Creative Commons License On last night’s season finale of How I Met Your Mother, we’re reminded that almost all of the gang has seen his or her corresponsing doppelganger roaming the streets of New York, except for one (Barney, of course, for all of the HIMYM fans ... Read more →

    Follow Us, Win Money

    by  • May 20, 2010 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    We at Make Love, Not Debt have distrusted social media for a little while now. We’ve only personally embraced it in the last year or so and finally have wrapped our brains around the whole thing. And now we love it. Over the past few weeks I’ve added the oh-so-ubiquitous sharing buttons found on everyone’s ... Read more →

    The Price of Darkness

    by  • May 18, 2010 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    photo: Gustavo Minas When Her and I first moved into our modest apartment, we bought some room-darkening pull-down shades to cover our windows. Back then we didn’t have a lot of money to spend on window treatments so we cheaped out and bought some low-quality stuff. Fast-forward five years and the shades are cracked and ... Read more →

    Meet Stacy, Our new Writer

    by  • May 5, 2010 • Tagged:   • Comments

    photo: dark.molly Hey kids! The biggest change we have for this blog is the addition of a new writer, Stacy. You may know her from her blog Birds and Bills, where she writes about… …wait for it…. …personal finance! If you haven’t read her blog, I suggest you do so. She is the CNNMoney.com’s small ... Read more →