• 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 →

    Oh Nos! Credit Card Thefted!

    by  • May 4, 2010 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    photo: 10b travelling This past weekend I was dillegently reviewing the week’s transactions on Quicken, when I noticed two charges made to Newegg.com on my Chase Freedom Card. I’m a huge fan of Newegg and have purchased items from there before, but I was pretty sure that I didn’t buy anything from them last week. ... Read more →

    Net Worth, May 2010: Still in the Black

    by  • May 3, 2010 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Wow. It has been over a year since we’ve last updated our net worth. And my has it grown! We have a lot to talk about to keep you updated on how we got here. Assets First off, we’ve been more than blessed with the market upturn over the past 12 months. With the combined ... Read more →

    Too Young for Long-Term Care Insurance?

    by  • March 16, 2010 • Tagged:   • Comments

    photo: Ilja The first time that Her and I heard about long-term care (LTC) insurance was about 5 years ago on an episode of Susie Orman. LTC insurance pays for stuff like nursing homes to at home care, depending on the plan. Since then we’ve always had it in the back of our minds, especially ... Read more →

    TurboTax Deluxe or Premier Giveaway

    by  • March 15, 2010 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Tax day is only a month away, and you haven’t done your taxes. Oh nos! What to do? Well, one thing you can do is enter to win TurboTax Deluxe or TurboTax Premier, both online editions. TurboTax has generously donated a keycode for each of their Online TurboTax Deluxe and Premier Editions that will allow ... Read more →

    Finances and Family Review

    by  • February 22, 2010 • Tagged: , , ,  • Comments

    This morning Her and I were featured on the Chicago Public Radio show Eight Forty-Eight. If this is your first time here, welcome! The portion of our interview that was broadcasted included our thoughts on how we deal with the relationship of finances and family. Here are some of the posts that go into more ... Read more →

    Public Radio Superstars, at Least on Monday

    by  • February 19, 2010 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Hey guys. Thank you for the response in our last post. Because of that response, and the relatively few people who unsubscribed (the nerve!), we’re definitely going to be picking up the activity on this blog. And remember a few years ago when we did a radio interview with Vocalo, then a fledgling radio station ... Read more →

    Checking In

    by  • February 11, 2010 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    Uh, hi. It’s been over 9 months since I’ve last posted here. We’re bankrupt. Hahaha no we’re not. Much has happened since the last time I posted. I think we still have a positive net worth, but I need to add up the numbers to make sure. Who know how long that’ll take. We have ... Read more →

    Modern-Day Recession Era Skills

    by  • March 2, 2009 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    If you’ve paid any attention to the media, you’re aware that we as a country aren’t doing too well financially. Much has been written that compares our situation today to the Great Depression that began in 1929. To that end, many are taking lessons learned from the Depression era and are applying them to today’s ... Read more →

    Peers Keep Surprising Me With Money Tips

    by  • February 19, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    I’ve mentioned before on this blog that Gaper’s Block is one of my favorite Chicago-centric blogs. While reading the blog I noticed that this week’s question in Fuel is Got any money saving tips for us? Considering that the audience is more of the hippie-liberal-creative types who I imagine feel the same way about money ... Read more →

    Valentine’s Day Contest Winner!

    by  • February 16, 2009 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Congrats to the author at Frugal World, the very first commenter on our Valentine’s Day contest! We’ll be contacting you to get your info so that we can send the book Please Send Money! A Financial Survival Guide for Young Adults on Their Own by Dara Duguay. Hope that our Valentine’s Day tip worked for ... Read more →

    Accused of Being a Spendthrift

    by  • February 10, 2009 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    This past weekend Trent at the The Simple Dollar, one of my favorite blogs, wrote a provocative narrative of how a media interviewer viewed him as a cheapskate and he wouldn’t think of him as a fun person to hang out with because of his frugality. After assuring his audience that he wasn’t a cheapskate, ... Read more →

    Making Home Ownership Work

    by  • February 5, 2009 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Wow, a $15,000 tax credit for new homeowners? (thanks, Jim) Plummeting housing values? Ever decreasing interest rates? I’d be lying if I were to say that I haven’t been trolling the MLS listings for about an hour each day for the last few days, searching for our lair where we will hoard our spoils of ... Read more →

    Thanks, James Harrison

    by  • February 2, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Because of your tide-turning, record-breaking, 100-yard-interception-touchdown-run, I am $20 richer. You see, the party I was at had game of football squares going. With extreme foresight luck, I picked the square that won me the halftime prize. Congrats, Steelers. That was one hell of a game.