• 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.

    The Best Investments In Myself

    by  • January 23, 2009 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    During these tough economic times, I have investments in something that has a high rate of return and little risk: ME. Fortunately, I started investing in myself before everything hit the fan; because of that I feel that I am in a good position to keep my job or even advance my career. Here’s two ... Read more →

    Does Recession Equal Romance?

    by  • January 22, 2009 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Usually when I receive press releases I just ignore them; deleting them would be too much work. But, when I saw the title New Survey Finds Couples Site Recession for Boost in Romance, I had to bite. While I’m not going to regurgitate the whole thing here, I’ll grab some highlights and put our commentary ... Read more →

    Financial Goals for 2009

    by  • January 19, 2009 • Tagged: , , , , ,  • Comments

    While we are already pretty well into 2009, it isn’t too late for us to officially declare our 2009 financial goals. We’re now married, so our financial priorities have changed accordingly…and they happen to be house and baby, not necessarily in that order and probably not for at least a year from now. That said, ... Read more →

    From The MoneyMix Archives – Housing

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

    This is post highlights articles from our writings at the MoneyMix blog. When Is The Right Time To Invest In The Housing Market? The housing market is going down, but that means good things for potential buyers like us. Read our list of criteria that we’re going to try and follow when we decide to ... Read more →

    Reader Question: Credit Card and Taxes

    by  • January 13, 2009 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Reader Jeff writes: First, I settled two credit cards, paying 2,500 of a 6,000 balance. Got a letter saying I will be sent something for taxes. What is this about? Anyone have any idea?

    A Look Back At 2008

    by  • January 9, 2009 • Tagged: , , , , ,  • Comments

    Whew, 2008 was quite a year. For us, it will forever be remembered as the year that we got married! But what else happened this year for us financially? Life To cut expenses, we cut Netflix out of our life. We also cut back on weekend trips. I was officially diagnosed with depression and learned ... Read more →

    December 2008 Net Worth: IN THE BLACK Oh So Close!

    by  • January 5, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    EDIT Apparently I can’t use spreadsheets correctly and messed up the net worth number. I guess we’re almost in the black and have a little more to go. Hopefully we can get to zero by the second quarter of this year. Wow, I can’t believe it. We’re ending off the year in the black. Positive ... Read more →

    Out With the Old, In With The New (Year)

    by  • December 31, 2008 • Tagged:   • Comments

    We at Make Love, Not Debt, wish you a safe and Happy New Year! Like every new year, we have a bunch of ideas and posts we’d like you to see in the upcoming weeks. Oh yeah, and we’re even going to update our net worth. It’s coming next Monday, so hold on to your ... Read more →