• My Miserly Summer Workout Plan

    by  • September 4, 2012  • Comments

    Kanye has his workout plan, and I have mine. Guess which one involves spending as little money as possible? (Hint: Only one of us has only the vaguest idea what “bottle service” entails.) One of the (clearly) many areas in which I’m loathe to spend money is in my fitness. This isn’t because I don’t ... Read more →

    Back to My Old (Cheapskate) Ways

    by  • August 29, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    My husband and I were moved into temporary housing this weekend. Along with gaining more space (I didn’t know I’d missed it until it was back in my life) and scaring our cat into a weekend hiding under the bed, this new situation comes with a variety of frugal challenges; namely, feeding myself and generally ... Read more →

    Our Life Insurance Decision

    by  • August 22, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    We’ve joined over 100 other bloggers to promote the Life Insurance Movement. Thank Illinois Certified Financial Planner Jeff Rose for this awesome idea! When Her and I got back from our honeymoon, not two weeks passed before Her took the initiative and started researching life insurance. We first looked to friends for suggestions…which was a mistake. Our First ... Read more →

    Favorite Tweets Since the Last Time I Posted About Favorite Tweets

    by  • August 17, 2012  • Comments

    So you may have noticed the lack of activity. Sorry about that. I’m lazy. And busy. And being a family of two full-time working parents of a rambunctious probably-gonna-be-diagnosed-with-ADD-and-INSANITY toddler is craaaazy. However, if you still love us (AND YOU SHOULD), we’d really really really love for you to vote for us at the Plutus ... Read more →

    Save Money by Abandoning Your Ancestral Home

    by  • August 15, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    If you like our blog, please cast a Plutus Award Ballot for us for Best Personal Finance Blog for Young Adults and/or Best Debt-Focused Personal Finance Blog! When I was a (younger) person, living in in a town not far from Manhattan, I spent much of my time fantasizing about how wonderful my life would ... Read more →

    Moving, and Its Casualties

    by  • July 31, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    You rarely realize how much crap you’ve accumulated in any period of time until you have to pack up and relocate said crap. While I pride myself on keeping an immaculate house and all of my possessions in their tidy, perfect, obsessive-compulsive places, I recently discovered that I am, in fact, a secret hoarder. The ... Read more →

    Memorial Day Weekend Links and Tweets

    by  • May 25, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    The weather has been beautiful here in Chicago the past few days. We have family coming into town this weekend which usually means copious amounts of eating out. That’s okay though to me as I don’t really get to spend time together with everyone. Dining out seems to be a fiery topic in the personal ... Read more →

    Getting Over It

    by  • May 22, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Recently, my husband stumbled onto a bit of fellowship luck for part of his graduate program. As a result, our loan burden for the coming year is somewhat reduced. Obviously, this resulted in much rejoicing, in large part because we won’t have to worry about the lack of interest deferment on Stafford loans in the ... Read more →

    The Cost of Having Nice Things

    by  • May 17, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    May has inadvertently turned into a month of “Getting Things Done.” While I would ordinarily begin doing a type of spring cleaning (although let’s be real, I’m obsessive compulsive and every week is spring cleaning week in my apartment), the fact that we are being moved out of our apartment (for renovation purposes) has had ... Read more →

    Tweets and Links for Mother’s Day Weekend

    by  • May 11, 2012  • Comments

    This weekend is Mother’s Day weekend. I didn’t realize that I’d have to do stuff for TWO mothers after our kid was born. Argh. Luckily Her wants to do something low-key. This year my mom made brunch reservations, waited for me to ask her to brunch, and then told me where we were going. Awesome. ... Read more →

    My One and Only

    by  • May 10, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    My husband and share the same frugal-to-the-point-of-stupidity tendencies. We will skimp on nearly everything, and not always for the better (see: my recent bout of food poisoning in Spain, when we should have just headed to a clinic, but spent a morning slowly re-hydrating me instead). I can always go to him to validate my ... Read more →

    Putting a Stop To Spending

    by  • May 8, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    While I generally think of myself as someone incapable of mindless spending, over the past few months I realize that I’ve been putting more money towards a variety of purchases than I would have liked. This has something to do with my current occupation – as I’ve written before, my current (and relatively new) job ... Read more →

    My Terrible Start Towards Financial Responsibility

    by  • May 3, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    When I started grad school, I also decided to start being “financially responsible.” See the quotes? That means that I had not idea what that actually entailed. I thought that the best way to start this new life was to take control of my debts. I owed a few hundred dollars to a friend and ... Read more →

    How We Spent Money on Our Wedding, Or Not

    by  • May 1, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    Image: Cat When I was younger, I never dreamed about my perfect wedding. Rather, I spent my adolescence imagining the day I could become a reclusive editor in New York City, living in my fabulous apartment with my multitude of cats, free from the limiting requirements of “marriage” and “other people.” So you can imagine ... Read more →

    Save Money With Us at ImpulseSave!

    by  • April 27, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    One of the financial skills that we’ve kinda let lapse over the last few years is saving money. Pretty basic, but we’re terrible at it. What we’re really good at is impulse spending. We should get a medal or award for it. Well, from here on out, we’re going to change that. And we’re going ... Read more →

    When There is No Parental Cushion

    by  • April 24, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Image: 401K Drawn in by all of the media hoopla, I recently found myself watching the first episode of Lena Dunham’s new show “Girls.” Early in the show, Dunham’s character explains to her parents that their decision to cut her off financially (in her mid-twenties, two years after graduating from college) is unfair and unrealistic, ... Read more →

    Who Knows How Much You Make?

    by  • April 20, 2012 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    image: J Wynia What would you rather tell people: your favorite sexual position or your salary? Which would you rather people knew? Of the topics of conversation that seem to remain forever taboo, revealing how much you make will always be controversial. If you make more than your companions, then they might think that you’re ... Read more →

    Being the Breadwinner

    by  • April 17, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Image: cookbookman17 My relationship is not unlike many in my age-group. This is the time for figuring out your career, for going to graduate school, for living cheaply and on different sums of money depending on where you are. My husband and I try to base our relationship on a degree of equality – his ... Read more →