Two Homes Two Financial Relationships One Child

Posted by idawrites on June 12, 2008 in Budgeting, Children, Family, Money |

Mark and I were blessed with three children each, before we found our way to one another. In his past life, he was what The Millionaire Next Door terms a High Income, Low Net Worth UAW (Under Accumulator of Wealth). He was married to a woman who shared his (then) money values. He earned a […]


Snowflaking, sort of

Posted by idawrites on April 18, 2008 in Budgeting, Money, Snowflaking |

I’ve probably said it too many times, but Mark and I aren’t the most frugal of people. We are doing better, and every step in the right direction counts in the end. But we still have a long long way to go. I’ve begun a little experiment. No matter what our other spending habits, whenever […]


Grocery Shopping – This Week’s Results

Posted by idawrites on April 3, 2008 in Budgeting, Coupons, Grocery Game |

I’m still in love with the Grocery Game. If you’re interested in joining, leave me a comment here and I’ll send you a referral. For every 3 referrals that sign up, I will get 12 free weeks. 🙂 Every little bit helps! And now, for the results: Publix: Actual Price – $73.07 Price Paid – […]


Part 2 – Living frugally, yet well

Posted by idawrites on March 31, 2008 in Articles by Request, Budgeting, Family, Frugal Tips |

This is the 2nd post in response to the question: “Can you explain how to save money while still raising a family and trying to keep up with what society seems to think a family needs to have?” On Friday, I talked about Keeping up with the Joneses (AKA Society) and keeping Clothing purchases from […]


Results of Planning

Posted by idawrites on March 26, 2008 in Budgeting, Planning, Travel |

The convention was AMAZING! Mark and I got to spend loads of time meeting new folks and reconnecting with old friends. There was so much to see and do, we didn’t even get to 1/2 of it. The planning ahead really paid off for us. We didn’t spend any money on restaurant food or drinks […]


Added Benefits of Using The Grocery Game

Posted by idawrites on March 19, 2008 in Budgeting, Grocery Game, Shopping |

I posted last week about The Grocery Game. Since then, I’ve come to believe it’s the smartest move ever! The Investment Cash Each week, I spend $2.35 on a double edition of the Sunday Atlanta Journal Constitution. This gives me two sets of the week’s coupons. The cost of the website is $20 every 8 […]


First Paycheck

Posted by idawrites on March 15, 2008 in Budgeting, Snowflaking, Taxes |

Yesterday, we got the FIRST check made out to Mark’s new company. WHEW… I have to be honest, I was a bit panicked. The payment was 30 days overdue. Our savings account was officially down to one mortgage payment and 1/2 month worth of child support. To say that I was a little stressed might be […]


Reimbursable Expenses

Posted by idawrites on February 21, 2008 in Budgeting, Finance, Lost Income |

I’ve had this entry on the back burner for the last several days. For some reason, the words are not finding their way onto the page. I know what I want to say, but… hmm.. there’s a block. So this will just be a ramble, I think. Mark and I will, at times, spend money […]


Cell Phone Plans – Frugality is not always easy to implement

Posted by idawrites on February 20, 2008 in Budgeting, Finance |

One of the most popular frugality tips is to lower your cell phone plans. I’d hazard a guess that it’s among the top ten ways to free up a few dollars a month. Last month, I decided to go ahead and lower our plans. Mark has his Blackjack that has an unlimited data line and […]


Hiccups and Money Stress

Posted by idawrites on February 12, 2008 in Budgeting, Money, Planning |

This weekend was a difficult one for me. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the emotional relationship I have with money. I am relieved to have enough money saved that I can replace the tires on my car without worry. If the electric bill is more than expected, there is no financial crisis […]

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