Sharing My Knowledge and Business Decisions

Posted by idawrites on May 9, 2008 in Business, Decisions, Discussions |

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been having more and more conversations with my friends about money. When I talk about writing this book and the money I’ve kept from going out the door, they all look at me entirely different. They look at me as though I have some kind of secret knowledge that […]


Hump Day – And Emotional NON-Spending

Posted by idawrites on May 8, 2008 in Decisions, Family, Money |

Well, yesterday was not my most frugal day ever. I did have to spend $100 on an ER copay to make sure that Sierra’s leg was not broken. YAY that it wasn’t! Afterward, we were so hungry that we were mildly faint (we got to the ER at 7:15 and hadn’t had breakfast.. it was […]


My Friend Owned The Coffee Shop

Posted by idawrites on May 5, 2008 in Business, Decisions |

Back in March, I wrote a post about my friend who owns the Mom & Pop coffee shop in our town. It’s a fabulous coffee shop and the owner has done a great job turning it into a place we love go to. We’re going to miss her. Mark and I stopped in to get […]


Writing a Book and Household Finance Coaching

Posted by idawrites on May 4, 2008 in Business, Decisions, Finance, Frugal Tips, Jobs, Money |

I’ve decided to get off the fence and go with my passion. I love helping people improve their household finances. Over the last several years, I’ve read a million and one finance articles. I started reading Yahoo! Finance, then MSN Money, MSNBC Business, CNN Money, and a ton of books. I’ve taken online accounting courses […]


The Car Repair Scare

Posted by idawrites on April 26, 2008 in Decisions, Finance, Money |

Thursday, on my drive to work, my Overdrive Off light started blinking on the dash. While I was driving, I could feel the transmission repeatedly engaging and disengaging the Overdrive. Then, as I was pulling into the parking lot at the office, the check engine light came to life too. SIGH… Just when I thought […]


Unemployment for Dad Means No Summer Visit for Kids

Posted by idawrites on April 17, 2008 in Children, Decisions, Family, Frugal, Snowflaking |

Summer break is 5 weeks away for the children at my house. Usually, my 3 daughters spend the summer with their father in a different state. They generally leave here the day after school lets out for the summer and don’t return until a week or so prior to the beginning of school in August. This […]


Side Effect of Being More Frugal – Emotional Spending

Posted by idawrites on April 6, 2008 in Children, Decisions, Family |

On Saturday, I requested (threatened bodily harm unless I got) some alone time. My wonderful husband loaded up all four children, ages 10, 10, 12, and 15 IN 19 DAYS!!, and took them out for the afternoon. First, they tried bowling… no lanes open until 9:30 PM. So, they spent their allotted $10 in quarters […]


My Friend Owns The Coffee Shop

Posted by idawrites on March 20, 2008 in Decisions, Finance, Frugal |

Mark and I have been far more careful about our spending in the last 6 months or so. We’ve made a concentrated effort to keep our expenses low and implement a (more) frugal lifestyle. In the past, we often stopped 3 or 4 mornings a week to have coffee and bagels at our friendly neighborhood […]


Changing Income Without Changing Lifestyle

Posted by idawrites on February 8, 2008 in Decisions, Finance, Jobs |

I was contacted by a recruiter friend yesterday. He knows of an opening for my dream job, which I am qualified for, at more than double my current salary. He’s offered to pass on my resume for the position. Upside: More money Extensive experience in a growing field with too few qualified candidates Challenging job […]


School Lunches

Posted by idawrites on February 4, 2008 in Children, Decisions, Frugal |

In an effort to save money, and eat healthier, I’ve completely stopped eating lunches out. I bring leftovers a lot, and today I brought a salad. I keep dry roasted nuts, meal replacement bars, and string cheese at the office. I keep a water bottle handy and refill it several times a day. The company […]

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