One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

Posted by idawrites on December 9, 2008 in Debt, Decisions, Emergency Fund, Money |

Thanks for everyone who stuck it through with me during my absence. Life has been very crazy here and we’ve just been working on getting back to normal. For just a glimpse of our week, I bring you the Minivan O Doom Saga: Back in January, I wrote that I paid off my minivan 9 […]


The Dirty Laundry Edition – AND MY 200TH POST

Posted by idawrites on November 24, 2008 in Budgeting, Emergency Fund, Family, Finance, Money, Planning |

I’ve been avoiding posts of any real substance lately. I’ve been putting this milestone post off for days as well. This is my 200th post, and I can assure you that I didn’t expect to still be writing this blog as long as I have. Any of you who have been reading this blog for very […]


Three Cheers For The Emergency Fund!

Posted by idawrites on October 7, 2008 in Emergency Fund |

Mark had insomnia on Sunday night. He woke up at 3 AM yesterday morning and could not get back to sleep. So, he got out of bed and went to the living room to watch the History Channel (his idea of stimulating entertainment… my cure for insomnia.) As he was vegging out on the sofa, […]


Boys Are Expensive!

Posted by idawrites on September 8, 2008 in Children, Emergency Fund, Family, Health |

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER I promised an entry on Saturday about Mark and his broken hand.  The weekend got away from me and so that promised entry has been delayed just a teeny bit! BIG TOUGH GUYS & LITTLE TOUGH GUYS Last weekend was our visitation weekend with Geoff.  Much of the weekend was spent […]


The Payday Loan Trap

Posted by idawrites on June 18, 2008 in Emergency Fund, Finance, Loans |

One of my first lessons in “What Not To Do” with money was actually one of the few lessons that I didn’t learn by trial and error.  I used to work at a Payday Loan call center.  While I have seen a few people who have utilized the service for its intended purpose, the vast […]


We’re Home from Boston

Posted by idawrites on March 13, 2008 in Business, Emergency Fund, Finance, Travel |

This has been a crazy few weeks. Mark and I took a business/pleasure trip to Boston and then hopped a train on up to Dover, NH a couple of weeks ago. It was well needed time to ourselves. Along the way, he and I learned a few things about our finances. Mostly that we don’t […]


Illness and Setbacks

Posted by idawrites on February 2, 2008 in Emergency Fund, Illness, PF Experiment 1 |

Until you really start paying attention to every penny that flows in and out of your house, you never realize how much even minor illnesses can cost you. My husband, the youngest child, and I have all been sick this week. Mark works from home, so there wasn’t any loss of income there. Our daughter […]

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