Planning for the light at the end of the tunnel

Posted by idawrites on April 15, 2010 in Budgeting, Decisions, Finance |

To say that the last few years has been difficult financially would be like saying that there was a little bit of rain at my parents’ house last September. Now that Mark has a new job that he LOVES and things are going to be settling back to “normal”, we’re all starting to get excited. […]


Why I Love Mint.com – And You Should Too

Posted by idawrites on January 26, 2010 in Budgeting, Finance, Money |

*This is not a compensated review.  I am a Mint.com user.* How do I love Mint.com, let me count the ways… For most people (not me) dealing with finances is a pain in the tush.  Very few people really enjoy checking up on their money every single day.  Mint is designed with both the number […]


What if You Were Laid Off Today?

Posted by idawrites on January 12, 2010 in Budgeting, Finance, Financial Peace University, Money |

Since Mark’s layoff in 2007 and starting this blog in 2008, I have spent what amounts to actual weeks of my life budgeting and cutting expenses. I’ve clipped coupons, made our own laundry detergent, replaced our old light bulbs with CFLs, worn layers and used extra blankets in the winter, and kept windows open and […]


You’re Not Frugal Enough ~ And You’re Killing The Planet!

Posted by idawrites on September 16, 2009 in Coupons, Finance, Food, Frugal |

I read a LOT of blogs about frugality. Even more than the blogs, I read the comments on frugality blogs. What I have learned from these comments is this: No matter how much you improve your habits… no matter how great the information you share… no matter how many changes you make to reduce your […]


Money Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips to a Richer Life

Posted by idawrites on June 23, 2009 in economy, education, Finance, Money |

I think I am falling in love with Podcasts. Months ago I downloaded several Podcasts to my iTunes and forgot they were there. This morning I added them to my iPhone to listen to on the way to work. The first ones to hit the playlist were Money Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for a Richer Life. I really like […]


18 Financial Literacy Websites that aren’t Blogs

Posted by idawrites on April 15, 2009 in Children, education, Finance, Money |

When you’re selling a house, the realtor will tell you to move all of your personal stuff, (knick-knacks, photos, and general clutter) into a storage unit so that perspective buyers can see THEIR stuff in your house. It makes sense. After all, it’s harder to envision how your things fit when the house is so […]


Finance Lessons from Gardening

Posted by idawrites on March 19, 2009 in Finance, Food, Gardening |

So, I’ve embarked on another attempt at Square Foot Gardening. Last July, I shared a post about the challenges of square foot gardening. All in all, last year’s garden wasn’t much of a success. Of course, the challenges I had were more symptoms than the real problem. So, where did my gardening go wrong? Too […]


Revisit – The Victim Mentality

Posted by idawrites on February 11, 2009 in Book Review, Finance, Money |

I read an article today at MSN Money that reminded me of an article I wrote last year.  After re-reading it, I felt it was worth a revisit… especially in light of all of the Bail Out talks that have taken the world over. I tried to read Suze Orman’s book The 9 Steps to […]


Where did you learn about money?

Posted by idawrites on January 29, 2009 in education, Finance, Money |

As someone who grew up knowing very little about money, except that we had none, I’ve always wondered where others learned their money habits.  Where did you learn yours?  Were your parents frugal?  Spendthrifts?  Don’t have any idea? My sophomore year in high school, I took an economics class.  I learned (a little) about keeping […]


4 Cheap Ways To Help

Posted by idawrites on January 28, 2009 in Family, Finance, Frugal Tips |

I listen to Dave Ramsey on the radio on my way home in the afternoons. For the most part, I think he’s got great information which he doles out in a gleefully brutal way. I listen because he’s smart. I itch to change the channel because he often uses his forum to be a jerk. […]

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