Frugality – Ur Doin It Rite

Posted by idawrites on December 12, 2008 in Family, Finance, Frugal Tips, Money |

When I’m with my family and friends, I talk a lot about coupons, shopping strategies, stuff I get for free or insanely cheap, and money saving tips. It’s a big part of my daily life, so it tends to creep into my conversations. I’ve stopped counting the times someone has been in my house and […]


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 […]


Reduce Your Spending Painlessly – Revisited

Posted by idawrites on November 13, 2008 in Finance, Frugal Tips, Money |

Some of you may remember this post from the first time I shared it, six months ago. Most of you weren’t here yet though, and since it had some great information, I wanted to share it again. Where Can You Reduce Spending Without Pain? This is the first question that many people ask when they […]


Companies NEED debt to pay payroll

Posted by idawrites on October 8, 2008 in Business, Debt, Finance |

This statement made me pause. Now, I don’t care if you support this massive monster of a mistaken bailout or not … the notion that companies must have credit to pay their bills and therefore employ you is the height of ridiculous. As a matter of fact, I’ve never worked for a company who used […]


Worried about the Economy?

Posted by idawrites on September 30, 2008 in Budgeting, Finance, Frugal Tips |

I am not the first person, nor the last, to weigh in on my worries over the economy and the direction it’s heading. I watch the news and read the paper and do my best not to get caught up in the panic. I think that the economy is going into the toilet. Furthermore, I […]


Living Frugally Yet Well

Posted by idawrites on September 10, 2008 in Articles by Request, Finance, Frugal, Planning |

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?” Yesterday, I reposted Keeping up with the Joneses (AKA Society) and keeping Clothing purchases from breaking the bank. To […]


Passing the Six Month Mark

Posted by idawrites on July 22, 2008 in Finance, Frugal, Money |

I started blogging on Blogspot in January. I had a vision, and a plan. It’s changed a bit along the way. I’ve grown in ways I didn’t anticipate. I have begun endeavors that I wouldn’t have dreamed. Writing here has changed my relationship with money. It has helped me face the issues I have with […]


Changing Middle Class Perspectives

Posted by idawrites on July 10, 2008 in Budgeting, Finance |

When I started writing this blog, I started it for one reason. I hadn’t yet found a good resource for our family type. I even went so far as to list our annual budgeted expenses and lament that there was not a lot of wiggle room for us to lower them. Over the last six […]


Read This Book or Hello Kitty Dies

Posted by idawrites on June 27, 2008 in Finance, Planning |

I have a standing Wednesday evening appointment with a coaching client. Initially, I deduced that Ms. Words simply need an automated system for everything. She made it very clear that she wasn’t interested in actively working with her finances on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. She simply wanted it to take care of […]


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 […]

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