Are you “just”ifying your future away?

Posted by idawrites on April 9, 2010 in Budgeting, Money, Spending |

You know what I realized the other day? The word “JUST” is an evil word we use to excuse everything. Seriously. When someone makes a hurtful comment and you call them on it, what’s the standard reply? “I was JUST kidding, jeez.” What about when you’re in the middle of working hard on something and […]


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 […]


How do I get a pay day loan to stop debiting my checking account?

Posted by idawrites on December 10, 2009 in Loans, Money |

Once upon a time, quite some time ago, I was an employee for a payday lending call center.  I started out on the phones and worked my way up to being the compliance officer and trainer. Later, I was hired by another payday lender to launch and manage their new call centers. To say I […]


Dragon*Con Weekend 2009! – Cheapskate Con Tips

Posted by idawrites on September 3, 2009 in Frugal Tips, Money, Spending, Vacation |

Last year, I shared that Mark and I LOVE to attend Science Fiction conventions.  However, any of you that attend fan type conventions know that it gets REALLY expensive REALLY fast.  While we aren’t Old Hat at this yet, this is our 5th convention (But FIRST Dragon*Con!!!) and we’ve learned about Convention Going on the […]


Cheap Girls Getaway

Posted by idawrites on August 3, 2009 in Frugal, Money, Vacation |

A few months ago, my girlfriends and I decided that we needed to get away for a Girls Only Weekend.  Of course, finances being tight for all of us, we couldn’t just run out and book one of those Girlfriends Getaway packages that are all over the ‘net these days. Where We Stayed: One of my […]


I Wish I’d Known Then… Top 10 List

Posted by idawrites on July 23, 2009 in Debt, Frugal Tips, Money |

I was just reading an article on Forbes, titled What I’ve Learned: Once a broke student, now a CEO and it made me wonder.  What do I wish I’d known about money at 18, that I know now? There are SO many things!  Here’s my Top 10 List: Magic: The Gathering cards are NOT a […]


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 […]


10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

Posted by idawrites on May 27, 2009 in Book Review, Frugal Tips, Money |

I signed up a few weeks ago to review the book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by The Writers of Wise Bread. The book arrived on my doorstep not even 2 full days later. Since then, I’ve been enjoying bite sized pieces of Wise Bread writings. (Look honey, your bad puns have […]


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 […]

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