Forget To Do Lists – Start a Got Done List!

Posted by idawrites on February 2, 2010 in Chores, Planning |

Last week, I talked about giving yourself permission to succeed and not being the barrier to your own success.  This is my new promise to myself, and I believe I’m making progress in that arena. One of the first things I did was log into Google Wave and delete my To Do List. I didn’t need […]


Watch The Movie, Nancy!

Posted by idawrites on August 27, 2009 in Distraction, Planning |

I love watching movies with my friend Alicia. We’re two peas in a pod, when it comes to our movie watching style. We sit quietly and we WATCH THE MOVIE. We may sip our drinks and eat some popcorn, but we’re not chatting or texting. We’re watching the movie. If my husband, Mark, or our […]


Avoid Court Fines – Come Prepared

Posted by idawrites on August 7, 2009 in attitude, Planning |

Yesterday, I had to go to Magistrate Court. Evidently, the first Thursday of the month is when they see everyone related to animal control and/or county code violations. In April, I received citations for: Rabies not current (I couldn’t find the paperwork), vicious animal, and failure to contain my animal (my neighbor’s dog was attacked […]


The Obligatory New Year Resolution Post

Posted by idawrites on January 2, 2009 in Decisions, Dinner Topic, Goals, Planning |

For the last several years, our New Years dinner topic has been “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” Sierra’s answer has been the same every single time. “Nothing. I love my life just the way it is.” I think I’m going to take half a page from her book this year. I’m not making big […]


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 […]


Top Eight Tools For Home Cooking

Posted by idawrites on October 13, 2008 in Food, Money, Planning |

I’ve gotten more and more fascinated by home cooking, since my leap into more frugal living. I dabbled some in gardening this summer. I learned a lot and hope to have even more success next year. The more I cook, the more I realize that I am a little short on some really necessary tools. […]


Coupons Make You Buy Things You Normally Wouldn’t

Posted by idawrites on September 24, 2008 in Coupons, Planning, Shopping |

Recently, I’ve spotted articles all over the blogosphere and in the news about how coupons cause you to spend money on things you wouldn’t normally buy, or in places you wouldn’t normally shop. So, I stopped to think about that today, since I use a LOT of coupons. My pantry and freezer are completely full […]


Say Goodbye to your To Do List

Posted by idawrites on September 16, 2008 in Chores, Planning |

To Do Lists are a fabulous way to keep track of the million and one details we have to keep up with. Except that they always seem to get longer and longer… and the items never seem to be crossed off. I’ve got “Remodel the Bathroom” at the top of the list, where it’s been […]


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 […]


Momentum – What happens when you achieve a goal?

Posted by idawrites on July 21, 2008 in Goals, Planning |

Recently, I finished a project that has consumed the last 4 months of my life. Fearless Couponing has filled every waking moment that hasn’t revolved around work, family, and PTA. It has invaded my dreams and every conversation I’ve had. It is an eerie feeling, not having this project requiring my full attention. What do I […]

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