Buying Prescriptions at Costco – How Much Can You REALLY Save?

Posted by idawrites on April 7, 2011 in Frugal Tips, Health, Prescription, Spending |

I’ve written a lot about my love affair with Publix. Their stores and sales matched with my coupons make me feel like a conqueror every time I hit the checkout line. Since we’re there at least once a week anyway, when it came to prescriptions we’ve just always gone to Publix. I mean… I’ve been […]


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 […]


Frugal Thanksgiving: Make Due or Don’t Make It At All

Posted by idawrites on November 25, 2009 in Cooking, Food, Frugal Tips, Spending |

It’s going to happen. You know it is. You’re going to be up to your elbows in cooking dinner tomorrow and realize you forgot that key ingredient to a dish on your menu. Ut oh! Time to send someone on  a mad dash to the corner store, Wal-Mart, or whatever is open on Thanksgiving day. […]


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 […]


Back to School is Expensive

Posted by idawrites on August 11, 2008 in Children, Shopping, Spending |

It was Back To School Shopping weekend for us. Faitha is the easiest to please. She declared that she had “outgrown” the Tinkerbell, Disney Princesses, and Hello Kitty phase. Instead, she was all about some monkey and just pretty flowing clothes. She loved everything and was tickled when I offered her a blue jean blazer to […]


There’s Nothing Thawed For Dinner!

Posted by idawrites on June 20, 2008 in Dinner Topic, Frugal, Planning, Spending |

You never want to hear the phrase “There’s nothing thawed for dinner” 30 minutes before dinner time. But, that’s exactly what Mark said to me yesterday afternoon. I never realized how deep our Money Conditioning really runs until yesterday afternoon. I immediately started calculating the amount of money we had left in the budget. Mark […]


Small Victories – Children and Money

Posted by idawrites on June 16, 2008 in Budgeting, Children, Family, Spending |

Mark’s son, Geoff, spends most of his time in a different spending environment than the rest of our children. This has presented some serious challenges to the way he relates to money when he’s with us. Since it’s finally our two weeks with him (the first time we’ve ever had my girls with us during […]


If You Know You’re Broke, STOP SPENDING

Posted by idawrites on May 23, 2008 in Debt, Discussions, Finance, Spending |

My co-workers are excited about the book I’m writing. They all want to talk about my process and my ideas. I think it’s fabulous to receive such instant feedback, but some of the conversations it has prompted have blown my mind. In the break room yesterday, I was speaking with a woman who is in […]


10 Ways To Reduce Spending Painlessly

Posted by idawrites on May 12, 2008 in Frugal, Frugal Tips, Money, Planning, Spending |

Where Can You Reduce Spending Without Pain? This is the first question that many people ask when they realize they need to get their financial acts together. Just like with dieting, when you drastically alter your lifestyle to reduce spending, the changes will not last. You’ll get tired of having to sacrifice and go back […]


Fighting the Urge to Acquire STUFF

Posted by idawrites on January 24, 2008 in Budgeting, Planning, Spending |

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m very obsessive about spreadsheets. I love them. If I could tweak and adjust and toy with everything in my life and get it “just right” the way i can with the formulas in my spreadsheet, I’d never be stressed. Oh look… that thought train just went right […]

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