The fiance decided it would be a good money-saving idea for me to give him haircuts. He even procured a clipper with attachments from his dad. He said, “Hey, you can sew handbags, so why can’t you cut hair?”

Well, I’m no hairdresser.

Not that I shaved him bald or anything, but it’s really tough […]

Save-the-dates went out!

I didn’t originally plan to send save-the-date cards (or STDs, as my BFF likes to call them), but fiancé’s mom was pretty into them for her family, since the wedding is on a holiday weekend.

So instead of paying $2 each for those magnet-type ones and then another 42 cents each for postage, I […]

Volatile stock market

Is it just me, or has the stock market being yo-yoing like crazy? Up a couple hundred points (for the NYSE), down a couple hundred points. Oil prices just swinging around like crazy. I haven’t been able to work up the nerve to check my 401(k) lately, because I’m sure I won’t like what I […]

Grammar police get busted

This is slightly off-topic, but since it relates to my career as a copy editor, I find it too good to pass up posting a link to this Associated Press story.

These two “typo vigilantes” decided it would be a good idea to correct misspellings and grammar on historic signs in the Grand […]

Your 401(k) and stock match

One thing I’m glad about is that I’ve always paid attention to my 401(k). Especially the one from my last job, which was with Gannett. For those of you who don’t know, Gannett just announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs (3% of its newspaper employees), another sign that “serious” print media is going the […]

Stores employing trickery to lure you into spending more money

I came across this article on today, which outlines 15 ways stores “trick” people into buying more stuff than they intended.

I know I’ve personally come out of, say, Target or Bed Bath & Beyond with a cartful of merchandise that I didn’t intend on buying when I first entered the store. But […]

De-stress your life — cheaply

Check out my Top 10 Tips for getting some relaxation in your life, without breaking the bank.

I forgot to add something else to that list — at-home pedicures!

Price to fly going up… and up…

We’re trying to figure out where we want to go for our honeymoon — without breaking the bank, natch. While the fiance doesn’t mind as long as the plane ride isn’t too long, I really want to zonk out on a Caribbean island for a week. Would really love to do Hawaii, but I […]

Shopping for healthy foods

As I’ve said before, finding bargains for healthy foods at the grocery store is hard. But even though I can’t find coupons for everything, it helps to go in with a few things in mind.

Here’s an interesting article about shopping for healthier stuff. Wonder who wrote it? ::whistles::

Let the down payments begin

We booked our DJ and photographer, and I found a wedding dress, so I’m very excited.

Now, we have to actually find someone to marry us. We’ve been floating around the idea of having a friend get “ordained” online and having him perform the ceremony, since he’s quite entertaining and we know him well, […]