Balancing Frugality and Fun

When you’re trying to live frugally, it’s hard to get any pleasure out of spending money, since the action goes completely against the grain of your lifestyle. Trust me, I know this from firsthand experience. It pained me to buy maternity clothes (although I was lucky I didn’t have to spend TOO much, as generous […]

Justifying Major Purchases

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Friends and family tend to think of me as the scrimper, the saver, the one who will make something last until it’s completely outlived its usefulness. For instance, when the ketchup level is so low that the condiment cannot be easily squeezed from the bottle, Mr. Saver will automatically pass it […]

2010 Is a Good Year To Die — If You’re Rich

As a lifelong Yankees fan, I was saddened that we lost two members of the organization this week: longtime stadium announcer Bob Sheppard and Yankees majority owner George Steinbrenner.

Love him or hate him, Steinbrenner just wanted to win — at any cost. The Yankees have the highest payroll of any team, thanks to his […]

Runaway Spending: How I Lost My Grip on Our Finances

Although I’ve been trying to keep a firm grip on our finances, I feel like both Mr. Saver and I have let our spending get out of hand.

Just today we went to Kohl’s to get Mr. Saver some new summer clothes that would serve him well for our upcoming vacation to Las Vegas. We […]

Marriage and Managing Finances

Getting married is a big step. There are the emotional issues of joining with another person and pledging to love, cherish and support one another for the rest of your life, through good times and bad.

While you’re sharing your life with someone, you’re also likely sharing finances, too. It can be stressful if you […]

Personal Finance Quirks

Superstitions, quirks, obsessive-compulsive traits. We all have them — right?

Especially when it comes to money.

View some of my dad’s handiwork to the left. One of his personal finance quirks has to do with coins. His kitchen table (which he uses as a desk) has stacks of coins on it. Once the stacks are […]

Your Financial Metamorphosis: Change Is Possible

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Some folks have an epiphany when they hear Dave Ramsey or Suze Orman pontificating for the first time:

“Hey, I need to get out from under all this debt!”

This realization is the first step to your financial metamorphosis. Like a catapillar that becomes a beautiful butterfly, you first have to […]