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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Why all this talk of Wall Street vs. Main Street bugs me

Tweet Because it’s not Wall Street pitted against Main Street. I’m always put off by news commentators and especially politicians who set up this false dichotomy of Wall Street vs. Main Street. The businesses and savings of Main Street are dependent on the credit facilitated by Wall Street – like it or not, we are […]

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I've lost that spendin' feeling

Tweet All the uncertainty about the economy has suppressed my inclination to spend. Last night, I went to a Ross and a Loehmann’s, and walked out with… nothing. I passed on a deeply discounted Tahari coat, a pair of leather wedges, and a Calvin Klein clutch with a gorgeous silver clasp. I even passed on […]

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What will happen?

Tweet I’m surprised at the failure of the bailout – from what I heard over the weekend, it was widely expected to pass. Frankly, I don’t know what to think about the bailout. On the one hand, privatizing profits but socializing losses is a recipe for unbridled and excessive risk-taking. One can say that Wall […]

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I'm back!

Tweet Sorry my posting was sparse during the past week – I was in Hawaii!! Sunny days, balmy nights, beaches that looks as if they were lifted straight out of a postcard… in short, Hawaii did not disappoint. My 5-day vacation in Hawaii cost me around $800, which is much lower than I could have hoped. This […]

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Weekend = success!

Tweet Usually I spend $30-$60 per weekend on food (i.e., almost every meal out). But this weekend, I ate leftovers, cooked brunch, and got some food from home. So my grand total on food? Less than $21. I’m going to see if I can keep this up – cooking brunch with CB was fun and […]

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Side effect of decluttering = less spending

Tweet I’ve been thinking about purchasing a dresser for a while now. My closet is on the small side, so I thought I needed a dresser to hold all of my clothes. Turns out, I just needed to get rid of some of my stuff! After spending several hours cleaning, dusting, and hauling out donations, […]

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It's getting bumpy…

Tweet The economy is getting a little scary. Some leading economists say that the recession can last for another 18 months (putting us into the Spring/Summer of 2010), unemployment rate is highest in five years, only two of Wall Street’s five big U.S. investment banks remain, and the government has JUST orchestrated a $85 billion […]

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HGTV producers: if you are reading this..

Tweet Dear HGTV producers: I love your channel, and am very glad that I can find my favorite HGTV shows on hgtv.com and on hulu.com. My First Place, Property Virgins, and House Hunters kept me company while I cleaned & organized this weekend. However, as entertaining and informative as the shows are, I’d suggest you […]

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The Morality of Fashion?

Tweet Thanks to Squally Reach (who is on a YEAR-long no buying resolution), I found this article in the Vancouver Sun about the morality of fashion. England’s House of Lords’ Science and Technology Committee released a report that harshly condemned cheap and chic insta-fashion, calling it “costly and socially unacceptable.” …To bring the harsh reality […]

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7 years

Tweet It’s been 7 years since 9-11. I’m not quite sure what to write about it… I remember I was in AP US History when I heard the news from a classmate, and at first I thought she was joking. Time has moved so quickly, and it’s strange to think that I’ve lived a perfectly […]

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Do you have weird food (spending) habits?

Tweet One reader, Luckygrin, asked: I’m interested in your food budget. My first thought is that $200 per month is quite low. How are you managing that? Do you make all your meals at home? Even just groceries for 1 person would seem to be more. “Make all my meals at home?” Ha! My way […]

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Perfect 10 (months of living expenses saved!)

Tweet My Freedom Fund = 10 months of no-income-living. By December, assuming all goes according to plan, I will have ONE YEAR of living expenses covered. That’s a huge milestone for me. I still think about my financial restructuring plan. I am saving enough now that for every month I work, I am able to support […]

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Decluttered Closet –> Decluttered Life?

Tweet I know I’ve talked about decluttering before, but I haven’t been very stringent in deciding what things to toss vs. keep. This week, I made the cut a little deeper and cleared out another bag of clothing, accessories, and knick-knacks to be dropped off at Goodwill. This undertaking just reaffirmed what I already know: […]

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