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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Cheap & Chic: Decorating on a Budget

Tweet I love decorating on a budget. My room style could be called “updated vintage” – imagine Anthropologie-like romantic features without excessive girly-ness. If I gave up my Roth IRA contribution, I could get my whole room from Anthropologie, and maybe add a dash or two of West Elm for balance. (Pictured above is a […]

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Friday is in sight!

Tweet Which means the Freedom Fund will get another cash injection (or an additional buffer between job loss and the streets Mom & Dad’s). Recently, the recession has hit home when one of my relatives lost her job at a tech company. She is poised to weather the layoff well (she received a good severance, […]

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Selective memory

Tweet I was itching to buy a pair of boots and a couple crewnecks at Ann Taylor Loft ‘s sales section. After all, I rationalized, it’s been so long since I’ve went shopping. Um, no. It’s actually been less than two months. (How come it feels so much longer?) Selective memory? Yes, yes, and yes.

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Remembering the good stuff in times of the bad stuff

Tweet I have to admit I’ve been feeding into the frenzy as well. As an information/news junkie, I must know where the Dow closes. And the difference between a Tier 1 Ratio and a TCE ratio. And why banks are actually in MORE trouble according to the conservative TCE. All this news-mongering must’ve gotten to […]

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Does paying with credit card = spending more money?

Tweet Today, a friend and I discussed the difficulty of really watching credit card spending. Like my friend, I put 95%+ of all my non-rent expenses on my credit card. We are both responsible credit users – we pay off our charges in full every month, and we use the card to get rewards like […]

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Tick Tock Tick Tock, My Clock Is Ticking…

Tweet No, not that clock! I’m talking about my Real Estate Clock and my Puppy Clock. Here are all the reasons why I should NOT buy a place and why I should NOT have a puppy: 1. I may very well move for school in the next 2-3 years. 2. I don’t have a down […]

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My Confession

Tweet I want to see Confessions of a Shopaholic, and I don’t care what (good or bad) messages it send about shopping! Has anyone else seen it? What did you think? How closely did it correspond to the book?

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

Tweet It seems as if a lot of bloggers are up-in-arms about this holiday, especially when the money aspect comes in. I’m feeling a little sorry for poor ol’ Valentine, so here’s my take. True, Valentine’s Day is just one day. And true, no one should feel pressured to spend exorbitant amounts of money on […]

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I want

Tweet Behold… the wonders of Crane stationery. Has the recession dampened my desire for fine paper goods? Apparently not. $12.50 (top) + $6.99 (bottom) + whoknowshowmuch shipping. Should I?

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PF bloggers undercover

Tweet This weekend: brunch date with a fellow blogger, dim-sum-lover, and Neil Gaiman aficionado. To the unsuspecting eye, we might just be a couple of girls out & about. But alas, little do those passerbys know that they have a pair of PF bloggers undercover among their midst. We may look harmless, but secretly, we […]

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Doom, gloom, BOOM! (or, am I being too negative?)

Tweet That, ladies and gentlemen, is the sound of world economy falling off a cliff. See what I mean about being too negative? Even though (I think) I am in pretty good shape to weather the storm, I find it difficult to be upbeat and optimistic about this whole situation. Ever since I was young, […]

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"There's no great loss without some small gain"

Tweet That’s what Ma always said in The Little House series. Example: Great loss = blackbirds destroyed Pa’s corn crop and made Pa sell a calf to fund Mary’s college tuition. Small gain = delicious blackbird pie with fresh young vegetables (no use in saving them ’cause the blackbirds will get it all). I haven’t […]

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Can I say blah?

Tweet That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. I feel tired and frustrated. Most days I battle the twin evils of wanting to go to bed at 8PM and the guilt of not-studying. You’d think it’d all be easier if I’d just STUDY, right? Right. It was so easy in college. ALL I had to do […]

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Oh, how quickly money goes!

Tweet Or, a play-by-play of how I spent my money in one day: 10:40 AM: brunch at local cafe, $8.96 12:15 PM: museum tour + exhibition, $9.00 2:27 PM: Moscato d’Asti at BevMo, $11.90 3:36 PM: Ice cream cone, $1.79 4:09 PM: Aromatherapy body washes at  Bath & Body Works, $10.83 5:20 PM: tank of […]

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