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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Recession Fatigue

Tweet Not just any run-of-the-mill fatigue – I think I’ve got a case of Recession Fatigue. Some symptoms / realizations: It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I’ve decided to spend more money rather than saving all my dollars for emergency fund. Did that for several months, then realized that the end of the recession is […]

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Total luxury

Tweet A fluff  ‘n fold laundry service will stop by my apartment tomorrow morning. Laundry is one of my least favorite household activities. So while sending laundry out is definitely a luxury ($1.50 per pound), it is one which I appreciate, deeply. Do you outsource any household chores?

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Consciously deciding to spend… MORE

Tweet For several months there, I’ve been able to save $2,000 per month (over 50% of my net income). Those days are over for a while. I’ve made a conscious decision to spend more money on the things that are important to me (of course, a less charitable characterization would be that I’m inflating my […]

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I think I found it (?)

Tweet Update: The apartment rented out before I can get my application in. Oh well. Just means the next one will be even more perfect. Right? An upper unit studio on a sunny, tree-lined street. Kitchen (with refrigerator!), bathroom, good-sized closets, designated underground parking and a secured access building. $895 rent + $995 deposit. The […]

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I might be moving to my own place!

Tweet After almost 2 years of living with a roommate, it’s time to move on to my own apartment. I think I lucked out into a great roommate situation (no horror stories here), but she’s moving out, and I really don’t want to live with a stranger. After hunting down craigslist ads for a bit, […]

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Friends in High Places

Tweet And by “high”, I mean “foreign.” One of my high school friends is working in Japan right now. I have a standing invitation to visit her – accomodations and tour-guiding provided! I am so itching to take advantage of her offer!

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Economic stimulus

Tweet I have eaten out all my meals on every single weekend (so, around 4-6 meals a weekend) for the past three weekends. This has to stop. I don’t even want to tally up how much my Starbucks lattes and Spanish tapas and Thai curry cost.

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My Plans for Friday Night

Tweet Dinner with a dear old friend whom I haven’t seen in a YEAR. Then, settle in with CB and this book, and enjoy milk and cookies. Sometimes I worry that when I’m 30 or 40 I’ll regret not hitting the clubs in my 20s, but other times I’m struck by how perfectly, blissfully happy […]

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Musings on Unemployment Insurance/Benefits

Tweet It seems that Dog Ate My Finances has created another uproar within the blogosphere by refusing to apply for unemployment insurance after a recent job loss. Her feeling (that unemployment is equivalent to a hand-out – which I don’t agree with) may tick people off, but her action (not taking unemployment, which, in some […]

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Taxes (or, GRR is the word)

Tweet I owe close to $1,000 for federal and state taxes. This is due to lack of a 401(k) this year – I could’ve brought down my taxable income by $15,500 if only my employer offered the 401(k) option to me. (Do you see why I am such a huge fan of a “universal” or […]

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Is frugality a trend? And will it stick?

Tweet Frugality is the new trendy? Reading articles on declining consumer spending and increasing saving rates (and watching new words such recessionista, frugalista, and cheap-chic enter the lexicon) has made me wonder: has frugality gotten too trendy? And, will it stick? Frugality isn’t an issue I write on, because I’ve never claimed to be frugal […]

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Gilty Pleasure

Tweet Ye-ap. I signed up for Gilt Groupe, a members-only online “sample sale” site. Each sale showcases designers and lasts for 36 hours. Prices are discounted up to 70%. Today’s sale features Christian Louboutin. So before I knew it, I was on the site and sifting through the page. Unfortunately (or fortunately, for my wallet!), […]

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The most romantic thing I've heard today

Tweet Here’s something that will move all the pf bloggy hearts out there: My friend said that he and his girlfriend have a joint savings account to save for their wedding. Happy to commit and financially responsible? He’s a catch!

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If you are what you read, what do your books say about you?

Tweet Here are the four books that I’ve been reading for the past week: The Little Book of Common Sense Investing – John C. Bogle Happiness, a history – Darrin M. McMahon The Feminine Mistake – Leslie Bennetts Madame Chiang Kai-Shek – Laura Tyson Li I haven’t planned it that way, but I realized that […]

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