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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Civility Doesn’t Cost A Thing

Tweet Some going-on’s in the PF blog arena reminded me: I’d like to take a moment and say a big thank-you to all of my readers, who have been positive and encouraging 99.9% of the time I’ve been blogging. (Even my spam comments paid me a compliment!) I’m sure many of you read a very popular […]

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The Cupcake Craze

Tweet Even though the cupcake craze has swept the nation in the past few years, I haven’t been wholly impressed by most of the cupcakes I’ve tasted. Some of them were too sweet, some too dense. Others were good, sure, but nothing that made me think oh-my-this-is-GOOD. Instead of paying $3 a cupcake from pricey […]

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Virginia Woolf: Personal Finance Blogger?

Tweet If the incomparable Mrs. Woolf had grown up today, perhaps she would’ve been a personal finance blogger. In fact, 80 years ago, Virginia Woolf wrote series of speeches that turned into a slim volume called A Room of One’s Own. Her writing is luminous, not at all like the dry and dull writing most […]

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Passports and Americans

Tweet I went on my first international flight when I was nine, so the little blue book has always been a part of my life. There were a few instances where I thought I had lost it – those were harrowing moments, indeed! Dog Ate My Finances’ latest post got me interested because “only 10% […]

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From Austin With Like

Tweet So I went to Austin for a few days this past weekend. I checked out UT Austin on Friday, then hung out on the weekend. Unfortunately, I didn’t have too much time to see the city, but I did make time for an all-important cupcake tasting at Hey Cupcake (see picture below) on Congress […]

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Happy Halloween Costumes

Tweet Halloween’s almost here! Given that the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, I am even more excited about dressing up. I don’t like to buy pre-made outfits, though, so I’ve decided I’m going to try my hand at one of three costumes (see the details on this BlogHer post). This year, I’m deciding […]

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Cost of Alcohol: The Price of a Lush Life

Tweet I’m not a big drinker (for the most part I prefer to eat my calories ). But I do have an appreciation for liqueur and wine. Walking into a BevMo (Costco of alcohol), however, I am struck by how expensive alcohol is. My weakness is Godiva chocolate liqueur, but that drink goes for $30+ […]

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Spamalot: The Creativity of Spammers

Tweet Like most blogs and sites, this blog gets a lot of spam. Layers and layers of it. I’ve noticed that spammers have been making an effort to try to get their links through. It’s gotten to the point where I just want to shake them by the shoulders and say, look, you’re spam. Man […]

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What’s In My Bag: Jana

Tweet What’s in my bag??? The bag itself: Etienne Aigner, via Marshalls, $20 on sale In the outer pocket: Key for House ($272,000 and now worth $100k less due to economy…), Key/remote for ’99 Chevy Suburban (about $38,000), Key/remote for ’05 Chevy Malibu Maxx ((hand-me-down car that my wonderful Dad “traded” me for my old […]

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What’s In My Bag: Little Miss Moneybags

Tweet My purple bag is a street vendor find! I got it from a guy with a table on 32nd Street for $10 a few months ago. Inside is: Amazon Kindle and case (free; beta testing for school) Book, A Fortunate Age (free; advance reader’s edition) Staples notebook (Staples, 3 for $8) Ikea tupperware (no […]

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What’s In My Bag: Revanche

Tweet Let’s see…. the wallet was a gift from the Coach outlet …. the planner was a work planner from Staples? Office Max? One of the two, anyway …. the notebook was a free convention giveaway… the make-up bag was from E.L.F., the charger = Apple Store, and the bluetooth was also a gift from […]

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What’s In My Bag: Carmen

Tweet My purse is a big slouchy bag I found at TJMaxx ($14.99!), which goes with virtually everything–a major plus because I never seem to have time to switch purses. Now I don’t have to! My wallet was a Christmas gift (free via my mom) that has room for all my credit cards, receipts and […]

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What’s In My Bag: Clare

Tweet Let’s start with the bag… Carmel colored, faux croc satchel (Elle brand at Kohls, $28) which I’ve carried pretty much every day since I bought it.  It’s big enough to hold a file or two if I have to take work home, but is considerably more fashionable than my previous “take work home” bags. […]

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What’s In My Bag: Stacking Pennies

Tweet Bag -   Typically I buy small bags, but I’ve been loving this bag for the past few months and have been refusing to switch to a more “winter” style.  White House Black Market, late summer sale, $30. Lunch – scrounged up with whatever we had around:  sunchips, grapes, cheese, and an energy bar.  Albertson’s, […]

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What’s In My Bag Contest Entries

Tweet Edit: The results are in! The winner is Carmen – congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered in the What’s In My Bag contest! The winner will receive $25 TJ Maxx gift card and $25 Marshalls gift card. Who gets to decide the winner? YOU do! The individual links to contestant posts are listed […]

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