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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Saturday Wants: Fossil Vintage Shopper

Tweet I woke up in the middle of the night and did what every self-respecting personal blogger would do (not)… I went online shopping at Zappos. It feels so harmless buying things at Zappos, even thoug their prices are rarely the lowest I can find, because I know I can always return these items. Oh […]

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Banana Republic 40% Off Code

Tweet H8QM4R1MLK4Z This is a one-time use code (please let a comment to let me know you’ve used it and I can take it down). 40% off one full-priced item. Expires 11:59pm ET on 4/30/2012. Happy shopping!

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Fess Up Friday: 5 Financial Stressers

Tweet The developments in my life – financial and otherwise – have left me very stressed out for the past several days. The first stresser is the fact CB didn’t receive any financial aid to his graduate program… funding has not kept pace with the applicant pool and so most people that would have received […]

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Committing to Financial Independence

Tweet From personal finance to financial independence Even though I have been blogging about money, saving, budgeting, and investing for several years, I never really believed that I can achieve “financial independence” until I am ready to, well, retire in my sixties. The concept of financial independence seems so far away, seems to require far […]

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The Personal Finances of RMS Titanic

Tweet This Saturday, April 14, 2012, was the 100th year anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. Coincidentally, CB and I were in downtown San Diego that day and so we had to visit the Titanic exhibit at the San Diego National History Musueum. We paid $19.12 per person (a special pricing the Museum did […]

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Fess Up Friday: Cheap Wedding Band Edition

Tweet I guess with today’s confession, if you meet me at the Financial Blogger Conference, you’ll know the band of sparkle on my finger is not the real deal. How sentimental are you about your wedding bands? Is it OK to get cheap rings now and upgrade them later? You’ll see from our $7,000 wedding budget that […]

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Are You an Abstainer or a Moderator?

Tweet When it comes to goals, there are two types of people out there: Abstainers and Moderators Many personal finance bloggers try out “no-spend” or “no-shop” challenges where they abstain from certain purchases for a set period of time. I’ve never had much success with these types of challenges (in fact, I rarely go 2 months without […]

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Win $50 Gift Card to NOVICA

Tweet It’s time for another giveaway to NOVICA.com, the website where you can find unique gifts and products (silk fans or batik shawls, anyone?) from all corners of the world AND have your purchases help local artisans sustain their craft and earn a living wage. I’ve put up a picture of my favorite batik shawl below. One lucky reader […]

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Fess Up Friday: 5 Personal Finance Topics I’m Over

Tweet Not to be a complainer, but there are a few things about money and finances just get my goat. So in the spirit of Fess Up Friday, I present to you the five personal finance topics that I’m over. 1. People who talk about the beautiful $2,000 wedding they had for 100 people 15 years […]

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Going on Vacation When You Are In Debt

Tweet If there is something that the personal finance blogosphere loves, it’s vacations/travel. If there is something that the personal finance blogsophere hates, it’s debt. When you combine the two, what do you get? My dilemma. Should I go on vacation while I am in debt. Or put another way, should I use money that […]

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License to Wed

Tweet What’s the best way to spend $100 on your wedding? Getting the piece of paper that will make it legal. This weekend, we spent $100.50 to become proud owners of the license to wed (said in my best James Bond impression). After we went to the clerk, CB confessed his fear. Apparently, he had […]

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