Spending

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Don’t Supersize Me

Over the years, I’ve changed the way I shop for groceries.  I’ve gone through coupon phases, where I get great deals but invest a lot…




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Food, Food, Food

As part of our Back to Basics series, Week Three is devoted to figuring out where your money is going.  For most people, food comprises…



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Does Your Spending Match Your Values?

This post is an expanded version of a post from several years ago because it perfectly fits in with our Back to Basics Week Two…


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Where Did The Money Go?

Have you ever gotten to the end of the month and wondered where your money went?  There are so many little places that money gets…


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Back To Basics Week One: SITREP

Yes, I said SITREP.  And while it might not be exactly the right use of the word, it pretty well explains what we’re trying to…


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Building a Solid Financial Foundation

With all the hoopla about a possible government shutdown, and talk that the military might not get paid, it seems a fine time to think…


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Five Things to Do With A Bigger Paycheck

Update:  I have completely revised this article to account for the expiration of the 2010 Making Work Pay Credit. Okay, I can hear the screaming…



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A Brief History of My Finances

I’ve been working on a few posts this morning, and then realized that none of them had the “It’s a new year.  What do you…


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How Full Price Saves Me Money

This summer, my family moved (again!).  It has been an interesting adventure so far, and it has changed our lives in many ways.  I was…


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Quotable: Plutarch

“Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny.”



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Only Five Paydays Until Christmas

Payday is coming up on Friday, and after that there are only four more paychecks before Christmas.  (And if you celebrate Hanukkah, it is super…


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9 October 2010 Saturday Roundup

Where did the week go?  We are heading into fall here and it is great! Also great is some of the stuff I have been…




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Timeless Pre-Deployment Financial Planning

This piece isn't new, but it is still great.  Jeff Rose at Good Financial Sense wrote about his experiences with money and deployment in Managing…