Category Archives: Relationships

What Constitutes a Financial Red Flag in a Relationship?

Many months ago, one of my posts about how financially secure people eat leftovers turned up on another message board that I frequent. That board has nothing to do with finance, but the poster came across my article when she … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day: The Battle Between Frugality and Disappointment

This time of year there are lots of tips about how to save money on Valentine’s Day. Advice abounds about ways to show your love for free and alternative gift ideas such as coupons for kid-free days and taking over … Continue reading

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The Best Gift I Gave This Year

This past Christmas I gave many gifts. None of them were dramatically expensive, but my family really enjoys the gift exchange and I enjoy finding the perfect gifts for each person. The hunt is almost as much fun as the … Continue reading

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$5 Down The Drain: Day 20

Despite my sister insisting that going out for coffee isn’t a real date, I had plans to meet a friend of a friend who was supposedly “perfect” for me at a local coffee shop. I had a few reservations about … Continue reading

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What’s A Real Date? Day 19

Apparently, my thoughts of going to a coffee shop or hiking don’t qualify as a “real date” according to my sister. While I realize this is just another attempt by her to try to get me to spend more money … Continue reading

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Crafting a Healthier Approach to Work

I wrote earlier about just how far we should expect an employer to bend when dealing with work/life balance issues. The point of that piece was that while an employer may be willing to help you balance your work and … Continue reading

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The Importance of Living Well: Day 4

One of the main aspects of this minimum wage challenge is for me to not only live on the salary, but to live well on it. I think that my image of “living well” may not be the same as … Continue reading

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Is Your Frugality Making Other People Crazy?

I don’t like to spend money. There, I’ve admitted it. Even when it’s for something that I know I’ll love and can easily afford, something inside me clenches up and I don’t want to spend. (I blame genetics. My father … Continue reading

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I Have No Money

It’s one of the worst feelings you can ever have. That moment when you see there is still a week left until you get you next paycheck and you have no money, little food and you have no idea how … Continue reading

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Not Every Problem Needs A Store Bought Solution

The retail sector and the media love to sell us “stuff” to solve our every problem. They even try to manufacture “problems” just so they can sell us stuff. (I tend to think the no-touch hand wash system falls into … Continue reading

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Don’t Be A Doormat

I recently wrote a piece about not being embarrassed to walk away from a bad deal. It’s better to deal with the embarrassment than to get stuck with something you hate. Deal making is a tricky business. You don’t want … Continue reading

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Preparing Kids to Be Successful

All parents want their kids to be successful. They want their kids to be independent, self-reliant, functioning adults that can make their own way in the world. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the kids will grow up to be rich, … Continue reading

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10 Things That Don’t Seem To Be About Money, But Really Are

Many people fail to realize that almost all aspects of our lives are intricately weaved together with our finances, but it’s crucially important to understand that even things that don’t initially seem to have anything to do with finances or … Continue reading

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Get to Know Your Neighbors to Save Money

Many of us tend to go about our daily business without stopping to say hi to our neighbors. Even if we do give them a polite nod in acknowledgement, we rarely get to know them. Getting to know your neighbors … Continue reading

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10 Free Ways to Make Someone’s Day

Would you be willing to make someone’s day if it didn’t take a lot of time or cost much money?It’s important to never underestimate how big of an impact a small gesture can make. It really is amazing what an … Continue reading

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Saving Money with Safe Sex

There are many compelling reasons to practice safe sex which are often discussed in sex education classes such as the potential of sexually transmitted diseases and getting pregnant. When discussing safe sex a couple of reasons which are often not … Continue reading

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Planning for Old Age: You Need to Do More Than Save Money

You’d think that all anyone has to do these days to secure an enjoyable and comfortable retirement is save money. The media, financial gurus, and your employer harp on money as the end-all, be-all of retirement. Just get there with … Continue reading

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Simple Sayings To Make Someone’s Day For Free

Everyone has bad days. They’re never fun and when you have them, it doesn’t take much to keep the day going in a downward spiral. But sometimes something surprising happens and something as small as an unexpected compliment or friendly … Continue reading

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Money Honesty is the Best Policy

A friend of mine was lamenting her inability to gracefully bow out of events and outings that she can’t really afford. “When my friends invite me out to dinner at a pricey restaurant or out to the movies, I hate … Continue reading

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Front Yard Garden: Your Frugality Is Nobody Else’s Business

The big news in my neighborhood this year is that someone has planted a vegetable garden in their front yard. Gasp! More than a few of the neighbors are bent out of shape about it, saying that gardens belong only … Continue reading

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