February 2008

Frugal Slipcovers: How I Made Over My Living Room for $200

I’ve hated my slipcovers for a few years. When I bought the couch and chair about 10 years ago, I bought a kind with sage velvet covers. Gorgeous, and dry cleanable. At least until I took them to a dry cleaner who machine-washed them and shrank them. I didn’t even think to sue them for the replacement cost. Instead I was miserable for two years. This is the…
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Rebalancing Your Retirement Plan

As we near the close of 2008, some people will consider adjusting their retirement plans. Although rebalancing may be unrealistic right now, there are some things you should consider. For example, if you don’t currently invest in a retirement plan, get one now. You may also discover that you have new retirement plans available, including a Roth 401K. If it’s available, it’s worth considering a switch. Enroll or…
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picture of a crown watching in the cinema for IOUSA

Scariest Movie of the Year: IOUSA

I read about “IOUSA” a few weeks ago in Money Magazine, but it’s not yet on DVD. Then I happened to see that CNN would be airing it January 10 and 11. On went my DVR. A few hours later, I sat down to watch it. Up went my heart rate. If you want to watch a truly scary movie, this is the film for you. IOUSA Summary and…
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Should I Spend More on Food?

Less than a month ago, I wrote a series of posts about eating well for less and frugal grocery shopping. Now, I’m wondering if my goal really should be to spend less on food. I recently read In Defense of Food and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, both of which made me wonder if America has its priorities screwed up when it comes to food. How Much We Spend on Food Recent studies show…
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Fables about iPods at the Carnivals

Just two carnivals to share this week, but they’re both awesome because they both included my posts as editor’s picks! First, M is for Money hosted Carnival of Personal Finance #231. In addition to my post about my emergency fund saving us from a paycheck error, I also recommend Engaged Marriage’s post about the best way to avoid money fights. Second, Cheap Healthy Good hosted Festival of Frugality #204. In addition to…
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Quality Time without Debt at the French Open – in the Carnivals

How’s that for a headline? It’s certainly not a phrase you expect to hear. And that brings us to this week’s blog carnival round-up. Once again, we have three. Monty Python would be proud. So first, the Carnival of Personal Finance #155, hosted by Moolanomy. In addition to my post on debunking the latte factor, you might also enjoy Destroy Debt’s 10 non-cliched ways to free up money. Next, the Festival of…
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Increase Your Emergency Fund in the New Year

If you’ve read any personal finance advice or even watched Oprah for any length of time, you’ve heard of the emergency fund. It goes like this: you need to have at least three to six months worth of living expenses in cash in case a true emergency arises. I can hear you already “Three to six months? Who are they kidding?” That was exactly my attitude, too, until…
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Mind Over Money Book Review

Recently I received a copy of Mind Over Money: Overcoming the Money Disorders That Threaten Our Financial Health by Drs. Brad and Ted Klontz. If you’re familiar with Suze Orman, then the basic tenet that we’re all influenced by money lessons, or money scripts, that we learn as children will be familiar. The doctors identity several common types of scripts and provide exercises for overcoming them. Part 1: The Big…
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