June 2011

Don’t Fight About Finances: How Couples Should Talk About Money

When my husband and I first got married, we divided up our financial responsibilities: daily bills were his and taxes and investing were mine. Most of our conversations centered around our lack of money, with my occasional irritation about one of his purchases. Now that we have money, and are steadily working on debt, we’ve begun to change the way we talk about money. Here’s how we got…
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DIY Window Cornice, picture of a curtain with sun shadows

How to Make a Window Cornice

A couple of months ago I showed you how to make a no-sew window swag.  If you want a more architectural window treatment, and still don’t want to sew, it’s time to consider DIY window cornice. Once again, you’ll need power tools and lumber, but you won’t have to sew. I used instructions I found at Lowe’s, but I discovered along the way that some modifications were necessary, so…
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7 Books, 1 Movie, and 1 Blog to Help You Deal with the Economic Crisis

I created an initial list of important books in September, right after the start of the financial collapse. With the economy still moving in reverse, it’s time to update this list with a few more nuggets to help you understand how we got here, figure out how to deal with it, and be a part of the new way forward we can all create. (I’m an optimist. I have to…
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Adjusting Budget Priorities

As I’ve mentioned several times, my husband and I built up a sizable emergency fund before he went on disability. While on disability, we’ve been down some from our usual income, so we’re not increasing the emergency fund, but we have been continuing our tax set asides. When this plumbing emergency developed, we had the cash, but also had to readjust our spending plans for three sofas and sliding doors. Why…
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That Makes Me Stabby: The Second Economic Stimulus Proposal

Welcome to my new occasional series: That Makes Me Stabby. It will focus on stupid economic news that really makes me angry. A lot of things have made me stabby this week. Most of them centered around AIG’s endless shenanigans, the election in general, and the dire prognostications of various financial experts. The thing that ticked me off the most, though, was the new economic stimulus proposal being…
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The Ins and Outs of Private Student Loan Consolidation

Reader Question: My GF is burdened by enormous student loan debt and it is impacting my life as well. She has a mixture of private and federal loans, mostly private so the income based payment plans and such do not apply. I was suggesting she consolidate them, which would take the current amount and bring it back to 25-year terms, which would lower the payment and make life a…
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How to Save Money with Email Filters

I have two main problems with online coupons: they fill up my in-box and they tempt me to buy. I solved both problems with one quick fix – email filters. Here’s how to set-up email filters to reduce your spending. How to Set Up Email Filters I use Thunderbird, so these instructions apply to that. Go to Tools > Rules and Alerts to set up filters for Outlook.…
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