On Monday Check-in

Friday - dinner groceries ($13) Saturday - decluttering ($0), lunch out to escape clutter ($7), late night froyo even though it was way to cold for anything frozen ($8) Sunday - more groceries, but not everything we needed ($14) Estimate: $45, total: $42. I'll take it!

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm 0

On Family Plan Shame

I totally get sticking with a big carrier, but I want to put my experience with prepaid phones out there just in case someone finds it useful. I pay $40/month through net10 for 2.5 gigs of data on at&t's network, and I've got a perfectly serviceable galaxy s3. There were two hoops to jump through: I had to buy my phone outright (thank you ebay) and I had to spend about 20 minutes on the phone to get picture messaging to work. The cost savings is great though, and after 6 months my husband and I recouped the cost of having to buy unlocked phones. YMMV, but it was easier than I expected to switch.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

No big plans for this weekend, so hopefully I'll be able to keep it low spend Friday - Dinner groceries/discount wine ($10) Saturday - Decluttering ($0), lunch out because decluttering ($7?) Sunday - Driving to see parents ($8 gas, free lunch), grocery store again ($20) Total - $45 This is my first estimate and it's made me realize how much I don't plan out my weekends, so we'll see how it goes!

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm 0

On Do 1 Thing Baby Just Do 1 Thing

@readyornot in my case, I didn't really give it a whole lot of thought when I started saving - I started making money and my dad went with me to fidelity so that it wasn't just sitting in my checking account. My investing/savings went like this: 2009-2011 - bought the target date mutual fund that the fidelity guy recommended 2012-mid 2013 - Bought index funds after doing some research on mutual fund fees Late 2013-now - transfered cash into the account to have all the house savings in one place but didn't invest. We knew we were going to be buying this year, and didn't want to get hit with short term taxes or unexpected market changes. For me, it wasn't worth selling all of our investments until we needed them, because the market seemed fine, but it seemed a little pointless to take the risk of buying new stuff once we had our timeline for buying a house figured out.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm 0

On Do 1 Thing Baby Just Do 1 Thing

@Amanda M. Thanks! We're super excited :)

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm 0

On Do 1 Thing Baby Just Do 1 Thing

My one thing has escalated since my last goal of doing laundry- today I need to sell all of the investments in my house fund because we're buying a house in a week and a half! I started the account in 2009, so it's a little bittersweet to be emptying it out, but definitely more sweet than bitter because house!

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm 0

On Do 1 Thing (And a Report on a Successful Thing!)

We started looking for a house last weekend, and oddly enough that's about the same time that we stopped doing anything other than the most necessary chores. So! My first ever 1 Thing is to, at a minimum, move my clean laundry to the closet rather than the floordrobe. Bonus 1 Thing: clean out the cats' water fountain.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm 0

On The Woman We Hired to Help Us Communicate With Our Cat

@themikey After watching a few episodes of the cat whisperer, I bought our cats one of those seemingly magical feather toys, and it is actually pretty magical. My one cat used to be too timid to play because the other cat would steal her toys, but now she's coming out of her shell and both cats go crazy for it. On the other hand, the cat whisperer does sell "Spirit Essences" from his website that claim to contain energy-based ingredients, so there might still be a little fraud going on :/

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm 0