I Was Told I Wasn't "Pretty" On A First Date

I can honestly say that I have been on some of the worst dates in the history of the world.  And, of course, I totally checked the history of the world before I made that claim to fame.  Today, I’m going to share one of my more treasured memories with you. You may want to sit down for this one.  Scratch that.  Grab your laptop, find a friggin’ bed and lay down.  Yeah, it’s that bad....more
In the guy's defense, my husband definitely thinks of cute and pretty as two different things.  ... more

Those Cute Little Write-Offs: How Your Family Really Affects Your Taxes

I remember seeing those cute little onesies around the time my daughter was born: Tax Write-Off. And yes, your kid is one -- for a while. But what about your disabled mother who doesn't live with you? Should your child file her own tax return? What about that 529 plan? I can hear you screaming and rending your clothes from here, you know. ...more
I hate doing mine, but Turbo Tax makes it manageable at least!  Hoping I won't owe this year, ... more

Christmas 2012: Exchange Serving for Impressing

We want people to think that our cookies are delicious, our present-wrapping is creative, and our tree is decorated beautifully. ...more
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5 Easy Ways To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Did you know that fewer than 2% of people actually follow through on their New Year's resolutions? Yes, it is true. You are not alone in making a long list of things you have every intention of doing each January -- and then falling off the wagon sometime between the first day of the year and mid-March. ...more
For me, the key is telling other people about my resolutions, and blogging is just SO helpful ... more

Extreme Couponing Leads to Revisiting the Food Budget

Four months of extreme couponing have led me to revisit my grocery budget. Or maybe create a grocery budget is more accurate? We've never actually had a "budget" exactly. From time to time, we've talked about cutting back or we've talked about how much we're spending, but we've never actually sat down and decided $XXX.XX a week is how much we will spend -- period. I think it's time to give that a try....more

I think $120 is manageable! :) I budget $100/week for the six of us, and I've managed to stay ... more

On Shaving: It's MY Body

I hate shaving. But society tells me that I am repulsive to the visual senses of humanity if my female body is strewn with naturally grown hair. I was treated with repulsion as early as twelve from a group of girls in a New Jersey sleep over camp run by strict Catholic nuns. Diving into the pool in my modest and second-hand one-piece suit, a bunch of girls started laughing at me. They came up to me, jeering, and pointing to the hair that had just begun to grow under my arms. I felt ashamed, and I blamed (yes, you guessed it) my mother for refusing to teach me how to shave my arm pits and legs. ...more

I dunno about what it was like before the 1920s. But what I'm trying to say is that if I can do ... more

Extreme Couponers Share Frugal Living Tips

It's official - I'm not just experimenting with extreme couponing, I am an extreme couponer. I know this because my cabinets and freezer are still full of food and also because last week's grocery shopping trips were incredibly small ones. Last week at the commissary, I spent $7.29. We bought two dozen eggs, each marked down to .49 with a .55 coupon off of two dozen. We bought a bag of shredded lettuce for $1, a bunch of bananas, a half gallon of milk, and a loaf of cheese bread. As I type that, I can hardly believe it - I've never spent less than $30 on a commissary visit for a family of six. ...more

Thanks for the link! And yes, you should totally join us on Food Waste Friday. There's nothing ... more

On Shaving: It's MY Body

I hate shaving. But society tells me that I am repulsive to the visual senses of humanity if my female body is strewn with naturally grown hair. I was treated with repulsion as early as twelve from a group of girls in a New Jersey sleep over camp run by strict Catholic nuns. Diving into the pool in my modest and second-hand one-piece suit, a bunch of girls started laughing at me. They came up to me, jeering, and pointing to the hair that had just begun to grow under my arms. I felt ashamed, and I blamed (yes, you guessed it) my mother for refusing to teach me how to shave my arm pits and legs. ...more

Yes, exactly! Now, if the partner is demanding things of you, that's different. But when I ... more

On Shaving: It's MY Body

I hate shaving. But society tells me that I am repulsive to the visual senses of humanity if my female body is strewn with naturally grown hair. I was treated with repulsion as early as twelve from a group of girls in a New Jersey sleep over camp run by strict Catholic nuns. Diving into the pool in my modest and second-hand one-piece suit, a bunch of girls started laughing at me. They came up to me, jeering, and pointing to the hair that had just begun to grow under my arms. I felt ashamed, and I blamed (yes, you guessed it) my mother for refusing to teach me how to shave my arm pits and legs. ...more

In my marriage, it's not just me that's concerned about my appearance for the other spouse...my ... more

Everyone Can Use Coupons and Be an Extreme Couponer

This extreme couponing stuff is fun. Who knew? Seriously. When I watched those TLC Extreme Couponing videos in January, I was fascinated and overwhelmed and felt a little queasy about it all -- I really didn't think it looked like fun. The extreme coupon community is so friendly, helpful, encouraging and supportive that I find myself smiling every time I read their blogs and their forums. And it is definitely fun to buy 28 frozen food items and have the Target cashier hand you $15 in Target gift cards after already saving more than $30 on the purchase. That's not just fun, it's down right exciting. The most fun of all is teaching other people how to extreme coupon - and hearing their shopping trip success stories. Best. Feeling. Ever. (OK not ever, but you know what I mean.) ...more

I used to do the more extreme couponing thing, but I'm just not inspired about it anymore. ... more