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The satisfaction of Frugalistic Synergy

January 11, 2013 4 comments

Frugalistic Synergy

The other day, I happened to be going past a Target and decided to go in to get some Cumin (one of my favorite spices).  As I rounded the kitchen gadgets corner on my way to the spice aisle, a stand mixer caught my eye.  I do quite a bit of baking and stand mixer sounds like quite a luxury.

Anyway, the strange thing was that instead of trying to figure out how to afford it while playing with the store model, my brain did the opposite.  I suddenly screamed “I don’t need this stuff!  There’s nothing you have that I want!!!!” (in my head of course).  And I walked out of the kitchen gadgets aisle feeling empowered and ready to take on the world.

I guess once you consciously work on frugality for 3-6 months, you get so good at it that your body does it for you!

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Can you put a price on fitness?

December 30, 2012 6 comments

AZ1I’m considering dropping about $2,400 on a Crossfit membership in 2013.  That’s about 10% of my 2012 budget.

I’ve been going back and forth on this issue for a few weeks and I’ve decided to finally pull the trigger.  In the past, the only fitness costs I’ve incurred are the sign-up fees for marathons/half marathons.  It got me thinking about what the price of fitness should be.

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The Great E-Reader VS Library Debate

December 26, 2012 7 comments


Because you’re reading this post, I can tell you like reading.  Whether it’s learning new skills, entertaining yourself, or just getting by in the world, anyone interested in improving their finances is going to end up doing quite a bit of reading.  But should you use old-fashioned books from the library, or buy an e-reader?  After trying out both for a while, I’ve got an answer for you, so stay tuned!

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Give assets, not liabilities this Xmas

December 20, 2012 2 comments

Xmas 2010I’ve found a new weapon to battle the curse that tricks droves and droves of mindless consumers each Christmas!  It’s not a peppermint scented battle ax, or a read and white ray gun (though that would be festive).  It’s simply a new philosophy on how I choose gifts for the important people in my life.

I’ve already had the annual post-Thanksgiving conversation with my family, and it went something like this…

me – ” Why don’t we actually reduce the amount of stuff we buy each other this year because a lot of it ends up wasted“.

Everyone else – “Totally, that sounds great” (with their fingers crossed behind their backs).

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Some gadgets don’t depreciate like they used to

December 10, 2012 2 comments
photo via Wikipedia

photo via Wikipedia

Back in September of 2011 (in my less thrifty days), I bought a brand new tablet.  As those of you with tablets know, they’re tons of fun, but totally unnecessary.  I spent some great leisure time with that tablet reading and watching Netflix.  I figured I’d use it for a few years until the next cool gadget caught my eye, but instead I decided to get rid of it before it fully depreciated.  Only, it didn’t depreciate like most gadgets; I ended up making a 50% profit by selling it on Ebay.

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Just when I thought I was immune to impulse shopping…

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Over the past 12 months, I have developed an almost monk-like discipline when it comes to buying unnecessary consumer goods.  I purchase only what I need and have room for in the budget.  Each time I resist a purchase I give myself man-points for not letting silly desires control my actions.

I purchased the “Fitbit One” the other day in a moment of budget-busting weakness.  It’s a great product (more about that later), yet I’m unable to financially justify my purchase…

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Mini Vacations – Enjoying business trips

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

When I ask my coworkers what they like most about business trips, the response is almost universally “Arriving home!”.  It’s agreed among corporate folks that business trips are a necessary evil.  Some more necessary than others of course…

I recently took a trip to San Francisco to attend a conference.  I got a lot accomplished, but it got me thinking about how I spend money while traveling.  Business trips are mini-vacations from my normal life.  They let me spend money the way some  “normal” people do most of their lives

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