FOOD ~ February 2015

As I mentioned in the budgeting article, we did very well on our grocery budget this month. However, we knew we would. Not only is February a shorter month and therefore we have fewer days to cook and eat but we also spent the whole last week in Florida where my in-laws covered all our food expenses (I married right :)). Knowing that it was going to be easy to stay under our grocery budget this month we decided to stock up on some bulk items that we wanted/needed and will last us for a long time. Therefore the numbers fall in very different categories than they normally would but we are set for quite a while now.Here is where the money went:

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Why are people so busy? Slow the hell down!

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I remember about 10 years ago I was talking with a co-worker of mine about our out-of-work activities planned for that weekend.  I happened to mention to him that I love nights and weekends because they allow me time to finally relax and unwind a bit, focus on some of the simpler things in life, enjoying my time before life literally passes me by.  The weekends were my time to relax. Continue reading “Why are people so busy? Slow the hell down!”

The Friday Feast ~ 27th of February

I love learning. Always have. So when I find a blog or writer that interests me I devour everything I can find. Every day I move countless amazing articles from an array of  frugal, simple living, FI-minded writers into my Amazing Reads folder to be read at my leisure. These articles inspire me and the Mr. to think about things in different ways, to keep open minds and to constantly keep learning so we can be the best possible us.

In this episode of Friday Feast: Even Steven Money, Dividend Mantra, Afford Anything, Choosing Voluntary Simplicity, Debtless in Texas, Mindful Riot and Debt Discipline.

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Target Redcard: How does $72,000 in manufactured spending every year sound?

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For the moment, Target is home to one of the most profoundly good deals in our economy.  Target’s no-annual-fee Prepaid Redcard lets customers load funds onto what they call their “Redcard”, which is used just like a regular credit card and is accepted anywhere that American Express is.

Note: Several sites (like this one) are reporting that the credit card load capability of the Target Redcard is no longer supported; it was only a matter of time.  More information here. Continue reading “Target Redcard: How does $72,000 in manufactured spending every year sound?”

The Friday Feast ~ 20th February

I love learning. Always have. So when I find a blog or writer that interests me I devour everything I can find. Every day I move countless amazing articles from an array of  frugal, simple living, FI-minded writers into my Amazing Reads folder to be read at my leisure. These articles inspire me and the Mr. to think about things in different ways, to keep open minds and to constantly keep learning so we can be the best possible us.

In this episode of Friday Feast: Zen Habits, FrugalWoods, Dividend Mantra, Even Steven Money, Budgets Are Sexy, 20 Something Finance, Gen Y Finance Guy, and The Art of Simple

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Opinions wanted: Buying land and building a house vs. buying a pre-built home

Unless you are new here, you probably know that my goal is to officially retire by 40 and spend the rest of my life enjoying jobless bliss and never-ending happiness.  We’re doing this with big-time savings and living frugally in Tucson, Arizona – one of the most inexpensive places to live in the United States.   Continue reading “Opinions wanted: Buying land and building a house vs. buying a pre-built home”