The Joy (and Tyranny) of Small Indulgences

The Joy (and Tyranny) of Small Indulgences

When I was a graduate student, my monthly ritual on the Friday after payday was to go to Target, restock my household necessities, and then treat myself to a few items from the dollar section or home goods section. After Target, I’d probably go out to eat and then go home and watch Gilmore Girls. (Thrilling, I know.) A decade later, I can see that my monthly treat-yo-self sessions just added to cheap clutter in my home, and that they were also a…

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Lessons From a Month of Not Eating Out

Lessons From a Month of Not Eating Out

We took a totally indulgent vacation with friends last fall, ate a TON of delicious delights at our destination, and spent a corresponding amount of money on all that gourmet food and booze. Mr. Green and I were both feeling guilty about the general overconsumption on the trip, so I made a pitch- for one month after our trip, we would not eat out, at all. I do enjoy eating out. But I don’t love it, and my city is not one…

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The Walk

The Walk

Shortly after falling down the FIRE rabbit hole last spring, I started looking into ways I could save more aggressively for retirement. As I mentioned in my first post, I thought I was doing ok by participating in my employer’s mandatory retirement program and maxing out my Roth IRA through Vanguard, but I didn’t realize I could be doing so much more. A trip to the Mr. Money Mustache investing forums lead me to the realization that I could voluntarily contribute…

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On Being a Two-Car Family

On Being a Two-Car Family

It wasn’t until recently that I really came to terms with the cost of owning a car. I’ve owned a car since I started driving, starting with the cliché of the hand-me-down station wagon, and most recently with my first new car purchase. That’s right, personal finance universe, I purchased a new car four years ago, and I took out a car loan to do it. It’s paid off now – just within this last month – and my recent…

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My Little Green Revelation

My Little Green Revelation

About a year ago I was reading an article on Get Rich Slowly, looking for inspiration to eat out less often. Like a lot of people do from time to time, we’d hit a rut, and we were eating out way too much. It was taking its toll on our pocketbooks (and our waistlines) and I needed inspiration and motivation to give it up and get back in the kitchen. Scrolling through the comments on this post I stumbled on one…

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