3 Ideas for a Cheap and Frugal Halloween

3 Ideas for a Cheap and Frugal Halloween
Halloween is one of those retail holidays that can easily suck the life from your wallet until it is dry.  Mail-ordered costumes, custom stencils for artistically sliced gourds (technically pumpkins are gourd-like rather than true gourds), environmentally unfriendly half servings of sweets… oh the madness!  Don’t let it!  So many years, Brian and I tried to go all out for Halloween...

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Posted in: General

Using Planwise to create a money plan

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Have you heard of Planwise yet?  They’re an up and coming San Francisco based technology company that has created a pretty slick web app to help consumers plan out their finances.  The basic idea is that you give the app your financial stats – income, expenses, debts and so on – and then add “Plans” on top off your baseline.  Plans could be things like taking out a...

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Posted in: Money

Updates: Oct 21 – 27

I’ve got a confession to make. I don’t like Halloween. CF and I have tried to get into it in the past, and always been disappointed. There is much made of going out to the bar or to a party and it just never delivers on the build up. That said, for the past two years I’ve worked at the wine store on Oct 31, which is always good for a laugh. I’m not working the 31st this year,...

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Posted in: Weekly Updates

Being poor in North America

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I was introduced recently to an article by John Scalzi on being poor.  If you have not read it yet, go and read it because my comments will make little sense otherwise.  (Then come back and continue reading this blog!) Photo Credit: D Sharon Pruitt via Flickr As I read the article, two things struck me. First, I felt a bit uncomfortable.  I do a lot of the things on his list of statements and...

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Posted in: Philosophy
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