August 2011

The Beginner’s Guide to Savings: Week Eight

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Part 8: Make More Money Here's the good news:  you've made it to the end.  It's week eight and you have arrived, you've followed through, you've worked hard and made huge strides.  You truly deserve a pat on the back.  Way to go, you! (NOTE: If you are new to LWLS or missed out on the [...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Savings: Week Seven

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Part 7:  Save for the Future The Future.  Big.  Undefined. Non-immediate.  Nebulous.  Scary.  If you're anything like me, saving for this vague entity known as "the future," is the hardest part of all.  After all food, clothing, vacations, housing, and yes, even shoes are all real.   They are tangible and immediate.  Saving on--or for--those [...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Savings: Week Six

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Part 6: Save on the Special Things Vacations.  Birthdays.  Holidays.  We know they're coming and yet it is so easy to blow our budgets just because "it's a special occasion."  If you're still with me after all this time, you should be starting to feel pretty good about your budget.  After all, you've been able [...]

Baked Tofu

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Let's face it: Meat is expensive!  One of the easiest ways to lower your grocery bill is to cut out meat, at least some of the time.  It's not that there aren't ways to save on meat--there are--but ultimately even meat bought on sale or in bulk is still pretty darn expensive when you consider [...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Savings: Week 5

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Part 5: Save on the Fun Things Finally, a topic that we actually WANT to think about.  Or maybe that's just me.  Saving on the all the things we MUST spend money on--important as it may be--is, well, somewhat tedious, to say the least. (NOTE: Before we go any further, if you are new to [...]

Vegetarian Quiche

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You may remember this post from a few weeks ago, when I shared my disastrous attempt at making pie crust (and all-around disastrous day.)  Your response was overwhelmingly encouraging and kind, and I promised the quiche recipe would be forthcoming. I am happy to report that yesterday's attempt at homemade pie crust was a success [...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Savings: Week Four

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Part 4: Save on the Necessary Things If you've made it this far, you've probably come to the conclusion that getting your financial life in order is hard work!  I wish I could say it will be a cakewalk from now on, but alas, there is still much to be done.  Don't let that discourage [...]

Attitude Adjustment

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I don’t write much about God here at LWSL.  I know I’ve mentioned my church in passing once or twice, but since this blog is about living well on less, about coupons and DiY projects and frugal recipes and throwing fabulous parties on a tiny budget, God  just doesn’t seem to come up very often.  [...]