• Saving vs. Paying Debt

    There’s a bit of debate in the PF world regarding what should be your first priority: Saving or Paying down debt. If you care to share your opinion, I have a poll where you can vote for your priority. Or you could always comment below. My Personal Opinion: Pay Down Debt. Now, that’s not to

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  • Weekend Spending Report: July 17-19

    Money Log: Starting Balance: $138.08 Expenses: -$8.75 movie ticket for Harry Potter -$8 dinner -$15.24 groceries Income: +$60 babysitting +120 extra income (-$120 to E-fund) Ending Balance: $166.09 Running: Friday — 4 miles Saturday — 3.8 miles Sunday — rest — From now on, I plan to report my weekly expenses every Friday and Monday.

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  • Weekly Spending Report – July 13-16

    Happy Friday! On Monday I reported that I had $260 left in my budget. Here’s where I stand today: Money Log: Expenses: -$20.08 gasoline -$30.43 wedding gift -$11.79 stamps + bday card -$10.16 groceries for lunch -$25 to pause gym membership* -$90.10 running shoes** Income: +$55 babysitting +$10.59 returned tank top @ Target (Well done,

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  • Personal Finance Ad Lib

    Debt Ninja at Punch Debt in the Face is hosting a Personal Finance Mad Lib game to give a little snapshot of your financial and personal information. I always loved Mad Libs, so of course I was going to participate! Here’s my PF Mad Lib: Hi my name is MPP. I currently have $6 cash

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  • Apartment Resigning: What would you do?

    A while ago I saw online that my landlord was selling my apartment for $1295 per month instead of the $1350 that I have been paying (split with a roommate). I knew I would negotiate the cost for the next year, but I waited too long. I recently saw the price was raised to $1325.

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  • Cooking for One

    Cooking for one can be a huge challenge. Most recipes produce a four-serving meal, and personally I get tired of eating leftovers Day 2. For a single gal like me, the freezer is my best friend. I live near Trader Joe’s and I love it. It has cheap, fresh, and flavorful prepared dishes, many which

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  • I'm back!

    What a lovely little vacation I had! I had guests come to visit for the Fourth of July and then traveled for a lovely weekend for my best friend’s wedding. I’m torn between being really sad it’s all over and slightly relieved to be back in my routine and allow for some much-needed R&R. Even

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  • Bitty Break

    I’m in July 4th vacay mode and therefore will not be blogging as usual for the next week. I also wanted to announce a public “I’m Sorry!” for not commenting on my PF pals’ blogs. Will catch up eventually. In the meantime, I’ll be soaking in some sun, eating lots of ice cream, and spending

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  • July Goals & Budget

    I’m going to aim low this month because I know it will be an expensive month and I don’t really want to have that horrible feeling afterwards. I also know that August through December I will have a set weekly babysitting job ($45 per week) and my trips/summer plans will calm down a bit after

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