We're in full-tilt holiday mode, and my unsquelchable anxiety about the proliferation of STUFF has kicked into high gear. After years of living in tiny apartments, I'm well trained to worry every time new STUFF comes into the house -- where will we put it all??!?!?! Having kids takes the stuff situation to another level. In … Continue reading Giving the gift of simplicity.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, I had an encounter that reminded me of how amazingly lucky we are in this country and in our time. A casual acquaintance told me that he is the youngest of 10 children, and grew up in Ireland. His mother raised those 10 children in a house with no running water … Continue reading Feeling Thankful.
You may have noticed it's been a little quiet on Greener Pasture$ for a few weeks. That's because we're sucking... totally sucking... at reaching the lofty goals we set for ourselves, and I've been embarrassed to show my anonymous face here. Why would anyone want to read a personal finance blog by someone who can't … Continue reading The long and winding road
Spending money is a habit that you've formed over your lifetime. Maybe over the course of years, as your income has increased perhaps, your spending has also crept up. For most people, relatively small everyday purchases don't raise alarm bells -- they just happen. They're reflexive and responsive ("I need new work clothes. I'll just … Continue reading Tips from the trenches: the wish list.
Summer was rough on the olde budget. July was horrible, but I chalked it up to the fact that I gave birth to our second child that month, and we were off our normal routines. Then, somehow, August was even worse. A lesser team would have crumbled, heads hung in defeat, cheeks stinging with shame … Continue reading TPS report: Mission Stabilized
It's time for another installment of delicious food for not much cash! (See the last one here.) Last night, I adapted this thai coconut curry recipe to suit what I had on hand, and I recommend you do the same! Here's what I did: Ingredients: 1 package extra firm tofu 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 … Continue reading Tasty cheap-a$$ eats!
In an old yoga DVD of mine, the instructor suggests that as you practice yoga more, you'll start gravitating towards cleaner things in life -- cleaner food, cleaner energy, etc. I've found this to be true of exercise generally. Once I get into a good routine, I naturally find myself craving healthier foods. This is … Continue reading Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — Healthier spending habits, healthier planet!