Thrifty Weekender – Start Your Weekend Off Right / 06

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It’s been a little while since I did a Thrifty Weekender post, but, I think we should just get right back into it. Whattya’ say?

 

Here are some posts/things on the web that stood out to me this week:

  • I’m always on the look-out for inexpensive wedding dresses for other people. Partly because I shoot weddings, partly because of my recent obsession with Say Yes to the Dress (anyone else into that show?), and also because when I got married I scoured the internet, and local stores to find a reasonably priced dress, and there was nothing cute out there. So, what’d I do? I ended up settling for a dress, and then had it altered so I would like it more. That was a bad idea because I ended up spending almost as much as the cost of the dress justy on alterations! Not recommended. If I were to get married again, to Aaron;), I would be completely into these dresses: Gilded Grace Dress (this one is my fave), Alight of Heart Dress, Are You Gonna Be My Pearl? Dress, Romance with Me Dress (that just so happens to be 70% off), and Outshine the Sun Dress. I could go on and on but I should probably stop now. With a lot of the weddings we photograph the brides will also wear a short white dress for the rehearsal dinner, engagement shoot, and bridal shower so I could see a lot of these dresses being used for those purposes too.
  • We’re all so, insanely rushed, and busy ALL THE TIME. Can you do nothing for 2 minutes? Let me tell you, I really suck at it.

 

What are you up to this weekend? We have to go to Home Depot to get some parts to try to fix of garbage disposal, and Aaron’s birthday is Sunday so I’m going to bake him a huge, chocolate chip cookie “cake”, and then I’m going to frost it with a shitload of buttercream and sprinkles. We’ll eat too much of it, regret it, then vow to get healthy again on Monday.

I hope you have a great weekend, and keep that spending on lock down! Read these get out of debt pledges if you need a kick in the ass/jolt of motivation. I read them very often to keep myself in check. xo, Anna

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Thrifty Weekender / 02

imageToday Aaron and I are photographing our first wedding of the season so my sister came into town to watch the baby while we work. We’ve been having fun enjoying the cooler weather at the park and roaming around town. Oh, I love my sisters and brother so much! It’s so cool to have parallel lives with people and to share a history with them.

Let’s jump right in because it’s Thrifty Weekender time!

  • I’ve been known to eat my fair share of moldy bread and tortillas… I just pull off the green parts. Some people think this is super disgusting, and not healthy but I just can’t see not eating stuff just because it’s a little past it’s peak. This is a super helpful video to maximize those ever-expensive groceries.
  • Just like you can acquire physical fitness you can acquire emotional fitness too. Great info for getting the max out of everyday.
  • Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project) asks the question, “Are you an Over-Buyer or an Under Buyer?”  Take the quiz to find out which one you are. Or… maybe you’re neither? I used to be a MAJOR Over-Buyer, then I was an Under-Buyer and now I’m a Jussssst-Right Buyer. I had a Goldilocks experience and now I’ve finally found the perfect sweet spot.
  • Oh, I can so relate to #4.
  • Have you wondered about this too?
  • Filing this away for when I need it! Kind of like a personal trainer… but the internet-version. ;)
  • Would you take this much time to fold a bag even if it did save space?
  • An amazing DIY site where everything is made from dollar store stuff !!! Yes, my excitement CANNOT BE CONTAINED!
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in Just For Fun, Thrifty Weekender
The 11 BEST Posts About Love and Money

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It’s Valentine’s Day and that means you’re going to be seeing a lot of pink and red along with half the people hating life/being ambivalent and the other half of people being sickeningly sweet and in love. What camp will you be in?

Aaron and I will be keeping it low-key by maybe ordering a pizza, getting sick on ice-cream sundaes, and settling in for a marathon of Sister Wives on Netflix because you know, nothing says romance quite like polygamy! I keep telling Aaron that we’re going to get him some Brother Husbands and he said he’s okay with it as long as they do housework. ;)

Because of all this love ‘n’ stuff, I’ve rounded up my 11 Favorite Posts about Love and Money…

1. Don’t Let Money Ruin Your Relationship at Psychology Today and written by “The Love Doctor” Terri Orbuch.

2. The Truth About Money and Relationships by Dave Ramsey

3.Can Too Much Money Ruin Your Relationship? at Forbes by Samantha Daniels

4. Love, Marriage and Money: Should a Couple Combine Their Finances? written by Trent at The Simple Dollar

5. The Six Financial Mistakes Couples Make by Alekasandra Todorova at Smart Money

6. Money Management Tips for Couples by Dayana Yochim at The Motley Fool

7. Coping Mechanisms for a Spender-Saver Relationship by Little House for Wise Bread

8. 10 Cheap Date Ideas She’ll Actually Love at The Art of Manliness

9. Ten Questions to Consider Before You Commit at Money Management International

10. Financial Infidelity: Are You Cheating On Your Spouse? by Adrian Nazari at Huffington Post

11.Quiz: Are You an Over-Buyer or an Under-Buyer? by Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project.  While the intent of Gretchen Rubin’s Over-Buyer/Under-Buyer Quiz is not specifically about relationships the value of her post with regard to relationships is undeniable. Have you and your partner take this quiz to gain insights into how you each spend and approach money.

Here’s a post I wrote that totally applies to what we’re talking about: The Love and Money Mix – 3 Tips For Making It Work.

 

Are you in the “happy it’s Valentine’s Day” group or the “hating it/ambivalent about it being Valentine’s Day” group? Do you have favorite love and money posts that I didn’t include? If so, please tell me what they are because I’d love to read them!

 

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Chasing Happiness and Other Noble Goals

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“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything.” -Unknown

Aren’t we all chasing happiness? Isn’t that why we want out of debt anyway? So we can be happy and so we can be free?

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Gettin’ Guesty with Katharine Jensen of Two Good Things

“Contentment makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.” – Benjamin Franklin

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”

And, Gretchen Rubin the creator of The Happiness Project (amazing) focuses on gratitude as one the key components to a happier life. (Here’s a video from her on this very subject- Cultivating Gratitude).

Recognizing what we already have, from the material things to the little everyday happenings changes the way we relate to our surroundings. When I can look at how truly lucky I am in so many different areas of life it makes me actually WANT LESS.

Being able to find contentment results in a greater sense of overall happiness, and I’m finding that the more grateful I am the less appealing the new and fancy things are. Being thankful, being grateful, and trying to be content makes my (almost instinctual) urge to consume, spend and “keep-up” become greatly reduced. And that, is a very good thing.

That’s why when I heard about Katharine Jensen’s blog Two Good Things I was fascinated. With her blog she focuses on gratitude, and about recognizing her life in a new way, and I can’t help but think, “What am I grateful for today?” The answer: hot coffee and the hot sun.

An interview with Katharine Jensen of Two Good Things…

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