Tagged: Saving Money

Pizza Pie Budget

Pizza Pie Budget

Introducing my foray into instructional video production… Kind of! I am taking a class this summer to learn how to incorporate technology into classrooms.  One alternative form of assessment is having students create videos about what they have learned instead of taking a pen-and-paper test.  To get us in the...

Spending for March, Goals for April

Spending for March, Goals for April

Could it really be April already?! Totals for the Month of March, 2010 Rent, $250 (Goal, $250) Car Payment, $0 (Goal, $350) So technically, I did not miss a car payment.  I just let it auto-pay out of my checking account.  So no income this month was spent on my...

Spending for February, Goals for March

Spending for February, Goals for March

Oh, how I love thriftiness!  I made myself a new “toy” this month; a spreadsheet to track my expenses.  Instead of using my old method of pen-and-envelope tracking, I now have a calculate-as-I-go miracle machine!  I made several columns with places I usually spend; gas, grocery, etc.  Each row on...

The Magical Fruit Shouldn’t Be Mysterious

The Magical Fruit Shouldn’t Be Mysterious

A New York Times article has been circulating in The Compact Yahoo group, creating quite the discussion yesterday.  The article introduces the New Poor, “people long accustomed to the comforts of middle-class life who are now relying on public assistance for the first time in their lives — potentially for...

The Power of “Ask”

The Power of “Ask”

One of the best frugal ways to find things I want or need is simply to ask around.  This may seem obvious, but it wasn’t always for me.  I felt like asking for things people were throwing away made me seem needy or desperate.  The opposite is actually true.  People...

A Compact Conversation With My Mom

A Compact Conversation With My Mom

I was chatting with my mom today about the great relief I felt being done with my Christmas shopping.  So glad I don’t have to do all that crap next year, I say. “What?! ” She says,  “You’re actually doing that thing?” Yup.  I am doing that thing.  I am...