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Buying Bras Without Breaking The Bank

April 27, 2010

Yesterday, over 80,000 of us were flaunting our cleavage for Boobquake. I’m guessing that more than a few of us wish our cleavage was a little easier to flaunt. Having and nursing babies doesn’t do much for the shape or firmness of our breasts. A great bra can totally pick up the, um, slack. Maybe [...]

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Your Money Book Giveaway and Top Money Hacks

April 26, 2010

Congrats to Soundhunter, the winning commenter in my Your Money: The Missing Manual book giveaway. Send me an e-mail at sierra@childwild.com with your snail mail address and I’ll send you a book. Here are some of the great money hacks readers shared: Automate your savings (one reader suggests using Smartypig.com for this; they do offer [...]

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Book Giveaway/Review: Your Money, The Missing Manual

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Welcome to my long-awaited (at least by me) review of Your Money: The Missing Manual . It’s taken me weeks to review this book because it is so damn good. Obviously, I’m a fan of J.D. Roth’s approach to managing money. I was a loyal reader of his blog, Get Rich Slowly, for years before [...]

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Heading South For the Winter

March 24, 2010

The Southern winter, that is. Martin just bought the plane tickets for our family to spend the entire month of July in Argentina with his family. He grew up there, and was the only one to leave. His parents and three siblings all live within a few miles of each other in Buenos Aires, with [...]

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The $1 Family Meal

March 10, 2010

My husband is a great cook, and prepares most of our family meals. He’s not one of these food show followers who makes a different gourmet recipe every night of the week with the rare vegetables he picked up at the farmer’s market on his way home. He’s more of an intuitive cook. A guy [...]

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“Unautomate Your Finances”

March 9, 2010
Unautomate Your Finances

Adam Baker, one of my fellow writers at Get Rich Slowly has a new personal finance guide out as of today, for sale on his website, Man Vs. Debt. With a title like “Unautomate Your Finances,” Adam’s approach would seem to be the opposite of my new banking scheme, where I used my automated banking [...]

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Keeping a Journal

February 10, 2010

Yesterday I wrote about several steps to making a life change stick. Then in the shower this morning, I thought, “Oh! I need to write more about journaling vs. simple record-keeping.” And sure enough, the first comment on yesterday’s post was from the always thoughtful Rebecca Weger, saying, “The most important piece for me is [...]

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How to Change Your Life

February 8, 2010

I have a post up on Get Rich Slowly today about getting the ball rolling with financial management, where I talk about “cross-training” skills from one area of your life to another. Here, I want to just quickly lay out a recipe I use for making meaningful personal change in any area. You may recall, [...]

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All I Want For Christmas is January

December 13, 2009

I’m feeling pretty bah humbug this year. I’m tired, broke and grouchier about the weather than usual. The holiday season feels less like a joyful opportunity to reconnect and more like a train wreck of social, family and financial obligations. But tis the season, so I’m bucking up and doing my frugal best to be [...]

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