Frugality

Capsule Re-Cap(sule): How my New Wardrobe is Going

It's been about four months since I started my capsule wardrobe experiment. I've gotten a lot of questions, such as how do I decide what clothes to keep? How do I decide what new clothes to buy? Don't I get bored? Happily, there are an equal number of questions I have not asked myself over the last few months, such as what should I wear today? How do I have so much stuff in my closet yet nothing to wear? Where the @%$# are my favorite pants? Based on this last bit if nothing else, I am calling the capsule experiment a tremendous success.  (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Frugality

Who Ate My Pie?

August Spending Roundup You guys, I did SO MUCH BETTER this month. Like a jigalillion percent better. Here goes: $29.99 — Ikea — Utility cart for my newly spiffified laundry room $13.34 — Amazon — Between the World and Me, because even though I don’t believe in buying books anymore (hello, Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Frugality

Who Ate My Pie?

July Spending Roundup

Although I've been tracking my spending for years through Mint, I have never been one to track every expenditure manually or to really pay attention to the specifics of what I'm spending my money on, as opposed to just how much in general categories. This has obviously not worked for me very well and it's time for a change. To hold myself accountable, I'm going to start tracking, here, in PUBLIC of all places, exactly what things I'm spending my money on. I'm (publicly) counting only tangible, actual THINGS, not services, food, mortgage payments, medical expenses, classes, travel, experiences etc. Just the stuff that I could (should) choose not to buy or to find somewhere cheaper, or that will someday likely end up in a landfill (which gets back to why I should not be buying it in the first place...). I was tempted to wait until August to start this tradition, because boy oh boy, July is a doozy. (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago