• "budget"

    What it Costs to Live in North Carolina | Monthly Expenses

    I’m what people nowadays call a wanderlust-er.  If I meet you for the first time my question to you will more than likely be, “Where are you from?”  I am such a curious person and the idea of living in different places dotted around the world appeals to me like no other.  But since I can’t, I love to look around the Internet and see other people sharing their journey as they trek and live around the globe.  One of the things I’m always curious about is how they afford to live where they do because to me, living in a country such as, Ireland, seems impossible because the cost…

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    Ditching Paper Towels//Living On Less

    You’ve heard the environmental arguments from the holier-than-thou-be-green-team, explain the importance of ditching your use of the paper towel.    I –am not– that fanatical.  My motivation is merely me being a cheapskate. (my husbands words)  Or as I like to assume, a conscientious consumer.   Although, I’m happy to see my inability to splurge on the aforementioned item also does our planet a little good. 😉    I’m not going to sit and lie to you, and say that we never buy paper products.  We do on occasion.  For instance, back in July, while my niece & nephew stayed with us, I splurged and purchased a $2 package of paper…

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    Healthy Chicken Noodle Casserole

    It wouldn’t be fair of me to not share this recipe with you about making a “healthy”, yet creamy, chicken noodle casserole.  Really, it wouldn’t.  In fact, you can take this recipe and make it even healthier if you chose to do so.  But I’ll get to that in a minute.  You see, I prepare this dish with the most basic of ingredients.  Things any regular cook would have sitting in their refrigerator & pantry shelves, making the ease of this dish astonishing.  I know every blogger will tell you this exact thing, however, I am being sincere. Eating this dish nearly had me feeling, like I was being unfaithful…

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    Living On Less: College Edition

    pic source: Campus Book Rentals If you read my first Living On Less post, then you know that my husband has returned to college.  I’m also sure that you know college isn’t cheap. Like most students, we are taking out student loans; however, we try to pay as much as we can out of pocket.  This mainly includes: textbooks and parking. On the parking side of things, it is expensive and a pain no matter what you do, so my best suggestion is to hitch a ride, but I can offer plenty of advice for textbooks.    (I SO wish this was an option during my college years.  It would…

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    Living On Less

    After a grumbling conversation with myself this morning, I finally made the decision to get this post out of my draft box. For whatever reason, I’ve had a hard time finding the words to introduce this series on my blog. In a nutshell, this will be tips on how we save money by making small changes in our lifestyle and by becoming more self sufficient.   In order to not bore you to death with a long story of how we came to live the way that we do, I figure the short version that can be squeezed into a paragraph or two will be much easier for all of us.  …