The Dog Ate My Wallet

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Author Archive: Erin Shanendoah

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Life on the Dole

I know you all must be wondering, what has Erin been up to for the last 6 ½ weeks? How is the job hunt going? Maybe she’s already working again? And since she’s obviously not blogging, what is she doing with her time? Well, to be honest, I’m playing a lot of Marvel Puzzle Quest. It’s free on Steam, and it’s a match 3 game, the type of game I am really quite addicted to, with aread more…

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The Financial Side of Losing My Job

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Way back in April of 2013 (you know, when I was posting regularly here), I wrote about the Financial Side of My Layoff. Sadly, only 8 months later, I am writing about the financial side of losing my job, again.  While being in a job for 6 months and then being told you are not the right fit is a huge blow to the ego (or at least it is for me), financially, I am actuallyread more…

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Back in the Unemployment Line

There are times when I wish I blogged anonymously, and the last few weeks are one of them. As I hinted in the previous post, I am leaving my current position. Friday is my last day. I have known this since before Christmas, but today was the first chance I had to tell all of my staff at the same time (due to holiday vacations), so I have needed to keep somewhat silent about it. Iread more…

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Four Years of Concentrated Debt Payoff, and I am Further from Being Done than When I Started

Yesterday was my 4th anniversary with the Women in Red Racers, the debt payoff board that first got me interested in personal finance. Per the Hallmark site, the traditional gift is fruit or flowers, while the modern gift is appliances. I could use a new stove or dishwasher, if anyone felt so inclined. (Here are my 2nd (post #1365) and 3rd  (post #1959)anniversary posts.) This is a slightly modified version of my anniversary post from thatread more…

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BHB Blog Swap: A Thanksgiving Memory

Today, I am participating in a blog swap sponsored by Bloggers Helping Bloggers. I am thrilled to present this Thanksgiving memory from The Debt Princess herself. Thanksgiving, in my childhood years, meant a big family packed tight into a house with lots of food and fun times with cousins I didn’t see very often. That changed in high school thanks to my Contemporary American History class. During this class, we studied the song, Alice’s Restaurant byread more…

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The Financial Side of Becoming Parents

In my two previous posts I talked about the costs of adopting our daughter. But those are one-time costs, we now have the full time costs of having a child, so our budget has to change. Now, you might argue, somewhat rightly, that these changes actually took place 6 months ago when our daughter was placed with us. That is both true and untrue, partly because of the nature of being a foster parent. At thatread more…

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The Financial Side of Our Adoption

Back in March 2013, I wrote about the financial side of our decision to adopt. Now, almost 20 months later, I’m here to write about the financial side of our actual adoption and where we go from here. Our daughter has been with us for 6 months now, and we will be finalizing the adoption in November. We are very excited. We are adopting from foster care, having gone through an agency. If you read theread more…

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The Small Stuff Matters

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“Don’t sweat the small stuff” has become a mantra for a lot of people. I don’t necessarily disagree with the sentiment, but I’m here today to say that sometimes it helps to pay attention to the little things. This is a lesson I am learning from being a parent. (Who knew having kids was such an education?) Because our daughter (formerly referred to as SP- small person, henceforth referred to as Pop Tart) comes to usread more…

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Just Because You Are Paranoid Does Not Mean Someone Is Not Out to Get You

This is what my life has felt like in the last two weeks, but in a good way

Just for the record, I am not paranoid; no one is after me, and I won’t even get to watch the 3rd season of Homeland until it is out on Netflix. That said, this post is about the juxtaposition of perception and reality. There are days when I feel like I’m a fraud, like I can’t do any of the things I say I can. I feel like I know the words to say but cannotread more…

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Trappings of Wealth

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My friend Jana used to have a feature called “Money Tune Tuesday” that I loved. This post is inspired by that series, by Kim at Eyes on the Dollar’s recent post Does a Million Dollars Make You Rich and  the fact that Pentatonix (who I’ve been obsessed with since the Sing-Off) yesterday released the video of their cover of Royals (by Lorde). http://youtu.be/E9XQ2MdNgKY One of my favorite parts of this song is the list of theread more…