Monday, May 30, 2011

Moneywise Monday!

It's time for the first installment of Moneywise Monday!  What I hope to achieve with this new feature is to create a dialogue among all readers and set us up for a successful week of spending/saving.  I'm going to share my successes (or failures) from the past week, and I hope that you will as well.

Looking back over last's week budget, I had five days out of seven where I didn't spend any money at all, and one day where I made some big purchases, but those were almost all necessities.  I'm actively trying to pinch pennies in anticipation of my upcoming conference trip (read: mini vacation with a bit of networking thrown in).

I got my oil changed and tires inflated so that should save me some money on gas this week, and I managed to go to Target and not go completely mental buying things. I stuck to my list, used coupons and came out feeling rather pleased with myself.

For next week, I need to renegotiate my car insurance.  I've been putting it off because I hate making phone calls and I hate haggling, but time is running out.  Wish me luck!

If anyone wants to send in their moneywise successes ahead of time--send them to findmefrugal [at]  How did everyone else do this past week?


  1. Congratulations on finding a specific direction for your Mondays. Did you decide to go in this direction because of the blogathon?


  2. Yes and no. I've been trying to come up with a unique regular feature for a while, but I think the pressure of daily blogging had me thinking a lot more and trying harder to come up with something.

    Either way--the blogathon was certainly a good thing!

  3. I had one success this week...I finally, finally, finally called the student loan people to find out what they could do for me in terms of lower monthly payments. While I could afford what they were asking for, I really would have rather been putting more money towards credit card bills...and now I can!

    I finally figured out why I had put off calling them for so long-I was kind of embarrassed about how little I knew about my loans. I'd love to say that it was due to how long ago I'd taken them out and I had just forgotten all the info...but I'm pretty sure that I just naively signed on the dotted line when they asked, knowing that I'd have to pay it back, but not really realizing how much or what that meant.

    Now, I'm slightly more informed.