Author: Shannon

  • the story of a cheap pizza date

    What, you can eat out without spending a minimum of $12 per meal? (This is my average when I go out, without drinks.) A jet-setting and brilliant friend of mine was in town for a brief minute in between a Fulbright scholarship in Mongolia and moving to DC for Teach for America. Meet Helen: When…

  • my first temptation isn’t an apple

    My first temptation to spend money on unnecessary delights arises shortly after I accept the Challenge. This temptation is a church yard sale. But not just any church yard sale. The Mother of Church Yard Sales. They welcome everyone. And everyone comes. I woke up at 6AM Thursday morning (prime yard sale time) to check…

  • the b-word

    Not that one. (I don’t use that b-word unless I’m belting Alanis Morisette.) B as in Budgeting. (Or B as in Bleh.) How am I going to save $1,000 by Sept. 1? I have 6 paychecks between now and Labor Day. I can afford to put away $100 from each paycheck. That’s $600. I’ll have…