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My Body & My Budget

This is somewhat of a follow up to my post last week called, How Bad Do You Want It? In the article I ask myself that question when it comes to wanting flatter abs for bikini season (aka year round in these parts). Here is the answer to my question: meh, kinda sorta bad. :) In an effort to get to the bottom of why I'm not sculpted like a fitness model (I kid, I'm NOT going for that kind of look), I kept a four-day food journal for my personal trainer friend Dara. I used Myfitnesspal.com to … Read More...

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Why I’m OK With Financing My Car

The other day a PF blogger emailed me, and wanted to feature me in a series she is creating about people who have successfully paid off their debt (I'm keeping the name of the blog anonymous in case she isn't ready to reveal her series). I was flattered, as I had been out of debt for over a year, but recently took on a 10k loan to finance a new (used) car I had to buy rather quickly and unexpectedly, after my Subaru died a somewhat untimely death. The thing is though, I'm not as upset about … Read More...

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Friday Awesomesauce/Link Love

This video has been getting around social media this past week, but if you haven't seen it I really wanted to share. Sometime it's really nice to see someone well deserving get a break in life. Hey, maybe someday that could be us! :) Anyway, just wanted to send you off with a feel-good video for your weekend.   What would you do if someone gave you $1000?  http://youtu.be/p2zUf06iy1A Link Love Lauren from L Bee & the Money Tree wrote a guest post at Careful Cents: Why I Said … Read More...

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How Bad Do You Want It?

This past weekend I was hanging out at one of the local CBVA (beach volleyball) tournaments, cheering on some friends. I had just played six fun games myself, and was feeling a bit dissatisfied with my mid section, as I could "feel it" as I was running around the court. I don't go much with numbers on the scale as much as I do with checking in on how I "feel." Then I had the added bonus of seeing some super toned people playing as I was eating my sandwich. It was at the moment that I declared … Read More...

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Earthquakes & March Recap

Friday night I rented the movie The Book Thief. Somewhere close to 9pm I started doing that head bob thing from dozing off. Yeah, that's how I roll on a Friday night. A real party girl here! :) Anyway, suddenly it felt like my apartment was doing a little bounce, which certainly woke me up. I knew it was an earthquake, so I did what all Southern Californians seem to do...look up to the air with a quizzical look on our faces ala Joey Tribbiani and wonder how long we can get away with just sitting … Read More...

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This has been a relatively quiet and productive week for me. I was super stressed when I got home from my vacation last week, but my producer is on vacation this week, so I'm catching up on a million other things. On my vacation I did a lot of thinking about the direction I'm heading with several projects. A lot I can't talk about on this blog, so if you want to read the post I originally wrote last week, email me at budgetandthebeach{at}hotmail{dot com}. One change I can mention here is … Read More...

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A Budget Traveler In Iceland: Part Two

*I was not compensated for the links in this article.  Picking up where I left off in part one, I woke up Sunday morning with a nasty head cold. At least my plan for that day was to just leisurely explore the city. I didn't want to do a long excursion, since I was scheduled to go on the Northern Lights boat tour that evening at 10pm. One of my first stops was the Volcano House, which was very close to my hotel. I think volcanos are really cool, so I plopped down the $17.50 (ouch) ticket to … Read More...