Personal Finance 

Comments of the week, women and finance edition

Must-knows about money for womenThis week Miranda had a great story on the harm that can come to women who delegate all their money management to their partners, and a baseline of what they need to know about their finances to protect themselves.
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 Frugal Living 

Can you do Thanksgiving dinner for less than $20?

Is it possible to put together a recognizable Thanksgiving Dinner for $20?It’s now a week until Thanksgiving, and since thawing a turkey takes a few hours shy of forever, you’d better start your meal planning now. That is, if you don’t want to end up doing the walk of shame to whatever sad buffet restaurant your ill planning consigns you to. (Full disclosure: I’ve eaten out for Thanksgiving exactly once and I am still kind of traumatized, but maybe it’s actually great and I just don’t know.)

My wife and I like to cook, and we usually do it up for Thanksgiving. But I’m still amazed at the lengths people go to, and what they’re willing to spend, to put an impressive Thanksgiving dinner together. For all the Martha Stewart or Alton Brown wannabees out there, that free-range “heritage” bird can cost you more than a $100, not to mention all the black truffle mashed potatoes, organic kale and all the other delicious stuff you can make to go along with it if you feel like spending the money.

But what if instead of having a foodie Thanksgiving, you had a frugal one?
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Happy Turkey Day!

Turkey turkey turkey!To those who are celebrating Thanksgiving today, I hope you and yours have a festive Thanksgiving day and weekend. I hope you celebrate the merriment and cheer that is Thanksgiving, enjoy the time with loved ones, and stuff yourself full of food prepared with loving care. To those who aren’t celebrating Thanksgiving, eat something decadent. 🙂

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you all for visiting today and every day. So often people think that I’m an expert because I write a personal finance blog. The reality is that while I may be more knowledgeable than the average Joe on money matters, it’s because I’m constantly being educated by the you guys. I see this as a community, not as a podium, and I’ve learned as much from you as, hopefully, you have from me. I hope we can do this for a long time together.

I don’t want to take too much of your time because today should be spent off the computer and with real live human beings. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ll return with regularly scheduled programming on Sunday… when I unveil another themed week!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Two of the Luckiest Thanksgiving Turkeys!

Today is our annual day of giving thanks and eating ridiculous amounts of food and we will be no different! I want to thank everyone who reads, comments, lurks, links to, is linked from, and interacts with my little website over the past year and hope that we can continue to do it for another year or two (or ten!). It’s because of you that I’m able to continue doing this and for that I thank you.

Please have a safe night, please stop on by for a little light hearted Your Take post for tomorrow, and then have a great weekend!

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