Category Archives: Money

How to make classy invites, without spending a fortune

Again, I seem to forget to blog when J isn’t here. Speaking of J, the aforementioned 60 days is the amount of time until J comes home! And by home, I mean back in the apartment, with me.

What I did today:

Made invitations for the wedding. Made Stew. Caught up with friends…(sticky-notes from college). Watched OSU/Nebraska game…actually, the last event is still happening.

Make invitations: We found pretty, fancy invitations online…which would cost us about $455 to buy from the site. We are making ours for about $50. J’s mom painted a beautiful peacock feather, which I cropped and rotated on Photoshop. Using my layout skills from InDesign, I was able to make an over-laid text box for the information, thereby creating a beautiful invitation. Super Excited.

Stew: I made beef stew today. Yum. However, I altered the ingredients. Instead of beef, potatoes, carrots and onion, I made stew with beef, SWEET potatoes, carrots and onion. Super good, and pretty healthy, too!

Caught up with friends: It is always nice to hang out with friends, especially since I don’t get out much. Continuing the fun by watching the game with K and R. Currently, Nebraska 14, OSU 7. Success.


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Two things that don’t relate? Banana bread and Save-the-Dates

After spending a nice weekend at home with J, we decided we should probably figure out what we were going to do with the Save-the-Dates for our wedding since it is approaching in a few months. Now, I am not a huge fan of a certain superstore, but…Best thing ever: stationary and card creator on their photo site.


We picked a design we liked, dropped in our photos, typed a cute message and the date, and done! Ordered them for $.33 a piece (including an envelope). They were supposed to be $.40 a piece, but we got a discount because we ordered 100. Also, no charge for shipping, because they are being printed at the location I choose to buy them from. They should be ready in a week and we will send them out in two.

Can’t wait to see them and send them!

Also, banana bread.

I bought a lot of fruit for a fruit salad at work’s potluck last week. Apparently my eyes were a little too big when I bought because I still had 5 bananas left, which had become a fun pattern of brown polka dots over the weekend. What to do? Banana Bread.

Yum: I took my favorite recipe from Skinnytaste and altered it a bit. (Makes two loaves or cakes)

  • 5 bananas (cuz I didn’t have 7)
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (because I ran out of applesauce-oops)
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter…probably could have been ofter than I used
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • baking spray
  • I usually add walnuts, but I was out…
  1. Combine flour, soda, salt in bowl
  2. cream butter and brown sugar
  3. add bananas, yogurt, egg whites, vanilla; mix well
  4. add flour in thirds; don’t over mix
  5. divide into two pans (I used 8in round pans because I only have one loaf pan)
  6. bake for 50ish minutes (45 if you have a hot oven like me)
  7. let cool for about 20 minutes.

One for me, for breakfast. One for a friend.


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Oh my goodness how have we gone this long without a microwave OH MY GOODNESS.

We helped some friends move this weekend, and their new unit had a built-in microwave in the kitchen, so we got their previous one! It heats up food and everything! In other news,



We ate lots of it today in our consultation with this lady. Very tasty.

The cake, not the lady.

Anyhooz, we think she’s our cake lady. She gave us a number of samples, and let us pair together different flavors, fillings, and icings, AND WE GOT TO TAKE THE REST OF IT HOME.














Also, L got about two weeks worth of groceries for $25 by shopping at Aldi. She grew up on Aldi foods, and it’s really good for the ol’ pocketbook.

Other cool thing: The Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival (though not a fan of the $10 parking fee.) Great music, free admission, buy whomever’s ribs/sides you want. We picked the people with the most absurdly tall banners proclaiming the group’s porcine accolades (hey, that’s a good band name.)


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Free Gift*

Here is some free stuff:

  • Library card, therefore
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Late fee notices
  • Kisses
  • Water (kind of free, included in our rent for a flat rate)
  • Free tickets to this theater for filling out a survey card
  • Pinterest
  • Music (Use Spotify. Just do it.)
  • Dropbox File backup and storage
L reading a FREE BOOK.

Let us know if you find other free stuff. (Note the name of our blog.)


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Wait… “stew” is a verb?

Welcome to the multi-category post: money, weddings (and money), food (and money)…and money. So not so multi-category as we thought. Whatevs.

What do you do when your air conditioning reaches 5 cubic feet? Go stay at a friend’s house…one who happens to be related to you, will make you dinner, and will let you sleep in their air conditioned household…and play with their cats.

Four days of 90 degree weather was starting to drive us a little batty. Thankfully, J2.0 and K decided to be nice and offer an evening at their home…I think this is the first time we have been this cool in about two weeks. Tasty enchiladas, friends and lemonade Passion teas. Mmm.

Another cool thing we did today? Yeah, that pun was definitely intended…Finding a decent florist in our neighborhood that a) listened to what we want in wedding flowers, b) actually cared about what the groom wanted (not just the bride), and c) tried her best to stay near our budget. When her first estimate was too high for comfort, she tweaked it to fit our budget, not just laugh and say “keep looking.” She gave us everything she could in our budget, and we hope to work with her for the wedding…also, look up Thai Orchids. Might be our favorite new flower.

Things we learned yesterday?…Other than “don’t forget to blog, because then you have a lot to catch up on”? …. Yep. Don’t do that.

You can make Indian food in your 1950’s kitchen, complete with gas range circa 1956 and aluminum cabinets from the same decade. What did we make? Chana Masala…aka, curried-chickpeas and rice. Yum. Be warned: although one tablespoon of curry was used, our kitchen still smells of the stuff 24 hours later…Totally worth it though. Also, cheap dinner (serves 4):

1 Onion- $0.42

1 Tablespoon of Curry- $2.54 (for a bottle)

1 can of Chickpeas- $0.62

1 8oz. can of Tomato Sauce- $0.79

2 Tablespoons of minced garlic- $1.00 (per jar)

Small bunch of fresh basil from farmers market- $1.00

Total cost per serving: $1.59…awesome.

Toss some olive oil in a pot. Chop up the onion into dice-sized bits and cook with the garlic in the oil. Pour in chickpeas, tomato sauce, curry and basil until it’s…stew? We put it on rice.

Other things learned yesterday? Paying student loans stinks…but, it isn’t as terrible as it seems. Things that do rock about student loan payments? Auto-pay. Why? Interest rate reduction and never forgetting to pay it. Also, watching the loan amounts go down with each payment. Pretty good. (Things J learned? “Stew” can apparently be a noun AND a verb. I just roll my eyes.)


We like other people’s air conditioning.