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My Personal Goals Update

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Jaime at Eventual Millionaire posted her update on the goals she made for 2010 in this post.  That reminded me of the goals I made at the beginning of the year. 2010 Goals 1. Eat out no more than 3 times a week. As I mentioned in our food budget, in 2009, I was eating off of value menus every day for lunch and my husband and I ate fast food or at restaurants 3-5 evenings of the week. Since January 1, 2010, I have successfully started bringing my own lunch (have only eaten out 3 lunches all year) and we eat out about 2 times a week. It’s shaved our food budget from $600 a month to less than $400 a month. 2. Visit my remaining high school friends as I promised. My two remaining friends from high school live 3 hours and 4 hours away from my home and I had been procrastinating on actually visiting (I dislike driving). My husband and I took off on Easter weekend Friday and visited one of my friends until Saturday and the other all day Sunday. It was great! 3. Lose 20 pounds by our annual vacation. I am totally failing at … Read more

Free Renovations Can Go Too Far

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How would you like to have your house remodeled for free?  Whoo-hoo, right?  Not so fast… According to this article, Extreme Makeover renovations were so intense that the homeowner’s were left with way larger utility bills and property taxes than they had before.  In one case, it was more than the owner’s could handle.  The first “Extreme Foreclosure” of a previously renovated home has prompted the show to scale back. How do you scale back when you’re whole show is based on amazing your viewers?  They have begun renovating “smaller” homes (3000 square feet instead of 5000 plus square feet), installing low flow toilets, leaving out swimming pools some of the time, and landscaping to the home’s specific environment. I think it’s awesome that an American TV show all about extravagance has decided that downsizing is “in”.  The best part to me is that the show apparently started as an idea of helping “regular” people while entertaining an audience.  It took time and a housing boom to push the renovations into the OMG category. Maybe getting back to basics can help the owners of these renovated homes and the TV show too. Do you watch Extreme Makeover?  Have you noticed a difference?

Letter to Myself 10 Years Down the Road

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In March, Ninja at Punch Debt in the Face wrote a letter to himself 10 years later and challenged others to do the same.  I came across one of those letters in late March at Fiscal Geek and another mid-April at 151 Days Off.  The letters were amazing and made me want to participate.  Here’s what I’d write to my 37 year old self: Dear Red, You’ve been with hubby for 19 years now…are we happily celebrating our 15th anniversary?  Do you still snuggle in the mornings before work or give each other head massages when you’re stressed?  Do you still make each other laugh?  Does he still refuse to let you cook the main meals because he “fears death”, oh, and does he still over-compliment your sandwiches in an attempt to get you to make them instead?  Most importantly, are you two still in love?  If you answered no to any of these, you should work on that.  Laugh more.  Loosen up.  Unless of course he did something supremely crappy.  Then you should…never mind…leave no proof.  🙂 So, did we change our minds on the kid front?  If we didn’t, do we have more dogs?  If we did, I hope he or she is … Read more

Yakezie Alexa Ranking Update – 157,387

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BFS is a member of the Yakezie Alexa Ranking Challenge!  My ranking last week was 169,795.  Now it is 157,387!  Not bad at all! The ultimate goal was to be in the top 200,000 by July 4, 2010 and you helped me blow that out of the water!  Now we’re shooting for 100,000 by July 4th instead.  Yep, we’re aiming high! I would like to sincerely thank all of my readers and the members of the Yakezie Challenge.  Obviously, this would be impossible without all of you.  I’ll just come out and say it…you all kick butt!!! In case you didn’t know, Alexa traffic rankings are determined by the numbers of hits a site gets by people with the Alexa toolbar.  If you want to be part of this ranking community, you can download the Alexa toolbar here.  I’d truly appreciate it if you haven’t already since I’d like all my readers to be taken into account.  🙂 If you are a Yakezie member and don’t see yourself on my member list, please send me an email or leave a comment here to be added.  I copied the list originally and forget to update it regularly.  Please help a girl out.  Thanks!

Migration Glitch and Commenting Thing

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To all of my readers, As you can see, BFS is now a proud WordPress site!  There may be a few small bugs to work out, but the only one I know of right now is a biggie.  Due to a recent Blogger bug, only 50 comments made it through the migration. I am cutting and pasting as many comments as I can find from my Blogger emails, but it could take a while and I do not have all of your site URL’s.*  If you happen to see that one of your comments are not linked to your site, feel free to leave another quick comment with your web address.  I understand the need for link love and am doing the absolute best I can to make you all feel appreciated! There is also one commenting change in WordPress that shouldn’t effect too much…a comment now requires at least 15 characters.  This is to limit spammers.  If you attempt to post less than 15 characters, a rude error message pops up telling you to post something of value or something like that.  I’ve tried downloading a Plug-In to fix this, but it didn’t work.  I also tried finding the place to at … Read more