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Mrs. Paradise

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Frugal Paradise
Money, Early Retirement
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Michigan, United States
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DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
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Yes, I grew this and yes, I am quite proud of it. Also I have no idea when I am supposed to pick it – it could already be way too late. But I’m proud of it anyway Welcome to halfway through 2017! It’s already been a pretty crazy year for the Paradise Family, but our net worth seems to be doing ok despite some unexpected expenses. There’s always something, ...
Posted: Jul 01 2017 @ 4:54 PM
This new cat tree is exhausting! An unfortunately expensive month for stupid stuff. In June we’re having a new dishwasher installed, so at least our big purchase will be something fun! (Did I just call a dishwasher “fun”? You know you’re getting old when…) Category Amount Notes Total $4,782 Total without mortgage was $3,063 Mortgage $1,719 Just principal and interest. Doctor $1,036 Being a grown-up sucks sometimes. Groceries $457 Pretty standard. There were some expensive vitamins in here. Auto payment $354 Yes, we have a car loan. But in ...
Posted: Jun 01 2017 @ 10:49 PM
This is about 1/3 of our Ikea shelf project for the cats. Thanks to the cat cafe for the idea! Post is a little late this month but Mr. Paradise made me promise not to look at the credit card statement until after my birthday a couple of days ago… Category Amount Notes Total $4,771.58 Total without mortgage was $3,052.58 Mortgage $1719.00 Just principal and interest. Yard $562.43 Whew! We paid for some lawn care this year ($219). Still struggling with it looking ...
Posted: May 04 2017 @ 7:09 PM
Spring has not quite yet “sprung” here… If you haven’t already, check out our net worth updates and our other spending reviews! Category Amount Notes Total $4,017.87 Total without mortgage was $2,298.87. Mortgage $1719.00 Just principal and interest. Groceries $405.48 Back to a pretty normal month for us. Lots more chest freezer stocking up happening again this month though. Auto payment $353.60 Yes, we have a car loan. But in our defense it is at 0% interest. HOA $300.00 This is what we pay annually to live in our ...
Posted: Apr 01 2017 @ 11:25 AM
Category Amount Notes Total $4,777.90 Total without mortgage was $3,058.90. Total without immigration and doctor junk was $1791.01, which I feel better about... Mortgage $1719.00 Just principal and interest. Immigration $695.49 Who knew it was so expensive to be a Canadian living in the US? Doctor $572.40 Ugh, this is a lot Utilities $360.86 This includes our water / trash bill this month ($117.61) and the regular utilities ($243.25). I have hope for a lower bill next month! Auto payment $353.60 Yes, we have a car loan. But in our ...
Posted: Mar 01 2017 @ 7:59 PM
I had to add the year to the title since this is officially our second year tracking our spending each month! Not too shabby. I’m a little late with the post this month, but I’ll blame that on a crazy work week and just generally being exhausted. You may have … Continue reading ...
Posted: Feb 04 2017 @ 10:11 AM
Today’s post is a bit of a departure from the “topic at hand”, but I thought I’d take a moment to share what has amounted to a tiny miracle in my life. But first… Disclaimer: I am not a (medical) doctor and I have no qualifications for recommending any kind … Continue reading ...
Posted: Jan 09 2017 @ 8:00 AM
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe it’s already Frugal Paradise’s one year anniversary. We wish you all the best for 2017 and thank you for reading our blog! ...
Posted: Jan 01 2017 @ 9:00 AM
I have to admit I was not looking forward to tallying up this month’s spending. I knew we had gone overboard in quite a few areas. Well, if we hadn’t bought that exercise machine or that chest freezer or spent $300 on gifts it wouldn’t have been so bad…but we did … Continue reading ...
Posted: Dec 01 2016 @ 9:28 PM
  A very busy month indeed. Hope to be around a little bit more next month – looking forward to the Thanksgiving long weekend! ...
Posted: Oct 31 2016 @ 9:00 AM


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