Happy Birthday!  When I started this blog I committed to doing it for one year.  You can read my very first post right here.  (But please don’t. Ug.)  Now that a year has gone by there is no way I’m stopping now.

I know my site is still small compared to some, but it’s way bigger than I ever thought it would be.  And I only have you, my readers, to thank.  If it weren’t for you guys I would be talking to myself over here.  I have learned so much from all of you.  I’ve learned more from you than you have from me, I’m sure of it.  You have forced me to think in new ways, sometimes against my will.  I hope I’ve done the same for you.

Another thing this blog has forced upon me is reading.  Oh the reading!  I could lock myself in a room for 24 hours and do nothing but read and I still wouldn’t be caught up.  I read for post ideas. I read for post research. I read to keep up with my friends and their sites.  I read, and read, and read.  And the information does eventually sink into my head and melt into my real life in some surprising ways.  I’m a different person than I was a year ago.  I can look back to times I thought we were being smart with our money and see all kinds of missed opportunities.  But no more.  Because of my blog and my readers I will be ever vigilant from now on.

Here are the top posts from our first year together…

February: The day I gave up my stuff

March: Against the grain

April: Evolution of a budget

May: Millionaires drive minivans

June:  Saying No to your kids

July:  A trip to Costco

August:  Green Living: Solar Power

September: 5 easy ways to increase your savings

October: A Frugal Halloween: Homemade Costumes

November: 10 Tips to Get Your House Sold

December: 10 Holiday Budget Busters

January: Budget Percentages

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