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Redecorating without spending a dime
Emily and Ginger
We have always enjoyed redecorating our home and frequently like to purchase new furniture or other home goods whenever it's time for a change. We live in a small house so we need to be very creative and resourceful with how we use our space. As the season has been changing, we started to get the itch to change around our living space too. 
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The Pantry Challenge
Emily and Ginger
This week we are challenging ourselves to eat only foods that we already have in our house and skip a week of grocery shopping. We were inspired to do this when we were driving home late Sunday afternoon after visiting family out of state. We had a packed weekend full of fun and we were tired out. The last thing we wanted to do when we got home was go to the grocery store like we normally do on Sundays. We were very tempted to order some takeout, but then we thought about how much food we already have at home. Looking at the fridge and the closet can feel the same sometimes.
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Owning our Story
Emily and Ginger
When we were offered the opportunity to participate in Project Money, our biggest hesitation was around our discomfort in being public about our finances. We are all taught that it is impolite to talk about money. It's considered rude to ask someone how much they spent on something. Our coworkers' salaries are a closely guarded secret. What sorts of judgement will people make when they hear we are participating in a program to help us improve our finances? Will we have to publicly disclose how much money we owe on our car or student loans?
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What would you do with $1,000?
Emily and Ginger
Our coach Jamie said, “If you do the little things, the big things will follow.” Meaning, if you pay attention to the small daily decisions, they will add up to have a bigger impact over time. We have been focusing on these little things, such as choosing to cook and bring lunches to work instead of eating out and cutting out impulse internet purchases. 
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A Deep Freezer is the Way to Go!
Emily and Ginger
Tomatoes are at peak season and we have found ourselves with way more than we can eat. We decided to try our hand at making tomato sauce for the first time. Spaghetti is one of the staple meals that we eat and so we are always in need of tomato sauce. With so many tomatoes to use up we had the opportunity to try out several different recipes and discover some new flavors.
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allowances - say what?
Emily and Ginger
Last week, our coach assigned us to set a budget for discretionary spending for things like clothes and self-care. As we began to discuss this topic and try to put a number on it, as well as a definition of what should fall into this category, we had been talking through what that right balance of independent spending should be in our relationship. Prior to starting Project Money, we each maintained separate checking accounts and transferred money into a joint account each payday to cover all of our bills.
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