Author: Marina

How To Save Money #15: Reduce Transportation Costs

One way to save a fair chunk of money every year is to reduce your transportation costs. A vehicle is one of the larger investments you make. Here are some easy things to do to keep your costs down: Keep your vehicle for a longer time. Keep your vehicle maintained. When it is time to replace […]

The Windows of Our Souls, or, Finding Meaning Part 2

“There is nothing either good nor bad but thinking makes it so.” Hamlet Act 2, scene 2 It is often said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. The idea is that when we look into someone’s eyes, we can see their soul—who they really are. But this goes the other way as well: when […]

How To Save Money #14: Buy Quality

Buy quality. Quality lasts. This doesn’t mean buy the most expensive item, because cost and quality aren’t always directly related. But it does mean to take a good look at what you are buying, and if there is an affordable, better quality, but somewhat more expensive choice, buy that. Here’s an example: when I was […]

Favorite e-Card Site

Check it out! For a very modest fee, you can send charming animated greeting cards from, a British Web site. BY “modest,” I mean US$12 for one yer or US$18 for two. Considering how much time and money you save by sending greetings electronically, and the good will you develop by finally remembering that […]

Ten Recent Movies

In reverse chronological order, I’ve recently watched the following ten movies, some of which you may enjoy: First A Girl (1935). A British comedy about a young woman playing a man playing a woman on stage. A lot of fun; a remake of a 1933 German work, Viktor und Vikoria. Victor, Victoria was a much-later remake of this […]

How To Save Money #6: Drink Healthier Beverages

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.” (Quote possibly originating from Maela.) Another way to save money in the food department is to take a look at what you are drinking and make some healthy adjustments. People in America drink way too many soft drinks, and soft drinks are nothing but flavored, carbonated […]