Living In The Real World

How to live well and within your means – tips, tricks, and possibly useful information

A New Addition to my Wardrobe? February 16, 2009

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I’ve always wanted to try a shirt dress as a regular in my wardrobe and I feel like I could pull this look (Katherine Heigl’s-seen below) off comfortably, and it helps that the whole outfit costs only $112.




The Housewife’s Holy Grail

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Ok. I may be exaggerating a little bit, but www.hillbillyhousewife.comis one of the best sites I have found yet that deals with feeding a family on a budget and how to’s on how to make your own pretty much anything, and for those like me, that imagine themselves in a Laura Ingalls Wilder book making everything from scratch, this site is for you!

I have tried to make my own bread from scratch, which turned out well, and even my own “soy yogurt”, which didn’t turn out, but it was worth the experience for me to know I’m not quite ready for Ms. Wilder’s books yet.

Also, for anyone who needs easy recipes to feed a family or even two people, and ideas on how to stretch a dollar, this is the site for you. I still find new things I want to try on it, as it is extremely comprehensive.

Definitely check it out. I hope you can find at least one thing of use to you, as I think sites like this one are only going to become more necessary with the economy the way it is and the dollar not stretching as far as it used to. Let me know what you think!


Ready For Spring

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Another outfit I created on Can you tell I’m ready for Spring? And the best part is that the whole outfit only costs $85!


In Love With Chuck February 15, 2009

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I just recently fell in love with high top Converse Chucks. I have no idea how this got started, other than maybe my newfound appreciation for comfortable “play” shoes that don’t look as casual or “workoutish” as running shoes thanks to my toddler.

 I never liked Converse in High School and now that I’m 26 I’m worried that maybe I’m too old for them. Regardless, I guess I can still enjoy myself and imagine the kind I would like to have on and even design my own.

I have been designing my dream pair, only to realize that my dream pair design is a bit tame for the “design your own” category. I would love to see what you all design, so please email me your favorite designs at


Singing in the Rain February 14, 2009

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I just discovered this incredibly useful and easy to use site designed to notify you if you need to bring an umbrella with you as you leave your house. I don’t know about you, but I despise being caught in the rain with no umbrella, especially on warmer days when I don’t have the option of a coat either. The site is Check it out!


Winter In The South

This is an outfit I created using I’m completely obsessed with messenger bags and skinny jeans tucked into tall boots right now. The outfit costs $155 total, and all of the pieces can be purchased on Shopstyle.



Do You Swap?

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Another site I have been using quite a lot lately, and quite successfully, is

On this site, one can trade their old books, dvds, cds, and video games. It is extremely easy to use and set up an account, which is free as well. Also, the site is run in the most professional manner and I have had nothing but positive experiences. I am enjoying trading some of my stuff I have laying around, and even more I’m enjoying not having to buy the new stuff.

The only thing you have to pay for is shipping, however, you can set up a credit card on your account and print shipping labels straight from your computer and not have to deal with the post office hassle, or you can just pay yourself at the post office. I have found that when you print shipping labels from the site, whatever your shipping reaches its recipient much faster than shipping the regular way.

I am a strong supporter or recycling your used goods and it is really fun to do so on this site and find movies or games that you’ve been wanting to experience without having to pay anything for them. So, let me know what you think about the site (feel free to ask questions) and hopefully you can find some cool stuff too!