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Saving high vs. shopping high

September 29th, 2005 at 09:07 am

I realized recently that the "high" I get when I save money is nearly identical to the high I get when I shop (though I wouldn't say I love shopping, I can't deny it provides a bit of a thrill--placing an order online, waiting for the package to arrive, etc.). Similarly, the feeling of getting rid of stuff mirrors the thrill of bringing more home. I like nothing more than clearing out a cabinet, sending the unwanted items off to charity, and knowing that the remaining contents are only those I want and need. But then I find a bargain on shaving gel and buy six cans, and that's pretty darned exciting too.

ING Direct

September 28th, 2005 at 05:16 pm

Opened an ING Direct account today, after receiving the invitation for a $25 bonus. I already have an Emigrant Direct account, but I figure it might be good to have both in case ING comes out ahead in the long run. Until then, I'll just leave the $25 sitting in there, along with the $5 I deposited to open the account.