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A New Topic Around Here + Frugal vs. Cheap

Welcome to a new topic here on the Kate Nesi blog 🙂 I am passionate about finances, which possibly comes from having a dad as a banker or a mom who does accounting, but regardless, I love numbers! I’d like to share some tips and changes we’ve made in our lifestyle that have completely rearranged our lives and our outlook. Life’s never perfect, but we enjoy it a lot more now.

Last year, I was so passionate I even started an anonymous blog: Debt Free by Forty, on Tumblr, sharing the exact pennies of our days. It became popular pretty quick, with a lot of write-in questions, but I found running two blogs to be burdensome and it fell victim to the deletion key during my downtime. I’ve wanted to write about frugality here, but you know, money is a touchy subject people. So, I’ve sat on this topic for some time… trying to figure out how, when, and why to broach the subject.

I hope you find something useful from our journey… and always feel free to send me questions 🙂

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I Quit Facebook

I did it again. You played with my heart. I got lost in the game.
Opps, I did it again…

Oh, hi there! I’m just singing a song to my favorite social network that I love to hate, Facebook.

Over a month ago, I deactivated my personal profile for the umpteenth time. This time though, I actually stayed off! In the past, I used to deactivate only to be sucked back in within hours of making the decision. I just.couldn’t.let.go. Continue reading…

Let Me Guess, You’re a Photographer, Too?

When I deleted my blog, a lot of great posts went with it. So, I’m re-posting items that I believe others might find useful. This post originally appeared on my blog on November 9, 2010.

The hot topic flying around in the photography biz is how everyone is a photographer.
And you know what, that’s quite alright with me 🙂

Sure, when I started, I thought gosh, yeah, everyone is a photographer, including me! How on earth will I compete? I found myself feeling overwhelmed when I mentioned the word photography to anyone and then they told me they were a photographer too. Say what???? For some time, I even stopped telling people I was a photographer and thought what on earth am I getting myself into?

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Our Wedding Photography Nightmare | life

When I deleted my blog, a lot of great posts went with it. So, I’m re-posting items that I believe others might find useful. This post originally appeared on my blog in June 2010.

It isn’t easy to share my wedding photography story nightmare, as I am still upset about what happened to us. I do feel the need though to share my story in order to release it from my life and move on. So, I hope this may help someone through a tough time and also share more about who I am and what I stand for.

In 2005, Chris and I got engaged! We started the planning process in 2006 and had taken a recommendation from his friend’s sister on a photography company to use. This company was across NY, PA and NJ. I thought, wow, they are big and they will make sure to have someone the day of our wedding. Not so fast… I’m sure we’ve all heard horror stories about someone’s wedding photography… we’ll here’s mine.

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