This is Eli

A blog about Eli. A blog about survival – and by that, I mean life!

It’s August 5, 2011. I’m sitting in a cafe off of the highway south of San Francisco sipping coffee. The front page I hold — a free copy of the San Mateo County Examiner — carries news of yet another market crash. My husband sits across from me and snaps a picture of me holding …

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Aldi is a no-frills grocer that lacks the perks Americans are used to. You will not find glistening towers of intricately interlacing vegetables. You will find utilitarian stacks of boxes and bags containing weird off-brand products. “Ah, so this is how the communists shop!” *sips organic pear brandy from snifter* Aldi is more than different. It’s the best …

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I’ll never forget the day I was cruising around Ann Arbor, MI with my mom when we passed a place called “The Relax Station.” It’s a drop-in massage parlor. Not of the “happy ending” variety like those in my ‘hood, entered and exited by old dudes in the evening hours, run by the Asian mafia …

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Hey hey. It’s Monday! Time for Monday morning $cash madness. In July I fired up a savings account and chose to do an auto-deduct to save 10 percent of our income. We didn’t have an emergency fund to weather a 30 day hospital stay for buddy boy. We’re trying to do better for the next …

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