I know there are people who think I am super cheap since I often refuse to buy anything that isn’t a necessity…
But the fact of the matter is that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.
Here are a few of my favorite things for the Month of March. I was hoping to have “a new baby” on my list… but we’ll just wait patiently for my due date — tomorrow!!
When people learn what I do for a living, they often assume I’m a “minimalist” and can’t stand any amount of STUFF in my home and life. However, that is absolutely not true at all.
Today I’m sharing my thoughts on minimalism and why I’m NOT a minimalist.
In a blog post I wrote over THREE years ago, I casually mentioned that Dave and I lived off less than 50% of our income… and boy did I get some reactions!
So while I never expected to do any sort of follow-up post on that post, I figure it’s finally time — because the emails and questions just keep rolling in
Laundry is a never-ending chore for most families — especially families with lots of little kiddos.
However, with LaundryTree’s SoapNuts, you can make laundry just a bit simpler, and bit easier, and a whole lot nicer on the environment!
It’s time to celebrate Baby Dekker #2 here on the blog, and what better way to do that than with a week of fun baby-related posts and giveaways!
Since most of you seem to like a good “frugal-living” post, I’m kicking off Baby Week with a detailed post about how I acquired everything we needed for our newest addition with a self-imposed budget of $100 — and that includes the nursery renovations!
After skipping the month of January (I had too many other posts I wanted to write) I’m back with more of my favorite things. I had such a long list of things I wanted to share with you — but I just picked a few and will save the rest for next month!
As always, be sure to share your “favorite things” in the comments — I’ve found a lot of new products I love thanks to YOUR recommendations!
Over the past several years, one of the MOST common complaints I hear from others is, “it’s just so overwhelming… I don’t know where to start.” Can you relate?
I know I can certainly relate to feeling totally overwhelmed when certain projects are hanging over my head — so today, I’m sharing 3 really simple tips that will hopefully help you to finally tackle those projects that seem so overwhelming!
Now that my brain has finally registered that 2014 is here (and after noticing that the expiration date on my yogurt was only 2 weeks before my due date) I decided that it was time to make my “To-Do Before Baby” list.
And since several of you have asked what my “must do” items are before this baby arrives, I figured that sharing the list would not only answer those questions, but also hold me more accountable!
We’ve all done it — myself included — many, many, many, MANY times. We see someone doing something we think we should be doing — and we compare our situation to theirs, which then makes us feel inferior.
Today’s post is all about resisting that urge to compare — and I think it would be an awesome goal for all of us this year!
As Christmas break came to a close, Dave and I sat down to go over our crazy-busy January schedule — after which I had a mini melt-down; panicking that I would never be able to do everything I needed to do with Dave gone so much this month.
But then the snow started… and it didn’t stop for 3 days! I was gifted 3 extra days at home with Dave helping — and it totally changed my perspective.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve given a lot more thought to what specific (and general) goals I want to set for myself in 2014.
I’m feeling the need for a bit more structure this year, so I laid out a few more specific goals for myself — but still with that overall theme of simplicity in mind (because I know that’s how I live and work best).
If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m a HUGE advocate for financial stewardship — tracking our finances, budgeting, using our money wisely, eliminating all debt, etc. etc.
So since one of my favorite financial “tools” of all time is my finance-tracking workbook, I thought it was only fitting to share it with you (totally free to download and edit as you please) once again this year!
We’re all excited for Christmas over here; but honestly, I think I sometime like Christmas Eve even better than Christmas Day. It’s quieter, more low-key, less hoopla, less busyness, and just simpler.
Due to the holidays, having family in town, and a fun little pre-baby holiday getaway Dave and I are taking later this week, I’ll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging. But I’ll see you back here on New Year’s Day!
Today I’m talking about traditions — specifically holiday traditions — and I’d love to hear your thoughts too.
I love traditions… but only if they work with our current family, our current stage of life, our current budget, and our current interests. And I’m definitely not afraid to stop or alter a specific tradition if it stops working for us.
I’ve already shared how much I love giving gift cards as clutter-free holiday gifts. However, I’ve never shared how Dave and I buy gift cards for ourselves this time of year.
Yup! We capitalize on the freebie gift cards, bonus offers, and other seasonal gift card deals to literally get free money. Then we use the gift cards for simple date nights throughout the rest of the year.
What would you say if I told you we only have 1 set of sheets/blankets per bed — and (get ready to be shocked) only 2 bath towels and 1 hand towel for each of us?
Today, I’m sharing my minimalist approach to linens, and how it saves us TONS of storage space.
Instead of shopping on Black Friday, Dave and I hosted a little Daniel Tiger birthday party for our big two year old.
It turned out so cute, and I’m pleased to say I pulled off the whole party (including dinner for 16+ guests and gifts) for less than $40!
I’m back with more of my favorite things for December… a few of which would be excellent stocking stuffers!
And as always, be sure to share YOUR favorite things in the comments!
It’s Black Friday — which means many of you woke up at the crack of dawn (or were up all night) shopping for all the latest deals and steals. Good for you! I hope you’re having lots of fun — say ‘hi’ to my sister and my mom for me!
I, on the other hand, will be hiding under the covers with Nora until the holiday traffic dies down!