It’s no secret that I frequently buy used and 2nd-hand items for me, for Dave, for our kids, and for our house. I’m not ashamed to borrow something from a friend or relative — and you all know how much I love Craigslist 🙂
Today, I’m sharing 6 reasons I almost always buy used… as well as a fabulous resource for those of you looking to reduce your expenses!
Have you ever stopped to think about the true “cost” of something before you buy it and bring it back into your home?
I love “free” stuff as much as anyone, but I also know that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.
Have you lost steam and gotten off track with any of your current goals, projects, or tasks?
If so, today’s posts offers a VERY simple solution (and hopefully a little motivation) to push forward and move on!
In “honor” of Dave and I buying a new-to-us minivan last week, I thought it was only fitting to share a few of my tips and tricks for saving money on all kinds of insurance (auto, home, life, health, etc.)
If you’re frustrated with how much you pay for insurance, then I hope today’s post offers a few useful tips and ideas to help you save a bit more too!
I firmly believe that no matter how tight your budget is, there is always SOME way you can save a few cents here or an extra buck there. One way we’ve been able to save more is simply by using less.
I know that statement might sound overly obvious… but have you ever tried it? I mean REALLY tried it? Here are a few ways we save more by using less…
Since I’ll be taking some time off for the holidays, I thought it might be nice to share my 2016 free printable Finance-Tracking Workbook — for all of you who like to get everything set up before the New Year!
This is NOT a budget, but it IS a fabulous (and free) tool to help you get your finances on track — one that I’ve been using since I was in college!
After Nora’s 4th birthday, she and I walked to our local bank and opened up a savings account in her name — and I explained how every little bit of money she puts into her account will help her to save up for a bigger purchase someday down the road.
Of course, that got me thinking about how the phrase “every little bit helps” applies to SO many different areas of our lives!
When it comes to online shopping, I’ve learned A LOT over the past 4-6 years. I’ve learned how to find the best deals and coupons, how to almost always get free shipping, and how to literally get cash back on almost every online purchase I make!
Today, I’m sharing my simple cash back “secret”… just in time for the Cyber Monday deals!
We’re quickly approaching the time of year when there are so many sales and “great deals” that it’s often easy to make quick decisions and impulse purchases that we might later regret.
If you’re hoping to avoid extra impulse purchases this year, today’s tip might help you do just that!
Although grocery shopping is not my least-favorite chore, I still like to get in and out as fast as I can — and, if possible, save a few bucks in the process.
If you share my “in-and-out” grocery shopping philosophy, here are 7 EXTREMELY simple ways I save both time and money at the grocery store (no coupon-clipping required).
Many of you already know how much I love making lists (and that I try to buy everything online). So it should come as no surprise that I have multiple Amazon Wish Lists 🙂
With the holiday season approaching, I thought I’d share how I use Amazing Wish Lists to save time, energy, money, and even space in my home!
TRUE STORY: we almost got a dog… 4 days before James was born! Yes, I realize how insane that sounds!
Today’s post isn’t really about getting a dog; however, the realization I came to when considering this “free” dog has a lot of good lessons for other areas of our lives as well 🙂
Earlier this week, I attended a second-hand sale in our area… and since the fall months always seem to bring boatloads of second-hand sales to West Michigan, I thought it might be fitting to share a few of my tips to make the most of your second-hand shopping endeavors.
Today I’m sharing James’ birth announcements I sent out a few weeks ago. Not only did I do the design myself (so it’s totally custom) but I also ordered them through Vistaprint with a coupon code so they were so inexpensive!
If you’re planning to order cards, announcements, invitations, etc. you’ll definitely want to read how I did it 🙂
Ever since I mentioned that we sold Dave’s car on Craigslist in less than 24 hours, I’ve been getting loads of questions about buying and selling used cars.
While I would never consider myself an “expert” in this area, I figure it can’t hurt to simply share MY answers to some of these questions… along with a few fabulous online resources. Hopefully today’s post will be helpful for those of you trying to buy and/or sell a used car by owner!
Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have time for that”… and I guess it just bothers me that so many people seem to have such a “defeatist” attitude towards their lack of time and money.
The reason it bothers me is because I personally feel very strongly that in almost every situation, we have a choice as to how we will spend our time and our money… I’d love to know if you agree with me or not (and why!)
Earlier this month, I shared that one of my favorite things is foaming hand soap — since it makes it so much easier for kids to wash their hands.
Well today, I’m sharing how I make super frugal DIY foaming hand soap for pennies a bottle!
Dave and I saved SO much money the first 6+ years of our marriage by almost never (and I mean never) going out to eat.
However, over the past couple of years, we’ve managed to dine out almost once a week for a VERY minimal cost (often times even free!) Today, I’m sharing 7 ways we dine out on a budget!
Two years ago, I shared about a “no-spending month” Dave and I were doing; and over the past 2 years, many of you have congratulated me, but told me why a no-spending challenge would NEVER work for you.
So today, I’m sharing why a no-spending challenge COULD indeed work for ANYONE who wants to do one!
Dave and I always have a good amount of gift cards to various places around town… some of which we buy ourselves during the special holiday gift card sales and promotions!
I have a super simple method to keep track of all our cards… and I’m sharing that today. It’s a method I’ve been using for about 10 years and I’ve never ONCE lost or misplaced or forgot about a gift card — so it works!!