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!!
Most of you know that I am a very frugal person. When given a choice, I will almost always go with the less expensive item — even if the more expensive item is closer to what I want.
However, I’ve been working hard at “letting” myself splurge on more quality items here and there — and today, I’m sharing what items I’m more willing to splurge on, what items I still prefer to save on, and how I make my choice either way.
I’ve had a credit card since I was 16 — and Dave and I use credit cards to pay for almost everything we buy.
I definitely don’t think that credit cards are the best financial decision for everyone — and at the same time, I don’t think being restricted to a cash-only budget is the best financial decision for everyone. That said, here are just a few of the ways credit cards majorly simplify and organize my life.
Although I absolutely adore Nora’s curls, her hair is snarly, hard to comb, and a pain to control. Add in the fact that she doesn’t love any amount of water on her face or head, and you can imagine how difficult it is to wash her hair — let alone use conditioner to control the frizz and snarls!
Enter my free, 20-second, DIY Hair Detangling Spray (a.k.a. “magic spray”) and we’ve almost eliminated the hair brushing battles at our house!
In my experience, there seems to be a very distinct difference between people who rarely ever get ahead financially (no matter how much they make) and people who seem to effortlessly grow their savings account (no matter how little they make).
Today I’m sharing that difference… and my FREE downloadable 2015 Finance-Tracking Workbook — that should help you simplify your money-management goals this year!
I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it over and over again — automating our savings and our investments has been one of the most important reasons we’ve been able to stick with our lofty savings and investment goals for the past 8+ years.
As we approach another new year with new goals, I’d encourage you to set up a monthly auto-deposit into a specific savings or investment account that you are committed not to touch for a while.
About 2 months ago, I shared a post about one of my pet peeves — when people complain about “not having enough time” for various activities.
Today, I’m sharing another pet peeve — saying “We can’t afford that.” I personally try to never say, “we can’t afford that” and I’m sharing why in today’s posts. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!
Impulse purchases can do a number on your budget — not to mention adding excess clutter to your home if you don’t have the space to store your new items.
So as the holiday shopping season approaches, I thought I’d share a few guidelines I follow to avoid impulse purchases. I’d love to know if you have anything to add to my list!
Last week, two different people emailed me asking for advice on clutter-free gifts for kids.
So, in honor of the fact that today marks 100 days until Christmas (yes, you read that right!), and the fact that I’m a huge advocate for completing at least some holiday shopping nice and early, I’m sharing a few of my favorite clutter-free gifts for kids.
In honor of my week-long clothes clutter series and my ridiculously frugal nature, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about the many ways I’ve managed to get completely free clothing for both me and my kids.
If you’ve ever hesitated to update your wardrobe because you felt it wasn’t in your budget (yes, I can relate), this post is definitely for you!
Although Dave and I really love saving a bunch of money on DIY projects, there have been many times over the past 8 years when we’ve eagerly opted to shell out our hard-earned cash to pay a pro to do the dirty work for us.
So when have we opted to pay the pros? Keep reading to find out!
Over the past two years, I’ve had somewhat of an internal struggle when it comes to splurging on anything that isn’t a necessity.
On one hand, I feel that we can ENJOY a small splurge every once in a while. But on the other hand, I know that one small splurge can lead to feeling ENTITLED to something we might not be able to afford.
When I first started blogging (about 4 years ago) it was rare that I spent more than $25 per week on groceries. Now, 4 years and 2 kids later… our grocery bill has TRIPLED!
Come read why our grocery budget has gone up — as well as a few ways I’m still managing to save money with little to no extra effort!
Have you ever wondered if a Costco membership (or other wholesale store membership) was right for you?
Today, I’m sharing 9 different ways you can shop (and save) at Costco without a membership — which might give you the opportunity you need to test the waters and see if a membership is worth the price.
Over the past 3+ years, I’ve shared a number of DIY cleaning products here on the blog; however, I’ve never shared a recipe for DIY laundry detergent because I couldn’t find a recipe I actually liked.
That all changed a couple months ago — so today, I’m sharing my new favorite DIY laundry detergent. It works fabulously, it’s really easy to make, it’s quite frugal, and it makes a huge batch!
As a very experienced Craigslist buyer, I’ve had my fair share of “are you kidding me?” reactions after arriving to buy what I THOUGHT was going to be a great bargain. Thankfully, those experiences are getting fewer and farther between as I’ve learned a lot about asking the right questions.
Today, I’m sharing a list of questions you can ask to hopefully save yourself some time and gas money when shopping on Craigslist.
Spring is one of the best times of the year for yard sales, garage sales, church sales, 2nd-hand sales, etc. And probably not surprisingly, it’s also prime time for selling stuff on Craigslist (at least where we live).
Today I’m sharing 4 tips for setting appropriate selling prices (and making sure you don’t over-pay as a buyer)
As I’ve shared our paperless and automatic way of running our finances over the years, I’m often asked if I think automating things makes it easier to inadvertently increase our spending (even if it’s just a little bit).
My “short answer” is YES — and today, I’m sharing more about why we’re still automating our finances.