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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
Today I’m piggy-backing off the really fun Clutter-Free Gift series I ran last year, and sharing some of my favorite creative AND clutter-free gifts for almost anyone on your holiday shopping list this year.
Of course, I’d love to hear your favorite clutter-free gifts as well!
It’s been over 2.5 years since I first posted about my homemade face wash — and honestly, I still get questions almost every single week asking if I really use and love this oil cleansing method as much as I claim to.
The answer is YES! And today, I’m sharing more about why Dave and I both love this homemade face wash.
I regularly share my Craigslist experiences on my blog, and because of this, I often get emails asking how exactly I handle my Craigslist meet-ups — specifically when I’m selling items out of our house.
Today, I’m answering some of the most common questions I get related to my little Craigslist “side job”!
Almost weekly, I am asked via email, Facebook, or my blog why I don’t shop at Aldi. I have nothing against Aldi stores in general — and I DO shop there every once in a while to stock up on canned goods and chips — I just don’t do my regular weekly grocery shopping at Aldi.
Today, I’m sharing a few reasons why Aldi doesn’t seem to work for me… in hopes of answering all the Aldi questions I get!
It’s no secret that I love planning ahead, stocking up, and being prepared. Our freezer and pantry are full, our bank account has plenty, and we have an almost endless supply of diapers and toilet paper!
But recently, I’ve been thinking about the principle of scarcity and how much less likely we are to waste a resource if it’s scarce. Not that I’m a wasteful person; it’s just a lot easier to inadvertently waste when you have plenty. Don’t you think?
Can you believe that I’ve never purchased a drink at Starbucks… or any other coffee house for that matter? I know, crazy huh?
Well, believe it or not, today’s post is a whole list of pretty normal things that (as far as I can remember) I’ve never spent money on… ever!
Both Google and YouTube have dramatically changed the way we find information, the speed at which we find information, the amount of information we find… and (if you’re like Dave and me) the amount of money we can save by learning how to do things ourselves!
I know I’m amazed how much we’ve learned and how much money we’ve saved thanks to Google and YouTube — and if WE can do it, YOU can too!
It’s no secret that I frequently buy used and 2nd-hand items for me, for Dave, for Nora, 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
The main reason I love buying used is for the cost savings… however, you might be surprised to know that there are a few other reasons I almost always buy used.
It’s June — which means our month-long no-spending challenge is over! Yay! Dave and I made it through… and it honestly wasn’t that difficult, especially after the first week.
Today, I’m sharing what we learned (and how I accidentally broke the rules — oops!). I’m also sharing a few tips and ideas for how you could implement a similar challenge into your own life.
Dave and I are half-way through our month-long no-spending challenge, and honestly, it’s harder than I expected it to be! Even though I rarely step foot in a shopping mall, it’s amazing how many opportunities there are to spend money each day.
Today, I’m sharing an update…
You all know how much I love Craigslist… right? Well since Dave and I are taking a “no-spending challenge” for the month of May, I’ve been banned from shopping Craigslist.
So instead, I thought it would be fun (and hopefully funny) to share some of the things I probably won’t buy on Craigslist
One idea Dave and I have tossed around for the past year is not spending any “extra” money for an entire month. We’re hoping it will be a way to pad our savings AND reflect back on what we really need versus all those things we just want.
We decided that May would be the month we chose for our “No-Spending Challenge” — and we’d LOVE to have you join in on the frugal fun too!
Garage sale season is here! I’m a big fan of shopping garage sales and have found many fabulous deals over the years… and in my opinion, there are 3 variables that make or break your garage sales.
None of these things are difficult to do, but they will make a difference in your bottom line — I guarantee it!
Before I had stainless steel appliances, I was ALWAYS told how difficult they were to keep clean — and how expensive the cleaning products were. I was unsure if I’d be able to find a more frugal cleaning alternative… but I had to at least try.
After a little research, I found 4 different DIY stainless steel cleaners you most likely already have in your home!