Top 10 Thrifty Wins: September

September rushed by in a flash! Things have been busy at work for me, Rick’s been traveling a lot, and we’ve been celebrating birthdays and the end of summer. Throughout these happenings, I kind of felt our gazelle- like intensity slipping. We were over budget in three areas this month, we had some extra car […]

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Top 10 Activities for Frugal Fall Fun

Please don’t hate me. I’m a summer person, and I get a little sad when fall arrives, marking the end of long days, warm weather and summer fun. BUT THEN I put this list together of some super fun fall activities that won’t break the bank, and I realized fall’s a pretty great season, too. […]

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My 6-Month Clothes Buying Fast

How I started I didn’t start this 6-month clothes buying fast intentionally. In March, I read Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, and Rick and I started finding ways to cut back on our spending. When we made our first budget in April, I just didn’t include a line item for clothing. The last item of […]

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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: August

We’re wrapping up summer with some fit and frugal fun! August was full of hikes, heat, sister time, sunshine, fitness challenges and some really good cheese. We came in under budget in quite a few areas, and we’re stoked about our savings. Check out our Top 10 Thrifty Wins: 1. Free clothes and booze. My […]

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Staying Motivated While Paying Off Debt

It’s been almost 6 months since my husband and I read Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover and started paying off our student loan debt with gazelle-like intensity. It’s been a bumpy climb, but I’m proud of how far we’ve come. We’ve created a budget, cut back on expenses, and found ways to make some […]

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Favorite Cashback Apps

I started using cashback apps in April when we started our money makeover. I was a little skeptical at first because I felt I already spent too much time at the grocery store, and I didn’t want to add another step. But I was highly motivated to cut costs and pay off our student loan […]

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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: July

Summer is often a high-spend time of year for me. Sunshine and warmer weather bring more travel and social events. And usually more money spent. I tried to balance out a spendy June with a lean July. I’d say it was a success— here’s why: 1.Outreach location moved closer. I travel to an outreach clinic […]

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4 Simple Tips to Cut Grocery Spending

As the primary grocery shopper, cook, and grocery budget manager in our home, I’m always looking for ways to cut back on our food spending. I’ve seen articles titled, “Feed a Family of Five for $25/week” or “$125 Monthly Grocery Budget for Two”. After reading these titles, I would think, what am I doing wrong? […]

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Big List of Frugal Summer Fun

Summer is my favorite season. It’s a beautiful time of year full of fun events, vacation and travel. As I had mentioned in Top 10 Thrifty Wins: June, June was a tough month. We stayed within the budget for the most part, but we still spent more than usual. What I’m learning about this journey […]

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Is a Side Hustle For You?

Recently, a friend asked Rick and me to teach a quick swing dance lesson at her wedding reception. We love to dance, so it was fun and easy for us, and I think the crowd really enjoyed it. After giving the lesson and showing off our swanky dance moves, we were approached by a wedding […]

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