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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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: June

June was our most challenging month of budgeting so far. I had two big social events that lasted for multiple days. I had a difficult time trying to guess how much I would need to spend on these events. We also traveled a lot and went a little over in gas money, but we stayed […]

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Overcoming Beginner Budgeting Challenges

Rick and I started our first budget together in April. (Read how we started it here.) We were stoked to begin managing our money more effectively and saving more intensely. We put a lot of time and energy into creating our budget, and we thought we had planned well. But you know what they say […]

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How to Start a Budget

This is month three of setting a real budget for my husband and me. Seeing as we’re so new to this, we don’t claim to be budgeting experts. However, I’d like to share how we got started and our experience so far. Budgeting process 1. I started our budget by making a list of all […]

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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: May

May brought warmer weather, Mother’s Day, a wedding, an anniversary and new ways to be thrifty! These are some of our biggest thrifty wins for this month: Wedding lodging: We went out of town to a wedding one weekend and spent the night in Rick’s dad’s camper instead of getting a hotel room. Packed snacks: […]

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Affordable Anniversary

My husband I celebrated one full year of wedded bliss this past weekend! It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year. When deciding what to do to celebrate, we wanted to make sure we spent quality time together doing something fun and out of the ordinary to make it special. We also wanted to […]

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