Top 10 Thrifty Wins: March

This is a particularly exciting Top 10 Thrifty Wins post for a couple of reasons: First, we’re celebrating a year of budgeting! That’s right, we started our first serious budget in April 2018, and we’ve come a long way since. It was fun looking back on past budgets and comparing them to our March budget. […]

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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: February

Here’s what we won in February! 1. Free mini vacation. For Rick’s office holiday party we went out of town and stayed at a hotel across from where the Green Bay Packers play. It was a nice little February getaway, and I had a really fun time meeting Rick’s coworkers. We did an escape room and […]

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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: January

The new year started out with a ton of changes: new city, new apartment, new job, new thrifty wins! Here are our Top 10: 1. Cheap rent, actually no rent this month. Due to some miscommunication, we accidentally paid December’s rent twice back at the end of November. So, January’s rent had already been covered. […]

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Organize Your Fridge to Reduce Waste & Save Money

Grocery shopping can be exhausting, and when I get home and haul everything to the kitchen to be unpacked, I’m pooped. I’m totally guilty of throwing everything in the fridge however it will fit. But there’s actually a way to organize the fridge’s contents in order to optimally preserve your food. Check out these tips […]

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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: November

One thing I love about these monthly Top 10 Thrifty Wins posts is that it forces me to find SOME kind of financial positives when looking back at the month. All wins count, no matter how seemingly small they might be. Reflecting on the past month’s finances motivates me to keep going and do even […]

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11 Frugal Habits That Save Us Thousands

Rick and I have learned so much over the past 8ish months since beginning our quest for financial freedom. (We’ve paid $44,000 in student loans since April!) I thought I’d share some of the habits we’ve developed since beginning our journey that have helped us to save thousands. 1. Eating in. We didn’t eat out […]

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6 Essential Tools for a Frugal Kitchen

Making your own meals is a great way to save money, and there are endless varieties of fun gadgets to help make food prep easier and more enjoyable. Unfortunately, in the past, I have fallen prey to the allure of shiny new kitchen gadgets and “I must have this” thinking. I’ve purchased the item only […]

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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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