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Challenge Everything: Saving Big on Expenses

Simplifying our finances this year means we’re examining all of our expenses and seeing if: they are necessary we’re getting value from them if there is a better deal out there for us We’ve done a decent job keeping our expenses reasonable, but I think an occasional look would still be useful. Inspiration comes from J Money […]

How to Save Thousands of Dollars with Your Home

We’re another step closer to buying our house. We had our home, termite, and radon inspections done. I took a morning off to tag along and ask a ton of questions. Getting a home inspection is one of the smartest moves you can make when buying a place.  Let’s start with the finances. If your home inspector catches […]

What are Your Frugal Indulgences?

Even though our budget will be limited for a while as we move into the new house and tackle this last lingering debt off, we still like to have a bit of fun this year. Some people associate frugality and simplicity as deprivation. You’re not supposed to buy things or do anything that’s unproductive. To me, […]

Finding the Right House for You

While there seems to be no shortage of posts on how to buy a house (Google has over a billion results last time I checked!), there are only a relatively few on the more important process – how to find the right place for you. How to Buy a House (That’s Right For You) If you’re looking […]

Embracing an Imperfect Work Schedule

So this was my first week following the new work schedule. It didn’t going as well as I hoped (wish I got more done), but it’s so much better than what I expected (feeling good about what was accomplished). Why I Needed a New Work Schedule Last year was eventful to say the least.  I […]

How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Simplifying your finances can be an effective way to break the living paycheck to paycheck cycle. One step that has been helpful for us is tracking our spending. With so many accounts, bills, and goals, it can be easy to not know where the money is going. Easy Way to Track Your Money Keeping tabs […]