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Our new couch battle – am I in the wrong?

December 10, 2019
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So I’ve had an “interesting” time this week with the popular furniture store chain, and curious to see if I’m completely out of place here or have every right to be as frustrated as they’ve made me lately ;) Here’s the play-by-play as succinctly as I could make it, though the reality is that it spanned 5 days and 12 different chats between phone, text […]

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Let’s use up those forgotten gift cards!

December 4, 2019
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Morning! So today is not National Use Your Gift Card Day, but I just learned that it’s a thing (celebrated January 18th in 2020), and rather than wait for that glorious day to come I thought we’d kick off the party early since EVERY DAY is a great day to cash in those forgotten gifts ;) And forgotten is an understatement as apparently we give […]

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12 More #Money Ideas to Try

December 3, 2019
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Morning, beautiful people!! Got a handful of new tips to share with y’all from our community this morning :) I keep a running document over the year that I copy/paste the gems into as I come across them, and then every few months I dump them all out for others to (hopefully) be motivated by too. So here’s the latest dumping! Courtesy of your fellow […]

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Our “No Spend” Year

November 19, 2019
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[Morning! Here’s a fantastic journey from Allysgrandma who took on a No Spend Year this year and is now going on indefinitely… Amazing how well we can adapt (and save!!!) when we actually focus and get a little creative! Congrats, Allysgrandma! It totally changed my life years ago too :) (Though I was much less brave and only shot for a month, haha…] ******* We […]

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A list of things I’ve never bought *new* before

November 18, 2019
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I was talking with a friend the other day on how I never buy anything new, only to realize how DEAD WRONG I was when I actually went to jot them all down, haha… Literally only came up with two things, although they are the biggest things: A car A house Now secretly I’d love to one day experience both of these even though I […]

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A list of scary things I used to be addicted to (!)

October 31, 2019
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Happy Halloween, everyone! Found this in my journal the other night and had a good laugh: Funny how much we can change over the years! Literally not one of them is in my daily life anymore, but I distinctly remember how each of them once made me *feel* :) Diet Coke – ENERGETIC!! Bottled Water – HYDRATED! iPhone – CONNECTED! Lottery Tickets – THRILLING! Domain […]

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“Just one time!”

October 24, 2019
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You ever catch yourself saying that whenever you’re about to splurge on something?? “JUST ONE TIME!” And then that one time becomes two times, and then three, and then before you know it you now have yourself a regular line item in your budget? ;) I don’t know if there’s a term for that (accidental lifestyle inflation?), but a commenter recently reminded me of it […]

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The Problem with “Free” (and My 2 New Yard Sale Rules)

October 21, 2019
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Morning!! I know we’re late into the yard sale season here, but I recently enacted two new rules for my kids while out shopping, and I’m realizing more and more how effective they are for us adults too ;) Let me know what you think: Rule #1: No more getting anything for FREE! I don’t know if your kids do this, but mine have been […]

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Phrases to use instead of “I Don’t Want to Spend Money”

October 16, 2019
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Caught this on Twitter and had to reshare! Great alternatives! So many of us struggle with saying “no” to stuff, but it’s not because we don’t care or *want* to do a lot of these things, it’s simply ’cause we’re trying to keep our $$$ reigned in! So having an arsenal of lines like this is SMART to have in your pockets for whenever you […]

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Our Decision on The Benz!

October 14, 2019
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So after many (MANY!!) days obsessing about this and pouring over your thoughtful notes and advice and nudges (you sure didn’t hold back! Haha…) we finally made a decision on what we wanted to do with that Benz offer burning a hole in our brains… And that decision is…. drum roll please…. NOT TO BUY IT!! EEK! And instead, keep going forward with the minivan […]

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Should we buy this Benz?!

October 7, 2019
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So here’s an interesting deal that recently popped into my inbox! A cousin of mine asked if any of us need a new car as he’s about to sell his that he hardly uses anymore (and we do! My wife’s is getting pretty decrepit!), and out of all the cars in the world it’s one of my FAVORITES from back in the day! A Mercedes […]

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Lifestyle Creep… Isn’t That Kind of the Point?

October 2, 2019
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[Morning! Please enjoy this guest article today from my boy Nick over at Side Hustle Nation who stops by the blog to share the evils – and perks? – of lifestyle inflation with us. Always gotta stay vigilant as it’ll get you good if you’re not paying attention! Help us out, Nick!] ******* Most of what you’ll find on the Internet are articles on how […]

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Do you suck at giving gifts like I do?

August 29, 2019
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Hey guys! So I’ve been emailing back and forth with an amazing reader here, and it reminded me just how terrible I am at giving gifts and how I want to be better :) She includes a few good ideas here that I can start working in, but if anyone else would like to chime in and share their tips I’m all ears!!! And I […]

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When spending money improves your life!

August 26, 2019
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Morning! So I’ve been spending a lot of money on something lately, and after weeks of trying to figure out why I’ve been so perfectly fine with it I’ve finally figured it out :) These things I’ve been dropping money on?? Electric lawnmower Electric hedge trimmer Electric weed wacker (that came with an electric snow blower!) And then most recently – an electric chain saw […]

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