Category: Family

Frugal Date Ideas

One of the biggest expenses in our lives used to be eating out or seeking outside entertainment. We’d go to dinner and a movie and spend our entire week’s food budget on one evening, sometimes to the tune of $75 for the date. We never went to fancy places, but...

No New Clothes: April Update

It’s been almost half a year without buying new clothes and I can say it’s been far easier than I had originally thought. When I started, I was unsure how I’d make it through the post-partum weight-loss process without new clothes to get me through the mid-way between size situation....

No New Clothes: March Update

So far, since the end of November, I’ve not purchased any new clothes (4 months!). I have several good reasons, one of which are several bins of smaller sized clothing prepartum to get back into. This month I continued to skip clothes shopping, although I did end up getting one new...

Do You Need to Use Coupons to Be Frugal?

Photo via StockMonkeys. Being frugal isn’t about extreme couponing or getting great sales, in my opinion. The foundation of our being frugal is rooted in living below our means. Personally, we use coupons on occasion when they coincide with something we were already planning to buy. Each week, when I...

How and Why to Cut Your Cable

Photo Credit: Jason Eppink When friends or colleagues find out we got rid of cable over 6 years ago, they are astonished, but are quick to say, “We could never do that.” The further into the conversation we get, they share that they are afraid to get rid of cable, as...

Keeping Up With the Mom-ses

About a month ago, I almost made a huge financial mistake on our path to financial independence and debt-freedom. I almost financed a newer car. Since our second little baby guy Crab came along, it’s been a lot more difficult getting out the door every day with two kiddos in tow....