Category: Our Finances

March 2017 Frugal Momster Expense Report Plus Teaching Monkey About Shopping

When I start to explain finances, Crab ducks for cover.

Crab hiding under the couch.

Luckily, Monkey is interested in learning more about personal finance, mainly the shopping part. We took ourselves to the food store mid-week one week to pick up items to make his favorite soup, Mac n’ Cheese Soup from the One Pot Chef. He wrote the list himself, go Monkey!

We make this weekly, I now know the recipe by heart. I often sneak in some vegetables when I can. It’s not healthy… but we do love chickpea pasta! Continue reading…

In Frugalness and Wealth, ‘Til Death Do Us

The sun was setting as we were out on a walk during a warm summer evening. We were discussing our future financial goals when Chris turned to me and said, “When can we buy more TVs? I wish we had more TVs.”

My reaction was an awkward laugh. More TVs? Really? Bingo. That’s why we’re saving up money to be debt-free and eventually retire early. So, we can buy more television sets! Of course. Why didn’t I think of that? Continue reading…

Enjoy Life Now

Today marks nine years since my Dad moved on from this world. Five years ago, this day I brought Monkey home for the first time on a 70 degree sunny day with my Dad shining down.

This day signifies quite a bit in my life, and how fitting for today, March 14th, to be a day all of us are at home together playing on a “snow day” that has been all rained out.

Enjoy life now!

Each day as I set out to run or walk from our house, about two blocks away I come across this sign planted in an adopted piece of land. It is such a beautiful use of the space and a great reminder to release the tension and enjoy life now. Right now. This minute. Continue reading…

Do Children’s Birthday Parties Need to Be Expensive?

I think not.

We’ve been to many a children’s birthday party now that Monkey is in his second year of preschool, outside of family birthday parties for years. Each one is unique and fun, but when I look into what it might cost to host a similar party I am always in sticker shock. Most parties tend to cost around $30 or more per child who attends, not including food, decorations, and cake. Some parties require a minimum of $300 or 10 children before they’ll even consider your request. Sigh. That’s just out of our budget; a $500 party or more. Continue reading…