Category: Our Finances

A Frugal Couple’s Top 10 Wedding Bridal Shower Registry List Items

Chris and I have been married now for 10 years! It’s been 10 glorious (and sometimes tumultuous) years together, and we’re proud to share that most of the items we received on our wedding registry have stood the test of time, even our dust buster.

Defy Convention

When we first put together our wedding registry, we were pushed towards fancy china, specific drinkware, and high-end extras that I knew had no need in our lives. After we were guided around by the saleslady, I went home and changed our entire registry to be more practical for our lives and our future together.

If the Old Ladies Need It…

I remember at my own bridal shower all of the older married ladies saying they wished they could throw themselves a shower every ten years so they could get newer items to replace worn out items. I’m here to share with you items you’ll hopefully never need to replace and will feel like the first day you used them after you were carried over the threshold (or for you stronger types, carried your partner over the threshold). For the record, Chris carried me, my upper body is weak.

I figured now would be a time when a lot of couples are getting engaged and starting to plan out their own wedding registries. We were engaged in December of 2005, which seems quite some time ago, yet not that long at the same time. Twelve years!

Here’s a roundup of the top 10 best quality long lasting items we focused on for our own wedding registry that may help you buy for a couple newly engaged or create your own frugal wedding registry. Continue reading…

Raise Frugal Children by Setting the Example

I’m often confused by parents who want their children to grow up with a sense of balance, and responsibility, but then buy their children every item they ever ask for and bend to their every whim. If you are that parent and decide to give everything to your children you never had growing up, great for you! Just realize there may be a trade-off.

I have known adults who have done this to their now adult children and they constantly regret the decision. Now their children are entitled adults and treat them like crap, expecting to still be catered to. And when the elderly parents need help, no one is available to help with even the smallest task. Continue reading…

Oddly Giddy to Pay Down Mortgage Debt

It’s been quite a long week here in our household. We had a few exciting events this week (Monkey’s first winter concert!) and now we’re finally slowing down in our second jobs, as well as going to be off for winter break in another week. I’m thankful that after the fall rush of schedules and responsibilities, the start of winter means a much needed time to reflect, enjoy family, and take a breather before it all ramps up again mid-winter through the spring.

With that, I’ve also been more and more excited on pay day to send money along to the mortgage. While I was hesitant at first thinking if this was the best use for our secondary income, I’m feeling more and more motivated to keep going and knock that huge mortgage number down.

We’re already down over $10,000 since we started… crazy! Continue reading…