Category: Our Finances

The Key to Being Frugal

Let me tell you a story about the time we almost spent $6,000 on landscaping changes that were mostly cosmetic and not exactly an urgent need. This happened not long ago, about two weeks to be exact. The side of our home has had poor drainage for the past year...

Try It On for Size

Photo via StockMonkeys.com. On Monday, I shared our super scary hairy audacious goal to pay off our mortgage in the next 5 years. It is a terrifying prospect, but the idea of having that much more income ours to hold on to in possibly 4 years sounds heavenly. In that...

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...