Is Going Back to School Worth it When You Have Kids?

Luckily, I was already enrolled in my MBA (Master’s in Business Association) when I became pregnant with my son. Otherwise, I probably would have talked myself out of it. I also had the advantage of my employer covering most of the bill, so I had an obligation even with the challenges ahead. Was it worthContinue reading “Is Going Back to School Worth it When You Have Kids?”

What My Lifestyle Looked Like with Less than $1,000 a Month

If you’re a regular on this site, you’ve read a few times that I lived on $1,000 per month for most of my early adulthood. I was only working part time, so it didn’t help me save a ton of money, but it did teach me to live frugally. Ultimately, this experience helped me keepContinue reading “What My Lifestyle Looked Like with Less than $1,000 a Month”

Tracking Progress to Financial Independence

Last year during my maternity leave, I had the opportunity to disconnect from the daily grind of work and found myself inspired by a few books I read during that time. One in particular, was “Quit Like a Millionaire: No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required” which my brother recommended and introduced me to theContinue reading “Tracking Progress to Financial Independence”

Compromising on Big Decisions when Opinions Differ

How many times do you and your spouse or loved ones disagree? In our family it is a fairly common occurrence, but we always embrace that “conflict” as an opportunity to see opinions that differ from our own and ultimately compromise on a solution that works best for everyone in our family. My post todayContinue reading “Compromising on Big Decisions when Opinions Differ”

Can You Save Money by Purchasing More Expensive Clothes?

I’m guilty. While I consider myself fairly frugal, I am seriously addicted to purchasing second-hand clothing. Most people probably look at me and think, “Damn how many North Face jackets does a woman need?!” It’s true, I have quite a few. In fact, despite telling myself that I would never buy expensive clothes for myContinue reading “Can You Save Money by Purchasing More Expensive Clothes?”

Which Subscription Services Bring Value into Our Lives?

Read my disclaimer here. A few months ago, I thought subscription boxes were fantastic. They were a mini monthly present to myself that was exactly what I wanted, and yet still a complete surprise. Makeup subscriptions, children’s books, dog toys, clothing, sustainable products, underwear, snacks, produce, etc. You name it, if marketing told me IContinue reading “Which Subscription Services Bring Value into Our Lives?”

Avoid Passing on Lifestyle Creep by Raising Frugal Children

This post may contain affiliate links. Lifestyle creep is when we gradually increase our spending as we earn more, and ultimately requires us to have more money and stuff to sustain our happiness. Unfortunately, we may be passing along that expectation to our children, defining what they need to be happy before they’ve had aContinue reading “Avoid Passing on Lifestyle Creep by Raising Frugal Children”

10 Things We’ve Learned While Minimizing Our Home

If you looked into our home, you would not immediately assume that we are trying to embrace minimalism. We still have stuff everywhere, but have challenged ourselves to keep a smaller home and deal with our stuff problem. One day, I’ll be brave enough to share the before pictures of our house so you canContinue reading “10 Things We’ve Learned While Minimizing Our Home”

Goals for 2021 – Financial Independence, Minimalism, Happiness and Being a Mother

It wouldn’t be the start of a new year without time to reflect on goals for the next 12 months. Since writing them down makes you significantly more likely to achieve them, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to create a blog post to hold myself accountable. In my post, I also reference a few otherContinue reading “Goals for 2021 – Financial Independence, Minimalism, Happiness and Being a Mother”

Enjoying the Journey by Having a Plan

My husband will be the first to tell you it’s not uncommon for me to spend an evening obsessing over excel files with my multiple levels of backup plans, specifically different levels of budget spending. In 2009 I was laid off for the first time, and while I was able to bounce back in 2011Continue reading “Enjoying the Journey by Having a Plan”