Minimalism and Your Money

The intersection of a minimalist lifestyle & personal finance

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13 Easy Changes We’ve Made to Save Over $9,000 This Year

Will Those Easy Changes Save Big Money?

There is a fairly consistent debate that goes on in the personal finance world about how much of a difference minor changes make in a person’s overall financial position. Author David Bach has famously termed this, “The Latte Factor” and has written a book about it. Some argue that there is no reason to sweat the small stuff because major expenditures such as mortgages, daycare, and car payments … Continue reading...

Affordable Organization Tip #3 – Linen Closet

The Affordable Organization series is dedicated to providing reasonable, real-life tips to help you become more organized. In contrast to the normal blog postings each week, these posts will include lots of pictures to supplement the writing. And if you’re tired of hearing from me, you’re in luck. Ashley will be the chief author of these posts! This post may contain affiliate links, please see disclaimer page for details.

Tip # 3 – Linen Closet

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The No Regrets Road Trip

This is a follow-up to the original post on our road trip to Florida. That post broke down the costs and savings of our trip. This post covers the “why” of our trip.

We wanted to head down to Florida to see my parents during our vacation this year. As teachers, we are very limited on when we can go away. Basically, the only time we can go away is when the rest of Massachusetts Continue reading...

I Wore the Same Clothes for Two Months

And Guess What? Nobody Noticed

Over the last two months, I conducted a bit of an experiment. I wore the same five outfits each day of the week to see if anyone would notice. I wore the same clothes every Monday, Tuesday, etc. for two months.

When I was first learning about minimalism, I read a lot of different blogs in my quest to find out more. One of my favorites was (and still … Continue reading...

Spending & Saving – Our Road Trip to Florida

School Vacation = Costly Flights

Ashley and I are fortunate enough to have a few weeks off throughout the year. Of course, because we are both in education, our vacation weeks happen at the same time as every other public school in Massachusetts. As a result, the airfare to anywhere during these particular weeks is astronomical compared to just about any other time during the year. We end up paying a whole lot more for … Continue reading...

The 100-Hour Outdoor Challenge

Introduction

Here’s the challenge: For the month of May, I’m going to try to spend 100 hours outside. While that sounds like a lot, and it is, it can be done. It comes down to about three and a quarter hours outside each day. There are 744 hours in the month of May, can I spend a little more than 13% of that time outside? 13% is all it will take to complete the 100-hour … Continue reading...

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