The $1,000 Rule for Car Buying

Purchasing a car is ALWAYS such a hassle – research the cars, search online, go to the dealership and test drive, wait 6 hours while the salesperson “checks with her manager”, negotiate a price, pretend to walk out of the showroom, repeat the entire process. The nuisance goes on and on. But, at the same time, this is such a huge decision. This is one of the more expensive purchases you will make. Try using … Continue reading...

Are You a Frugal Badass? – Take This Quiz!

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Wondering how you can save more money? Looking to see how you stack up to the average American? Or how you compare to us? Check out this frugal quiz to see how you match up.

Please note, the purpose of this frugal quiz was not to compare one person to another or to disparage anyone for not being a frugal badass. (In … Continue reading...

I Went Back to a Flip Phone – Here’s Why

Smartphones: The Ultimate Time-Snatcher

Recently, research has shown that the average American spends 2 hours and 51 minutes on their smartphones each day. This translates to about 20 hours a week, 86 hours a month, and a whopping 1026 hours a year. And this is one of the more conservative estimates I have found! Some estimates have users spending over four hours a day on their smartphones! Is there another option? Could we be … Continue reading...

The Best Things in Life Are Free?

We’ve all heard that saying, “The best things in life are free.” And while this may be true 95% of the time, it is not always the case.

The Lawnmowers

Take my lawnmower(s) story as an example. A few years ago, my next door neighbor whom I had become friendly with decided to downsize and move away. Larry was meticulous with his lawn, so I’m sure he was disgusted by what mine looked like, but never … Continue reading...

Affordable Organization – Tip #1 – The Entryway

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!

Tip # 1 – Entryway Organization

Ah, the entryway. What a great place to start this series … Continue reading...

How It All Started – (Part II – Minimalism)

Grand Canyon – Another example of money well spent in my earlier years.

The Beginning

I first stumbled upon minimalism a few years ago when I saw “The Minimalists” on Netflix. From that moment on, I was hooked.

I read every blog I could find, especially those from Joshua Becker, The Minimalists, Courtney Carver, and Leo Babauta, among others. I combed the library for books pertaining to minimalism. Read about what … Continue reading...