Culture

Favorite Books of 2017

  Doesn't it feel exciting when you meet a goal? I read much more in 2017 than I did in the previous year (a new baby and lack of sleep didn't leave much time for it) and for me, that's reason to celebrate. If you're looking for a new read, here's my favorite books that… Continue reading Favorite Books of 2017

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Frugality

Here’s Why We’re Buying All The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

On Monday, I broke down why we're buying all the things (catch up on Part 1 here). Today I'm sharing the strategies that help us fix that! Definitely just being aware of stores' sneaky marketing tactics is a good start. But here's 5 other ways to avoid buying more than you need: Buy groceries at the grocery store, not… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying All The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

Frugality

Here’s Why We’re Buying All The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

"I went into the store for 4 things and came out with 12." "I was looking for paper towel and ended up with a new shirt." "[Insert store name] is my happy place. Going there is like a quick pick-me-up." ***** Stores strive to make themselves inviting. And some of them do it really well. Imagine this: you pull… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying All The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

Frugality, Simple Living

10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

I wrote a post called "10 Things I No Longer Buy" a few months ago, a list of 10 things I found that I could either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed. As I've been decluttering the past few weeks and more selective of what makes it into the "keep" pile, there's (at least) 10 more… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

Encouragement

On The Way To Home

"It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,  A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam  Afore ye really ’preciate the things ye lef’ behind,  An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind.  It don’t make any differunce how rich ye get t’… Continue reading On The Way To Home

Frugality

Why We Should Focus Less On Our Finances

I had a real problem with keeping up with dirty dishes- they just multiplied so easily. I'd think "I really need to do dishes" over and over, but thinking about it drove me farther away from the kitchen sink. The pile would get even bigger, making it even more overwhelming. However when I stopped thinking… Continue reading Why We Should Focus Less On Our Finances

Frugality, Simple Living

10 Things I No Longer Buy

In my quest to buy less and save more, there's 10 things I've found that I can either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed: 1. Salad Dressing- It can be difficult to find a dressing that isn't expensive, yet doesn't have preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, unpronounceable ingredients, etc. In the past, a bottle… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy

Frugality

Don’t Be Afraid Of Your Finances

Everyone procrastinates, even the most "type A" of people. But procrastination is not always due to being lazy or being too busy. Some people procrastinate because they are perfectionists- if they can't do a task perfectly, they won't do it all. Some people procrastinate out of fear of facing the task- they assume the task will make them… Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid Of Your Finances

Simple Living, Själ (Soul)

The True Cost Of That Full Shopping Cart

Have you ever seen one of those game shows where the contestants run around like crazy, throwing things into their shopping cart without a second thought? The winner is usually determined by whichever team had the cartful of items with the highest value when the buzzer sounded. How often do we act like one of… Continue reading The True Cost Of That Full Shopping Cart

Frugality

The Pros and Cons of Pre-Paid Bank Cards

There are definite pluses to having a pre-paid Visa, MasterCard, etc. You can use them for online purchases where you don't want to enter a credit or debit card number. They can also be helpful for sticking to a budget, or to limit/supervise your teen's spending. However, what is not widely known is that pre-paid divisions of… Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Pre-Paid Bank Cards