Advice for Young, First-Time Home Buyers

My husband I were 23 when we purchased our first (and current) house. We were very young and very excited home buyers. Despite having student loan debt, we were determined to follow our dreams and become home owners. When the time came to get serious about buying a home, I was a little overwhelmed. There are […]

My Top 4 Favorite Games

One of my favorite frugal activities is playing games. I think it’s an activity often overlooked and underrated. However, every time I start playing a game, I’m surprised by how much fun I’m having. By the way, I’m talking old-school, zero technology games. My parents never let us have game systems growing up so I […]

Simple Frugal Pleasures

1) Making (and eating)  banana bread 2) Opening the windows and letting the fresh breeze in the house 3) Walking our dog, Ruby 4) Playing card games with my husband 5) Making my bed 6) Getting lost in a book 7) living in a clean space 8) Bonfires 9) Laughing 10) Letter-writing What are your […]

A Tool for Organizing and Taking Notes

I want to share  my favorite tool for organizing my life, work and side hustle. Meet: Microsoft One Note.  Last week on Young Adult Money, Cat wrote about How to Streamline Your Side Hustle.  One of Cat’s tips was to utilize tools. It’s a great tip! If you are looking for a way to get organized, then […]

20 Ways to Save Money

 A few weeks ago, I shared with you how I make extra money and many of you shared your tips and tricks for bringing in extra money.I really enjoyed hearing everyone’s ideas. So today I thought I would share with you how I save money. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been conscious of my spending […]

DIY or Hire the Pro?

Since becoming homeowners nearly two years ago, we’ve spent countless hours maintaining our property and doing various repairs.  Many of the repairs and maintenance aren’t a big deal. You know what is a big deal? Time. My husband and I both work full time and it seems like we are always out of the house. […]

Favorite Summer Beverages Recipes (inexpensive and refreshing)

Well, it seems that summer has finally arrived in my neck of the woods. Summers are terribly short where I live and once it arrives, you absolutely must savor every single moment of it. I make a point to try and spend as much time outside as possible. I’ll do anything to try and stay outside: Reading, walking, […]

No-Plans Weekend

I went into this weekend feeling a little down. Most of my friends were out-of-town this weekend up at the cabin or traveling.  What did we have planned for the weekend? Not. A. Thing.  I was feeling a little down about our lack of plans and was expecting the weekend to be rather boring.. well I […]

Frugal Meal Idea: Sandwiches

My husband made me a plain jane ham sandwich for lunch on Saturday. The sandwich was shockingly good. I asked him what he added to make them so delish and he responded with a smile “I make them with love.” Ha ha good one, hubby! He got me thinking about sandwiches. I typically eat several sandwiches […]

5 Tips for the Newbie Couponer

 I first started using coupons during college to save on groceries. Let me clarify: groceries as in frozen pizza and frozen meals. I have to admit, couponing can be a little overwhelming at first. Like anything else, learning how to use coupons takes practice.  A few weeks ago, I shared my super easy coupon strategy. Today, […]

Easy and Effective Couponing Strategy

Couponing is such an interesting subject because people tend to have some pretty strong opinions about it. There are those that feel couponing is a huge waste of time. Instead of spending your time saving money, you should use that time to make money. Others feel that you should always take advantage of an opportunity […]

Frugal Ways to Make Your Spouse Feel Like Million Bucks

Monday morning I messed up. Big time. I was in a rush to get to work and mistakenly grabbed my husband’s computer bag on my way out of the house. Our bags look nearly identical. When I got to work I parked in my usual spot and turn the car off. I proceeded to put on chapstick […]

Money, Stuff and The Art of Being Happy

Today I am excited to be participating in the Carnival of Financial Literacy hosted by Shannon at The Heavy Purse. The theme this year is a personal finance A-Ha moment.  A few years ago, I was having a particularly rough time. Classes were hard, I was approaching graduation and having serious doubts about my chosen […]

Greek Salad Recipe

If there’s one thing I would really like to thank my Greek husband for, it would be for introducing me to the Greek salad. This simple salad is a game changer. It’s so easy to make, delicious, and FRUGAL. You can grow basically everything you need for this salad yourself. If you don’t grow your […]

Are Museum Memberships Worth the Cost?

Our local art museum recently brought in a touring modern art exhibit that I really, really want to see. Ever since I took an art history course in college, I’ve really come to enjoy and appreciate art. That being said, I hardly ever get to the museum or any local galleries. I don’t have any legit excuses either – it’s just […]