Most of the financial advice you will ever read talk abouts cutting costs to get your spending back in line with what your income is. If you find yourself in debt, you do need to cut back on some of the extravagances of life for a while. The more you cut back, the faster you pay … Read more A Little Lifestyle Inflation is Okay…You’ve Earned It
One of the reasons that so many of us end up falling behind with our finances is due to lifestyle inflation. It’s so easy for wants to be seen as needs after a while. Plus, as you make a little more money, or pay down a little more of that debt, it seems as though … Read more Have You Thought about Downgrading Your Lifestyle?
When my husband and I were just beginning our married life, we lived on very little. And I do mean very little! He had a job at a local radio station, and it didn’t pay much. I was a stay at home mom with no income. We got by, and we had everything we needed, … Read more Avoid Lifestyle Inflation, Especially While in Debt
My husband and I have been living an actively frugal lifestyle for almost three years. I recently had an experience that showed me how much my thought process has been changed by frugality. We saw a television commercial for a folder-type organizing system touted as a “portable workstation”, and it looked interesting. As most commercials … Read more How Living a Frugal Lifestyle Has Changed My Thought Process
Friday night I watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for the first time. Let me just say, I’m sad I missed pretty much the entire season. What an eye opener! For those who haven’t watched, a (very) quick synopsis of the show is that Jamie Oliver is out to change the school menus in the unhealthiest … Read more Is it Really More Expensive to Eat Healthy Foods?
Last week I asked you all what was the biggest obstacle to your frugality. I revealed that one of my struggles was lack of planning. I gave the example of being out of bread and running to the nearest store to pick up a loaf, rather than planning ahead, so I could hit the least … Read more Do We Have Too Many Choices?
Mistakes. We all make them. I talked about one of my big mistakes yesterday. I wasn’t going to continue on with the subject today, but Kacie of Sense to Save made an interesting comment. She said, I’m not sure how you can undo what has been done, but I’ve always been your fan and I … Read more Of Mistakes, Failure, and Opportunity
Let’s face it, life can be pretty rough. Living a life that is simple and carefree is becoming increasingly difficult, as we barely have enough time to come home, relax, and enjoy the many rewards life has to offer us. Somebody said to me on a plane once that our homes are becoming nothing more … Read more Live a Simpler Life: The Answer to Living Debt Free and Happy
What is your definition of success? I’ve been thinking about that a lot over the weekend. I attended a women’s retreat at my church, and I heard the most amazing woman speak. As I listened to her story, and the stories of others that she relayed, I couldn’t help but thinking that this woman’s life … Read more What is Success?
Last October I posted my plans for staying frugal on my first flight across country in years. Since that trip, I’ve taken a few more, and I’m currently in Chicago at BlogHer. I’ve learned a few more things during my recent travels. 1. Over Prepare Take more snacks that you think you’ll need. When I … Read more Staying Sane and Frugal When Flying Across the Country