Expenses of Wedding Season

Wedding Season is Here! Plan Ahead for All the Little Expenses

Summer is here! Get out those swim suits, fire up the grill, and get ready for a good time! During most of my 20s, summer time was also full blown wedding season! I absolutely love weddings, and during my mid-late 20s a bunch of my friends got married and I was lucky enough to be invited to their big day. I even got to be in a good amount of them. Now that most of my friends are already married, I sadly don’t get to attend many weddings. When I […]

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Budgets Provide Freedom

How to Make Your Budget Freeing, Not Restrictive

I think it is a common misconception that budgets are restrictive and limit how you can spend your money. In fact, I believe the opposite is true. A budget can open up new opportunities and freedom in your finances. That has been our experience. Yes, at times it has really sucked and we did feel restricted. But the restriction was only temporary. A big part of why a budget feels so restrictive at first is because it is forcing a lifestyle change, or at minimum, a rearrangement. It’s like going […]

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Save Money in the Summer

A Few Tricks to Keep Your Budget Cool This Summer

Summer is my favorite season of the year! It is full of adventures at the beach, hiking, playing golf, grilling, and camping. Oh, and if you’re in your 20s, don’t forget about all the weddings you will get invited to or asked to be in. Summer is time to let loose a little more, get outside, and be more active. It’s also a time where it becomes really easy to spend more money than you really want to. That’s right, those extra activities aren’t free! Now I’m not saying to […]

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Meal Prepping Guide to Save Money

A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Prepping

Last week I posted an article about how my family survives on $60 a week and it got a lot of great feedback and comments. Thank you for taking the time to read, make insightful comments, and share your stories of meal prepping! As a result, I wanted to follow up with exactly how we meal prep for the week, including practical advice on where to shop, recipes of easy, long lasting meals, and tips to make it easier and make your meals last longer! Where You Shop Matters One […]

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Cheap Frugal Food Budget

Food is Expensive! How We Survive on $60 a Week

Everyone has to eat. Period. Thank you Captain Obvious. But how much you spend and where you shop varies dramatically. Also, I feel like the prices of food are always going up and our dollars just don’t stretch as far as they used to. It might not actually be true, but I often look in my cart and am shocked by how little I can buy. My family sticks to a pretty tight budget, so for us, price matters, and so does where we buy food. I am going to […]

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Improve Finances on Single Income

How to Improve Your Finances on a Single Income

There are a lot of stories about couples paying off a bunch of debt in short periods of time. Today, I want to give hope to all the single folks out there. If you’re single, I want to show you how to improve your finances on a single income. I think there are three fundamental steps you can take right now to kick start your financial makeover and start reaching your goals. Step 1: Make a Budget If you don’t have a budget, start one now. It is the single […]

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Beach Vacation Pay Cash

How to Save for Vacation and Pay Cash

As it gets closer and closer to summer, I can’t help but dream of vacation. Being a teacher, I am just as excited as my students for summer vacation to hit so that I can run out of the school with my arms in the air, yelling and jumping around. In my head I picture confetti raining from the upper floor windows, music playing over all of the loudspeakers, and teachers and students waving goodbye, bounding off to enjoy summer adventures. Why can’t we all be as excited to go […]

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Declutter Build Emergency Fund Minimalism

How Decluttering Your Home Can Build Your Financial Foundation

In Minnesota, spring is right around the corner, and with it, spring cleaning! Everyone I know has stuff that they don’t need, or maybe more accurately stuff they don’t use. Stored in garages, attics, basements, and storage lockers across the country are piles of stuff that are taking up space, forgotten, unused, and unappreciated. Instead of your old stuff wasting away in a dark corner, you can dust it off and sell it to someone who can put it to good use. Not only will it create more space in […]

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Gift Giving on Budget

How to Buy Gifts on a Budget

Giving is intended to be open handed and bring joy to both the giver and receiver. However, it can also be really stressful! There is so much pressure to get things right and not feel like a bozo for buying a bad gift. Not to mention, the number of occasions that require a gift seem endless. Whether it is baby or bridal showers, birthdays for family and friends, and in your own immediate family, gift giving is a constant. If you’re like me, your stress level is already rising and […]

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Get Out of Debt Fast Be Different

3 Ways to Do Money Differently, and Get Out of Debt Faster

The tagline for my website is “Doing Money Differently.” For the past four years, my wife Jenna and I have been doing exactly that and our finances and lives have changed dramatically for the better. It is something I truly believe can lead you to long term wealth, financial success, and happiness. Our path to doing money differently didn’t happen overnight, but rather, a series of small, consistent choices strung out over many years. I want to share with you three ways we are “Doing Money Differently.” Why We Do […]

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