8 Great Date Ideas on a Budget

My husband and I have been married for 11 years, and we’ve filled those years with many, many dates. Can I recommend something? Never stop dating each other. One of our favorite things to do is go for a drive. We have the best conversations when in the car or on a walk together, with…

Getting Your Spouse On The Savings Wagon

Getting Your Spouse On The Savings Wagon What would you do if you were debt free? How would your choices change? What unforgettable ways of spending money would be yours? Often one person in a relationship gets on board. They want to intensely cut out all wasteful spending to either pay off debt or increase…

7 More Ways to Save

Seven More Ways to Save (Car Edition) Fuel Gas for cars – here in southern California, my husband just filled up for over $4/gallon downtown. But there are places near us in the suburbs that are closer to $3.50/gallon. Paying attention to gas prices can save more than pocket change. (There are apps to find…

Do You Want to Look Like a Millionaire or Be One?

Reading Chris Hogan’s page this morning, and his question got me thinking about “Do you want to look like a millionaire or be an #EverydayMillionaire?” I write this blog as a mom of four, living in notoriously expensive southern California. In California, cars are loved a lot. And that’s great. But it’s been surprising to see…

3 Ways to Think Outside the Box and Save Big

Here are three slightly unconventional ways to save. 1. Need a haircut every six weeks? Not comfortable cutting it yourself (I did this for the first time this month and couldn’t have been happier with my self-given, free hair cut)? Check out a beauty school near you. You can often get a haircut for a…

Can You Wait 7 Seconds and Save?

My son who’s naturally optimistic and satisfied helped me this weekend  when I started to say “I want” with the thought change to “what am I *grateful* for?” Advertising tempts me to be in the “I want, I want, I want” mode in my brain. Advertising does not succeed by convincing the potential consumer to…

One Grocery Store Twice a Week to Feed Six for a MONTH for $233

One Grocery Store Twice a Week to Feed a Family of Six for a MONTH for $233 and we’re eating tastier food than ever! First clarifications, Myth: I go to a bunch of stores many times a week. Fact: I go to one store two or three times a week. They’re fast stops, in and out…

Buying More Stuff Adds Stress And 2 Ways To Stop

Buying more stuff (often) adds stress … no matter how we’ve fooled ourselves to believe otherwise. I’ve written before about how we got debt free during those first couple years of marriage by selling on eBay (click here if you want to read more about that). I had some student loans to pay off and…