5 Must-dos The Month BEFORE You’re Debt Free

“I’M DEBT FREE!” My husband and I did our informal, Dave Ramsey-inspired, debt-free scream from the comfort of our rental home this January when we finished paying off $81,400 worth of consumer debt.   Six months later, I’ve been thinking about what advice I would give people right on the cusp of debt-free-ness. You’re going […]

1 Major Money FAIL Not To Make On Your Next Vacation (+ 4 Budget Wins!)

My family just got back from a 9-day vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. While we found ways to road trip on a dime, we also made a few rookie mistakes that I’m embarrassed to admit. (You’d think I’d know better about paying off over $81K in debt!) But I’m going to shove […]

What Vegetable Should I Grow First To Save Money On Groceries?

Two years ago, I asked myself this same exact question. I was a few months into paying off a massive amount of debt, but I still wanted to be able to eat well. Gardening sounded like the best option, but I had no idea where to start. I knew nothing and I was drowning in […]

1 Unexpected Reason Why You Don’t Want Your Dream Home Right Now

Last Memorial day, my family closed on our dream house. We were going to raise our family there. We were going to grow a garden in the interior courtyard. And we were never going to move unless someone kicked us out. But by Thanksgiving weekend, we had a signed contract from a buyer and a […]

Will My House Look Cheap If I Buy Things Off Craigslist?! ( +5 Tips For Buying & Selling!)

If you’ve never bought or sold on Craigslist, this is probably what you’re thinking. Especially if you have only ever bought brand-new furniture, home decor, and appliances. Plus, the Craigslist website is not pretty or flashy. It doesn’t look like a place where you go to buy nice quality items. But the truth is, most of […]

The BEST Way To Send Gifts To Long-Distance Family (PLUS 5 Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas!)

Are you ready for the gift-sending trick that rocked my world? First, there are four girls in my family and all of my sisters live in New England. My parents live there too. Plus, my husband’s sister lives out west. We have a laundry list of close family members that we want to shower with […]

3 Reasons I Don’t Coupon (& How I Saved To Pay Off $81,400 In Debt)

I love to save money. There are very few money-saving tricks that I have not tried or would not be willing to try. In fact, I’ve saved so much money over the past 2 years that I was able to pay off $81,400 of debt. But couponing is one thing that I tried and quit. Let […]

The Ultimate Aldi Survival Guide For Beginners

Our family spends half of the money we used to on groceries. I don’t coupon. My family doesn’t price match. I definitely don’t go to multiple stores to get weekly deals. On top of that, we eat pretty healthy – fruits, vegetables, nuts and protein. So, what’s my not-so-secret secret?   Aldi! (And it’s not-so-secret […]

(2 Ingredient!) Cheap & Natural Insect Repellent

Summer is just around corner. That means picnics, park play dates, pool days…and bugs. I live in a house that backs up to wooded conservation land in Florida. For those from other parts of the country, “woods” in Florida means “swamp-like jungle.” Think dense vines, spiders, snakes, alligators and wild boars. Yes, REALLY scary pigs! And of course, bugs everywhere. Mosquitos […]

How We Bought And Sold A Fixer Upper In 6 Months

It would be wrong of me to talk about the $81,400 worth of debt we paid off without talking about how we bought and sold a fixer upper in 6 months. Tackling the huge project of buying, renovating and selling a home not only helped us pay off the remaining $32,000 balance of our consumer […]