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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Before and After Photos Of Our Fixer Upper

A little over two years ago, we had $81,400 worth of consumer debt and now we are debt free! One crazy, creative way that we paid off all of our debt was by buying, and six months later selling, a fixer upper. Truth be told, we didn’t purchase the house with the intentions of flipping […]

The One Financial Cut That Changed Everything

If we never cut cable to pay off debt, we would not have paid off $81,400 in 2 years. And this is the honest truth. My husband and I agreed that we needed to cut down our monthly bills to free up extra cash if we wanted to pay off debt quickly. One big ticket […]