I’ve had another spendy week, y’all. And it all comes down to bad planning and a lack of discipline. We all know this—changing everything about the way we interact with money can be an enormous struggle. Our feelings about money are so complex and wrapped up in our feelings about family, safety, gender role expectations,… Continue reading Accountability Time: Resetting the Program
July is prime summer vacation time! Many frugally minded folks choose to spend their sparse vacation time with family or friends because it can be a smart financial choice. Side note, did you know that American workers have like the fewest vacation days of any developed country? Too bad time off boosts productivity…… Anyway….. Back… Continue reading Surviving Family Vacation!
Accountability time. Last week I did a fantastic job sticking to my cash envelope system. I even had extra cash leftover that I put in my "squirrel funds" for upcoming expenses like Christmas, rental insurance, and clothing purchases. Then on Sunday I made the mistake of window shopping. Which turned into the mistake of actual… Continue reading Monday Check-In
It's summer! Here we go! First: Last week I started using a cash envelope system. At first I just used paperclips and Post-It notes to keep my cash together, but it was a little cumbersome taking the paperclips off and replacing them every time. SO, I made my own envelopes! And so far I've stayed… Continue reading Five Frugal Things: Summer Solstice Edition
Last week was a doozy. Let's take a look: -I returned some clothes that I bought online. It's been a long time since I impulsively shopped like this. Recently I've found myself relying on this kind of negative coping mechanism when dealing with my stress-- shopping, eating, binge-watching TV. Once I hit the weekend, though,… Continue reading Money Monday: Five Frugal Things
After a couple of very expensive weeks out in the field, I was feeling a little short on cash as the weekend approached. I had been spending too much money on coffee, and I'd really racked up some mileage on my car. By the time Thursday rolled around I was so relieved to open my… Continue reading Five Frugal Things: No-Spend Weekend Edition
Lately I've been eating a lot of salads. When I get on a food fixation like this, I usually spend a couple weeks eating the exact same recipe over and over again. Nothing wrong with that-- makes clean up and left-overs about 10X easier. Tonight, though, I was feeling a little bored of what had… Continue reading Bummer Chicken and Greek for One