I just welcomed my second daughter into the world a month ago, and I am amazed once again at how something so small and sweet can disrupt our money. Newborns bring about a state of sleeplessness and disorganization, which makes it hard to stick to a budget and resist impromptu buys. If you’re experiencing the same thing, […]
My husband and I are moving from Michigan to Washington in one week. The journey that has led us to this point has been a whirlwind of interviews, decisions, and dealing with the upheaval of hauling ourselves and our stuff across the country in the most fiscally responsible way. It’s been three weeks since we decided […]
With financial planning and a tighter budget comes stricter decisions on what to buy versus what to rent. Most experts will tell you to stay far away from furniture and appliance rental, because it could end up costing you more than three times the retail value of the item. However, there are a few things that […]
Changing your habits and way of life takes time. Implementing a new fitness routine, diet, or spending pattern doesn’t happen overnight. In an attempt to change our shopping habits, my family and I have started buying in bulk (when it makes sense) as a way of saving money. My wife, myself, and two kids, have been […]
Aside from housing costs, the next biggest expense in our budget is food. Especially if you have a large household, food costs can eat up a big part of your weekly spending (no pun intended). According to a survey conducted by Gallup, the average American household spends $151 a week on food. That’s over $600 a month for […]
I just had my second daughter a week ago, and I forgot how amazing and equally draining a newborn can be. A new baby can make even the most frugal a spendthrift. However, there are three big purchases that I think every new mom should have before or right after the baby comes.