The most important thing to me on our wedding day were the details – the things other people might not have even noticed, but were special to me. Since we were planning our big day on an $8,000 budget, 1/3 of the cost of most American weddings, we had to be crafty in keeping costs low (quite literally). One of the biggest ways we saved money was by putting in a lot of time ourselves. [Read more…] about My Dream Wedding – For Under $8K! // The Details
One of my biggest tips for saving money on groceries is to buy what’s on sale. Instead of grocery shopping based off of a recipe, I buy groceries based off of sale prices and find recipes later. This means that I eat seasonally for the most part since fresh produce that’s in season is typically the best price. Not only do I save money this way, I also am eating more nutrient dense foods since these fruits and vegetables have been picked when they’re ripe. It’s a win-win! [Read more…] about One Month of Budget Grocery Hauls & Meals Plans – May 2016
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When I downsized my closet earlier this year, I really took the time to decide what pieces made me feel great and got rid of the ones I was keeping around “just because”. It was a very freeing experience and I ended up with a wardrobe I love, but is minimal. That means that I really try to maximize what I do have by creating multiple outfits out of each article of clothing. Case and point: my favorite olive green tank. [Read more…] about Frugal Fashion: One Tank, Two Ways
Whenever I tell someone about my money-conscious lifestyle, I always make a point to explain the difference between being frugal and being cheap out of fear of being called the latter. On the day to day, I strive to make purchases on quality items for great deals. But here’s the deal, sometimes I’m downright stingy.
Before I got married, I would never buy Kleenex because why buy tissues when you’ve already got toilet paper? That would simply be a waste of money. Ty may have changed my ways on that one, but there are still plenty of things I’ll never pay for. [Read more…] about 16 Things I’m Way Too Cheap to Pay For
Hi friends! If you’re on my weekly newsletter list, you already know my exciting news. If not, here it is: we are selling all of our stuff and headed to Africa! This plan has been in the works for months and I am so incredibly excited to finally share it with you!
Ty and I created this informative (and fun!) video telling you all about it. [Read more…] about We’re Volunteering in Africa!
When Ty and I moved to Chicago two weeks after our wedding, we had no jobs, only one friend, and had never seen the apartment we’d signed a one year lease for. This may be a stretch, but I think you could call us crazy. Our first year living in our new city was rough, to say the least. We learned so much about ourselves, our relationship, and what we want out of life. Jump ahead almost three years, and things have changed tremendously! We’ve found our way with our careers, we’ve made a whole crew of amazing pals, and we’re living in an apartment we love. [Read more…] about One Bedroom Chicago Apartment Tour
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – food is the one necessity that we have the most financial control over on a daily basis. That’s why I focus so much on providing tips for eating well on a budget. One of the biggest ways I save time and money in the kitchen is by meal prepping every Sunday. If you’ve never done this before, it can be overwhelming. But once you get the process down, you’ll be so thankful you have healthy options prepped and ready to go for the week! [Read more…] about 8 Simple Meal Prep Steps to Save Time and Money
On my recent trip home, I was given the opportunity to speak to an Honors Program class called “Politics of Consumption” at my alma mater, the University of North Dakota. One of the questions I was asked during my talk was, “Am I brand loyal?”.
I took a moment to think about it. I went through a long laundry list in my head of all the products I buy – everything from toilet paper to clothes to peanut butter, and I quickly realized that my answer is no, I’m not loyal to any one brand. [Read more…] about Healthy Grocery Haul // Week of 5.1.16
After reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and purging our apartment, I’ve really changed my mindset when it comes to stuff. What are the reasons you hold onto your things? I used to have a whole bag of buttons just in case one ever fell off a shirt (FYI: I’ve probably sewn on 3 buttons in my whole life). I had piles of receipts because I just never knew if I would need one. And I had shirts with holes and paint splattered all over that I had lying around for projects (note: shirts is plural – I kept one). [Read more…] about How to Return Gifts for Gift Cards
Last week Ty and I were back home in North Dakota for 8 days. It was so good to see our family and friends! Buuuuuuut, we both caught the flu. Grocery shopping after vacation is already hard enough, then throw being sick on top of it, and my favorite pastime (yes, I love grocery shopping that much) sounded downright awful. [Read more…] about Healthy Budget Grocery Haul // Week of 4.24.16