Dollars and Sense

A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

I will always love kids' clothes that match holidays- red and green at Christmas, red, white, & blue at 4th of July, etc.-- they are so adorable and look great in photos. The only problem is that many of the holiday outfits in stores are very holiday specific- a top that says "Happy 4th of July"… Continue reading A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

Dollars and Sense

Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

On Monday, I broke down why we're buying all the things (catch up on Part 1 here). Today I'm sharing the strategies that help us fix that! Definitely just being aware of stores' sneaky marketing tactics is a good start. But here's 5 other ways to avoid buying more than you need: Buy groceries at the grocery store, not… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

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Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

"I went into the store for 4 things and came out with 12." "I was looking for paper towel and ended up with a new shirt." "[Insert store name] is my happy place. Going there is like a quick pick-me-up." ***** Stores strive to make themselves inviting. And some of them do it really well. Imagine this: you pull… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

Dollars and Sense

How I Paid Off $8,000 In 2 Years

I can guarantee you that there's someone out there with a more impressive story than this one. (That's a great way to begin, right?)   Someone who paid off more debt, in less time. So what's (possibly) interesting about this story? I paid it off without feeling deprived, while living in an expensive city, making a little above the… Continue reading How I Paid Off $8,000 In 2 Years

Abode

10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

I wrote a post called "10 Things I No Longer Buy" a few months ago, a list of 10 things I found that I could either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed. As I've been decluttering the past few weeks and more selective of what makes it into the "keep" pile, there's (at least) 10 more… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

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On The Way To Home

"It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,  A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam  Afore ye really ’preciate the things ye lef’ behind,  An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind.  It don’t make any differunce how rich ye get t’… Continue reading On The Way To Home

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Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

  I have always loved clothes. I would try to take almost my entire wardrobe to college each year because I never knew when I might want to wear a certain item. I would pack my four extra-large blue plastic totes to the brim with my most cherished cotton and polyester belongings and my mother… Continue reading Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

Beauty + Wellness, Parties, Wedding

Would You Rent Your Wedding Gown?

* Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links. Wedding dresses. They are almost certainly the most expensive dress that you will ever buy in your life. The average cost of a wedding dress was $1357 in 2014, making the cost per wear...$1357. For a bride who only wears… Continue reading Would You Rent Your Wedding Gown?

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense

10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

*Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links.  "Natural" is an imprecise term when used by beauty and food companies. It does not have a regulated definition (like "USDA Organic"), but it does usually mean that a product has fewer "bad" ingredients and more naturally derived ones.  Some products… Continue reading 10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

I usually throw away last week's meal plan (which I am rethinking since it's hard to come up with meal ideas sometimes), but I decided to keep last month's meal ideas in case you need some new ones! I typically eat leftovers or sandwiches for lunch and a frozen pizza once or twice a week for dinner, so… Continue reading A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

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10 Items To Avoid At Target (And 10 That Are Worth Buying)

  "Generic items are just the same as name brand items, they just don't have the same label." While this is often repeated, it's not always true. Sometimes name brand products are better quality and last longer over time. One reason I love Amazon is that you can read reviews that tell you how long… Continue reading 10 Items To Avoid At Target (And 10 That Are Worth Buying)

Beauty + Wellness, Edibles

Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Flaxseed is widely touted as a health food- it contains fiber, and is a great source of Omega 3's, which is great if you are vegetarian or don't like fish. Flax seeds aren't cheap though- a tiny container of them from the grocery store can be $8.00. I always wondered if the seeds have any… Continue reading Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Dollars and Sense

Why Custom Tailoring Is More Frugal Than You Think

Trying to find pants that fit is almost every person's dilemma. For me, the "short" lengths are a little too short, and the "regular" lengths are a few inches too long. So I would usually buy the "regular" length pants and end up tripping on the bottoms when they got stuck under my heels. Too… Continue reading Why Custom Tailoring Is More Frugal Than You Think

Beauty + Wellness

My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend

It sounded too good to be true, but I was curious- did it really work? I had seen many pins floating around on Pinterest extolling the virtues of not shampooing your hair and that this was actually better for it; as someone with naturally oily hair, I decided to give it a try. The theory… Continue reading My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend

Dollars and Sense

Why Our Child Will Have An ATM Card

Do I have a car seat? A crib? Enough diapers? The amount of items needed for a baby can seem never ending. We wonder if we have enough of the right things. When browsing online trying to figure out what was really needed and what I could do without, I realized there's one item that I never see… Continue reading Why Our Child Will Have An ATM Card

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Why We Should Focus Less On Our Finances

I had a real problem with keeping up with dirty dishes- they just multiplied so easily. I'd think "I really need to do dishes" over and over, but thinking about it drove me farther away from the kitchen sink. The pile would get even bigger, making it even more overwhelming. However when I stopped thinking… Continue reading Why We Should Focus Less On Our Finances

Dollars and Sense

10 Things I No Longer Buy

In my quest to buy less and save more, there's 10 things I've found that I can either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed: 1. Salad Dressing- It can be difficult to find a dressing that isn't expensive, yet doesn't have preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, unpronounceable ingredients, etc. In the past, a bottle… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy

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Don’t Be Afraid Of Your Finances

Everyone procrastinates, even the most "type A" of people. But procrastination is not always due to being lazy or being too busy. Some people procrastinate because they are perfectionists- if they can't do a task perfectly, they won't do it all. Some people procrastinate out of fear of facing the task- they assume the task will make them… Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid Of Your Finances