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)

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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

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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

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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

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense

A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

  Have you ever looked at Instagram fashionistas and thought, "I love how they mix patterns, but I just don't know how to do that for myself"? Or saw someone on the street who rocked a patterned top and skirt, but couldn't figure out why the items looked so good together? You can mix patterns like a… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

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How To Spot Designer Details In Thrift Store Finds

    There's thrift store items that I've kept forever and some that got returned within a year. I return (and buy) items less often now after noticing why the items would end up getting returned. What was the difference? I started to really analyze the quality of an item by looking at specific aspects of… Continue reading How To Spot Designer Details In Thrift Store Finds

Abode, Vacations & Traveling

The 2016 Tiny House Festival

  I was so excited to learn that there is such a thing as a "tiny house festival"! If you're not familiar with tiny homes, they are usually under 500 square feet (with many under 300, especially the mobile ones), and they come in all shapes and types. (Check out my post 10 Reasons To Live In… Continue reading The 2016 Tiny House Festival

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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?

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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

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10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

I love watching house hunting shows (even though yes, they are staged- and even the buyers may not be real- whaaat?), especially the ones about "tiny houses." A "tiny house" does not have an exact definition, but it is usually a home under 500 sq. ft. To put that in perspective, the average size of… Continue reading 10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

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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)

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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

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One Dress Or 1,710 Diapers?

Every so often something fun shows up in the mail, but the majority of it is junk mail and flyers each week. Most of it ends up in the recycling bin without me looking at it, but I love to window shop through the Hanna Andersson catalogue now that I have a child. I would have… Continue reading One Dress Or 1,710 Diapers?

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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

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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