My first memory of Maria was in the beginning of her freshmen year of college while we were walking out of the BCM building to go play capture the flag at midnight. I don’t know how but it came up that we both knew Mandarin, but we had a quick bonding moment before walking out the door. And by “we both knew Mandarin” what I really mean was it turned out that I only knew one sentence because I visited for a summer and she was fluent because she actually lived in China for part of her life – but I was excited to share my five words anyway. Continue reading
Okay, so this one isn’t our bathroom, but it was pretty close… I just accidentally on purpose forgot to take a before picture. Continue reading
This past summer, Morgan got married. A little while after she posted on FB that they were averaging $128/month in groceries for their first 3 months, including all food and household products. Which means, they were feeding themselves 2-3 meals daily on $2.00/day!
You might want to say that it’s beginners luck, but it’s more than a half year later and they are still nailing their grocery budget. After my nearly 3 years of being married and 11 months of hosting a community budget blog… well let’s just say I am not always down t0 $128… yet! Continue reading
I feel like this decision is where it all started. Continue reading
What am I supposed to do with all of this stuff? Should I even have any of this stuff? Continue reading
If you take a look around, you may notice that you will not see the typical clickable advertisements, product review posts, or mass email of products of partnering organizations on Fat Soul Slim Kitchen… Continue reading
How do you get and keep your recipes? Continue reading
Yes. You read right. We changed the oil for our date night. Continue reading
Having another reason not to buy something other than “its not in the budget” has actually been really helpful. If it’s a last minute want or something we can’t decide on – we just defer to “Oh, we’re on a spending freeze, so we can’t buy anything.” Continue reading
A month ago we did a semi-spending freeze where we just did our usual once-a-week grocery run getting the normal necessities (aka didn’t stock pile for the spending freeze) and then tried to not spend any money at all otherwise (except for bills of course). Except for a few car parts and 1 lunch out, it went really well – so, we tried it again the next week. Continue reading
Copying is the biggest form of flattery, right? I’m not going to lie, I did not think about making a Christmas card holder wreath this year. My friend, craft blogging at The Cozy Nest, had a picture of dyeing clothespins the same night I was doing the Advent calendar out of clothespins, and she mentioned the wreath idea when I asked what they were for. Continue reading
Christmas tree shopping as a kid was my one of my other favorite Christmas traditions. We went to Lowes (classy right!), ate up all the free gingersnaps and hot apple cider while we argued over which tree had the best form.
I would end up picking one quickly and then feeling really bad for that tree when we picked another one. Yes, trees totally have feelings and can feel abandoned.
Christmas for us is about celebrating the birth of our savior. So, I’m not exactly sure the history of how Christmas became the biggest spending time of the year. Anyone got a nutshell version of our the evolution to our present day Christmas culture? Continue reading
Growing up, we had a cloth December calendar where each day had a slot that would fit a Hershey’s kiss that my brother and I would always fight over. It was one of my favorite traditions. Continue reading
It started as most of my ways to save ideas start – I ran out of something, didn’t want to buy it, and then I found something I already had to replace it. Continue reading