Category: budget

budget

HOW TO TAKE A VACATION ON A BUDGET

Ah, it is starting to smell like the sweet smells of summer around here. Freshly cut grass, chlorine, warm rain, you know, all those good smells. Summer always has me thinking about vacation. Vacations are trickier these days now that we are whittling away at paying off our $600k of student loan debt.  Despite that …

budget, eating healthy, grocery shopping

HOW TO EAT HEALTHY ON A BUDGET

How can I eat healthy on a budget? Grocery shopping on a budget is tricky enough but what about grocery shopping for healthy foods on a tight budget? Is it possible? Will I have to bury myself in hundreds of coupons and get confrontational with my cashier who will inevitably reject my coupons at check out? Since we …

budget, frugal living

HOW TO SUCCEED ON A NO SPEND CHALLENGE

Have you heard of a “no spend challenge”? Basically, how you do a no spend challenge is… you don’t spend any money! haha. Super complicated! 😉 As part of our FinFit-30 Challenge, last week we challenged our readers to not spend any money from Monday through Friday (the work week). We called it a “no spend …

budget, DIY, Holidays

25 CHEAP OR FREE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

The Christmas season can be expensive. And I mean like, really expensive. There are so many gatherings and parties and people to shop for, places to go, and things to see. But do we really have to overspend to have a merry Christmas? This year, I am saying NO. No to the overspending, no to …

budget, debt, finances

HOW TO CREATE A BUDGET THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

Most of my life, my philosophy on creating my budget has been, “don’t spend money, ever.” Or, to put it more accurately, “always try to spend the least amount of money possible on anything.” Think this Saturday Night Live Skit with Steve Martin and Amy Poehler: There are problems with my former theory. We simply …

budget, frugal living, travel

The Cost of Camping

  We love traveling. We love hiking. We love camping. We basically love everything outdoors. Who doesn’t? Anyway, camping is our go-to cheap activity these days. We justify it, claiming to ourselves that its cheap, its fun, it gets us out of the house and unplugged. With that, we thought it was high time given our own personal …