Category: budget

budget, Refinance Student Loans

FINANCIAL GOALS FOR MY 30’S

Last weekend I turned the big 30! I told myself last year that I wasn’t going to get upset about turning 30, and I didn’t. There is power in positive thinking! Plus as everyone knows, 30 is the new 20. So I really feel great about being 30. But financially speaking, turning 30 has given …

budget, travel

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, law school

HOW TO STUDY FOR THE BAR EXAM WITH A BABY (AND ON A BUDGET!)

Are you a law student? Do you want to know how to study for the bar with a baby? I realize that this post will not be relevant to many of you. Plenty of you are not law students. But, this topic was important enough to me that I felt compelled to share what I …

budget, frugal living, Holidays

HOW TO DO EASTER ON A BUDGET

This year we are celebrating Easter on a budget. Obviously. (cough cough $600k of debt cough). I LOVE holidays. All the holidays. Even though I love them, in some ways it would be easy to just simply not celebrate them. Just think of the money we would save! But, come on, that is no way …

budget, eating healthy, frugal living, 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, frugal living, grocery shopping

GROCERY BUDGET MAKEOVER

Does your grocery budget make you want to hide under your sheets? Ours certainly has in the past. Which is why we looked into a Grocery Budget Makeover by Erin Chase. The majority of questions people ask us when they are starting out their budget tend to revolve around cutting out expenses. One easy way …

budget

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How did you get into $600k of student loan debt? Amber had $3500 in student loans from her undergraduate degree, and then tacked on another $45,000 for attending law school. Danny earned his Master’s degree for $60,000 and his dental school degree for close to $400,000. All of that plus interest rates as high as …