If you are new to budgeting, it can be a tough thing to get the hang of. At least it was for us. First of all, it’s tough to lay everything out to begin with. When you’re used to just letting money spend itself it can be tricky trying to tell it where to go. Then there are those weeks or months where you feel like the entire budget blows up in your face and you are left scrambling to figure out what went wrong. Don’t worry, I’m here to tell you-you’re not alone and give you a game plan on what to do if this has happened to you. So let’s talk what to do when budgeting goes wrong.
Whenever I watch shows like Extreme Cheapskates, I usually start out thinking, “That’s a pretty good idea, actually!” “Oh my gosh, we could totally do that to save some cash!” Then, of course, there is the turning point where I start going, “Okay…yup…too far…too far…” So what ideas from the show are actually something people could use in their own home? I dug through them all to come up with 87 Extreme Cheapskates money hacks that are actually pretty normal. So normal you might actually be able to use them without changing your life or bailing on your dignity.
When we made the move from our big house to our “starter home,” I knew I wanted to make our home feel cozy and authentic to who we are as a family. I didn’t want to spend all my time shopping for brand new things that most of my neighbors also had in their homes. Creating an original home was important to me and now, every day (when the dishes are put away) I feel content and cozy in our little house. I accomplished this more simple look by changing the way I decorated. A minimalist home makeover is totally doable without breaking the bank. Here are 8 frugal ways you can create a cozy home that is unique to you and your family.
I was blogging for 7 months before I decided to give up. You see, I had been blogging about food and fitness and honestly, it all felt forced and fake. Once I decided to write what I know, the blog took off. Not all on it’s own, of course. For 7 months, the most views I had had per month were around 5K. In October that number shot to 10K and by January my views were at 125K! Now I want to break down for you exactly how I increased my page views from 10K to 125K in just 3 months!
Taking vacations has always been something that has been important in our family. We try to get away a few times a year, even if it’s only for a weekend. When planning these vacations, very little planning actually used to go into them. We made snap decisions with our finances that just would up making life more stressful when we returned from vacation. Now we have finally gotten financial smart. Naturally, I want to share with you how to plan and save for a cheap family vacation that you will all enjoy and get every possible discount!