Have you ever been in that stage of life where a major emergency hits and you feel totally unprepared? This was basically how Tom and I lived our lives for years. We let ourselves be blindsided by everything from vet bills, to car repairs, doctor visits, holidays and even some random kid’s birthday party. Something would blindside up and we were left scrambling to find the funds to pay for it. This meant we usually turned to our credit card…because it was for emergencies after all. The sad thing was, most of these things weren’t actually emergencies. We knew the holidays were coming, we know our car will have problems eventually. Kids get sick. Pets get sick. None of these things are all that surprising. So how do you prepare for the expected unexpected? Sinking Funds! I’ve got a Sinking Funds tracker to help you plan for life’s unfortunate events so you aren’t left in a financial panic.
Minimalism is meant to be about more than just the possessions that you own or the possessions that you let go of. It’s about a mindset, a way of life. Minimalism should help you to live an all-around simpler existence. But beyond downsizing your home or decluttering your stuff, how can you downsize your life? What changes can you make that can have a ripple effect on everything else? There is one simple word that can help you out in 3 major areas of your life.
You may or may not have heard of Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball, but if you have, believe me, you’re going to want to hear how we managed to make the snowball even faster. In just 6 months, we were able to pay off over $6,000 worth of debt! If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be able to put $1,000 per month toward debt I would have told you you were crazy. We were living paycheck to paycheck. There was no way. Here’s the breakdown of how we made it happen and how you can too.
When we downsized our house, I knew it was going to take some creativity to fit our family of 5 into a space that was nearly 2,000 square feet smaller. See our full story here. Being a recovering shopaholic one of my biggest problem areas has always been my closet. Imagine how much bigger of a problem my wardrobe became after we had a smaller closet and I started using our bedroom as an office as well! Thankfully the Konmari method saved me big time and helped me transform my wardrobe.
People just don’t seem to get the minimalist concept of not always buying toys for kids. The truth is, there are so many more valuable, fun, life-changing things that a child can benefit from. Below is a list of non-toy gift ideas that you can get for that special kid in your life.
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