Raise your hand if you want to start saving some money right now and start padding that savings account! Saving money is hard hard work am I right? Bills pile up, debt needs to be repaid, emergencies happen and things just need to be bought. Life isn’t simple and sometimes putting anything away at all is downright impossible. We’re a frugal family by choice. What started off as a lifestyle change to help us pay down a whopping 21k in consumer credit card debt turned into a lifelong commitment when we realized how much happier and more fulfilled we were by spending less and saving more. Once we paid down that heap of debt we started putting the same amount of money into our savings and were able to purchase our home with over a 50% down payment. Our frugal lifestyle choices not only allowed us to make debt a…

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Morning folks and happy Friday Saturday! This post was supposed to go live yesterday morning but Margsy was sick overnight Thursday and we spent the morning snuggling and watching movies. Baby girl got her 18-month vaccines on Thursday afternoon and around 3am Friday morning she spiked a pretty high fever. We dozed off and on but she clearly wasn’t feeling her greatest so I put down the phone and shut down the laptop to give her as much TLC as possible. Here’s hoping that we’ve passed the worst of the side effects! We’re expecting a ton of rain this weekend which is extra disappointing since Mer is home and can’t enjoy the same gorgeous weather we’ve had having all week. Margsy and I have spent our days lounging outside, playing and getting ourselves wet with our own DIY sprinkler and dips in the pool. Her confidence in the water is…

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This post is sponsored by BBQ Scraper. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting TTBH. Morning friends! How was your weekend? We were at a beautiful wedding on Saturday and rather than recovering from our super late night (think 3am) we were up and busy at 8am Sunday morning. After swimming lessons, a trip to the grocery store and a meeting with a potential daycare for Margsy we headed back to the house to get going on preparing some delicious food for our out guests who arrived at around place right around lunch time for a BBQ. I’m exhausted today but it was oh so worth it! Also, stay tuned for an awesome giveaway in honor of both Father’s Day and the beginning of the grilling season at the bottom of this post! Grilling and chilling is probably our favorite summer activity. Seriously, nothing beats hanging…

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Morning folks! It’s been a busy week in these parts and today I want to share some of the happenings with ya’ll. I also wanted to start chronicling our frugal lifestyle in a more hands on “live” type of way so I’m testing out a Frugal Friday series where I give you fine folks an update on all things frugal and lifestyle related going on in our house. Last weekend was busy. We headed out to the country where we farm a large plot of land to stockpile veggies for the winter. This is a huge money saver for us since we’re able to feed our family fresh, pesticide free produce throughout the winter without spending a penny. Mer had some maintenance stuff to get done like cutting the grass and some clean up. So, Margs and I took advantage and spent some quality time watching dad hard at work,…

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Don’t forget to enter the 50$ paypal gift certificate giveaway! Head on over to enter if you haven’t already! When Mer and I first met I was 22 years old. At the time, I was a poor university student, obsessed with all things material and downright impressed by Mer’s cool set of wheels. We met in the month of April and Mer had just purchased his first vehicle: a brand new SUV. He treated that truck like his baby. He washed it weekly and pampered it like a proud papa would. To the outside world it looked awesome, impressive even but what no one knew was the ugly truth that that truck was costing Mer nearly 700$ a month for 5 years. Holy hell – that’s a ton of money right? Frugal math tells me that the truck with interest cost Mer nearly $42 000!! I think the notion of…

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This post is sponsored by Harmonic Soft. All opinions are my own. Thank you for kindly supporting TTBH. One of the disadvantages of living a frugal lifestyle is falling into food ruts. Frugal living in our house comes with a  sense of living on autopilot and once we figured out a general meal plan that appeals to us and stays on budget we stick to it week after week. Although our meals are generally healthy and balanced they do tend to be redundant because we’ve automated the process of grocery shopping to stay on budget and feed our family 3 meals per day for at most 100$ per week. So, when Harmonic Soft the creators of the Recipe Calendar – Meal Planner reached out about working with their product I jumped on the opportunity because this awesome app allows you to peruse new recipes, add your own and generate a…

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Good morning from my backyard patio! The weather round these parts has been glorious and Margs and I have been spending as much time outdoors as possible. The sunshine is such a welcomed change from the cold rainy weather April brought us so we’re taking full advantage and enjoying our time together outside. During her nap times I often set up her pack n play on the back patio and while she sleeps I get some blog work done. It’s so so nice to work and take in the beautiful weather. Last week I told you fine folks about how wonderful bartering is and today I want to show you all what recent barter transactions we’ve made. Bartering is such a wonderful way to get items you need at no cost and to declutter your own home in the process! But, this post isn’t geared at telling you about bartering…

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