Way back when Mer and I were ultra money wasters we never and I mean never brown bagged lunches. We sucked at organizing ourselves food wise and so it only made sense to pass by the food court or drive through to get something to eat at lunch hour. We seemed to never be prepared, never have enough food, never have enough energy and never be organized enough to actually pack anything to take for lunch. Apparently we never ran out of excuses too! The worst part? There were ALWAYS leftovers sitting in our fridge begging to be eaten. Worse even is that those leftovers often got thrown straight into the garbage because we’d forget about them and let them spoil. We were so incredibly lazy and really had no idea how much our bad  habit was costing us so we kept spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars each month…

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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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I like to keep things simple. The second anything in my life gets complicated my anxiety starts to flare up and I abandon ship. So, when it came to finding a grocery shopping strategy that would help us save money and have enough food to sustain us all week I had to come up with something that was easy, efficient and produced results. With a little experimentation and tweaking I’ve come up with a 5 part system that allows us to keep our grocery bill under 100$ each week with enough food to feed our family of three, 3 meals per day with snacks for an entire week with no take out or last minute pizza deliveries thrown in! Before approaching our grocery shopping this way, we were totally the family that spent over 200$ a week and still ended up ordering take out because there appeared to be no…

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It’s no secret that Mer and I live a frugal lifestyle. Actually, we come from a long line of frugal gurus and despite getting a little off-track in our 20s we tend to really live by the mantra that excess doesn’t bring happiness or joy to our lives. As a result, we really limit our spending and most months we can keep our expenses at around 1000$. Recently, we watched an episode of Extreme Cheapskates. We were drawn to it because of our frugal tendencies but after watching I was left questioning if living frugally means the same thing as living cheaply. My resounding answer is no – it’s absolutely different. Here are a few reasons why! Frugal living is about prioritizing and saving for a larger life goal. We don’t live frugally to hoard away all our money and never spend it. Quite the opposite actually.  We live frugally…

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Do you own any LuLaroe? If not, let me briefly explain what this company is and does. Essentially, LuLaroe is best known for making incredibly soft and comfortable leggings in a variety of fun, unique and creative patterns. Additionally, they make comfortable shirts, dresses and kimonos that can be mix and matched to create comfortable yet put together looks for women. Roughly six months ago, I was in the market for a few new pieces of clothing. A few of my tights were badly frayed and as a result I was in desperate need of new pants that were both comfortable and appropriate to venture out in. I especially love wearing tights because they feel less constricting than jeans and most of the time wearing a long shirt over top makes for a cute outfit that is perfectly acceptable to venture to the grocery store or play group in. Usually,…

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Good morning! I hope you are all well!!! I’m super excited to share that I’ve got a guest post being published over at Ditch The Stuff later today. Hailey kindly asked me to share some of my ideas about minimalism and family life and was generous enough to offer me space on her blog to discuss how we navigate minimalism as a family. So, if you’ve got a minute and want to have a read please feel free to head on over! Thank you, thank you thank you for sharing kind words, experiences and advice with me last Tuesday when I opened up about our scary weekend with Margs and some anxiety I was dealing with after visiting our pediatrician. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for your support.  I am so honored to have such wonderful people following my journey and taking the time to share their…

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Over the weekend Mer and I were treated to a day off so we could head out on an adventure just the two of us. We’re really strange when it comes to spending time away from Margs. We often complain that we need a break but when a break is so generously offered to us all we can think about is rushing through our “free” time so we can be reunited with Margs. One weekend a few months back we literally drove around aimlessly because we had no idea what to do with ourselves while Margs spent the afternoon with her grandparents. She adores being there because she gets spoiled rotten so we have absolutely no excuse for not relaxing and enjoying our time away. I’m embarrassed to admit that we ended up doing our weekly grocery and running a few errands that day- exciting stuff hunh? Mer surprised me…

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