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…” This is when the cringes and the permanent Mr. Ick face comes into play. If you have no idea who I’m talking about, Google him. If you’re as old as me it may just bring back some childhood memories. Let’s just say Mr. Ick wants nothing to do with Extreme Cheapskates when they start urinating into plastic bottles and serving their house guests road kill. That’s why Mr. Ick and I highly suggest watching the show to get some money saving ideas and look away when the dumpster diving begins. With that in mind, let’s talk about 88 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.
Trust me, I am just as surprised as you are at this title. When I started my blog as a food and fitness blog in March 2017, I never would have imagined starting over with a whole new niche in September 2017. My life and priorities took a major flip and I decided the blog should come along with me (even if it meant I had to give up on the idea of making money from it.) Well, to my surprise, the blog did the exact opposite; it sky-rocketed and started making money. Now, this doesn’t mean that if you start trying to make your blog just like mine you’ll be successful. Quite the opposite. I say make your blog as unique to you as possible. Put the statistics and worry aside and stick to what you know and who you are. After that, let me share with you the strategies and techniques I used to tell you how I increased my blog traffic from 10K to 125K in 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 that we have finally gotten financial smart I want to share with you how to plan and save for a cheap family vacation that you will all enjoy!