Spending money is a habit that you've formed over your lifetime. Maybe over the course of years, as your income has increased perhaps, your spending has also crept up. For most people, relatively small everyday purchases don't raise alarm bells -- they just happen. They're reflexive and responsive ("I need new work clothes. I'll just … Continue reading Tips from the trenches: the wish list.
Summer was rough on the olde budget. July was horrible, but I chalked it up to the fact that I gave birth to our second child that month, and we were off our normal routines. Then, somehow, August was even worse. A lesser team would have crumbled, heads hung in defeat, cheeks stinging with shame … Continue reading TPS report: Mission Stabilized
It's time for another installment of delicious food for not much cash! (See the last one here.) Last night, I adapted this thai coconut curry recipe to suit what I had on hand, and I recommend you do the same! Here's what I did: Ingredients: 1 package extra firm tofu 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 … Continue reading Tasty cheap-a$$ eats!
In an old yoga DVD of mine, the instructor suggests that as you practice yoga more, you'll start gravitating towards cleaner things in life -- cleaner food, cleaner energy, etc. I've found this to be true of exercise generally. Once I get into a good routine, I naturally find myself craving healthier foods. This is … Continue reading Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — Healthier spending habits, healthier planet!
I recently listened to episode 91 of Paula Pant's "Afford Anything" podcast in which she discusses growing the gap between earnings and spending. She advocates focusing on what she identifies as the 4 biggest expenses: housing, transportation, food, and taxes. (For our family, I would add childcare to that list -- it is one of … Continue reading Are small daily changes really worth the trouble?
I understand that spending money and buying things doesn't lead to greater overall happiness. Yet I keep wanting THINGS. The number of times a THING pops into my head that I think I want to spend money on is frankly a little overwhelming. And, a quick little tour through July's spending reveals about $1900 spent on … Continue reading Kill your desire.
Phew. July is over. It was our worst spending month since starting this journey. Granted, we had a baby this month (yay!), which threw us 100% off our routines... so... I'm not going to beat myself up too much over it. But it still doesn't feel good. Today, though, my mother-in-law, who came to help … Continue reading Course Correction
Oh hi! With all my talk about food savings and eating well, I thought it might be nice to share some specific success stories. With that, I'm launching this mini-series on recipes we've cooked that have been cheap and great. We're cooking all the time, so I won't bore you with every meal -- usually, … Continue reading El cheapo delicious dinner.
Y'all. Despite the aforementioned spendy moments, we are making great strides over here in the Greener Pasture$ household. Our spending is down and our savings are up, with a big difference seen in our variable (non-fixed) spending. YAY! Time to celebrate and reflect. Here's the big picture -- a comparison of our fixed and … Continue reading So? How are we doing?
In the past few months, we've had many successes to report. But recently, we've also had some expenditures that feel out of line with our new goals. And yet... it's surprisingly hard to tell. I used be on the e-mail lists of a few of my favorite clothing stores so I could get notified of … Continue reading Are we saving money, or just getting better at justifying spending?