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?
A lighthearted post about the meaning of life.
If you've been following along at home, you know I've set forth some guiding principles in my quest towards financial independence: spend less, spend thoughtfully, live happier, stop working for the man. I've decided not to cut every conceivable cost in doing this, but instead, to cut costs that are not bringing me joy while … Continue reading GOAAALS!
We’ve reached the end of our first full month of combined budgeting with my new and improved budgeting spreadsheet! Time to check in and see how we did. Some reminders: our focus has been on reducing spending. You’ll recall my shock and awe upon learning that in 2016 we appear to have spent $110,000. That … Continue reading Progress Report!
Funny how philosophical all this budget talk has become around the Greener Pasture$ household. I recently wrote about the little things adding up to big spending reductions. By focusing on these little things, all the ways in which we've unwittingly come to take modern luxuries for granted and, in some ways, become the blind, impulse-driven consumers … Continue reading Returning to a simpler time
Let's just put it out there. I LOVE to eat. I love to cook, I love going out to eat, I love thinking about, talking about, and reading about food. And yet, when it comes to getting thrifty, I identified food early on as an area where we have lots of room for improvement. But … Continue reading Food, glorious food.