Living on $13,000 or Less: Work Hard Play Hard

The Cheap Date list: Compiled from a year that this family lived on less than $13,000-including rent.

How our family lived on $13,000 during graduate school-without food stamps, medicare, or subsidized housing.

This is part 16 of the Living on $13,000 or Less series. Click through if you missed earlier posts.

 

I learned early in my marriage that the best way to start a new habit was to bribe myself. Yup, I totally bribed myself left and right. I needed to start doing dishes more often-by hand I might add. So I got ice cream if I stayed on top of it the whole week. I had to do 5 loads of laundry at the laundromat? Cookies were my game.

I was a reeeeaaaaallly great housekeeper at the beginning of our marriage-ah hem ah hem. But I’ve come a long way. It wasn’t always food, those were the cheap ones we could afford at that time. Having something fun really motivates me.

Just like those new habits, chronic frugal living can totally burn you out. It takes a lot of time, effort, and discipline to do it. So you need to throw some fun in there and if you’re like me, some bribes.

I do need to add in here that fun is not an extra thing, it is not a waste of time to fit in when convenient. It is a necessity! Our brains, bodies, and spirits need some down time in our days and weeks. If we go, go, go, we’ll eventually break, break, break. It’s counter intuitive but relaxation is a crucial part of productivity.

 

So here’s our productivity enhancer list—A.K.A. Our Cheap Date List (more…)

The Two Words that Broke My Heart

I don’t even know what to write, where to start. Life has been so overwhelming this summer. The phone calls, the blatant discrimination, the prayers, the unshed tears. I couldn’t cry—crying just makes it real. The researching, the waiting, finally seeing doctors—the bills. All to start the cycle of phone calls again.

I’ve tried over and over to broach this subject and I haven’t been able to. But today my heart is so heavy, I just have to write my emotions out. So please humor me, as I step out of my creative/inspiration mode. Today I’m writing for me. (more…)

Living on $13,000 or Less: It Takes Money to Get Money

Fabulous ideas of how to use your money more effectively no matter how little you've got! -Living on $13,000 or less: It takes money to get money

How our family lived on $13,000 during graduate school-without food stamps, medicare, or subsidized housing.

This is part 15 of the Living on $13,000 or Less series. Click through if you missed earlier posts.

 

It takes money to get money

That’s a phrase I do not often agree with. I believe in happening to life, not reacting to it. It’s far more fun to create awesome solutions than just grumble on the couch. But…there is something to be said for money helping you get more money. Having a financial buffer allows you to avoid crisis (more…)

Living on $13,000 or Less: Time is Money

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How our family lived on $13,000 during graduate school-without food stamps, medicare, or subsidized housing.

This is part 14 of the Living on $13,000 or Less series. Click through if you missed earlier posts.

 

Wahoo! I just found a deal, 80% off the new leopard print eyelash extension/curler all in one combo pack! I’ve always wanted this versatile tool! Who knew they made that right!? Don’t mind me hon, I’m just going back out for the 15th time today. I’ll be back soon! Oh, and would you get the kids a snack? Sunny’s gnawing on her arm again…

Let’s get real

I don’t think even extreme couponers act that way, and yet reading frugal blogs can feel like you should shop—all. the. time. (more…)

Tardis Games Winners

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Happy Tardis games! And may the odds be ever in your favor. Now before we begin, I have a very special message brought to you all the way from…

Kidding, just kidding. Here’s the winners from the Tardis giveaway. (more…)