This post, and probably many after it, will respond to a question post on the ThriftyMrsB Facebook page from one of my friends, Angela. Her question: “Girl, I’d like to know how in the world you managed a $200/month grocery bill…” Angela is a newlywed going through the same struggle most of us do when we first get married or move out of our parents’ house. How do I grocery shop and not spend a TON of money? Let’s talk about saving money on groceries. [Read more…]
“Budgeting.” Just the word stresses some people out. We hear about budgeting and think that it means frustration, anxiety, micro-managing, and saying goodbye to our Starbucks grande caramel frappuccinos. Budgeting doesn’t have to be this way. If you haven’t read my Perspective & Budgeting post, please do. Once I had a budget, I felt more free to spend money on shopping, eating out, or entertainment because money was specifically set aside for that. It took away stress and replaced it with some guilt-free spending to keep up my motivation for saving and paying off debt.
What people don’t seem to understand is that there are so many budgeting systems out there to fit different preferences and personality types. I’m going to share five budgeting systems with you and you can decide for yourself what works for you. Although every system has it’s pros and cons, I’ll share what my husband and I use to make our budget easy to operate. [Read more…]
Taste Test: Hasselback Chicken
Hello all, this delicious recipe for Hasselback Chicken came from Lois at walkingonsunshinerecipes.com. My husband and I really enjoyed it, so I’m excited to share it with you! The best part is that it is a healthy recipe. Now you all probably have already sensed that we aren’t overly particular about what we eat. We try to be smart, eat lots of fruits and veggies and lean proteins, and limit desserts. We are by no means health experts, nor do I even count calories. I am happy for those of you who do. Kudos to you. Anyway, without farther ado . . . Hasselback Chicken! [Read more…]
Have you ever been envious of people who seem to have so much money to give away? You know, those people who give expensive presents, generous donations to churches or missionaries, and can afford to pick up the check every time they go out to eat with others. As a newlywed, I get jealous of people like that quickly. I think things like, “If I had more, I’d be more of a blessing to other people.” While it is true that the more you have the more you can (and should) give, giving doesn’t have to start with having a lot of money. In fact, I believe in giving while in debt. [Read more…]
This taste test recipe comes from the Venturists, Sean and Jen, at www.venturists.net. The recipe is Chicken Paprikash, a Hungarian comfort-food dish. The very cool thing about this taste test is that I originally tried authentic chicken paprikash in Austria last May, and I fell in love. It was definitely the best meal that I ate in Europe.
Saturday morning, I was texting my husband who was spending his day helping someone run somewhat of an estate sale in their home. Remember my post about increasing income and working side jobs? He’s the man when it comes to that. Anyway, he texted me that a few of the helpers were bringing their own stuff to sell alongside the client’s, and he asked if I wanted to drop anything by to sell. I told him that I couldn’t really think of anything that we needed to get rid of and he replied, “Yeah, you’ve been downsizing a lot lately so we don’t really have anything.”
Cue Kristen’s belly laughter. [Read more…]
Have you ever watched those shows and specials on television about hoarders? I sit there, condescending and sarcastic, saying out loud, “I would never let my house look that bad!” While I try to keep that promise to myself, deep down I know I still have way too many hair and makeup products not to mention about 7 pairs of shoes that I keep because “they go with that one outfit that I sometimes think about wearing.” [Read more…]
Hello, excuse me while I wipe the chocolate off my mouth. Let me tell you about “Taste Test” number 2: Twix Cookies. This recipe for Twix cookies was originally pinned (back when they called it “pinning” and not “saving”—errg) from “This Grandma Is Fun.” To keep recipe credit there, I won’t share a detailed recipe. However, I will share my tweaks, mistakes (yeah seriously), and my review! [Read more…]
If you’ve been following along with my series on debt, I’m sure you are motivated and want to get debt free and/or stay debt free. A question people often struggle with on the road to debt recovery, “What do I pay first?” A big factor to consider in that discussion is interest. [Read more…]
“So, why did you get married so young?”
Favorite question ever. My husband and I got married three weeks before I turned 21. Yes, I was 20 when I got married. In our receiving line at the wedding we still had people telling us that they hoped we would last because we were so young. “Thanks, and thank you for coming.” [Read more…]