Tag Archives: finances

Link Love: 63

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Related: a quick, but useful primer on backpacking.

This Airstream trailer makeover is gorgeous!

Le shack! I know it’s only a retreat, but I could live there full-time.

6 things that helped me to stop worrying about money. I don’t know if I’ll ever stop worrying about money, but with a substantial savings account, I definitely worry about it less.

The joy of letting go of stress. “The problem is that we are holding onto what we want everyone else to be, what we want ourselves to be, what we’d like our work and families and life to be.”

Change your story to change your life.

Finances (and life) is a game of inches. Don’t get discouraged.

Perennial veggies?! I never even thought about it, but I need to add a few to my garden this year.

My friend, the Petersons, started their own tiny stove company! So proud of them. It makes me want to get one of my own!

Looking for cheap gifts? This chocolate almond ginger bark looks divine! I’ve also got some ideas on how to save on gifts and low-cost gifts to DIY.

I’m so looking forward to the holidays and a break. What about you?

love,
melanie

Link Love: 48

Link Love Anyone else just having one of those weeks that you can’t get motivated? I feel like I’ve done nothing but watch Call the Midwife this week. I’m all about productivity, but I think I just need a break, knowwhatI’msaying? Speaking of nice little breaks, it’s time for Link Love! So, sit back, grab a cuppa and relax with the best of the Internet!

Finding bundance in downsizing. A 1600 square foot house is still huge to me, but they did reduce their living space by 70% so I gotta give it to them.

Tiny houses skirt cities’ zoning rules. This is a big problem with the tiny house movement that no one likes talking about. Most tiny house dwellings are illegal in municipalities. To have lasting impact, that needs to change.

Is income inequality actually about housing? A really interesting theory that could be solved with you guessed it, smaller houses!

Waste less food by shopping often. This is the exact opposite of the strategy that I’ve been using. I’m not convinced I’m wrong though. Thoughts?

Is it possible to raise happy kids in affluence? An interesting read.

This 30 year old travels the world on $30,000 a year. He doesn’t have an IRA or retirement plans which is too risky for me, but I admire his chutzpah.

This teen paid for college by selling on Etsy. I worked three jobs in college and still couldn’t pay for school and my rent. This girl kills it. All the clapping emoji.

Minimalism is more about living intentionally than owning few things. I couldn’t agree more.

And similarly, Do less and live more.

Email curfews? Yes, please!

How do hotels feel about guests taking their stuff? I’ve always wanted to know.

That’s it, folks!

Happy almost weekend!
love,
melanie

Link Love: 39

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This man built a tiny home for his homeless neighbor. I think this is a step in the right direction, I truly believe tiny houses could help solve homelessness, but the house needs a few more amenities– like room to stand and a bathroom to make a real difference. What do you think?

America’s trailer parks: the residents may be poor, but the owners are getting rich. Ugh…

“The 1979 Bluebird International [bus] can rumble up to 55 mph on recycled vegetable oil, sleeps six; contains a hot-water shower, kitchen, fridge and freezer; sports floor-to-ceiling wood paneling; and features a music studio with stand-up piano.” Who knew you could fit a piano and 6 people on a bus?

The Ecotravelers sold their Airstream for a lot of reasons, but travel costs is one of them.

How to deal with expensive friends.

The coupon rules you can bend or break and the stores that let you.

You don’t have to be excited to be committed.

Beat procrastination with daily training.

How to travel the world in a wheelchair. So inspiring!

This journalist gave up her $95,000 job to move to the Caribbean. Do you, girl!

It’s almost the weekend!

love,
melanie

 

Link Love: 38

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What happens when rich people marry poor people.

Have ya’ll read about the CEO who raised the minimum wage at his company to $70,000? It’s a smart move for his employees, but it was also genius marketing!

Here’s how much millennials are earning in each state.  No wonder we can’t get ahead 🙁

The best and worst cities for renters.

Stick to your financial goals by making your goals EXCITING!!! Duh! You aren’t going to stick to a goal that doesn’t delight you.

This house is spacious and adorable, but super narrow. And it’s for sale. I could live there, no problem. Could you?

A step-by-step guide for simplifying your beauty routine.

8 reasons successful people are choosing to wear the same thing every day. I’ve been narrowing down my wardrobe lately to a sort of uniform. It’s made life so much easier.

10 simple things to make you happier at home. 

And just for fun… these little girls playing Metallica made my week. They kill it! 

Let’s get to the weekend, already!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 35

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Molly tried Rent the Runway and loved it! Such a good idea for the upcoming “wedding season.”

I’m talking about boredom and stress spending over on And Then We Saved.

Watch out for these products that charge more for “Women’s Versions.” Ugh!

The many ways retailers use coupons to trick you into spending more. YES! I say this all the time and so many people are like “nuh-uh! coupons work!” Not always, crazy coupon people.

Fathers, you can’t afford a stay-at-home mom. So touching. And I love that he did a financial breakdown and everything.

Tips for traveling with pets. We just traveled to Charleston with Bambi and these tips were super helpful.

My friend, Heather is taking a cross-country trip with her parents! She’s insane, in a good way. She’s documenting her travels in a blog. Check it out here.

I love quirky houses. This one is so charming in all the best ways.

This “awful library book” teaches you how to live in a van… it’s too real.

Your Internet habits create your reality.

And similarly, What we consume determines the lives we live.

If we are not busy, are we worthy? YES, YES, YES. ALL DAY, YES.

Things that scare me. Good lord, this one resonated.

And just for fun, this dog eating yogurt is my favorite thing ever.

See you on the flip side!

love,
melanie

Frugal Friday: Are you willing to have less to gain more?

Airstream through the trees copy Often times people tell me, “Oh, I could never do what you do.” “I could never be a minimalist.” “I could never live in 188 square feet.” But what I really hear is, “I’m not willing to have less stuff to gain more time, money or pursue my other dreams.”

Since we moved into the Airstream, I’ve found myself less preoccupied with household chores. Don’t get me wrong, I still have to cook and clean each day, but instead of cleaning 1,000 square feet, I only have 188 to clean.

Since we moved into the Airstream, I’ve saved about half my paycheck each month. That’s huge. Prior to living in the Airstream I spent every cent I made, and sometimes more than that. Now I have emergency savings, a 401K and a Roth IRA. I didn’t even know what those things were two years ago!

Since we moved into the Airstream, we’ve also been able to support my husband’s dream of being a full-time artist. Paying rent just wouldn’t be possible (at least in the beginning) with the unsteadiness of the artist’s paychecks. We don’t worry about that now. Whatever money he makes, he invests back into the business or saves. We don’t need that money to live.

Moving into the Airstream has also given me a chance to think about my own dreams– whatever those might be. Two years ago I didn’t even allow myself to dream because I was broke. What’s the point in dreaming when you know you are going to have to get up and go to work each morning until you’re 65 or 70 just to support yourself?

By living in less and with less I’ve gained so much more.

What are you willing to give up to gain? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie

Frugal Friday: Dreamers that Do

Dreamers that do This month I finally hit a milestone financial goal. I’ve saved a huge (to me) chunk of money and I am so very proud of myself. Saving this amount of money has given me peace of mind. Don’t get me wrong, I still worry about money, but I feel much more safe now. I have a buffer, a fall-back plan, a rainy day savings fund. But more than peace of mind, having this money has given me the ability to dream.

When I was living paycheck to paycheck, I thought well, I’m going to work like this until I die. And then maybe I’ll work some more when I’m dead. There was no end in sight and no room to dream. With money in the bank, I now feel that I have room to dream and plan how I live my life. It is so liberating. I don’t know what the future holds, but I feel free to live life on my terms. It’s a beautiful thing.

Has money changed your dreams for the better? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie