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Link Love: 53

rp_Link-Love-1024x102411111111-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x1024.jpg This was the first week back for the students at the school where I work. It’s been pretty eventful and I haven’t had much spare time, but I’ll get back into the swing of things soon. For now, there’s Link Love. And it never disappoints. 🙂

This was my favorite story of the week. (Although I think being “millennials” was irrelevant.) How Four Millennial Sisters Joined Forces To Demolish $182K Debt Within Two Years. I love how they worked together to get rid of their debt. So inspiring.

My finances sucked until I got over my fear of being poor. I need to get over that fear too.

Student loan debt and what presidential candidates are saying about it.

And similarly… 3 college students reveal, What it’s really like to default on your student loans. Gah, so sad.

“Zombie houses” are haunting New Jersey.

This tiny house was built for about $33,000. A little more than I would like to spend, but it’s a really well-laid out home.

This garage mini house is gorgeous. Painted black houses are so hot right now. 🙂

http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/facebook-should-pay-all-of-us

And one from the archives… How to find the best stuff at thrift shops (it’s not just luck!)

Let’s get to the weekend, already!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 50

Link Love Link Love is 50! 50 posts old! I hope you read that as Sally O’Malley. There’s some good stuff out there and I’m bringing it!

Our story was featured on a French site this week! (If you don’t speak French, you can translate it with Google Chrome.)

Did you know the CEO of Zappos lives in an Airstream in a trailer park?! Great minds think alike, folks.

“There is NOTHING more cleansing than throwing shit out.” YES, YES, YES.

Let’s all take mystery trips with our best friends! (Best friends, if you are reading, I am so down!)

What $1,500 a month in rent would get you in cities around the world.

These modern murals are insane. I love the flamingo.

This 11 foot wide home is LOVELY.

Sage Tidbits of Cleaning Advice I Learned from the Shakers.

Geneva makes a plain t-shirt into a classy halter top. I love this tutorial, usually cutting up t-shirts turns into a hot mess. This is so much classier.

5 ways to pay yourself first.

How hard are you trying, really. I love this one. Sometimes I am truly trying hard, but there’s other times where I just tell myself I’m trying hard. Ooops.

Don’t forget, on Monday we’ll be discussing Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life.* It’s a short read, so if you haven’t read it yet, you still have time.

This guy lives in a “teeny” house in the city with no bills, no debt and no waste. I can’t help but think it’d be easier to do in sunny, mild San Diego, but it’s definitively admirable and aspirational.

Did you find anything interesting this week? Talk to me in the comments!

love,
melanie

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What does “living small” mean?

What does living small mean?

I often talk about living small, but I don’t think I’ve ever defined it. I know many people talk about tiny living and the tiny house movement, but I don’t think that phrase is all-encompassing. It also seems that no one can agree on what constitutes “tiny.” I’ve seen measurements as small as 90 square feet up to 1,000 square feet. Living small, to me, is much less about the measurements and more about the lifestyle. Here’s what living small means to me:

Living below your means
Living small is first and foremost about living below your means. It’s looking at your budget and consciously renting or buying less than you can afford. It’s knowing that by sacrificing some physical room you open up other financial possibilities for yourself. It’s about more freedom.

Living with less stuff
Logistically, by living in a smaller house, you’ll have to live with less stuff. It’s physics or something! But it’s also about being aware of the things that you own. It’s knowing that things are just that… things. It’s knowing that the important things in life aren’t really things. The important things are people, experiences and happiness.

Make do and mend
Living small is also about making do with what you have. People who live small aren’t tempted by the biggest, shiniest new toy. They see potential in their old toys. They have a D.I.Y. attitude, and an entrepreneurial spirit. They know that they can put in the hard work and it will pay off.

Prioritizing your life
Living small is making intentional choices about what is important in your life. People who live small know that if they don’t prioritize their life, someone will prioritize it for them. By making a big, flashy house a priority, you intentionally or unintentionally give up some of your other priorities.

Living more life
People who live small know that by sacrificing space and things, they make more room in their life for life. With less mortgage payments, they can take that vacation they’ve always dreamed of. With less house maintenance, they can spend more time on beloved hobbies. And with more money they can work less and spend more time with family and friends.

Do you agree with my definition of “living small?” Do you live a small life? Would you like to share your house and story? Shoot me an email to be featured in a future blog post!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 45

rp_Link-Love-1024x102411111111-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024.jpg It’s that time of the week again! I’m giving out some love to the articles that made me think, laugh, cry and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?!?”

We’re on CBS News’ money blog! 7 Tiny Trailers Made Into Homes.

This 400 square foot home made from two trailers is gorgeous.

I’m over on Sarah Bagley’s blog podcasting it up about my destructive history of perfectionism and living small.

This small Tel Aviv apartment has no “real” doors.

These aren’t your mama’s prefabricated homes. 

Life after debt, experimenting with financial balance.

Breaking the influence of consumerism.

What is the best charitable cause in the world?

Leonardo DiCaprio is building an eco-resort.

Speaking of rediculous(ly expensive) vacations, I want to visit this Micronesian island! It’s home to a lake full of jellyfish with who have lost their stingers. Learning how to scuba dive is on my bucket list.

What’s on your bucket list? Talk to me in the comments!

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: 36

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DIY hammocks! This would be perfect for this summer.

This guy made over $2,00 from decluttering. 

Why this woman wears the exact same thing to work every day. I love this! And it’s such a cute outfit.

This woman spoofs 10 fashion ads. I love the Givenchy one.

This DIY pleated midi skirt is gorgeous and looks so professional. Maybe this this can be my uniform 😉

This rescue dog and baby are partners in crime and in fashion. The aviator hat KILLED me.

The 30 best hikes around the globe. I want to do all of them!

When others frustrate you. I need to bookmark this one!

The science of why you should spend your money on experiences, not things.

Simplify–it’s not just a nice idea.

That’s all folks!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 14

rp_Link-Love-1024x10241111111.jpg This week’s Link Love is a little early because I have a super special post scheduled tomorrow. (Say that 3 times fast!)

Strategies for cultivating a mindset of financial independence.

10 habits of high net-worth women.

Should we get married sooner to lower our taxes? I was surprised anyone said “no!”

I like country life, but if you’re a city mouse… The top 10 most affordable big cities in the U.S.

An old interview, but a goodie. Ramit has such an interesting take on money. Don’t sweat your daily latte.

Meet this family that built a tiny house for just $12,000! 

These tiny houses featured on Country Living are impressive.

This bus-home is killer.

How to secure your RV.

Mental health is so, so important. I don’t often talk about it here, but I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression in the past. I love Kyla’s honesty in this post: How I live (mostly happily) with depression and generalized anxiety disorder.

And because it’s almost Halloween…

28 stupid-easy costume ideas.

Apple snap cocktails!

Try a green, Slimer smoothie for a healthier Halloween treat.

I don’t know if I’m going to do much for Halloween this year. I’m kind of wiped out, but here’s some of my costumes from Halloween’s past.

love,
melanie