Zero-Waste: Solid Shampoo Bars

Finding ways to eliminate packaging, especially plastic, is key to going zero-waste. I discovered shampoo bars a few years ago, and haven’t looked back. Depending on which shampoo bar you choose, some come completely package free. And I especially love them when I travel, because you don’t have to worry about the liquids restriction on … Continue reading Zero-Waste: Solid Shampoo Bars

Weekly Budget: Time to Switch Gears

I’m back! Sorry for the lack of posts, but a bad cold kicked my butt last week. I’m just now feeling like myself, except for a really annoying cough. Despite missing a post, I’m going to focus only on last week’s spending. We finally finished our garden beds and plant buying, for the most part. … Continue reading Weekly Budget: Time to Switch Gears

Weekly Budget: Spending Money Like We Have It

I’m starting to think that this wasn’t the best time to start this feature. This past week hasn’t been much better in terms of spending. Between gardening supplies, and our bedroom update, we’ve been spending money like we have it (spoiler alert: we don’t). Groceries: $174.37 Slightly better than last week, but those quick grocery … Continue reading Weekly Budget: Spending Money Like We Have It

Zero-Debt Goal: So Close, Yet So Far Away

I like instant gratification. Who doesn’t like instant gratification? The problem with paying off a large sum of debt, I’ve found, is that even if you pay a nice chunk on it, it’s still only a drop in the bucket of the overall amount. Which makes it really, really hard to stay motivated. There’s the … Continue reading Zero-Debt Goal: So Close, Yet So Far Away

Weekly Budget: A Few Steps Forward, A Few Steps Back

Note: I'm going to be posting a weekly budget update every Monday. It's a look back at the previous week's spending, warts and all. As you'll see from today's post, we definitely have room for improvement. This was an odd week for us in terms of expenses. We’re usually not big spenders, especially on eating … Continue reading Weekly Budget: A Few Steps Forward, A Few Steps Back

Book Review: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark

When it comes to free or cheap entertainment, reading is one of my favorite pastimes. Lately, I've been bitten by the true crime bug. I know it's extremely popular right now, but I find it all so fascinating. My interest has even extended from true crime books to true crime podcasts (any murderinos out there?). … Continue reading Book Review: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark

Weekly Budget: Food Is My Weakness

Since paying off our student loans is our number one priority, we’ve learned to keep our expenses low. (I’ll post our budget, along with the spreadsheet I’ve used for years, here soon.) The one place we struggle with, however, is our grocery budget. Thankfully, I really enjoy cooking, so that means we eat at home … Continue reading Weekly Budget: Food Is My Weakness