Author: ChristinaRRoot

13 Beautiful Quality Cash Envelope Systems You Won’t Hate

We have been working really hard to get out of debt this year. IT’s my goal to be out of debt by the end of the year, which is a pretty tall order considering Ian makes around $40k, and we have $21k left to go in our snowball. We’re living pretty simply, doing things like skipping on family vacations, and I have a crazy awesome shopping routine that’s saving us a ton on our food budget. If you’re struggling, it may help you, so check it out here. Nowadays we use a no-cash digital envelope system, but there was...

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Grilled Salmon and Roasted Asparagus – 30 Minute Dinner!

I really like food, and recently I’ve been wanting to branch out from my usual “tastes good, easy to make” and make some more unique dinners that are a little more elegant. I’m also in the beginning of a challenge some of my friends and I are doing, called the 60 Day Trim Up Challenge. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s been a good reason to break out of my funk and make some meals that are amazing and delicious, but not hard on the hips! I ordered my groceries online this week, if you missed that post...

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Weekly Groceries and Meal Plan January 16, 2017

When you order your groceries online it’s a lot easier to price check each item, which is part of the reason I don’t shop at multiple stores and still don’t spend a lot on groceries. You can read about my weekly routine here, which has saved/made us thousands of dollars at this point, not to mention all the time it saves me doing the actual shopping online. So, this week I changed things up a bit. Recently our grocery budget has been $150 every two weeks, which met our needs but didn’t leave a lot of room for snacks, so...

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How We Paid Our Rent with AirBNB

I heard about AirBNB from my best friend, who travels a ton and uses it to save thousands of dollars a year for her business expenses. I thought it was awesome, but figured it would never work for us because most people wouldn’t want an entire family in their house. When Ian got hired for his job that moved us here to West Virginia, and then got laid off just before we moved, we went into panic mode. We’d only just then reached our $1,000 emergency savings and that was all we had to our name. We decided to...

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How to Get Freebies and Avoid the Clutter

I love freebies. Seriously. At one point, when I was into extreme couponing, I spent probably 10-15 hours a week signing up for freebies and entering giveaways. I’ve gotten a lot of awesome things through signing up for free stuff, but also got some junk and got really frustrated when I had a gazillion emails in my inbox. Now, I sometimes struggle with my desire for a minimalist home and my love of acquiring free things. Now, I work really hard to maintain a balance so my life is filled with things I love, not just junk. The time I spent...

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