Minimalism: Getting on Board

Minimalism has become a huge movement, both in and out of the PF blogosphere. Luckily for us PF bloggers, minimalism and frugality go hand in hand (for the most part). But unluckily for me, I’m not a very frugal or minimalistic person by nature. No, instead I’m a shopaholic working hard to change my ways. Yes, […]

Breaking up with Debt for Good

Today, Melanie from Dear Debt is taking over the blog and we are excited to have her sharing her debt story with us! Debt and I have been in it for the long haul. I signed my student loan papers at age 17 – a whopping 12 years ago. The thing is, when I was […]

How Much Does Your Stuff Cost?

Recently, minimalism has become all the rage around the PF blogosphere. Lots of PF bloggers have discovered how minimalism and being frugal can go hand-in-hand to help you save money and balance your budget. What your “stuff” is truly costing you, beyond just the sticker price, may shock you. Cost of the Space it Takes […]

We’re Dirty Hippies Now

And by dirty hippies, I mean environmentally-conscious. Portland has turned us into granola-munching tree huggers…ish. Coming from the Midwest and being part of a super Republican family, I laughed when this whole “green fad” started. (February is apparently the month of Erin making fun of herself.)  After all, only hippies would care about lame things […]

Minimalism: My Shit Doesn’t Own Me

I am what you might call a hardcore minimalist. I have a limited wardrobe, exactly enough utensils and dishes for my husband and I to eat at the same time (yeah, I’m totally serious), and no knick knacks whatsoever. I like nice things, I just don’t feel the need to have an abundance of them. […]

How to Make Your Apartment Livable On the Cheap(ish)

Do you know what happens when you move across the country and only bring what will fit in a Ford Focus? You have to buy stuff to live. Well, you don’t have to — but I’m a big fan of not sleeping on the floor. As such, we’ve spent a decent chunk of cash on […]

Two Weeks Notice

Something must be in the personal finance blogger water. Recently, both Jessica of Mo’ Money, Mo’ Houses and Vanessa of Vanessa’s Money have announced that they are moving across the country to cities where they don’t have jobs lined up yet. And now, I’m happy to announce, I am doing the same thing. I put […]

Minimalism: I’m easier to shop for than you!

As you all undoubtedly know, the greatest day of the year is only a week away. For anyone new, the greatest day of the year is my birthday, June 5th. While some people prefer “major” holidays like Christmas, Halloween, or Easter, I am not really a fan of anyone taking my spotlight – whether it […]

Minimalism: Less Stuff = Less Cleaning

I discovered the personal finance blogosphere in January 2012. I had just graduated and started my first “real job” and I knew that I would need to budget my new and much higher income responsibly. Just kidding. I was trying to figure out how to make my student loans go away without any effort. I have […]

I didn’t mean to be frugal, honest!

When people start budgeting to pay off debt or save up for a goal, they generally try to “frugalize”. They cut back on things they don’t value and sometimes they even cut back on things they do value in order to reach their goals quicker. That sounds like it sucks. Obviously if I had led […]