Mindless Frugality: When Saving Money Goes Too Far

As a general rule, before making a purchase online, I search retailmenot (no, I’m not an affiliate, I just love the site!) for any coupon codes I should be using.   I then also check Upromise for rebates towards college savings (because why WOULDN’T you want extra $$ going into your little one’s college account).  If all else…

Frugal Upgrade: Repainting Car Roof with BedLiner

I wasn’t sure what category to put this blog post in.  Ultimately, I decided to put it in Money Matters, because it’s about not only saving money but also making do with what you already have.  As a professional who makes just under 6 figures a year, I’m fairly regularly asked why I drive a…

Dog-Sitting Site Comparison: DogVacay vs. Rover.com

A little under three years ago, we decided to explore dog-sitting to bring in a few extra dollars.  It made sense – we were regularly fostering dogs for a couple of local rescue organizations, and so had plenty of experience with dogs coming in and out of the house.  In addition, our three older dogs…

6 Lessons I’ve Learned About Buying a Project Boat

Over the past several years we’ve purchased, restored and sold several project boats.  I should add that, for our purposes, we’re referring to project boats that are easily trailerable (read: less than 30 feet long) power boats, typically with outboard motors. We’ve now flipped quite a few of these boats, that we’ve lovingly spent weekends…

2017: What’s Coming

Over the weekend, Don and I had a chance to sit down and really take a look at what we want to accomplish in 2017.  It was an amazing process – and I’m happy to welcome Don as he kicks off a new blog series here on fishing, and outboard boat motor repair. More exciting,…

Settlement Success: Settling an Unpaid Medical Bill

Recently, we discovered an unpaid medical bill (from a laboratory) from 2014 that had apparently been overlooked by Don.  He’s not great with administrative and paperwork-related tasks (sorry, honey!), so it was mid-2016 before a collections notice came to the house and I realized that this bill was more than 2 years overdue! Of course,…

Lessons in Gratitude

I consider myself a fairly grateful person.  I am well aware that I am blessed in many areas of my life, not least of which include: Health Finances (even while in debt!) Friendship Family Romance (hello – engaged to be married, remember?) However, that said, we’re in a phase right now where I frequently find…

3 Reasons You Should Be Using Digit for Automatic Savings

Okay, I admit I’ve seen people talking about Digit in the past.  It’s an app that claims to automatically analyze your spending patterns and painlessly (and sort of behind-your-back) transfer money to savings for you, when it thinks you won’t notice.  In other words, in theory at least, it looks at your checking account activity…