Monthly Spending Report: November 2015

  November passed in a flurry of events! Between all my activities, events about town, friends visiting, our first big snow of the year and Thanksgiving I hardly had a chance to sit down and catch my breath. I spent about 16 total hours driving across 3 states for Thanksgiving, but the quality time with … Read more…

Balancing Travel and Savings

Like most people, I love going on vacations. Someone else cooks for a week in an exotic locale? Sign me up! But, traveling can get pricey fast. First class seats for the flights. 5 star hotels. Michelin starred restaurants. Guided tours. A personal masseuse. Champagne whenever you want. Ok now I’m just detailing the life … Read more…

Monthly Spending Report: October 2015

  In last month’s spending report, I said October would be a fun and busy month. Little did I know that the last 31 days would beat every expectation I had! My month started off with my Mom coming into town for a ‘just-us-girls-weekend’. We had a blast wandering through the quilt show (and spending … Read more…

Lessons from the Chautauqua

If I’ve learned one thing during my 25 years on this Earth, it’s that people are full of advice. Some of that advice is terrible. Some isn’t really applicable to your life. However, other tidbits offered by people have the potential to change your entire life. That was the case at the Chautauqua last week. There … Read more…

Monthly Spending Report: September 2015

  Someone wake up Billy Joel! September is definitely over now. The weather is starting to cool off (lower utility bills yay!) and pumpkin flavored everything is popping up all over the place. This month was full of fun activities, which included things like the start of the fall soccer season and getting a crash … Read more…

Buy Nothing Month Results

My goal for the month of August was to spend as little as humanly possible on non-necessary items, and cut down on my normal month spending. How’d I do!? I did GREAT! I’m not saying there isn’t room for improvement, because there is, but overall I’m thrilled with the results of my challenge.   Check … Read more…