Do I really need it?
August 21, 2019
Some moments are harder than others when it comes to choosing to spend less or no money. As we get further into our journey with Project Money, we have been grappling with how much and when to change our decision making patterns when it comes to spending money.
Adventures in Summertime Budgeting
August 14, 2019
Emily survived the week on single-parent duty while Ginger was out of state for work last week! Planning, preparing, and dinners at family and friend's houses were key to a smooth week and staying in the budget. While Ginger had an amazing work trip, she missed her family and was excited to be home just in time for the weekend. In anticipation of extra expenses while traveling, Ginger took out $100 in cash and established that as a spending limit for her trip. This method was so successful that she made it back home with $20 to spare.
Consistency is Key!
August 7, 2019
Nothing too major happened this week; it's been more about practicing consistency. Not every week is going to have a major milestone or celebratory event. That is the reality of life and often after the honeymoon/initial excitement phase wears off, that's when old habits tend to resurface. So, we like to practice mindfulness and consistency with our commitment to our new habits. We regularly check our budget on Summit's Climbr multiple times a week to make sure we are still in alignment with our goals.
Sometimes you CAN get something for nothing!
July 31, 2019
As the summer gets underway, our garden has been providing many delicious harvests. For our meal planning this week we challenged ourselves to build each of our meals around something that we grow in our garden. Some highlights of this include:
Where did all that money come from?!
July 24, 2019
This has been a great week for us. We started our certificate plus (savings) a few weeks ago for our travel fund. We've been able to save $800 so far! This is incredibly exciting for us because one of our family goals is to travel so that we can experience the vastness of the world around us and raise our girls with a global, justice-oriented perspective. To start, we have decided to plan a mamas-only vacation for spring 2020 to reward our hard work in Project Money. This is a great goal to work towards!
Adventures in DIY (with help)
July 17, 2019
This weekend we experienced one of the many joys of home ownership, a clogged basement floor drain. Our air conditioner and dehumidifier both drain condensation into the same floor drain, and suddenly a small pond had developed in its spot. Emily did some googling and borrowed some tools from her dad, strapped on the rubber boots and waded in, determined to fix the problem herself and avoid a pricey call to a professional. After an hour, the water was cleared (thank you, shop-vac) but the clog was stubbornly persistent.