Cutting Expenses to the Bone

Cutting Expenses to the Bone

Cutting expenses to the bone can help widen the gap between your expenses and your paycheck. Not only that, but it can create real momentum towards your savings goals! As a nation, we stalk rock stars, super stars, divas, and obsess over their…
how to stop spending money on unnecessary things

How to Stop Spending Money on Unnecessary Things

Strategies for how to stop spending money on unnecessary things, and instead use your income -- what you work so hard on earning, day in and day out -- on more of the things you want in life.  It's so great that you're wondering…
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Yes. We Have a Gym Membership

I've said it before, but not nearly enough: there's a reason why it's called personal finance. Not every cookie cutter solution is going to work for your particular situation, your household makeup, your needs, or your wants. In much of…
average household grocery bill

We Reveal Our Grocery Store Receipt Creep, Plus a Roundup of Grocery Savings Posts

Our grocery bill is out of control! Let's look at the average household grocery bill, and ways to cut down on yours --and ours -- so that we can use that money somewhere else. I could easily have named this post the egregiously long (but super-honest)…
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Don't Make this Simple Banking Mistake (We Did) Before Taking Your Next Trip

Recently we celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. While I commemorated such an awesome occasion on Frugal Confessions by discussing all the lessons I've learned about couples' finances in those five years (you'll want to read about what…
pet costs

A Very Un-Frugal Confession: We Rescued a Dog

This past July I was standing in the front parking lot of my office waiting for Paul to pick me up from work when I saw a big white body mass under a car. It was hot, it was dry, and I was afraid of what I was actually looking at. When I got…