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Ways We're Stretching Money


2017 has been a tumultuous year for us financially. After unstable work, moving, and changing vehicles, we're trying extra hard here at the end to get our heads above the water. Here are a few new ways we're stretching our money these days.

Resuming the Snowball


Our debt snowball has been on hold since June.

Life has been pretty hectic since then. We've changed vehicles, moved out of our apartment, bought a house, begun remodeling the house, and gone through some job-related financial hardships and changed jobs (twice, actually).

After all this transition, I'm excited to finally be settling into our new home and establishing a new sense of normalcy. And with that, a brand new budget and an updated list of debts.

The Renovation Begins


We've turned in the keys to our apartment, said goodbye to its three flights of stairs, and fully moved into the new house. And I must admit, our new abode is in a state of disarray. With gutted walls, drywall dust, and various holes in the floors and ceiling, it's pretty much a chaotic danger zone.

Yes. The renovation has begun.

Finding Our Homestead: An Update


Back in June, I shared that my husband and I are in the process of becoming homeowners for the first time. I wrote briefly about making an offer on a house and putting our debt snowball on hold, and I thought that now, several weeks deeper into the process, I'd go into a little more detail about what it has been like. Because as someone who has always lived with my parents or rented from a landlord, I've been completely clueless from the start.

After #MinsGame


When you spend 31 days tossing out 496 things you don't need, it's going to affect you.

10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries


Like most people, the largest chunk of our cash budget each month goes to groceries. It's by far the biggest category. Since this tends to be our main money-spender, I thought I'd share some ways we've reduced our grocery expenses as we work toward our goal of debt freedom.

#Mins Game - Final Week


I feel the need to share that this game never got as difficult as I expected it to, and I keep asking myself if that means I did something wrong.

#Mins Game - Week Three


Three weeks in, and it's only now starting to get difficult.

Five Years


Five years ago today, I launched Life Is For Living with this blog post.

#Mins Game- Week Two


I'm two weeks in, and I'm feeling good. I've already filled up two large cardboard boxes and multiple grocery sacks full of things to sell or donate. Week One was an easy start, perhaps too easy, and Week Two was only slightly more difficult. I have so much junk to get rid of, I'm currently thinking I could play this game again next month.

Then I remember the numbers for the last week. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31... *gulp*