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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*

#Mins Game- Week One


In my last post, I shared my plans to play the Minimalism Game this month, a somewhat crazy challenge inspired by The Minimalists.

Plans for July


July is going to be a busy month for me. I'm leaving one job, starting a brand new full-time job, and possibly hanging on to one of my current part-time jobs to pick-up shifts occasionally to help our finances. We're also going to be starting the home inspection process of buying our first house!

Financial Update: June 2017 - Pausing the Snowball...Again


June has been an exciting month. I got a start date for a new full-time, day shift (!!!) nursing job with higher pay and benefits. We put in an offer on a house, went through some negotiation, and are currently under contract and awaiting a home inspection. Big life changes!

And often, with big life changes comes financial insecurity.