The Best Preparation for Tomorrow
Author: Melanie Gnau

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“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I struggle with preparing for tomorrow. It’s so unknown. How should I save for retirement? How much should I save? What if I don’t make it to retirement? What if I never get to retire?!? At the end of the day, I can’t worry too much about it. All I can do is my best. And my best is saving what I can today.

How are you doing your best today? Let’s chat in the comments!


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Don’t Let Life Discourage You
Author: Melanie Gnau

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“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” – Richard L. Evans

It’s so easy to get discouraged when doing a Spending Fast. Life “stuff” creeps in and disrupts our perfect plans. But in those moments when life gets you down, take solace in beginning. Everyone who has had even the tiniest bit of success has struggled to get where they are today. It’s not about luck, it’s about resilience.

How are you remaining resilient? Let’s chat in the comments!


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Living Tiny: Andrea and Brady’s Sunny San Diego RV
Author: Melanie Gnau

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This is Minimalism Week here on ATWS! Take advantage of 10% off the all-inclusive Fearless Minimalist Guide by pre-ordering today. Use code: letsdothis20. Happy New Year! 

At ATWS we’re interested in challenging the norm of debt and spending. That’s why once a month we feature people who have gone to (what some would say) extreme means with their living situations to get out of debt, save money and live a simpler life. Today we have a tour with Andrea and Brady. They’re a young couple from Minnesota currently living in a RV in sunny San Diego! Take it away, Andrea!


Hi, my name is Andrea Gaalswyk. I’m an Account Producer that works remotely for an Advertising & Design agency based out of Minneapolis, MN. My husband, Brady, also works remotely as a dispatcher for his family-owned trucking company based out of Southern Minnesota. We are currently parked in San Diego, CA and have been living in the RV for about 4 months.

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Minimalism By Default
Author: Jim

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It’s Minimalism Week here on And Then We Saved! Today, get 15% off How to be a Fearless Minimalist in a Cluttered World by pre-ordering! Read more about the guide here or click here to pre-order the all-inclusive guide now

Today we’re sharing Jim’s story. He’s a fellow Coloradan and he became a minimalist by default. Below is his story… – Anna


Not wanting to work with my soon to be ex-wife and her soon to be next husband, I took a new job some distance from home. I spent the following two months getting that home ready for sale. When the Colorado snow moved in, an hour commute became well over two. Needing to be at work on time I bought a zero degree sleeping bag and began sleeping in the back of my truck between shifts. I boiled down my life to exist out of my truck and eliminate the commute. Small bag of clothes, toiletries, a cooler. This was only supposed to be temporary. A means to an end. Sell the house, find a place closer to work and start over.

Start over buying all the stuff I was now getting rid of. Get rid of the couch, then eventually buy a new one. Dump the TV, buy another. Kitchen supplies, those too. I have seriously lost 3 or 4 meat thermometers at the end of relationships. This was my plan, get rid of everything then ‘start over,’ trading my future labor to do it. Growing up in New Jersey in the 90s this is what I learned. You get married, then divorced, then lose half your stuff, then spend the next several years buying the stuff you lost, then do it again. It was common and I thought I was no different.

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How to be a Fearless Minimalist in a Cluttered World – Pre-Order!
Author: Anna Newell Jones

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Do you ever get the feeling that what you’re doing isn’t working? You’re overwhelmed, stressed, and you never have enough time to focus on the things you used to love. If this sounds familiar then the How to be a Fearless Minimalist in a Cluttered World guide was made for you.


I get it. I’ve been there and I found a way out. Finally, I have time to do things that make me feel like me again (lifting weights, camping, taking photographs for my personal work, growing our wedding photography business, reading just for fun [I had forgotten that was possible], playing with my son without thinking about everything else I should be doing, catching up on the phone with my sisters for hours, working on my overall personal development, and watching Dr. Phil;) Minimalism is what got me to this place and I want to share all I know with you so you can get your life back too.


It’s time to stop feeling overwhelmed. It’s time to let go of what’s no longer serving you. It’s time to start being who you’re meant to be. It’s time to start enjoying your life again. It’s time to stop being dominated by things and responsibilities that aren’t honoring your true self.


“Without reading your guide I could have ever cleared out 4 rooms in my house. I still have a bit more to go but I already feel amazing! Now I feel really good about letting things go from my life that I don’t completely love!” – Julianne


 “I love that you explain why giving away all but a certain arbitrary number of physical things will never change your mindset, but when you change your mindset, extra and unnecessary things are so easily let go of- and they won’t return in the form of more things.” – Andrea Cobb


“Every part of life feels like a hamster wheel sometimes. Taking a minimalist approach to my social and work life is something I’m focusing on so I can be home with more time for ME.” – Kelly Thiel


Click here to pre-order the all-inclusive guide now!


What You Get:

  • Techniques for applying minimalism to all areas of your life: home, social, career, and even your technology
  • A down-to-earth and doable approach to minimalism
  • Freedom from stuff
  • Permission to be YOURSELF as a minimalist
  • Strategies for how to part with the things that you may be keeping for the wrong reasons
  • Techniques for how to cull your wardrobe, friendships, and everything in between
  • Tips for how to live simply so can make your life easier
  • A more organized and less stressed life
  • More time for yourself and what you love


The How to be a Fearless Minimalist in a Cluttered World guide will teach you how to apply minimalism to your life so can stop the endless cycle of being stressed and overwhelmed.  There is a different way to live!


Buy the Fearless Minimalist Guide. Start the new year with a clean state. FINALLY clear away the clutter. FINALLY have time to do what you want. FINALLY be free.


It’s time to get your life back.

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“The Fearless Minimalist guide is super valuable tool that can be used again and again as you go through different parts of your home and life.” – Kelly Thiel 

“Anyone who makes the financial and time investment in this program will be elated with the product, the process and the results.” – Andrea Cobb


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People Who Say It Cannot Be Done
Author: Melanie Gnau

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“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” -Unknown

We’ve all got that one person (or people!) in our lives that tell us it cannot be done. We can’t save more money, we can’t get out of debt, we can’t achieve our dreams. But those people don’t know how truly powerful you are. Don’t let them interrupt you. Keep doing it.

How are you ignoring the naysayers? Let me know in the comments!



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Everything is Hard Before It Is Easy
Author: Melanie Gnau

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“Everything is hard before it is easy.” -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

We were all beginners at some point. We don’t remember it, but it was hard to crawl and it was hard to walk. It was hard to learn to read and write. It was hard to learn how to save. But over time, things become easier. Saving money gets easier, I promise.

Has saving money become easier for you? Talk to me in the comments!

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5 Easy Ways to Recycle Old Stuff Online (For a Profit!)
Author: Melanie Gnau

5 Easy Ways to Recycle Stuff Online

When I was a kid, my sister and I would collect aluminum cans from everyone in the neighborhood. We’d spend hours collecting, sorting and smashing the cans– the smashing was the fun part! Then, when we had filled enough trash bags to fill the back of my dad’s truck, we’d take them to the local scrap yard. One truck load was about $100. As a kid that $100 bucks felt like a million.

Today I’ve got less time on my hands, so I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to recycle my old stuff online. We’ve all heard of old standards, like Amazon and Craigslist, but those sites require listing your item, shipping costs and possibly meeting with a stranger. Here’s a couple of safe and easy ways I’ve found to recycle my old stuff online for a profit.

1. Recycle Clothes with ThreadUp
With ThreadUp, you order a “Clean Out Kit” via their website, pack it full of your old brand name clothes and return it via mail. You’ll receive store credit on their website, you can donate the money or you can get cold, hard cash (via Paypal). ThreadUp has pretty high standards, so not all of your clothes will make the cut. The clothes that don’t make the cut will be passed on to third party sellers or repurposed into new items like carpets and pillow stuffing.

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