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.

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


“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


in De-Clutter, Minimalism, Simple Living, Take Action!
People Who Say It Cannot Be Done
Author: Melanie Gnau

People Who Say It Cannot Be Done - And Then We Saved

“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!



in Motivation
Everything is Hard Before It Is Easy
Author: Melanie Gnau

Everything is Hard Before It is Easy -And Then We Saved

“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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in Clothing/Accessories Swap, De-Clutter, Enough (Crap, Debt, Guilt)
If All You Can Do Is Crawl, Start Crawling
Author: Melanie Gnau

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“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.” -Rumi

When I first started my Spending Diet, I looked at my finances and thought, “I don’t make enough money to save anything!” At the time, I was being a touch dramatic, but more than anything I needed to change my mindset. I needed to know that the small amount of money I could save adds up over time. And once I started crawling toward saving more money, I used that momentum to learn to walk, and eventually run to my savings goal.

How are you learning to crawl? Let’s chat in the comments.

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in Motivation
Living Tiny: The Longnecker’s 5th Wheel RV Adventure
Author: Melanie Gnau

Living Tiny: The Longnecker's 5th Wheel RV Adventure | And Then We Saved

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 the Longnecker family. The Longneckers are a family of six that recently sold their house to live a life of adventure in a 5th wheel trailer. Take it away, ya’ll! Read More »


in Living Tiny (Home Tours)
4 Ways to Add Variety (& Nutrition) to Your Diet While Saving Money
Author: Anna Newell Jones

4 Ways to Add Variety (& Nutrition) to Your Diet While Saving Money |

When in money-saving mode, it can seem like your whole life gets stuck in a rut. You do the same things every night, wear the same things without the chance to go shopping, and eat the same things day after day in the name of frugality, and that’s smart and responsible. However, it’s also boring as hell. If you’ve tried saving money at one time or another, I’m sure you can relate.

I noticed that what I used to do as a vegetarian was I would try to live off of simple carbohydrates. Peanut butter sandwich for breakfast, rice and beans for lunch, chips and salsa for a snack—these are all cheap and easy meals using mostly non-perishable foods, and it’s no wonder that I turned to them time and time again. But this kind of a diet isn’t sustainable in the long run. It doesn’t offer our bodies enough nutrition, no matter how kind it may be to our wallets.

So what’s to be done? If you can’t afford much, how can you feed your body what it needs?

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in Food, Groceries, & Recipes
Real Simple Podcast: Adulthood Made Easy – How to do a Spending Fast
Author: Anna Newell Jones

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Okay, so, if you know me in “real life” you know that I’m kind of into obsessed with podcasts. I love podcasts because they’re free, they’re interesting, and because you can hear and learn about practically anything you have ever been interested in, ever. In a way they remind of how it must’ve been back in the old days when people used to sit around the radio because TV didn’t exist yet.

So, something really cool happened. I got to be on a podcast for the very first time! I’m hoping with my book coming out in April (The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living) that I’ll get to be on more of them because it was a fun experience. The podcast aired earlier this week but you can still hear it right here: Real Simple Podcast: Adulthood Made Easy – How to do a Spending Fast. The host is named Sam Zabell and hopefully this doesn’t sound too creepy but I love her voice. You know how some people just have great voices? She’s got one of ’em. Semi-creepy comment aside;), just wanted check-in and put up this quick post to let you know about the podcast airing and please let me know what your favorite podcasts are in the comments because I would love to check them out and add them to my listening list.



in Press & Interviews, Spending Fast, The Book! (Spender's Guide to Debt Free Living)
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