Here at ATWS we’re interested in challenging the norm of debt and spending. In “Living Tiny” we focus on 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 Seth K. Hughes and Drea Knufken giving us the grand tour of their Airstream home. Seth is a photographer and Drea is a writer and content strategist. They’ve been working and traveling full-time in their Airstream trailer for a year and a half. Take it away, Seth and Drea!
We decided to move into a tiny house because we wanted the freedom to travel and explore with our dog while continuing to build our businesses. Moving into an Airstream was an ideal way to meet all three requirements. Read More »
“The art is not in making money, but in keeping it.”
Sometimes making money can be a challenge. We work hard for the money, right?! But the art is being able to hold on to the pennies in your pocket. The art is putting those pennies into a savings account. The art is waiting to cash in those pennies until we truly need it.
What clever or artful ways have you kept your money safe? Talk to me in the comments!
For most of us, the commute to work is something that can’t be avoided. Commutes are a drain on both your time and money. Whether your commute is 10 minutes or two hours, here are some tips that can help you save money.
Buddy up and avoid driving every day. It’s good for your wallet and the environment. On the days that it’s your turn to drive (if you are using major highways), utilize the HOV lanes for more efficient driving.
2. Car maintenance
Having your car properly tuned will help save on gasoline costs. Proper tire pressure, new air filters and regular oil changes will keep your car running smoothly and burning gas efficiently.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you do not have. Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
When you’re in the midst of a Savings Diet or a Spending Fast, it’s easy to think about the things you are missing out on. Good ol’ F.O.M.O. But it’s just as important to remember how far you’ve come and how much you saved. Six months, three months or just a month ago, you were wishing that you could save some money and now you have! You’re doing things that you only wished for. You’re amazing! Don’t spoil that!
How have you remained grateful during your saving journey? Let’s chat in the comments!
The world of gaming is not something I’m familiar with, at all. So when Jamal reached out I was super interested in his experience with how he’s made a bit of money gaming and thought you might be too. :) Anna
Insider Scoop: How to Make Money Playing Video Games
Generally, the gaming universe is in direct contrast with the working world. Gaming in the past has been associated with the introverted teenager or negligent adult who is wasteful with free time.
However, breaking all stereotypes, the two worlds are beginning to merge, with gaming now a viable career to the skilled joystick holder and places of work integrating gaming as an alternative to the hourly lunch break.
As much as our inner children jump for joy at the idea of being a professional gamer, the ratio of your average to pro gamer are insurmountable. So much so, that it cannot even be considered, unless your boss is willing to allow gaming leave, for the foreseeable future. After that stinging blow, the dreams of nerdy office dwellers can be heard shattering throughout cubicles, but, now, its time to pour salt in the wound.
Many of these pro gamers that you are so envious of are self-made millionaires — from playing video games.
To the readers who are not sobbing into their keyboards, this feels like the perfect segue to inform you that while you likely won’t be able to make millions you too can actually make some money from playing video games. While you won’t be able to leave your day job you can very easily pick up some spare change, just from playing a couple hours every evening. Not bad, right?
I’ve listed the methods that have worked for me (note that these are not surefire formulas, and they are also not the only techniques out there). Be sure to do your own research to maximize your extra income.
So you’re ready to start earning more this year? Whether you want to be more aggressive about paying off student loans, dig yourself out of credit card debt, or save toward a down payment or vacation, making extra money on the side is a smart strategy for working toward your goals.
While you could simply get a part-time job, I’m going to focus on entrepreneurial ventures — side jobs where you control your time and rates. Instead of working the shifts you’re given for a set wage, you’ll be your own boss, deciding what you do, when you do it and how much you make.
Whether you’re thinking of starting a side business that could eventually become your full-time job or you just want to earn a little extra cash on the weekends, I’ve got you covered. How will you earn more money this year?
People get into debt for a variety of reasons, but one of the big ones is spending money before you have it. And it’s so easy to do, right? We whip out that credit card one too many times and suddenly we’ve got a bigger balance than we can pay. It happens to the best of us. I’ve recently taken to leaving my credit cards at home so I don’t have the temptation to swipe recklessly.
How have you stopped yourself from spending money before you have it? Talk to me in the comments!
I just have to tell you that my jaw dropped when I read Ashley’s email. You’ll see why when you read about her inspiring story. She got creative, tapped into her skills, maximized her time, and in doing so was able to completely change the course of her life. Um, yeah. She’s totally inspiring! – Anna
I just wanted to let you know our story. About a year and a half ago, my then-boyfriend and I were talking about getting married. My parents don’t have much money, so we knew we would have to pay for the event ourselves. Then, I worked as a server at Olive Garden, and my boyfriend had just moved to the area and was in the process of finding a job. We needed money. Neither of us were very smart spenders or savers, so I started fishing around the Internet looking for help/advice, and I stumbled upon your blog. Your story is so amazing! How you were able to pay off so much debt in such a short amount of time is amazing! Your posts were entertaining and informative and I was glued to the screen all night.
Hi, I'm Anna! I paid off close to 24k in debt in only 15 months & it completely changed my life! I want you to have a debt-free life too so here you'll be able to read all about: How to do a Spending Fast®, saving & making more money, DIY's, & a lot about living awesomely with less. Also! We're building a Tiny House and we're going to be on Tiny House Nation. Follow along!!
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