Living Tiny: Seth and Drea’s Airstream – Home Tour
Author: Melanie Gnau

Living Tiny: Seth and Drea's Airstream - Home Tour |

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 »


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The Art Is Not In Making Money, But In Keeping It
Author: Melanie Gnau

The art is not in making money, but in keeping it

“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!


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25 Ways to Save Money (and time) on your commute
Author: Anna Newell Jones

25 Ways to Save Money on Your Commute |

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.

1. Carpool 

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.

3. Public transportation

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in Career & Work, How To, Practical Solutions, Simple Living
Do Not Spoil What You Have By Desiring What You Do Not Have
Author: Melanie Gnau

Do Not Spoil What You Do Have By Wishing For What You Don't Have |

“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!


in Motivation
29 Ways to Make Money
Author: Heather van der Hoop

29 Ways to Make Money |

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?

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Never Spend Your Money Before You Have It
Author: Melanie Gnau

Never Spend Your Money Before You Have It |

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!


in Motivation
One Reader’s Unbelievable Success Story!
Author: Ashley Arnett

Change the Course of Your Life | And Then We Saved

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


Hi 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.

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  • Anna

    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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