July’s Collective Savings Totals are In!

July Collective Savings | AndThenWeSaved.com

It’s that time of the month where we get to see how all the hard work we’ve been doing with the Spending Fast and Spending Diets have been paying off!  I’m happy to report we’re back on track with another GREAT month! Are you ready? In July, we saved an incredible $80,997.78! That brings our Collective Savings total to $2,707,071.36!  You…

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Create The Capacity To Receive It

Create the capacity to receive it | Andthenwesaved.com

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.” -Rabindranath Tagore Sometimes creating capacity to receive things means carving out time in your day for you or creating a small space in your home to exercise, or write, or pay bills. Creating capacity is essential to help you achieve your goals. Things will…

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5 Ways I Reduced My Spending to Pay Off Credit Card Debt Faster

5 Ways to Reduce Spending to Get Out of Credit Card Debt Faster

  Having lived in a bustling city, where you find you are required to pay for things left, right and center, using my credit card just felt like a natural impulse and a much easier way to get what I wanted faster. It basically felt like free money! However, after a while, I started dreading the delivery of my credit…

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Renovating Like a Pro Without the Money Woes

Renovating Like a Pro Without the Money Woes | AndThenWeSaved.com

A lot has been said about us millennials, and something else came up recently. A  survey released in May by Houzz & Home, a home remodeling and design platform, said more and more millennials, especially those who bought a house last year, are renovating their homes. The cost? An average of $26,200 to $33,800. However, Hearth.com says the drawback is the financial constraint home upgrades and renovations entail. They add that only one out of four millennials have basic financial literacy. I guess this all boils down to…

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Run Over If You Just Sit There

Run over if you just sit there | Andthenwesaved.com

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers A reminder that you’re doing swell, just keep it up! Don’t stay complacent too long. How are you keeping on pace and keeping up with your goals? Chat with me in the comments. SaveSave

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Mandi’s Spending Fast Update: Overcoming Setbacks

Spending Fast Update: Overcoming Setbacks | AndThenWeSaved.com

I officially finished the first month of my Spending Fast. Did I spend no money for an entire month? No, actually. When a friend I hadn’t seen in a while called me to ask if I wanted to get coffee in our local park, I said yes. I was too embarrassed to say no because I didn’t want to spend any money. However, instead of getting coffee…

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Commitment is an Act, Not a Word

Commitment is an act, not a word | Andthenwesaved.com

“Commitment is an act, not a word.” -Jean-Paul Sartre Nobody cares about what you say you are going to do, people care about what you have done. Act on your goals, don’t just talk about them. Get up and crush those goals! How are you acting on your goals? Chat with me in the comments!

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How Recognizing Patterns is Helping Me Avoid Future Debt

How Recognizing Patterns is Helping Me Avoid | AndThenWeSaved.com

When I read “Get out of Debt” advice, I often get frustrated at its tone-deafness and overall uselessness. Telling people to give up daily Starbucks coffee or stop paying for cable packages is tired, outdated advice that ignores most people’s financial reality. I’ve never been able to afford $3 (or more) a day for coffee, and I don’t know anyone under forty who ever has paid for cable…

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How I Saved $100K in 3 Years

How I Saved $100K in 3 Years | AndThenWeSaved.com

Right after I graduated from college, I got a job with a starting salary of $54,000, which was more like $40,000 after taxes. A little more than three years later, I had saved $100,000.  I had never made that much money in my life. Not too long after I started working, I discovered personal finance bloggers, including Anna. She just was beginning her Spending Fast and I was totally motivated to see how much I could…

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June’s Collective Savings Totals are In!

June Collective Savings | AndThenWeSaved.com

  It’s that time of the month where we get to see how all the hard work we’ve been doing with the Spending Fast and Spending Diets have been paying off!  We had another great month!  Seriously, I’m constantly blown away! Are you ready? In June, we saved $29,032.71!  Not as much as past months, but still incredible progress! That brings…

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A Curator, Rather Than a Consumer

A curator, rather than a consumer

“Think of yourself as a curator, rather than a consumer.” -Christine Koh We’re told each and every day to consume, consume, consume! We NEED those new boots and that trip to the Bahamas and that new, shorter hairdo. But instead of mindlessly consuming, we need to have a vision for our lives and stick with that vision ruthlessly. Is your…

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Real-Life Spending Faster: Mandi

Real-Life Spending Faster: Mandi | AndThenWeSaved.com

Hi, my name is Mandi and I’m a repeat Spending Faster. Let me explain: I’m originally from Nashville, TN, but moved to the UK in December 2011 to be with my British husband, Terry, after five years of international dating. During those five years, I had graduated from college with $50,000 in student loans. I also had paid for one heck of a lot of plane trips on…

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