What You Can Do Without

What you can do without

“Progress is discovering what you can do without.” -Marty Rubin It’s always surprising to me how much lighter I feel when I get rid of things, both physically and emotionally. Even though I often fight it, it feels so much better to learn what I can do without. How are you discovering what you can do without? Talk to me…


27 Ways to Save Money When You Have a Baby

27 Ways to Save Money When You Have a Baby | AndThenWeSaved.com

Having a baby is no doubt the most expensive thing you ever will do in your adult life. Having one child cuts deeply enough into your budget, but those with two, three or nineteen – like that family on TV – must come up with some pretty creative ways to save money. Here are 27 tips to help you save…


Collective Savings Totals are In – We’ve Saved Over Two Million and a Half Dollars!

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! Today, I’ve got BIG news!  Are you ready for this?!  We have now saved OVER TWO MILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS as a community!  My.mind.is.blown.  SO AMAZING! Are you ready…


The Joy of Achievement

The joy of achievement

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it is in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt It may be a cliché, but life is really all about the journey. Simply possessing money will never make us happy. Working towards an end goal that truly matters and making our money work…


7 New Ways to Save Money (That You Haven’t Heard Yet)

7 new money saving tips you haven't heard yet

If you’re like me, you’re probably finding it hard to keep your spending in check. Saving money can be difficult, especially with the cost of living on the rise. Whether you’re saving for a big expenditure like a wedding or down payment on a new home, or if you just want to keep your monthly expenses in order, you’ve probably…


How to Save Money Installing Your Own Sprinklers

My backyard was, until June 9, half dirt and half weeds. A contractor wanted $6,000 to install sprinklers and topsoil. But, with a father and uncle who had installed sprinklers before, I figured I could save money by doing it myself. Here’s how we did it, and how much money we saved … How to Save Money Installing Your Own…


Not satisfied If It Were Doubled

Not satisfied if it were doubled

“You say ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” -Charles Spurgeon We all know those people who are never satisfied. With anything! Ever! I don’t want to be one of those people. Yes, I…


And Then My Side Gig Became So Much More…

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  Let’s get personal… diary entry time…? This is a biggin’ so settle in…   My Husband Lost His Job    I haven’t talked about this here but back in June my husband lost his job. He was a photo stylist for a large sporting goods company and they went bankrupt. We didn’t have much warning that it was happening and pretty suddenly he…


How a Zero-Waste Lifestyle Leads to Saving Money

First, I was obsessed with frugality. It becomes obvious that frugality is easier if you buy only necessities that last, so minimalism emerged. Now, I’ve found frugality and minimalism progress into zero-waste principles. The zero-waste lifestyle is a commitment, but to honor Earth Day, here are some budget-friendly options to get you started. There is an initial investment for purchase…


No Loss of Enthusiasm

No loss of Enthusiasm

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill We all fail. All the time. Sometimes every day. Sometimes twice a day! Maybe even hourly. But the best thing we can do is remember that failure is normal. It’s healthy. It teaches us to do better next time. And when we remember to normalize failure,…


Sarah’s Spending Fast Update: Knocking Debt Out

Hey guys! What’s new with you? I’m starting to see the light at the end of the seasonal tunnel. Things won’t be in full swing for another month or so, but at least I’m over the hump. And for the first time, I’m not struggling as much as I usually am during this time. Sure, there are times when I’m…


You Cannot Have a Positive Life and a Negative Mind

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” -Joyce Meyer Even the wealthiest, luckiest or most privileged people won’t be happy if they have a negative attitude. It’s so important to be grateful for what we have– whether it’s a little or a lot. How are you practicing gratitude? Talk to me in the comments! P.S. Want to…