Annie’s Spending Fast Update: Celebrating Year One Wins

Wow, my Spending Fast is at its end! I started last March, right before giving birth to my second baby. In that time, my husband suffered a concussion and lost his job, earned his master’s degree and started a new job at a lower salary, and we moved into a new house with my parents. It was quite a year…


March’s Collective Savings Totals are In!

June Collective Savings |

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 incredible month!  Seriously, I’m constantly blown away! Are you ready for this?! In March, we saved an incredible $138,009.99! That brings our Collective Savings total to $2,414,135.43! Um. That’s…

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To The Best One Knows

To the best one knows

– “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” -Buddha It’s hard to be your best self 24/7. We’re not all Buddha, after all. But what we can do is try. We deserve to be our best selves and the people around us deserve it too. What are you doing to be…

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How I Got a $2,300 Computer for Under $700! (And How You Can Too)

If you’re like me, you love quality electronic products but hate their price.  It’s so sad to have a budget that only allows you to look at shiny plastic computers or tablets that have weird Chinese brand names and that you know will barely last a year.  I feel your pain.   What if you could have both?  That would be awesome! …

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The 3 Secrets To An “Amazon-oholism” Recovery

Oniomania? Seems like a reference to an onion fanatic, BUT it’s actually the psychological term for a shopping addiction. “Addiction recovery” usually is associated with drug addiction. Yet, the nature of this addiction is like many others, even though shopping is not a drug. An oniomaniac will feel the pleasure of browsing items (window shopping), as well as the high…


The Opportunity to Begin Again

The opportunity to begin again

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more intelligently.” -Henry Ford Now replace the word “failure” in the quote above with whatever you feel like you “failed” at– debt, bankruptcy, divorce, job loss, etc. Doesn’t it feel freeing?! I think the world would be a better place if we simply looked at our failures as opportunities instead…

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Darlene’s Spending Fast Update: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Happy six-month anniversary Spending Fast! Oh, how I love you (mostly)!  In celebration of six months, I thought I would change it up a bit, and add some spice to this update!  Here is the good, the bad and the ugly, now that SIX WHOLE months have been completed:   #1: THE GOOD (aka everything we are currently SUPER excited…


Stay Positive and Happy

stay positive and happy

“Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.” -Tena Desae What wonderful life advice! All of those things can be hard to do, but just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Now let’s get to it! What’s the best…


9 Ways to Save Up the Money You Need for Your Home Down Payment

It wasn’t all that long ago that my wife and I were scrimping and saving to come up with the down payment we needed for our first home. What an exciting time! You’re about to make your first big purchase together and finally establish yourself as responsible adults. But coming up with that 20 percent down payment? If you’re in…


Replace Negative Thoughts with Positive Ones

Replace negative thoughts with positive ones

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” -Willie Nelson I’ve been playing a little game with myself lately. If I think a negative thought, or say something negative, I also have to think or say something positive. It might seem silly to some, but it’s helping me to automatically think more positively. And it’s…


Innovative Ways to Save Money Thanks to the Internet

Have you ever had that feeling at the end of the month where you just don’t realize where all that extra money of yours went? If so, you’re not alone. Not too many people are proficient at saving money, but with the right approach, it’s certainly possible. Once you learn a few tricks, you’ll find that you’ll be able to…

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Positive Anything is Better Than Negative Nothing

Positive anything is better than negative nothing

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” -Elbert Hubbard A positive outlook is the thing that will keep you going when times get tough. Even debt, when viewed with a positive outlook, can be seen as a blessing. When you get out of debt, you’ll have learned a valuable lesson, you’ll be stronger. You’ll be a fighter. You’ll know that…