We got engaged in early august during a trip to Gatlinburg and The Great Smokey Mountains and decided to have a 9 month engagement with us getting married in May. That meant getting right to work. We picked our wedding party, what type of suits the men would have, the style of dress for the bridesmaids, and the theme of the wedding in no time flat. What came next was the venue. We knew we needed to have something picked out right away so we emailed a bunch of places to get pricing and set up viewing. That's when we realized how crazy weddings are. The average wedding costs well over $10k in the US. Our budget on the other hand is well less than $5k. This post will tell you how we got our site, how to save on yours, and how to pick yours.
At the beginning of August we visited Gatlinburg Tennessee for a three days trip where we ended up getting engaged, which you can read about here. We visited Dollywood, stayed in Gatlinburg, and hiked in the Great Smokey Mountains where we saw some elk! If you've ever wanted to visit this wonderful city then you have come to the right place to learn more. We have your recommendations, a few stories, and many photos. Before you read this, read about driving through and hiking the The Great Smokey Mountains as well as our engagement (it will make sense, I promise!)
At the beginning of August we visited Gatlinburg Tennessee for a three days trip where we ended up getting engaged, which you can read about here. We visited Dollywood, stayed in Gatlinburg (which you can read about here), and hiked in the Great Smokey Mountains where we saw some elk! We have your recommendations, tips, a few stories, and many photos (ok, mostly photos).
It seems like you never have any money, you're always running behind. How do you catch up? Where do you begin? Everyone has been there, stuck playing catch up with seemingly no end. The good news is it always ends. You will catch back up. The question becomes, how do you stay caught up? What should you cut back on? What helps the most? I wasn't always the best at saving money. I have made my errors in the past and I have had to play catch up on bills and money. Over time I learned ways to help me save and I learned ways to help me catch up. I've gotten advice and realized what helps the most and what doesn't do anything. Here are my top ten things to do if you find that you can't keep up.
This will be the first of many posts about getting married, living in a relationship, and dating. I know many people thought that MadMan and I were already married; however, we are not. In fact, we just got engaged! I apologize in advance for the amount of sap that will emanate from this post.
2017 is the first year that we have aimed (on purpose) to hit FI/FIRE/Financial Independence. We've taken to being minimalist, frugal, mindful, and happier. We've still traveled, but we've saved over 4000 since year open. It's been a long first year with many setbacks and expenses. At the same time it's hard to believe that 2017 is over half over. Sometimes I can't believe we've done so much in one year, sometimes I feel like the new year just began. Looking back, we have began a few things that we think may help those new to the FI game (not that we have much more experience.) These are not listed in any particular order, we advise trying them all.
This is the second in a series about taking control of you life and making your own path. If you haven't began yet, check out the first post about making goals for your life. After you have goals for where you want your life to end up, come back to this to make steps for …
A subject that not many are willing to talk about. The female period. It's taboo, strange, and wrong, but most importantly it shouldn't be any of those things. We should be willing to talk about it, we should be willing to share information. If we talked more, there would be less shamming and more acceptance. …