5 Tips and Tricks on Keeping Your New Rental in Good Shape on a Budget.

Rentals are complicated, overpriced, and steal money from under your nose (or is that just us?) We only live in one since we can't afford a house. That aside, we are about to move (again). For that reason, I thought I'd do a two part frugal series on how to save money when living in a rental. In particular, how to get that deposit back and not pay more when you move both upon move in and when moving out. This post will focus on things you can do upon move in, things that will save the cleanliness of the house over the duration of your life there. The post coming Monday will be written by MadMan (you read that right) and will focus on money saving tips to save your place and make it as clean as possible.

Paying More Now to Save More Later.

It's been hard to post regularly since November when I got lasik. Since then it's been one wild ride filled with changing plans, holidays, birthdays, college classes, and traveling. It's gone back to normal however and I plan to write and publish on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Guidelines I have set for myself to make this a more regular thing. I hope you enjoy!  Back to that lasik thing, a really expensive surgery that is considered cosmetic. Why did a frugal person like me get it? Mostly, because it will save me more money over my life than it will cost up front. (not to mention all the hassle) That said, I think we should look into spending more up front before just opting for the cheaper option. I think sometimes, the savings might be a little harder to see, but they are there.

Saving on Invitations

As you know, we tend to laugh at tradition as we go through life. We see most traditions as a way for companies to get more money under the guise that it just must be done, not that it need be. Engaged, we are going through each step of the wedding process and talking about it here with the same mindset. We are trying to give advice on how we saved money yet still got the stuff of our dreams to the best of our abilities. From the venue and the dress to the invitations and eventually the photos. This week, we dealt with the invitations.Why do it old fashion and "by the book" when technology could save you thousands?

The Wedding Dress.

In short, Wedding dresses should not cost as much as they do. If you know where to look, you might be able to get a steal like I did for something more "traditional." If not, who said you even need a white dress? Why not wear a sun dress or a cruise type formal dress? There are many things you can do with your dress after your wedding from get money back to make something new or even help someone. It's time to make weddings less consumerist and more celebration. It's time to make them about the couple and not about spending money. 

10 Things to do if You Need More Money Each Month

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.

Road to Talking: Frugality for Female Issues

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. …

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Dog Toys for a Toy Lover… on a Budget?!

We have a vizsla. More specifically, MadDogge is a 60lb male vizsla that loves toys more than any dog should. We got him when he was just a young puppy and have had him ever since. When I first learned how much MadDogge loved toys, we had a hard time keeping up with his demand. He could tear up a box of toys before you could blink. Over time we learned a few things and he calmed down (teething was awful). If you are having trouble keeping you pet entertained on a budget, you've come to the right place. Tip #1: Don't shop at Petsmart.

The Only Ten Travel Tips You’ll Ever Need

We're big on adventure, but we're also trying to save for financial independence at the same time. These ten travel tips that we have learned over time will not only insure that you are getting the most for your money, but that you are also saving money and having a great stress-free time. There are tips for flying, staying, traveling, adventuring, and even cruising. Let's Begin. 

The Frugal Car. Is it New or Used?

Is buying a new car not frugal? Is it wrong to spend money on a new car? Not minimalist? I don't think so. Should you buy a new car? I think most people should. There is a lot that goes into buying a car and many people that want to save money only buy used cars. Is that the right option? I don't think so. I think you should take another look at that new car you have been wanting. I think it might be the best option for you. Let's Look.