Our Wedding Venue & How to Find and Save on Yours

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. 

Butterflies & Diamonds: Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

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!) 

The Great Smokey Mountains, Elk, & Ten Tips for a Good Hike

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).

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.

Five Things We’ve Done to Hit Our FI

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.

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.

A Single Brick [Re]Starts a Path

When I was young, my grandparents had a pool way back in their back yard. When I was a toddler, there was a brick path connecting the porch to the pool. Over time, this path disappeared until one day I saw a single brick. This brick's story is over, but the lesson it taught me has helped me to control my life. Life isn't something that gets in the way. Life is a think that you can control, it's a thing that can get out of hand, but can be caught again and put back on the right track. This post is step one in controlling your life and getting all those bricks back in order.