My First Aldi Haul!

Experiments in Frugality: Aldi & Ibotta

Today we have the inaugural post for a series I’m calling “Experiments in Frugality.” These attempts may be successful, or they may be dismal. I’ll report the results as they come in. Be on the lookout for further experiments. This past weekend I decided to try two things I’ve been hearing everyone talk about. The Ibotta app and an Aldi market. They’re not connected, I was just feeling particularly curious this weekend. My grocery bill…

Payday "Lump Sum" Challenge

The anti-budget.

How does change happen? Let’s recap how it DOESN’T happen. It doesn’t happen by trying the same highly acclaimed but unsuccessful systems over and over and over again. Every time I have remained mired in the mud of my bad habits, it looked like this: I sit around with a friend and write out all sorts of goals. I make plans and lists and charts and secretly consider buying myself little star stickers to stay…

Marie Kondo Tidying: Two Years Later

The lessons in tidying.

So you guys know that tidying was what kick started an avalanche of change in my life. It taught me to discern value and take action on my priorities. Tidying was invaluable in my life for all of those reasons, but it was also an adventure in it’s own right. Here’s how I got rid of over half my “stuff” This is the story of how I went from pack-rat chaos to peaceful oasis in…

Mint Trends Feature: 2017-2018 Restaurant Spending

The cash flow turn around.

You heard where I started. This is where I went next… Between September 2016 and March 2017 I paid off over $5,000 in credit card debt. By September of 2017 I had saved $5,000 in an emergency fund. The change in my cash flow was even more dramatic than that if you consider that prior to September 2016 I was still adding to my credit cards, spending into the red most months. If this level…

Big Small Choices: Peaceful view from BSC workspace.

The first small choice.

The choice that started it… This is the first story of how my life changed dramatically for the better. What changed the game for me? Tidying. Seriously. And while the whole of this blog isn’t focused on tidying, it was a huge driver and kick-starter to everything that happened next. Here’s why. In early 2016 I was moving into my first mine-all-mine, one bedroom apartment. Before this move I’d always shared larger spaces with roommates. By default…