Budgeting as a Couple

Budgeting as a couple

I think I’ve mentioned in passing that my husband and I do a budget meeting together every Sunday night.  This meeting has been pivotal in our marriage and our finances, so I thought I’d write a little bit about how we structure that meeting and why it works for us.  Finances can be such a struggle in marriage and we…

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How I keep my groceries under budget

How I keep my groceries under budget

One of our budget categories that seems to get out of control easily is groceries!  It surprises me how one extra trip in a week can throw my budget wildly out of wack.  The grocery budget is one of the few categories I can decrease easily with better management, so I’ve found that having some tricks for keeping under control…

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Our Christmas budget strategy for saving

How to save during the holidays

Typically, our whole Christmas budget is around $500.  This year, our budget is a little smaller.  We weren’t able to make regular contributions to our holiday gift fund due to job instability and our house fire in the spring.  Our entire Christmas budget this year is about $300 .  That doesn’t seem like much, but we’re starting early and we…

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Getting Started with Amazon Arbitrage

A beginners guide to amazon arbitrage

I am all about trying side hustles.  When my husband first lost his job, Amazon arbitrage was one of the first side hustles I found that genuinely interested me. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the extra money to spend on inventory at the time.  Luckily, we finally met our financial goals and set aside some money to experiment with amazon selling…

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Unemployment: How we survived a year of no job

Unemployment strategies

Let me give you a little background so you understand our year of unemployment.  My husband graduated in Law School in April of 2017.  He had started looking for a job in the Fall of 2016, the semester before he graduated.  About half of his graduating class had job offers by the time they graduated in April.  That left the…

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How I Budget

This is a sample of what my personal budget spreadsheet looks like.  I’m sharing it with you today to show you how to budget in excel!  Disclaimer: This is not our actual budget, but it is a duplicate of the spreadsheet that I use for our budget.  I’ve been using excel to budget since I first went away to college.  I…

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