Permission to Let Go of Things That No Longer Serve You

For the past year, I’ve been practicing hot yoga on a (nearly) daily basis. It’s where I find my dose of quiet, focus, energy, and strength. It’s my oasis away from the needs of everyone else. It’s where I find one hour to focus on only me.

One of my favorite mantras offered during practice is to let go of things that no longer serve you.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot in reference to my yoga practice, but also in my daily life. It offers a framework to think about what we let into our life, what we keep in our life, and what we can let go of.

It aligns quite nicely with a minimalist and FIRE mindset. How? Why? Continue reading

Why We Stopped Bringing Gifts to Kid Birthday Parties (and what we do instead)

Is it just me, or have kids birthday parties gotten totally out of control? I read an informal survey that found parents spend $500 – on average – per kid per birthday party. And that doesn’t even count all the gifts. Add two or three kids to the mix over 18 years and that is a huge expense — especially for consumable items like cheap gifts, party favor bags, decorations, disposable plates, etc. – that all end in the trash. Continue reading

March Budget (and Spending Freeze)

🎵 🎵 “We’re going on a spending freeze, a spending freeze, a spending freeze. We’re going on a spending freeze, will we succeed?”🎵 🎵

As we’ve written about before, we periodically do a spending freeze (or “no spend”) month when we want to reign in our spending and reset our mentality about buying unnecessary stuff.

So, here’s our plan and budget for March. We’re sharing to keep us accountable. Wanna join us? Continue reading

Experiment with Chore Charts

I’d love to say we’ve raised our kids to pitch in around the house without much asking or prompting, but honestly that’s not true. Our boys (ages 3 and nearly 8) can be very helpful, but they’re also totally happy when we do things for them. Get milk, clear plates, do laundry, make snacks, tidy rooms, put away their backpacks, find their shoes. You get the picture.

The other week I was standing in the kitchen doing all the things for all the people and felt overwhelmed. At that moment, I realized we needed to change things up.

We always envisioned raising self-sufficient, non-entitled, responsible kids… but sometimes we need a new strategy to help us reset, stay consistent, and follow through. Continue reading

Figuring Out Where to Buy Groceries

Nerd alert. I love talking about grocery budgets. Why? It’s one of the easiest budgets to trim, and yet it’s also one of the easiest budgets to blow if you’re not on top of it.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve tried a lot of different strategies for reducing our budget (more on that here), and one of the most efficient ways to trim the budget is to know where to buy your groceries.

So, which grocery store has the best deals?  Continue reading

Curbing Consumerism in Kids

Curbing Consumerism with Our Kids (and Ourselves)

We do our best to teach our kids about money and spending decisions… but there’s no getting around the fact that consumerism can be a big hook on our kids (and on ourselves).

It’s a fact of our modern society. Ads, shopping, and consumerism are all around us. They surround our kids, too, who see 40,000 commercials each year. Forty-thousand! With all these messages around buying, needing, and consuming, it’s no surprise many parents struggle with too many toys and too many “can I have this?” at the store.

Which begs the question… Continue reading

Needs vs. Wants – Teaching Kids the Difference

Identifying wants vs. needs is a helpful tool for curbing spending – for both kids and adults. I mean, how many times have we heard our kids say, ” But I just need those new jeans.” Or, “I just have to get the newest Xbox game.”

I’m guilty as well! “I need these new yoga pants. And also this big box of wine.” Do we really need it? Really? Continue reading