How We Spent Just $60/Family Member on Clothing Last Year (Without Buying All Used Stuff!)

Note: There are affiliate links in this post, which help support To Love and To Learn. This is the second-to-last post in our special Finance + Frugality Week here on the blog, which I’ve been doing in honor of the Master Your Money Bundle that launched this week, which you only have until Monday 4/1 …

Why Tracking My Net Worth Has Been a Game-Changer (& Why I Think Everyone Should Do It)

If you would have asked me what associations I had with the idea of tracking my net worth a few years ago, I might have told you that it conjured up images of Prince John in the Disney movie Robin Hood–in other words, someone who greedily counted every coin and dollar and was constantly thinking …

Save $1000 in 100 Days Challenge

How We Saved $1000 in 100 Days

A few months ago, I was pretty frustrated with our financial situation. Despite my husband having received quarterly raises this year and me getting more jobs through my photography business than I ever have before, it seemed we were never gaining any real traction on our goals. Back in January, as part of my 101 …

How to Save Money on Medical Bills

Money Saver #2: Ask for the Discount (esp. on Medical Bills!)

In case you’re just tuning in, my household is currently in the middle of trying to save $1000 in 100 days, a challenge I created to stretch my frugal muscles and finally make some headway on our larger goal of trying to save $10,000 in our emergency fund. The $1000 in 100 goal was going …

Open-Faced Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Secret Family Recipe: Open-Faced Tuna Sandwiches (A Quick Meal From the Pantry!)

As I mentioned earlier this week, we’re working on clearing out our freezer and cooking up meals from our pantry in order to keep our grocery budget at $250 for this month, all as part of our challenge to save $1000 in 100 days. This is a quick meal option that uses ingredients I almost …

Money Saver #1: Tackling the Freezer

Last week, I announced our intention of adding $1000 to our emergency fund over the next 100 days. Now, for some families, this wouldn’t be too much of a stretch, but for us, trust me when I say that this is going to be a true challenge (especially as we are expecting the hospital bills …

How I Meal Plan + A Month's Worth of Meal Plans

How I Meal Plan (+ A Month’s Worth of Meal Plans)

Meal plans and I have somewhat of a hot/cold relationship—when I’m in the depths of planning meals regularly, I’m REALLY devoted to the practice (and eager to share all the benefits with anyone who will listen), but when I inevitably fall off the bandwagon from time to time (sometimes for long stretches of time), I …