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FOOD ~ March 2015

As you may have seen from the March budget update, we went over budget this month on groceries. Why? All becuase of JUICE! We started juicing for breakfast again now that the temperatures are climbing here in Arizona and I hadn't accounted for how much the extra veggies add to our grocery budget each week.
Apr 2, 2015·2 min read
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Budget March 2015 ~ The Month of Juice

We are labeling March the month of Juice. Why? Because here in Arizona, March is the end of spring/beginning of Summer in terms of temperatures. We've already had a number of days above 90 (though luckily none above 100 yet). Why does that mean juice? Well in the winter, breakfast tends to be oatmeal. It's cheap. It's easy. It's warm. Perfect. However, on a 90-degree day, it's not quite as comforting so we switch to homemade veggie juice for breakfast.
Apr 1, 2015·5 min read
How to Think

Turn your life into a black and white photo

Simplify. Minimize. Remove clutter. Reduce stress. Then, just relax and let your mind wander through a sense of peace and tranquility. The experience is magic.
Mar 31, 2015·5 min read
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FOOD ~ February 2015

As I mentioned in the budgeting article, we did very well on our grocery budget this month. However, we knew we would. Not only is February a shorter month and therefore we have fewer days to cook and eat but we also spent the whole last week in Florida where my in-laws covered all our food expenses (I married right :)).
Mar 4, 2015·2 min read
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Budget February 2015 ~ The Shortest Month

We spent the entire last week in February in Florida visiting my in-laws and going on an all expenses paid trip to Disney World with Steve's entire side of the family. What this meant for the budget is that we didn't spend a dime of our own money in the last week of February.
Mar 2, 2015·4 min read
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FOOD - January 2015

This month we managed to stay under our $300 grocery budget even though we made every single meal all month long except for the 4 days we were in San Francisco. In truth....it wasn't that hard! Meal planning for the whole month my making use out of bulk buying options from Costco makes a huge difference. Here is where the money went.
Feb 5, 2015·1 min read
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Budget January 2015 - Gotta start somewhere

Ever since we decided that the path for us is out of the rat race and into an early retirement of our choosing, the Mr. and I have been keeping an eye on our finances and scaling down our spending. Neither one of us were complete clowns, but we certainly weren't looking out for our future selves at anywhere near the level we want/need to be.
Feb 3, 2015·3 min read
How to Save

How we budget our monthly expenses

Our budget is designed around a reasonable expectation and the minimalism that took a firm grasp over our lives last year makes the acquisition of useless crap virtually nonexistent.
Jan 31, 2015·4 min read
How to Think

Get excited about the little things in life!

How many of you out there have ever said "Man, I'm excited for this weekend because..."? Or, maybe yours went something like "I can't wait for our vacation to Hawaii...it's gonna be hella-awesome!". Whatever awkward phrases that you use to describe what you're excited about, it's always nice looking forward to something. It puts a smile on your face. Each time you get excited, it makes life a little more awesome.
Jan 11, 2015·4 min read
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Opinions wanted: How do you "live a little"?

Especially during the holidays, the temptation (and, in many ways, "expectation") to splurge on some of life's convenience or luxury items - otherwise known as "living a little", surface in full swing. As in rehabilitation, it is often helpful to talk about these vices and get them out in the open, admit to them, and then improve your mastery over your more spendy types of behavior.
Dec 24, 2014·1 min read
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Why I quit my job as a high level manager

I was the boss. My hard work finally paid off. But, I wasn't happy. Nothing really changed except the people that I reported to, and they were more demanding, critical and bottom-line oriented.
Dec 18, 2014·6 min read
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Give something more meaningful this Christmas

Let's get away from this nonsensically expensive consumerism in this country by looking at other gift options that the lucky recipient of your gift might actually like better. Think of these as the gifts that keep on giving. A $150 tie doesn't give much throughout the year.
Dec 11, 2014·4 min read