4.25.2016

Finding a Home Step 2

Y'all we have found a realtor! The interview went really well and I think we hit it off. Then we met with a mortgage company to get pre-approved. This is a required step, but really important. We talked over how much we were comfortable with paying each month and how the closing process worked.


We were so over prepared and over informed that we really confused the poor guy. He asked us if were both first-borns. Like what? I am, but my husband is the middle child. HA! My hubby stated that he has read too many articles...and I was like...


Correction---My husband has read the entire internet!


We are getting so antsy to move that we keep searching for homes online. This is like window shopping but we have so much money saved that it's really dangerous. We both found a house we really like and we will hopefully be seeing it Thursday! This is a little ahead of schedule, but we let our lease lapse. Our rent has an additional $200 a month because we are "month-to-month". Eeeek! Get me out of here...


So, with our very conservative budget, we are liking this house:




4.21.2016

How We Paid off $50,000 in Debt: How to Save on Date Night


I've mentioned many times about our debt free journey and how it changed our lives, but who doesn't love a list of how to ACTUALLY implement saving money?? This list is what worked for our family in a time that we really needed to cut back and pay off debt. Many of these items may not work for you, but if you get even one idea from this list, my job here is done.


http://clearcutcrystal.blogspot.com/p/pay-off-debt.html


Just drive around and get intentionally lost. Try to find your way home again.


Buy sushi/special meal at the grocery store and eat on the beach.


Go for a walk on the beach at sunset. Or at the park/lake/river/nature preserve near you.


Do the most touristy thing you can think of in your home town.


Go for a long drive to another town. Find a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop.


Ride go-carts. Play arcade games.


Play tennis outside.


Walk to a bookstore and browse. Better yet, a bookstore with a coffee shop.


Find free events in your area and check out something new.


Split a meal at a restaurant. (Why are the portions so big??!!)


Go out to a nice restaurant for just dessert. Share the richest thing you can find on the menu.


Make a gift. Not crafty? Pay a crafty friend to make something. My favorite way to help out a friend and buy a gift for someone I love.


Put the kids to bed and watch a movie with a snack.


Buy nicer food to eat at home, it keeps me from wanting to go out to eat.


Make a themed dinner at home. I found all the recipes for Chipotle and cooked everything. Yum. Now I want tacos and guacamole.


Make a special dinner for your significant other. Whatever is their fave.


Buy flowers for the dining room table. They cost $4 at Publix.


Try a new restaurant every time you go out.


Learn a lame card game together. Be competitive and make it super fun. Be loud.


Have any more ideas? We are always looking for something fun and cheap frugal to do!











4.12.2016

How We Paid off $50,000 in Debt: How to Save on Kids

I've mentioned many times about our debt free journey and how it changed our lives, but who doesn't love a list of how to ACTUALLY implement saving money?? This list is what worked for our family in a time that we really needed to cut back and pay off debt. Many of these items may not work for you, but if you get even one idea from this list, my job here is done.


http://clearcutcrystal.blogspot.com/2016/04/how-we-paid-off-50000-in-debt-how-to.html


4.11.2016

Thrifted & Collected Spring Tablescape

I used Easter as an excuse to buy pretty flowers for the table and living room. My local grocery store, Publix, has a beautiful selection of flowers for $4 each bouquet. I pick up a bunch every Saturday when I grocery shop. I was so excited to make a pretty table and then my MIL called to say she had to work. Ugh! We were so sad to not see grandma that day! 



The table was pretty for just the 4 of us and we had tons of leftovers, so that was nice!







4.07.2016

How We Paid off $50,000 in Debt: How to Save on Groceries


I've mentioned many times about our debt free journey and how it changed our lives, but who doesn't love a list of how to ACTUALLY implement saving money?? This list is what worked for our family in a time that we really needed to cut back and pay off debt. Many of these items may not work for you, but if you get even one idea from this list, my job here is done.



http://clearcutcrystal.blogspot.com/2016/04/how-we-paid-off-50000-in-debt-how-to_7.html

4.06.2016

How We Paid off $50,000 in debt: How to Save on Entertainment



http://clearcutcrystal.blogspot.com/2016/04/how-we-payed-off-50000-in-debt-how-to_6.html


I've mentioned many times about our debt free journey and how it changed our lives, but who doesn't love a list of how to ACTUALLY implement saving money?? This list is what worked for our family in a time that we really needed to cut back and pay off debt. Many of these items may not work for you, but if you get even one idea from this list, my job here is done.

4.05.2016

30 Day Cleaning Challenge: Day 1

This post could be titled "30 Ways to Keep Myself Distracted." I'm ready to move, baby!! (Rocky fist pump!)

I've been pinning away lately on Pinterest in order to get ready for TBM or The Big Move. There's some really good advice out there and this 30 day cleaning list is the best I found.


4.04.2016

Giant Marquee Letter: I'll Take an "A" for the Win

Sometimes the clouds part and heaven smiles down on you. When I saw this giant marquee letter on my local Facebook selling group, I didn't immediately jump on it. I just couldn't bring myself to pay that much since we are moving this summer and saving, saving, saving every penny. It's 36"x66"x3". You guys, I am 66" tall. It's as big as me.



4.03.2016

Pinterest + Shopping + Mood Boards = Polyvore

What do you do if you aren't sure what your style is? Maybe you want to try a new lamp or rug but you're not sure if it will work in your living room? I've got a fun, easy, FREE tool for you to test drive!

It's Polyvore and it's my new addiction. Polyvore is basically clipping images from websites and building a room or an outfit with those images. BUT the catch is that all of the items have a link and you can buy it!


I might be in trouble...a mid-century Moroccan modern living room.it's fun to play around with how rugs affect the vibe of a room. Bright and colorful? See how it looks. Neutral rug = calm, and relaxing.