Confession: I Paid Someone to Clean My House…And Liked It

Gloved hand cleaning toilet bowl using brushA few weeks ago, I felt like I might have a nervous breakdown.  We were getting ready to leave for our frugal trip to St. Maarten, and I was totally buried in work and struggling to get ahead.  And around the same time, Greg’s work got hammered so he spent a few weeks putting in overtime instead of helping at home.

The laundry was piling up.  The dishwasher was full again.  We were almost out of food and I desperately needed to get to the grocery store to stock up. [Read more…]

You Should Never Pay Full Price for a Vacation

A plane coming into the airport near Sonesta Maho Beach.

A plane coming into the airport near Sonesta Maho Beach.

Yesterday, I turned 35-years old, and today I’m on a plane heading to St. Maarten to celebrate.  I’m really excited, and not only because I’ve never been to St. Maarten, but because we are heading to a brand new resort that just opened on December 25th.

We are only staying for five days, but we plan to make the most of it by spending quality time together, snorkeling, and probably eating and drinking more than we should.  My plane lands at 2:00 p.m. EST and I cannot wait to take off these winter clothes and ease right into vacation mode. [Read more…]

How Long Do You Shop for Big Purchases?

ipod

I’m low-tech, baby.

Just the other day, I was browsing Facebook when a status update from David at Young Adult Money caught my eye:

 

 

“I’m the kind of person who talks and thinks about buying a tablet for well over a year, but never buys one.”

-Young Adult Money

My first thought was, “that’s hot.”  Then I realized that it was also really funny because I can totally relate.  After all, I’ve been shopping for a new ipod for at least a year.  But there’s a reason why I haven’t purchased one yet. [Read more…]

Why We’re Joining a Healthcare Sharing Ministry

family pictureStarting January 1st, we’ll be without traditional health insurance for the first time in our lives.  As someone who has paid health insurance premiums faithfully for my entire adult life, it feels really, really weird saying that.  But the fact is, when we shopped around for health insurance this year, we discovered that healthcare sharing ministries simply offered the best value out there.  Let me explain how we reached that conclusion: [Read more…]

Another Way to Earn Free Money- Qmee

qmeesmallIt’s crazy how many ways there are to earn free money if you’re willing to put a little bit of effort into it.  Last week, I shared how you can earn cash-back on Christmas gifts, appliances, and regular shopping through ShopatHome.com.  Today, I’m going to delve into another way to earn free money- loyalty searching. [Read more…]

Frugal Travel: Where Would You Go for Five Days?

The view from the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto...

The view from the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto…

Do you ever think about where in the world you would travel if you had an unlimited amount of money and time?  I’ll tell you were I would go.

First of all, I’ve always wanted to go to the Maldives and I know the clock is ticking since it is basically sinking into the ocean.  And second, I would probably go to see the Great Pyramid of Giza because I think it’s crazy.  Other regions of the world I want to visit include nearly all of Europe that I haven’t seen, the Norwegian Fjords, basically all of Iceland, and several regions in South America.  Of course, parts of Asia would make the list as well.  I would love to go to Thailand, for example, and I have always wanted to see the Terracotta Warriors in China. <Fun Fact: I am slightly obsessed with the Terracotta warriors> [Read more…]