The 12 Month Money Saving Challenge

Money Challenges


I love money savings challenges! They turn the challenge of saving more money into a fun activity for both adults and kids.

If you perform a quick Pinterest search, you can find dozens of them!

I had to “steal” and show off this one by Cassie Werner. Not only is it teaching you to save money, but it really hits on what I think are other important points such as healthy living, healthy eating, green living, buying less and spending less time in front of a TV/computer!


Every month is a new challenge, so it doesn’t get boring only a few weeks in! Continue reading “The 12 Month Money Saving Challenge”


13 Items to Stop Buying to Reduce Waste & Save Money



You might be pretty surprised at how much money is spent on everyday items that just end up in our trash and landfills.

If you are an average American, you produce 4.4. pounds of trash every single day. Considering there are 324 million people in the USA, that amounts to more than 700,000 tons of garbage produced every day— that’s enough to fill around 60,000 garbage trucks EVERY DAY! And, that’s just talking about the U.S.

Which is why I have earnestly started reducing, or stopped buying completely certain items that just end up in landfills. Continue reading “13 Items to Stop Buying to Reduce Waste & Save Money”

Let’s Start a Small House Movement (Not Tiny)


Tiny houses may be super trendy right now, but small houses are actually the smarter and better home solutions for many people and families.

Tiny houses might have inspired dozens of how-to websites, a few HGTV shows, admiring pins, and earnest documentaries. But small houses (500-1000 sq. feet) are also gaining in popularity.

I recently attended the US Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon in Denver, CO, where 12 US and International University teams competed to design and build solar-powered, technologically advanced homes. Continue reading “Let’s Start a Small House Movement (Not Tiny)”

Why Minimalism is NOT a Radical Lifestyle (or Radical Lifestyle Change)

Minimalism: A Radical Lifestyle?

If you met me in real life, you probably couldn’t tell I was a minimalist.

If you struck up a conversation with me, I wouldn’t start spewing some minimalism gospel.

In truth, you wouldn’t think my lifestyle is much different from yours. You wouldn’t think that I live some radical lifestyle at all.

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7 Ways Minimalism Puts Money Back in Your Pocket

You may think minimalism is about having hardly any possessions and living in a bare-walled house…but that is not exactly it. Minimalism is mainly about focusing and reorganizing your goals, priorities, and pursuits.


This does usually include owning less stuff, because too much stuff just gets in the way and clutters our lives. The accumulation of stuff often invokes a never-ending cycle of wanting more and buying more and never being satisfied with what we have.

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Minimalism is Good for Your Soul…and Your Wallet

If you haven’t heard, the new fad and buzz word is minimalism.

Thanks to the documentary on Netflix, “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things”, more and more people are discovering this revolutionary concept and lifestyle.

But minimalism isn’t really some strict, inflexible, radical lifestyle or cult. It’s a simple tool to incorporate into your lifestyle. The core of minimalism is learning to live more with less.

Continue reading “Minimalism is Good for Your Soul…and Your Wallet”