Saving Money on Landscaping

As a culture, we place a high premium on convenience. If we think of something we want or need, we choose the fastest and easiest way to fulfill it regardless of the expense. My number one tip for saving money? Be willing to wait.  This year's landscaping is a perfect example. We "needed" a combination … Continue reading Saving Money on Landscaping

How We’re Minimizing Baby Stuff

Oh my word. Babies come with so much stuff and it's really easy to believe you need that much stuff. Like, really easy. News flash: you don't. I remember my 9-month pregnant self flitting between Target and Kohl's buying the "essentials" before the baby arrived. I'm sure most of it was being a first-time mom and … Continue reading How We’re Minimizing Baby Stuff

Meal Planning Saves Us $300 Every Month!

How we went six years without meal planning, I'll never know.  We used to go to the grocery store, wander the aisles and haphazardly pull food off the shelves and into our carts. Undoubtedly, midway through the week, we'd realize we didn't have any actual meals in our cabinets and would trudge to the store … Continue reading Meal Planning Saves Us $300 Every Month!

Lowering Our Bills

Money can be so stressful (duh). Our monthly bill total kept creeping higher and higher. Whether it was an introductory rate that expired or adding in subscription services little by little, Nate and I were frustrated with the money leaving our bank account each month. Bills are such an accepted construct. A water cooler topic. … Continue reading Lowering Our Bills

Our New Home Decor Philosophy

I've got a not-so-secret, secret. This isn't my first go around the blogging block. About two years ago I started a blog called "Pinterior Designer" which was a DIY home decor blog. It doesn't exist anymore because I forgot to pay the fee for my domain name and now I don't even remember the password … Continue reading Our New Home Decor Philosophy

How We Paid Off A Credit Card Without Using Our Paychecks!

One of the ways Nate and I are breaking rules is that we have not used a credit card in five years. Even though we haven't used our credit card, we still had an outstanding balance. When we bought our house 5 years ago, we opened a Sears card and bought a fridge, washer, dryer, … Continue reading How We Paid Off A Credit Card Without Using Our Paychecks!

Rules Were Meant to be Broken

Chelsea and I decided that for our first post we would try and explain some of the major "rules" our family has decided to break. This is a sort of Riedy family manifesto.  It's a stream of consciousness.  This is the starting place for our blog, and in the new direction, we want our family … Continue reading Rules Were Meant to be Broken