Month: September 2017

Debt Happiness Health

Financial Instability – Debt, Depression, and Suicide

Financial Instability

This blog post is part of the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month blog tour in partnership with Debt Drop. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741. People who are struggling with debt are more likely to suffer from depression and consider suicide than those […]

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Frugality Happiness Mustachian Fails Savings

Monthly Mustachian Fail – Car Ownership

Cost of Car Ownership

The Kiwi and Keweenaw household leads a pretty lean life, but we make so many mistakes and non-optimized choices! This drives us two engineers crazy, but happiness also fits into the optimization calculator, which is a qualitative not quantitative measure. While there are many mustachian fails to discuss, this month I’m going to attach some […]

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Activities Frugality

Frugal Home Improvements You Can DIY

This post may contain affiliate links, see our disclosure here. When we were house hunting people did not shy away from giving us their opinions. One friend even told us she liked our house, “if you like old dirty things.” She seriously said that, with a straight face, thinking she was being supportive! Wow, the […]

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Frugality

Frugal vs. Cheap

frugal not cheap

Our household definitely hovers between frugal and cheap a bit more than I may be comfortable to admit. We are avid environmentalists and love to rescue things from peril (or the landfill). But the intent behind your lifestyle choices is what truly defines you as frugal or cheap. Thanks for the inspiration! This chain gang […]

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Debt

How We Paid Off Over $60,000 in Debt!

how we paid off our debt

The secret is out, we haven’t always been so frugal! This week High Five Dad is featuring all the details on our get out of debt journey! He’s also gathered some other awesome debt stories. We both had scholarships, some help from our parents, and jobs to help pay for college. However, we still managed […]

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Frugality

The Free Housing Experiment

This is the house we bought

The first apartment we lived in together was affordable. For $500/month we had a one bedroom apartment, walking distance from campus and downtown with free heat and garbage! I had hunted high and low, and found this treasure on Craigslist for $200 under the going rate. I also was able to convince two of my […]

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Frugality

How to Save on Groceries this Month

frugal recipes frugal kitchen

Groceries can be so expensive and everyone who wants to save money needs to buy them. Two easy ways to save on groceries this month are: Only eat at restaurants Growing all your own food The first option wouldn’t be very frugal! And the second one would have required some planning and A LOT of […]

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Savings

My 5 Favorite Personal Finance Blogs

top five personal finance blogs

I started reading personal finance blogs back in 2014 after talking to a friend about investing. Pop culture makes investing sound so intimidating, so I was lost! Fortunately, I had someone in my life to go to who gave me great advice. I read Ms. Frugal Asian Finance’s list of her favorite pf blogs and […]

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Happiness Savings

Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear

Fear too often guides decision making and keeps people from reaching their goals. Overcoming fear is a constant challenge, but will typically lead to greater happiness. Today’s political landscape highlights how fear is leading decision making, which breeds further fear. Education, meeting other people, and getting out of your comfort zone is critical to overcoming […]

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Activities Frugality Garden Happiness

10 Free or Frugal Fall Activities

10 Free or Frugal Fall Activities

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my disclaimer page for more information.   The start of September and cooler temperatures have me excited for fall. We are very frugal and have unapologetically cut our expenses, but that doesn’t mean we’ve eliminated fun or time with friends. We’ve just shaped our lives a little […]

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