Elle

Starting projects has been (relatively) easy for me. There’s an energy, an excitement to creating something. This year, though, I wanted to focus on finishing. How Can Finishing Help You Simplify? I felt it was time to hone in on a few key personal and professional goals. Publish a book on marriage and money Create [...]

One of the reasons we fell in love with our house is because of space. Besides the awesome house, we had more land than we expected. Once the papers were signed, it was time to get to work. Last year we started off small and I set up a tiny spot by the back door to [...]

Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt. — HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll’s House Racking up debt may feel like a cakewalk. You continue borrowing hordes of dollars without batting an eye. But, once the honeymoon is over and the harsh reality starts to trickle [...]

Who doesn’t enjoy a fantastic and delicious meal at a restaurant? We’ve had some great dishes and stories over the years that we cherish. (I’m still searching for cooking that came close to that hole in the wall Thai place in Los Angeles!) Cheap & Easy Restaurant Recipes However, going out to eat can be pricey. [...]

Food is a big deal in my house. Not only because we love to eat (we do!), but if you look at our budget, it’s kind of a big deal. We’re not big spenders –  If the quality and taste are the same, store brands are our preference. Still, with a family of four, groceries can [...]

I have a confession to make – when we were first married, I was known as the ‘microwave queen’. I didn’t really cook because I thought making the dishes I loved was hard and expensive. Turns out I was wrong on both counts. Though I’m no chef, I’ve expanded my skills and recipes enough that cooking [...]

Tonight’s meal was done in 17 minutes. (Yeah, this is real time!) So this bug/not flu but sort of flu/ plague continues and dinner time was upon me. I’m not going to lie; there was a temptation to get some pizza delivered or call my husband see if he would pick up something on the [...]

There’s a misconception that eating on a budget means ramen noodles and endless bowls of rice and beans. I’m not knocking the ramen (or arroz con gandules as they were known in my house) – you can quickly jazz them up and enjoy a good meal. However, being a frugal foodie means you have more [...]

For most people, food is a major monthly expense. Some days are just so hectic, it seems easier to grab something on the way home or go out for dinner. Even if you decide to make something at home, you’re sometimes exhausted and stress so frozen boxed meals or having pizza delivered seems like an [...]

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