How Cash Back is Changing the Way I Shop

and the internet needs more cute dog pictures

One year at Christmas,  we cashed in a whopping $700 in rewards, and it has changed the way I shop ever since. You see, every year for Christmas, we use all the cash back rewards we have earned that year. It supplies almost all of our holiday shopping budget. I love feeling like Christmas is […]

September Expenses

“Wait! What? No, that isn’t possible! $1120 for food this month! Surely we accidentally triple entered a Costco receipt!” I would love to say I was cool like a cucumber, but I wasn’t. I could feel my chest tighten. My breathing started to get shallow. “What happened?!” I looked at Mr. Mt with slight panic […]

The Giving Fund

My best friend had moved an ocean away, when her husband died in the line of duty. There wasn’t anything practical I could do to help being a whole continent away. So I went out and spent $300 on new shoes for her. Cute shoes. Snazzy boots. I didn’t have $300 to spend in that […]

Their Up is My Down

finding your new tribe

Blogging is going to make me rich. Most of my life, I felt like we were swimming against the tide of consumerism. But now, the currents have changed. I have found my tribe. And I think that will make all the difference. I’ve been spending money, real money, for about 20 years. I found a […]

August Expenses

August’s expenses could have been the lowest yet, but every month brings some unique expenses. That is just the way life works. One-time expenses happen almost every month. Especially if you own a home, drive cars, have a yard, are married, have kids, or pets. This month would have dropped below $2,000 but we bought […]