April Expenses

At the lake, celebrating, and looking at Work Optional

I needed April. The tulips coming up. The sunshine. The festivities of Easter. And weekends out of the house. One of my favorite things about being “Work Optional” is when a day with truly amazing weather comes along, we can drop everything and go enjoy it! After weeks of rain, we had the perfect Saturday […]

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February Expenses 2017

February was every good reason I’m glad we aren’t going back to the 9-5 for now. Income aside, there are good things about the 9-5 and bad things. February felt like living proof that I can replace the good things in a way that is more meaningful and impactful than the 9-5 ever was and […]

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January 2017 Expenses

There are things I love about each season. January was COLD. Cold, cold, cold. Like -20 below cold at times. Which most people hate, truth be told. They didn’t move to Montana to live like icicles. But I secretly love it. Of course, I would never tell people that. Complaining about the weather is a […]

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December Expenses

December has to be my favorite month of the year. And not just because of festive celebrations. December is when I finish up all my plans for the year and start planning the coming year(s). Planning, dreaming, scheming might just be my favorite activity. Our December expenses were really amazing! Even with 2 big expenses, […]

November Expenses

November was packed full of outdoor activities, our new family fun night, and awesome cash back rewards. We actually had some nice fall weather this month, after a rather cold start to the fall season. So we headed outdoors. Here are some highlights of our expenses for our family of 7: Extra gas money: $135 […]

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Toy Gift Guide

toys that parents and kids will love

Sometimes you have to buy toys. There is just no way around it. And it’s especially hard to find the right gift for someones elses kid! We focus most of our gift giving on great experiences. We do pool parties, and trips to fun kids places. Museums, theme parks, and camping with pools.  At the […]