I’m not big into setting resolutions. Mainly because the second I set one I tend to go into panic mode. When I say I’m going to start a juice cleanse the first thing I want to do is eat a cheeseburger. That doesn’t mean I don’t have goals. I ended 2017 being an awesome goal setter (and achiever) see my post: How to Set Easy Goals that Stick for some tips that actually worked for me. This year, however, one goal I don’t plan on straying from is wise spending and smart budgeting. In two weeks Tom and I will be taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University; I hope you guys are prepared for all the blog posts that are coming at you after that! I plan on 2018 being a smarter year than all the rest when it comes to finances. So, if anything, this list of 33 ways to have more money in 2018 is my personal reminder of who I want to be and what financial goals I want to stick to so that I can head into 2019 with a heftier savings and even less debt!
Often times when people hear that I’m a minimalist they assume I am a hippy who lives entirely off the earth in a corn fueled van and I have renounced all my possessions. I have tried to be quite clear that minimalism to me is about simply clearing the clutter to get back to what’s really important. Despite my efforts, some people will never understand; and I’m ok with that. Beyond clutter and possessions, there is something much deeper that is plaguing the entire world now more than ever: depression. Minimalism for me has never been solely about stuff or what I own. It runs deeper than that, to a place that no one can see. After our family moved from a townhouse into a large 3,400 square foot home we never could have imagined that this big upgrade in life would actually start tearing us apart. You can read the full story about our downsize here: How Downsizing Changed Our Family. I touch a bit on why we decided to downsize and what went down to make it happen. Today I want to reflect after a year and a half, get really honest and break down for you exactly what has changed in our lives for the better since the day we ditched the big house for a tiny “starter home.” Basically how downsizing helped our family overcome depression, avoid divorce and reunite us as a whole.
In my post How Our Family of 5 Eats Healthy for $100 a Week I touched a little on how we cut back on our meat consumption not only to benefit the environment and our health but to also cut back on our grocery bill. Well, I wanted to really break it down and show just how big of an impact less meat can make. Not only are these frugal, healthy and hearty meals; they also leave you with plenty of leftovers and are fairly easy to prep. Yes, they will take some prep time and a few hours in the kitchen but it will also give you back all of your time during the week and make getting dinner on the table a quick, easy and less-stress-mess. For even less-stress in the kitchen and at the grocery store check out the $5 Meal Plan Here is your guide to 5 frugal family meals to make with only one turkey!
When I first started eating healthy I was dropping $500 in the first week grocery shopping. Not a good idea when you’re a stay at home mom and your husband only gets paid once a month. No sir, no it’s not. Looking back I can tell a few major things that got in my way:
Now it’s crazy to me since we have started downsizing our debt and living on a budget how much we are able to spend when it comes to grocery shopping for our family of 5. It took me years to get to this point and I don’t want that for you. So let me tell you about how my family of 5 eats healthy for $100 a week.