Want To Be A Success? Follow This One Simple Rule

Want To Be A Success? Follow This One Simple Rule

Ok, time for a mental exercise. Close your eyes. Or…at least think about what it would feel like if you closed your eyes. Got it? Ok, now clear your head of any thoughts. All you can hear is the sound of my (online) voice. Ok, now, tell me the first thing you think of when I say this word: Success. What popped into your head first? Was is a shiny red Ferrari racing down the Autobahn at 150 MPH? Or maybe your dream kitchen, complete with built in espresso machine and hired master chef? Or possibly sipping fine wine on your private jet over to Italy? Success is one of those … [Read more...]

I Just Cancelled My Cable

I Just Cancelled My Cable

There comes a time in a man's (or woman's) life when you realize something just isn't working. It's hard to pinpoint the root cause, but you can just feel it in your gut. You've got a great job, great friends and family, and heck, your hair never looked so good....but you still get that sinking feeling every time you pay your cable bill, like some faceless corporation is completely ripping you off, charging you for channels you don't need, hiking up the rate on your modem rental and throttling your internet speeds to make you rip your hair out while your youtube video buffers.... I … [Read more...]

Kitchen Remodel On A Budget: Part 3

Kitchen Remodel On A Budget: Part 3

Welcome back to the Kitchen Remodel On A Budget series. Make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 to see how things kicked off! Getting Granite Countertops For Cheap! Yeah, I know, we have already ordered the solid surface countertop and scheduled the installation, but the day after we bought, Michelle finally got an email back from a wholesale granite place that gave us a RIDICULOUSLY cheap quote. It was hard to believe, so Michelle called them to make sure the numbers were correct. She even sent them the updated drawing, and yes, the quote was correct. Of course, we wanted to know WHY … [Read more...]

My Road To Financial Wellness and Resources That Helped Me Along The Way

My Road To Financial Wellness and Resources That Helped Me Along The Way

The following blog post is part of the The Road to Financial Wellness Blog Tour. Over a period of 30 days, the Phroogal team will go to 30 locations to raise awareness about financial empowerment. Today they will be in Seattle! Our goal is to help people learn about money by starting the conversation. We understand that local conversations can help bring about national awareness. My man Jason over at Phroogal is doing something amazing. Wait, no, more than amazing, it's ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! He's traveling around the country on the open road, covering over 10,000 miles to meet in local … [Read more...]

Kitchen Remodel On A Budget: Part 2

Kitchen Remodel On A Budget: Part 2

Welcome back to the Kitchen Remodel On A Budget series. If you haven't checked out Part 1, hop on over HERE and see how we even got into this mess! The Two-Tone Kitchen We left off last time getting the plan finalized for our kitchen update. We had scored a free fridge, and were able to re-purpose the cabinets that had been (weirdly) installed in our garage for the past 5 years. The problem was that we didn't have the right cabinets to replace the lower ones in the kitchen, and the old cabinets were looking pretty rough. But, being the DIY genius that she is, Michelle came up with the … [Read more...]

How To Travel For (Mostly) Free: Nashville On Credit Card Rewards

How To Travel For (Mostly) Free: Nashville On Credit Card Rewards

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another episode of How To Travel For Free! Today's episode will be detailing our recent trip to Nashville. I'm not exactly sure how we ended up deciding on going on this trip, but I do know that my wife watches the show Nashville, and that's what prompted the conversation. Now, before you think it's ridiculous to go on a vacation based on a TV show, MAYBE WATCH IT SOMETIME AND JUDGE FOR YOURSELF! Yes, I watch the show too, and yes….I'm on team Deacon (almost bought the Team Deacon shirt!). But seriously, when we started telling people about our trip … [Read more...]

Kitchen Remodel On A Budget: Part 1

Kitchen Remodel On A Budget: Part 1

The thing is, we weren't even planning on remodeling the kitchen. Like at all. We were annoyed with how small it was, that's for sure. We bought the house to entertain, thrown fun parties and host BIG family holidays, but the kitchen has always been sorely lacking. Then everything changed. Buy Nothing Project: Free Fridge I've told you before about the Buy Nothing Project. I CANNOT OVERSTATE HOW MUCH TIME AND MONEY THIS GROUP HAS SAVED OUR FAMILY. We have saved a lot of time and money since joining the group a little over a year ago. We have been truly blessed by that group and … [Read more...]

Broken Doesn’t Mean Broken

Broken Doesn’t Mean Broken

Having been in the business of frugal for quite a while now, I think I take a few things for granted. There are habits that I've built over the years that I don't think twice about. Some are good, some are definitely bad (monetarily speaking). The bad ones I continue to work on month after month (food budget, miscellaneous expenses). The good ones seem to go on cruise control, but they are really they key to building a frugal lifestyle. One of those habits is looking at the world a little differently than most. Where others see broken, I see value. That Time With The Fridge I've told … [Read more...]