• Sustainable Living

    Ways Our Lives Became More Sustainable During the Pandemic

    At first, I (Alison) was feeling okay through the instructions to self isolate and stay home. I had supplies and felt like I wasn’t in desperate need of anything, so I waited a couple of weeks in hopes that the panic buying would subside. When it came time to face the stores, I tried to mentally prepare myself. But I had never experienced anything quite like it to know what to expect. The experience of seeing empty shelves and people grabbing whatever they could, increased my own anxiety and caused me to feel panic. What if I really need something and I can’t get it? When I got home I…

  • Money Matters

    #MoneyMasterClass Recap–Week 17

    Reality Check This is week two of Gail calling out our delusions. Overdraft Protection Next, Gail broke down what it means to have an overdraft. The main points she makes are:1. Overdraft is debt, very expensive debt2. The bank can recall an overdraft at anytime3. If you’re using an overdraft, you’re being lazy Breaking the Overdraft Cycle Getting rid of your overdraft habit ties into Gail’s first tweet of the week–if we’re determined to take the easy path, we are likely banking on a delusion. Changing habits can be hard work, but once the changes are made, things can get easier. Bill Payments Next the focus turned to getting a…

  • Frugal Living

    3 Things I Always Reuse

    A part of my frugal mindset includes creating less waste. I love combining the ideas of saving money and saving the environment. For me, sustainability encompasses both those areas. This habit of reusing things in creative ways looks to go back to my childhood. I found this little guy on my dad’s garage shelf during one of my recent visits. Art was never my strongest subject! Looking at some more practical uses, though, here are 3 things that I always try and reuse before sending them to the recycle bin. 1. Plastic Bags & Packaging Most people know how handy a plastic shopping bag is for a garbage bag. But…

  • Frugal Living

    20 Unexpected Foods You Can Freeze

    Given that many of us are trying to go to the grocery store as little as possible these days, we thought we’d share a list of unexpected things we regularly buy or make in large batches and freeze! Chopped peppers: I buy peppers close to expiry, then chop and freeze them for soups and chili; Chopped onions (raw): one less thing to chop when trying to get a meal made in a hurry! Chopped onions (cooked); Whole bananas: make banana bread or muffins or use as a substitute for eggs; Sliced apples: I slice and freeze apples for pies and crisps, or something like this slow-cooker oatmeal; Yogurt: I love…

  • Money Matters

    #MoneyMasterClass Recap–Week 16

    Am I Delusional? What better way to start off a Monday than with some real talk from Gail. Money Set Point Gail introduced the concept of a money set point this week. I had never heard of this before, but it makes sense. Thinking back on the different salaries I’ve had in my life, I can see there were certain points I was looser with my budget than others and I attribute that to the security I felt at that income level. I’ve always used separate savings accounts for various things. I had never thought through how this could be helping me save more in the long run because it…

  • General

    Blog Launch Giveaway! Enter to Win!

    Thank you for stopping by! We are so happy to officially share our blog with you–and what better way to celebrate it than by giving away free stuff! The Prize Epicure Prize Package Christy Eldred – Independent Epicure Consultant has generously provided not only some amazing products for you, but also a $20 Gift Certificate! If you haven’t heard of Epicure before, they are a company that is focused on clean eating. Epicure is fantastic for people with food intolerances (like Alison) because they are very conscious about what goes in their products. All products are 100% gluten free and are made in a nut free facility. Epicure’s Good Food…