We’ve been in our house for about a year and a half but it is just now starting to feel somewhat homey. When we bought it, we were so ambitious about getting a fixer upper. We are your typical HGTV, DIY junkies who loved to watch someone remodel a kitchen in a weekend on Sunday mornings. We were adamant that we didn’t want a house that was “done” because it wouldn’t be what we wanted but what someone else wanted. Little did we know that we are not Chip and Joanna Gaines as much as we would like to think we are. Have you ever tried to paint the interior of your house? It takes FOREVER to do it correctly. We did one wall in our game room and it took an entire weekend. The thing you don’t notice on TV are the large crews moving in and out of frame that are helping to do everything.
If you research personal finance or budgeting at all then you know that most people consider it a taboo topic. They will write about it but won’t openly discuss it, mainly because it is seen as rude to talk about how much you make, how much your house cost, how much money you owe in student loans and so on. What if instead of being ashamed or feeling like failures we actively made small changes to better ourselves and our situations?
I’ve done quite a bit of research around meal planning and to be completely honest, it is all just too much in my opinion. I think that meal planning is something that is pretty simple but I think it may seem simple to me because we don’t try to over-complicate it. At one point, we tried doing meal-prep but it took up the entire day Sunday and left both of us feeling frustrated and burned out. Below I’ve listed the 6 things we do to have a successful and non-stressful shopping trip.
I have always been one of those people that never wanted to buy anything used. After having hand-me-downs for so long, I never wanted to be in the position where I couldn’t buy what I wanted new. I also couldn’t get out of my head that no matter how much I cleaned things it would never actually be clean. Then when we started to look at what we could spend on the remaining items for the baby, I noticed a gap between the cost of what I wanted and what we could actually afford. The original bag that I wanted was the Jujube Be Prepared, which retails for around $200. I know, $200 for a diaper bag is absolutely ridiculous but at the time I was thinking “this one is so cute and it’s got perfect reviews, everyone says it’s the one to get”. When my reality check finally hit I started looking for bags that are more reasonably priced but I still wanted one with good reviews that wouldn’t fall apart. I found some but none of them really stuck with me and I started to get frustrated. This is when I did what old me would have considered desperate and looked on Facebook Marketplace.
Every fall we face the same dilemma; we want to save money, but we also want to watch the Texans play. My husband and I have been playing fantasy football over 15 years combined, so it isn’t something we can easily give up. The downside is that we don’t want to shell out $150+ every month just to watch football three days a week. My main issue is that $900+ to watch football is ridiculous and that is without signing a yearlong contract. We have had the conversation countless times with friends and family that if there were a service where we could just watch football then we would pay for that no problem.