The hubs and I love renting, for many reasons, and it’s not just because we’re scared of the “m” word. What it boils down to is, as artists, we love adventures and new places and so while we’ll probably have to settle down one of these days, we’re not going to relegate ourselves to one area sooner than we have to.
While this approach is agreeable with our lifestyle, it’s presented some decorating challenges. Our landlords have had rules that run the gamut from no painting allowed, to no nail-holes in the wall, to anything goes as long as you undo it. If you find yourself in an apartments befuddled, here are 5 ideas for decorating apartment walls on the cheap!
Sometimes extreme circumstances have a way of teaching us lessons we’d never learn otherwise, kind of like what happens when you push a kid into a pool: survival instincts kick in and we learn to swim. What happened to my family was just that - a frantic plunge that left us in shock long after we surfaced. What happened, you ask?
I love when I can double dip (and no, I’m not talking about the salsa bowl). Stretching my dollar and taking care of the environment is a two-step I can dance any day! I personally like to save money best by cooking from scratch; it’s easier than you think, costs cents compared to dollars and means less plastic packaging. But there are way more ways to save than just in the kitchen. Below are thirty-five realistic ways to stretch your dollar and keep your patch of the earth green.
If you ask people in Boston what they associate most with the month of April, chances are the #1 answer will be Marathon Monday (ok, maybe it would be second behind opening day at Fenway - BTW, both are over 100 years old!). Having run a few marathons in my time (including Boston a few years back), it struck me that there are many parallels between this 26.2-mile monster and personal finance. Here's just a few:
A lot of people don’t believe that a smart purchase can be better than a frugal one, but I saved over $1,000 doing so. Granted I have a coffee habit that was costing my family $738.40 a year, so something needed to be done. But had I gone with the frugal option, I would still be SPENDING way more than I had to. Whaaa? Let me show you.