$5 projects: taking mason jars to the next level

I like mason jars. For everything. Everybody has their thing that they collect and mine has always been bottles and jars. Endless hours of treasure hunting at antique stores and thrift shops and what do I come out with 75% of the time? Bottles and jars. I’ve gotten to the point where I have all …

How I Saved $200 on My Christmas Shopping This Year

Everyone wants to save money, am I right? In general, it’s a thing. It seems to be easier, though, when you’re saving towards a specific goal or occasion. It’s easy to say no to something you don’t need if you’re putting money aside towards a vacation, new car fund, or Christmas. Let’s talk about Christmas, …

No spend November: A review

It’s officially DecemberĀ and that means No Spend November has officially come to a close. I’d like to talk a little about the experience itself, my change in mindset, and the whole point of taking part in a no spend month. What did I learn? Once you get going with the no spend rule, it’s sort …

Upgrade your couch for less than $40!

I’ve had my couch for 6.5 years, three moves and four apartments. It’s a pretty standard $500ish model from Ashley Furniture that I bought for my first apartment. 22-year-old me was absolutely smitten with the stone color even though my exact same couch also came in a [rather boring] more practical chocolate brown color. My …