$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 …

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 …

Financial Experiment: No Spend November

At the beginning of a new month, I always feel like the slate has been wiped clean. It doesn’t matter how last month went because a new month is ready and waiting for me to do it better. After reading about the intensity of ideas from the MMM blog recently, I have been thinking about …

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 …