Why We Plan To Downsize From 1,000 sq ft

Why We Plan To Downsize From 1,000 sq ft

The size of the average house in North America has nearly tripled in size from the 1950s to today, growing from 983 square feet to a spacious 2,349 square feet. I am in my early twenties with no future family on the near horizon. I currently rent a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in Portland, [...]

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The Line Between Frugal and Cheap

The Line Between Frugal and Cheap

Nobody wants to be called cheap. We dread being labeled a scrooge, likened to a mean, greedy recluse who would do anything to avoid parting from a penny. We want to be known for our generosity while still saving enough for ourselves. Those who decide to be money-wise are often nervous of being accused of [...]

October 2018 Expense Report

October 2018 Expense Report

Was it just me or did October disappear in the blink of an eye? We filled our October weeks with lots of walks to appreciate the autumn colors, but besides those we have been full-on charging ahead with daily life. Mr. Mechanic has started interviewing for residency at hospitals across the nation and I have [...]

5 Things We Are Waiting To Buy

5 Things We Are Waiting To Buy

Humans are funny creatures. We spend weeks getting hyped about something and lose sleep wondering when the delivery will arrive. Yet although we jump around in excitement when the package comes, we are prone to forget about it just a few weeks later. The days following the holidays don't have the same nostalgic twinge as the [...]

September 2018 Expense Report

September 2018 Expense Report

I didn’t spend too much time at home this month. I converted from hourly to salary at my new job so I flew down to California to go to orientation. I flew out early in order to take advantage of the weekend and crashed at a family's place in San Francisco. Disclosure – this post [...]

Top 4 Most Regrettable Purchases

Top 4 Most Regrettable Purchases

We all have those things that make us wonder, "Why did I buy that?!" Whether it is an item that underperforms or just never gets used, some purchases are just plain regrettable. I generally stay pretty frugal and discerning when I buy things. I have avoided some of America's most-regretted purchases such as a boat, [...]

August 2018 Expense Report

August 2018 Expense Report

Despite smoke haze, August has been a great month for us. We spent weekends with family, hanging out at the lake, going to concerts on the green, and threw in a few days in Denver as well. The general trend of this month was frugality by generosity of our respective families. We are very grateful [...]