Five ways to save money right now (that don’t include living in a tiny house)

Ever since I started writing more about frugal living, I’ve gotten more & more direct messages asking for advice or tips on finances and savings, and on topics ranging from eliminating debt to investing in low-cost index funds to questions on how to stretch a dollar. I am not a finance person, nor do I […]

Financial independence isn’t actually easy to achieve. We should stop saying it is.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the Financial Independence/Retiring Early (FIRE) movement, and some of the problems I see in the messaging around it. Todd and I are working toward FI and would like to retire early as well to pursue other endeavors and to free up our time for more travel and eventually, […]

Conscious gift-giving — not just for tiny house people

I love this time of year – the music, the decorations (the lights!), the movies (White Christmas, Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, etc), the cookies, family, friends, get-togethers, tradition-keeping, the warmth. But what I don’t love is the over-commercialization of the holidays. I worry about America in general this time of year. I know that […]