January 22, 2020

A Blog Series of Favorite Posts #5: Budgeting/Debt

For the next week or so, I'm going to do a series of posts--I will share my favorite "oldies but goodies" from the past.

As you know, I LOVE writing lists. This is one I've been wanting to write for a long time, but it requires so much thought that I just have such a hard time deciding what to include on it! I have a lot of favorite posts over the years (as well as very cringey ones--maybe I'll do a list of those soon). I'd have to wear a paper bag over my head out of embarrassment ;)

As of the last few years, there have been lots of different categories on my blog: weight loss/gain/loss/gain; running; DIY/home improvement; mental health/illness; crafts; and just daily life in general. So, I think I'll separate these into categories to avoid having too many "favorite" posts in just one category.

I'll post just a few per day, so if you choose, you'll have time to read the posts. If I post them all at once, it would be way too overwhelming!

At the end, I will also include my most popular posts (which will likely be entirely different from my favorite posts) in case anyone is curious about those. First, though, my favorites...


How My Family Paid Off $14,000 of Credit Debt in 14 Months on a Varied Income

Jerry and I don't make a predictable income; his income is based on how much overtime he picks up and mine is based on all sorts of things (like how much advertisers are paying at certain times of the year). We were $14,000 in credit debt in 2017, and once I felt stable on my bipolar meds, I decided to write a budget and stick to it.

I was very strict in sticking to it (and it was unlike any other budget I'd done before, but it worked! We paid off our debt and we are still following the budget. It takes off a TON of stress from worrying about money. This post explains ALL the details of how we did it, including our own budget.

Why I Became A Stay-At-Home Mom

This subject is, by far, the one I get the most flack about from "haters". I can't count the number of times I've read, "Why don't you get a real job?" Well, this post explains it all (not that I feel I owe an explanation). I'm very happy with being a stay-at-home mom and it works well for our family. Before asking that question, I'd suggest reading this post.

Salvation Army Finds

I happen to LOVE secondhand stores like the Salvation Army (although, they are very expensive now compared to what they used to be!). But you can still snag lots of good deals if you take the time to look through the bazillion clothing items that aren't in any particular size order. On this post, I reveal some clothes that I picked up at Salvation Army that day... spending about the same on ALL of them as I would on a new pair of jeans from Kohl's.

I hope that you are enjoying this series and it's not too redundant! It's been fun going through old posts :)

1 comment:

  1. I love thrift shopping, too! I usually go to Goodwill on Sundays because it's dollar day! I was in my local Salvation Army on Tuesday and was shocked at some of the prices. I haven't been in a Salvation Army in a while and I couldn't believe how much they charge for clothes now. I buy almost all of mine and my kids' clothes at a thrift store but some of the prices there were just as much as a regular retail store.


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