Frugal Friday: Stress and Money

Photo via Death to the Stock Photos

Photo via Death to the Stock Photos

This week has been more stressful than normal which means a lot considering I usually run around in a constant state of insanity. I’m planning a conference at work, I’ve been seeing a nutritionist, so I’ve got some new food and workout routines and I’m of course, (attempting) to keep up with this blog. Although it’s stressful, I’m remembering my old buddy, Yoda‘s words “Do do not there is no try.” You all remember that time when I was a Jedi, right? Ha-ha.

In the past when things got stressful, I’d spend, spend, spend. I’d buy too many lunches and lattes. I’d “reward” myself too much. And I’d ultimately overdraft my bank account. But with my spending diet, the new year and living small, I finally feel that I’m beginning to turn over a new leaf. I’m not stress spending anymore. It’s taken me well over a year to learn how to not stress spend. It hasn’t been an easy process. Spending money is oh-so-easy. A few clicks on the computer when I felt like I “deserved” something or a quick little jaunt to Targé and suddenly I felt better. But what didn’t feel better was logging into my bank account at the end of each month.

And lately I’ve been finding better ways to cope with my stress. I’ve been doing light yoga, writing down my to-dos at the beginning of each day and trying to take weekends off work.

I’d love to hear about how you decompress and destress without spending money. Talk to me in the comments!


Link Love: 23

Link Love I’m planning a conference at work and this week I’ve really been struggling to balance it all. Let’s escape with a little Link Love, shall we?!

94 sq. foot boiler room turned into a gorgeous home!

This 5th wheel tiny home didn’t look so bad before, but the after looks so fresh and clean!

DIY window insulation made from ironing board cover material. (It’s kind of ugly, but also kind of genius!)

Did you know you can watch some of the Tiny House Nation shows for free over on the FYI website? Save me from myself.

I’ve been dreaming about a little vacation lately. This tiny castle in the mountains will do just fine, thanks!

I love the idea of a seasonless closet.

The contentment habit.

Tips for living on “next to nothing.”

Some good tips on how to ease your family into minimalist living.

This is an older article, but an inspiring one– this guy made $28,267.21 from blogging. #lifegoals

I’ve been doing these stress-busting yoga moves on my lunch break and before I go to bed. It’s kind of working?

How’s your week been? Do you need the weekend as much as I do right now? Talk to me in the comments.


Frugal Friday: Sometimes saving money sucks

My empty wallet.

Let’s be honest: sometimes saving money just plain sucks. Lately I’ve been pining over a pair of pricey winter boots. I’ve pinned them, I keep my browser open on my phone to the website and I even follow the company on Instagram. I’m torturing myself, even though I don’t need winter boots. I’ve had the same pair since middle school. Not kidding. It obviously doesn’t snow very often here. But I still want those boots. Boo hoo. First world problems, right?

As my “less stress” mantra for the new year I’ve been trying to take a more zen approach to every part of my life. As such, I’ve been telling myself to own it. Acknowledge those sucky feelings. Let’s all say it together: “Yes, saving money sucks.” Let’s all acknowledge it, zen it, and move on. Sometimes it sucks, but I’ll never get to fix up my van and drive around the country by buying super cute (but expensive) shoes that I don’t NEED.

Does acknowledging your feelings ever help you save money? I’m curious! Let me know in the comments!


Link Love: 22

rp_Link-Love-1024x102411111111-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x1024.jpg A fashion blogger talks about simplicity. 

Buy experiences, not things (always!).

The traits you need for financial independence (and life, really).

This insane shipping container home has so much style!

This 500 square foot (large to me) apartment on a budget is designed so well!

This van converted to a home on wheels is insanely good. (Although, to me, the cost was also insane!)

This travel trailer before and after is so impressive!

RVing with dogs. (Some practical advice that I know I will need later.)

Loved this discussion about the best budget vacation destinations.

How to get out of debt on a low income. It’s hard, ya’ll.

And since I’ve had some new people to the blog lately, did you know you can follow me on social media? Well, you can! I’m most active on Pinterest and Instagram.

Happy (almost) Friday!


New Adventures! Our Van: The Before Pictures

Van Before with Airstream I’m pretty sure my (super long) tombstone inscription will say something like this: “Melanie: seasoned traveler, never able to sit down or stay in one spot too long. In the event of zombies, beware, she will rise!” George and I have the itch again. The itch to do something new. We won’t be giving up the Airstream, we love it dearly, but we’re looking on to bigger (or smaller?!) adventures in a van!

I know what you’re saying, but the Airstream is such a nice home on wheels! Yes, it is, but it would be very cumbersome for long journeys, much more expensive and probably more problematic than a van.

George bought the van for $850. I am on a Spending Diet so I didn’t contribute to the initial price of the van, but I will be using mostly my budget to fix it up. I don’t know how long we’ll be able to travel, ideally we’d be able to travel for a year or more, but that’s still up in the air. What we do know is this time we’re giving ourselves plenty of time to fix up her up. And boy are we going to need that time!

Just like the Airstream, the van has blue carpet, rust and some body work issues. Unlike the Airstream, we also have a chipped windshield, a super weird decal and a host of other issues. Let’s take a look, shall we?!

Van dents Before Van before front view Van before side view Van Before with Airstream Van Before Van Before Interior Seat in Van - Before Van inside before with doors open Yikes, right? It’s kind of terrifying how much work needs to be done, but I’m excited to fully remodel it to a home on wheels.

So what do you think? Are you excited to take this journey with us? Let me know in the comments!