Greg and I are really pumped on a new blog. Our brother-in-law, Aaron, introduced us to this blog called Mr. Money Mustache. And we are really, really loving it. I've always been super into saving money, but I haven't been very good about retirement plans. Greg's never really been a saver, but he is very responsible with retirement planning and always planning his max contribution and employer match. Mr. Money Mustache has really helped us combine the things we're good at and work together on our financial goals.
One of the biggest reminders we've had while reading the blog is that it doesn't really matter how much money you make, you should always try to live on the smallest amount possible. That way when you do make more money, it just bulks up your savings instead of drastically changing your lifestyle.
Luckily for us, a lot of the lifestyle changes he recommends are things that are very natural for us. Doing a lot of DIY type things, cooking most of our food at home, etc. But we have a new resolve to be a bit tougher on ourselves and make sure that when we do spend money, it's with intention.
The first, hardest, and biggest change was selling the truck. It was in great condition and we both loved it but we knew something cheaper could efficiently meet our needs. So we sold it and bought a 4-runner in excellent condition. It's kind of funny to see them side by side up there in the pictures, because both cars have so many similarities. The weekend after we got it, we wanted to clean it. We planned to take it to be detailed and shampooed. But as we were adding up how much it would cost vs. the cost of renting a shampooer, we made the smart call! We spent all day scrubbing down both of our cars (exterior and interior), Greg changed the oil in the Matrix, and waxed the Matrix as well. A success indeed!
I've also had a renewed motivation to start making more of my own clothes. It's not always cost efficient when you consider how much the fabric and pattern costs and how much time goes into it, but I would prefer to spend that money on one dress that fits me perfectly, than buying several cheap dresses that I just end up tossing. This one I'm wearing took so so much time, but I'm really happy about it and I love wearing it.
We're also trying to up our lunch and snacks game. Buying more bulk and freezing contents individually so that our food is more cost effective. We're trying to spend more time on the weekends to have our meals planned, purchased, and somewhat prepared so that our meals during the week are not a cause of stress.
Slowly but surely, we're trying to figure things out!