DIY kitchen renovation for under $800

You don't have to spend thousands remodeling your kitchen—DIY it for $800 or less

When you buy an older home, you learn to accept that you will have to pick and choose the projects that get done versus the projects that will need to wait. Money and time and skill level inevitably dictate how much remodeling you can actually accomplish. So when Alec and I bought our first home, … Continue reading DIY kitchen renovation for under $800

What is a spending freeze & why do I desperately need one?

CoffeeCatDogKid | What's a spending freeze & why do I desperately need one?

February 2016 marks a new challenge for us: it's spending freeze time. Do you ever feel like your budget has gone off track? Or do you ever look at those pesky spending analyses in your online banking and just think, "We spent HOW much on THAT!?" That's how Kelsey and I have felt a few … Continue reading What is a spending freeze & why do I desperately need one?

How we threw a wedding for under $5,000: cutting costs on clothes

CoffeeCatDogKid | How we threw a wedding for under $5,000: cutting costs on clothes

Because your choices will concern not only bride + groom, but bride + groom + the entire wedding party, determining what everyone will wear at the wedding carries a lot of weight. But don't let that scare you into eloping! The bride Alec will probably have nightmares all his life about the price of my wedding dress. Granted, … Continue reading How we threw a wedding for under $5,000: cutting costs on clothes

How we threw a wedding for under $5,000: catering & cake

CoffeeCatDogKid | How we threw a wedding for under $5,000: catering & cake

Figuring out food for our wedding was one of the more painful decisions. We had to consider a thousand options and a thousand factors—Did we want a catered meal for all the guests? A private luncheon beforehand? A buffet or individual place settings? Sweet or savory? And on and on. We decided to keep reception … Continue reading How we threw a wedding for under $5,000: catering & cake