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?

December with the Downs: Christmas decorating on a budget

CoffeeCatDogKid | Christmas decorating on a budget

December brings a lot of joy to the Down home: Alec's birthday, our wedding anniversary, and Christmas, all in the space of a few short weeks. Last year every ounce of our attention went to planning the wedding and our subsequent disastrous cross-country trek. By the time Christmas rolled around a few days later, we had … Continue reading December with the Downs: Christmas decorating on a budget

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