#63: Let’s Talk About Money & How To Spend It Smarter

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Who wouldn’t want more money in the ol’ bank account? So we picked a money expert’s brain for the most common places he finds his clients overspending, and for his best tips on making (and sticking to!) an easy household budget – which is definitely the key to saving more each month. Plus we share our not-scary techniques for negotiating with contractors, including how one short sentence has saved us $1500 in the past two weeks. We also dive into the not-so-straightforward process of fixing up our vintage pink stove, and a simple craft idea to keep little hands busy (which is always a good thing).

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What’s New

  • Here’s the original post about our plans for the vintage pink stove we bought for the beach house, and you can see all the crazy wires Sherry mentioned having to navigate with the electrician in the picture below (these normally aren’t exposed, the backplate was removed during repairs)

  • Also, if you missed our last episode about our freshly paved driveway, you can check out Episode #62 for more on that

Dr. Budgets

  • Since Daniel mentioned cutting the cable a few times, here’s how we did it a few months ago
  • We also mentioned a few random things like Kroger’s Clicklist, an online grocery ordering service that we talked more about in Episode #41
  • Also, my “Aqua-tober” month of drinking only water is coming up! We talk more about it in Episode #17.
  • And not to be out-punned, Daniel practiced “No-Spendtember” last year to force himself on a financial “cleanse”

  • Oh, and here’s that diet with the containers that we mentioned trying last year: 21 Day Fix

We’re Digging

  • Here’s one of our phone photos of Moonrise Jewelry’s mermaid-fabric-wrapped canvases. One side of the sequins was gold and the other side was silver, so she could quickly make sparkly abstract art (or draw a tree with her finger like you see on that canvas on the right). The same mermaid fabric was wrapped around the checkout desk – and our kids loved drawing on it.
  • After our visit we found some mermaid fabric options on Amazon, like this one, this one, and this one which all have multiple color options (the going price seems to be about $20 for a 3 x 4′ piece – which is an awesome size to wrap around a large canvas or bulletin board for a kids room or playroom).
  • I’m also pretty entertained by this image on one of the listings as a “possible use.” Sherry does love a blazer…

And lastly, a big thank you to Thomas Avenue Ceramics for sponsoring this episode. Head over to ThomasAvenueCeramics.com/YHL to shop beautiful tile that’s delivered right to your door, and to see Sherry’s 10 favorites from their collections (some are pictured below). Also, don’t forget to useYHL20 to score 20% off your first order.

Thanks for listening, guys!

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