Monday Medley: I’m Back

Wow, it feels like forever ago since my last post.  An extremely demanding work project came up at the same time that I was helping my sister prepare for her wedding.  I’m happy to report that all is well in the Smith household and we had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends.  Now, it’s time to get back to frugal living, blogging, and hustling our way out of debt.






Our plan requires me to work my current, secret occupation for approximately 5 1/2 more years.  For the most part my job is flexible enough to allow me to spend a decent amount of time with my family and supplement our income with some side hustles.  However, the cost of that freedom is occasional projects that demand my full attention for as much as a week or two.  Unfortunately, one of these came up recently. The timing was pretty bad with the wedding preparations.  I really appreciate how much Mr. Smith stepped up to help out with the kids and a lot of other stuff.  It’s funny how often people say they “don’t know how you do it all” (and they don’t even know about the side hustles or blogging).  My response is usually that I wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of Mr. Smith.


My Sister’s Wedding

My little sister had a wonderful wedding and I am so very happy for her.  I’m also really pleased that we were able to do everything without spending too much money.  I wrote before about the miracle of finding my bridesmaid dress on eBay – it looked exactly the same as all of the others, for less than half of the cost 🙂  As Tornado was crawling on the floor during the reception, in her white flower-girl dress, I didn’t really care that much because her dress was from eBay too.  The big expense I couldn’t avoid was having my hair done.  It was hard to pay it, but there is so much to be said for buying experiences over stuff.  I’ve tried to look at it as a fun morning spent bonding with all of the girls in the bridal party.  I did decide to do Tornado’s hair myself, when I found out what they were going to charge for it.


doing hair
First time using a hot iron on Tornado – I was nervous, but Paw Patrol kept her pretty still.


Poor Tornado lost it and started bawling about one third of the way down the aisle.  They all had a ton of fun the rest of the day, but I’ll never forget that look of terror from such a sweet and usually super confident little girl.


We worked hard to save money while respecting my sister’s vision for her wedding.  It wasn’t extravagant, but definitely not frugal either.  It would have been selfish to impose our new money beliefs and make her change things about the wedding that were important, to her.  Ultimately, we were able to have fun and enjoy the day without feeling like our financial progress would be derailed by this one special event.

A little taste of how we looked 🙂


Random Conversations At Work

Last week in the lunchroom, two co-workers were discussing that there was a new girl at Subway.  I couldn’t help but think that they must go there all of the time.  Then, they just so happened to mention prices.  The one spent $8.50 for the meal, because she wanted a cookie.  I just listened and started adding in my head (just 2 times a week, 8 times a month, $68 per month, $816 per year).  I used to be like that, but now find this type of spending to be completely shocking.  Granted, I have an awesome husband who makes lunch in the morning, but how don’t people realize how much money they are spending on silly things like fast food?


Side Hustling

Somehow, I did manage to finish my second Upwork writing assignment during all of this hullabaloo.  And, received a new assignment from that agent 🙂

My big tutoring side hustle started up this weekend.  It’s a good thing that work should be a little slower now and the wedding is over.  The money is pretty good, but this is another big demand on my limited “free” time.


Coming Soon

I should have a post up this week with a tutorial for the crocheted blanket I made as a wedding present for my sister (another frugal accomplishment).

There is a delicious recipe post that was almost ready to go up in between working and doing wedding stuff.

I’m working on a post about the total re-haul of our life insurance policies.


Again, sorry for my absence.  What’s new?



  1. Welcome back! It sounds like you were extraordinarily busy and happy to hear that Mr. Smith was able to step in and give you a helping hand. I couldn’t agree more with you on the Subway lunches! People don’t realize how much the small things add up to. I used to work with people who would have salads delivered to the office every day. They used to pay $12 per salad, plus a tip. Crazy! Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed your sister’s wedding and the day went well. – Mrs. FE

    1. Thank you <3

      Just thinking about spending $12 on a salad makes me uncomfortable. And, I forgot to mention that these same people also make multiple trips to the coffee shop every day. CRAZY!!!!

  2. Jax

    For me, spending money on lunch is the biggest waste. If I am going to pay someone to prepare a meal for me, it better be good and in lieu of me cleaning up the kitchen after. Lunches are just so easy to throw together (for me at least), it’s dinner that is the struggle.

    That’s really great you were able to be a part of your sister’s wedding, but still be true to your values/goals.

  3. Yay! Despite the work stress, I’m glad all is well in your world. 🙂 While we’re busy hustling, we’re also taking time to enjoy the summer. I’m happy to report that hiking, biking, and kayaking will become more regular features in our lives than they had in prior years. Woot!

  4. Photos look lovely! I always struggle a bit with family related expenses as I am happy to be frugal for our family but don’t want to impose my way of living on others.
    I always take my lunch to work – I get really annoyed with myself if I accidentally leave it at home. If you add on a couple of coffees each day, that is a holiday!

  5. Well it looks like the wedding went well – you guys looked great 🙂 I hope the work all went well too, it sounds you got on top of it at least.

    Really cool about the Upwork..that sounds interesting. I’d really like to get into that, mind if I send you a DM on twitter if that’s okay?


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