Category Archives: Budgeting + Advice

Becoming a One Car Household

Too bad this rad ride isn't our one car.

For the first time since I got my driver’s license, I don’t have a car. Just this past weekend, we sold my Honda Accord and George and I have officially become a one-car household. I know plenty of people do it all the time, but I’ve been a little apprehensive. After all, I grew up in the suburbs where a car is practically a necessity.

Too bad this rad ride isn't our one car.

Too bad this rad ride isn’t our one car.

But Why?
George and I have talked about downsizing our car situation for quite some time in order to gain extra cash. We both work from home, so our daily travel needs are very low.

My guide to surviving cold weather

Guide to surviving cold weather -- clothes to wear and body products to use

This past weekend I was a cold weather coach for my brother’s girlfriend. She has just moved from California to Boston, and is terrified of her first New England winter. Answering questions about when it’s appropriate to wear a hood (whenever you’re cold, but definitely November – February), and what to do with your hair (let it go—the wind will make it a mess regardless), inspired me to share my top tips for surviving winter weather.

Guide to surviving cold weather -- clothes to wear and body products to use

Not all gear is created equal
Even though I usually advocate being frugal, sometimes it’s just not worth losing your toes to frostbite. Since I’ve lived in the Northeast my entire life, I have a wide wardrobe to cover all seasons. But when it gets really cold, certain garments always come out on top.

Saving for Christmas

Saving money for Christmas spending and gift buying -- two budget ideas

I was shocked when I saw Christmas décor and accouterments for sale in early September. From my perspective, it was still summer, and how dare you pull us all the way to December when I hadn’t even considered the other fall holidays?

Saving money for Christmas spending and gift buying -- two budget ideas

So I don’t want to be one of those people. I’m not nearly ready for Christmas trees, tinsel, and holly. However, it’s around this time of year that I start getting my budget ready for the inevitable Christmas spending.

I absolutely love the winter holidays, and I see them as a great time to appreciate loved ones, celebrate the good in the world, and go wild with decorating. But all this jolly celebrating comes at a very real price tag. I’m not one to run up new debt carrying balances on credit cards, so I’ve got to have the cash ready to buy presents, a fresh cut tree, new wrapping supplies, and other decorations. Even DIY presents require materials!

Saving all those Wedding Memories

Saving wedding memories in a storage box - what to keep and what to discard

Welcome to the second installment of Wedding Wednesdays, where I share all the DIYs and details about our June wedding. Last week I talked about the things you actually should do the week before your wedding. I’m waiting on professional photos, so this week I’ll talk about preserving wedding mementos.

Now that we’re back from our honeymoon and are getting back into the swing of things, it’s time to sort through all our DIY wedding elements, gifts, and little mementos. Both George and I are sentimental, so we’d love to keep so many pieces of our wedding to hold onto the memories and good feelings. But right now our apartment is overrun, so we’ve had no choice but to pare things down.

Saving wedding memories in a storage box - what to keep and what to discard

What you need to do the week before your wedding

What you need to do the week before your wedding

Since I kept so much of our wedding planning a surprise, I have lots to share with you now! This summer I’m going to be doing Wedding Wednesdays, where I blog about a different project or element of our wedding each week. This way I can share all our DIY elements and what I’ve learned without completely overtaking The Thrifty Ginger. Since I’m waiting on my professional photos, I figured I’d kick off the series with a post about what you really need to do the week leading up to your wedding—besides getting your nails done.

What you need to do the week before your wedding

The two weeks before our wedding were quite stressful. George and I were at our wits end trying to organize everything, finish projects, and get in touch with all of our vendors. Here are a few things that helped me keep my sanity in the week before the wedding.