My Origin Story: Growing up there were only fights about money, overspending on what I now categorize as useless things, and no education on budgeting. I woke up one day in my mid-thirties drenched in sweat in total fear of my current financial situation. I had close to $10,000 in credit card debt along with car and student loan debt. If my numbers were close to being accurate, I would be working until I was 100 years old. I decided that wasn’t the way I wanted to live my life. Quietly, I worked to pay off my credit card debt. Then I announced to my husband I was going to pay off my car and student loan debt because I wanted to retire earlier than 100 years old. The Beautiful Minimal Millennial started in 2019 as a way for me to document my journey of paying off $31,000 in car debt and $49,000 in student loan debt. I figured that if I wrote about it, I had to be honest. I have spent 2019 and 2020 only spending money on a predetermined list of essential items and pre-approved items. At the start of 2020, I paid off close to half of my car debt. Join me as I document my no-spend year, pay off debt, and find new ways to enjoy life as a minimalist.
I love reading, writing, puppy snuggles, running, family walks, and all things beautiful and minimal. I am a millennial that hates paper napkins, waste, and what else did millennials kill? I grew up without cell phones and telling time by church bells and street lights. Avocados, yoga, and meditation are my thing. I love experiences over stuff. Check out my most recent blog posts.
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Ever hear the phase “creature of habit?” Well us humans at all ages and life stages need routines. The level and intensity of your routine is up to you but we all need routines. Today I wanted to share my morning and nighttime routine to keep me organized, on time, and feeling energized. But first … Continue reading Routines: Why You Need Them
Today’s post is to give you permission to say no. To say you have had enough. To walk away from a dumpster fire. 2020 has been hard enough and if you live in America, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. If you think that your creepy uncle or psycho aunt got nicer, think again. Today I’m giving you … Continue reading No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
WELCOME BACK to my Eating Great Food on a Budget series! This article is going to focus on all things veggies and sides. If you are looking to eat on a budget, filling your plate with less expensive veggies is key. Plus if you are hosting a party it is a lot cheaper and easier … Continue reading Eating Great Food on a Budget: Part 4 Veggies/Sides
WELCOME BACK to my Eating Great Food on a Budget series! This article is going to focus on all things pasta. Pasta dishes are overall cheap but cheap doesn’t have to be tasteless or crappy. If you tried my pulled pork from Part 1 or Mammy’s Italian Check from Part 2, you know that flavor … Continue reading Eating Great Food on a Budget: Part 3 Pasta
Today I want to go through some of my go-to crowd pleasing favorites that I literally always have the stuff on hand to make. You will notice that these recipes are for chicken. Chicken is cheap. I’m trying to spend responsibly on food. We eat a lot of chicken. But if you hate chicken, don’t … Continue reading Eating Great Food on a Budget: Part 2: Chicken
Recently a wonderful person on Instagram asked me about how to manage a budget with respect to groceries and if I had any blog posts about the topic. Before I looked back in the archives, I listed a couple ways we keep the grocery bill reasonable in the DM. As I mentioned after reading the … Continue reading Eating Great Food on a Budget: Part 1
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