Five Ways We Save money by living in a small town and Working for Ourselves

It’s been almost 3 years since we quit our jobs in Seattle, packed up the kids, and moved back to the small town where Garrett and I grew up (Ellensburg WA). ‘Early retirement’, as we call the transition, has been an experiment in ‘working for ourselves’ as full-time landlords and parents and part-time renovators, bloggers, and volunteers. And we’ve loved the change of pace for the most part. But it’s come with significant changes to our finances. And today I wanted to share 5 ways we actually save money by living in a small town and working for ourselves.

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Happy Friday 6/21/19

These Friday posts are fun for me. You too? But occasionally I forget all about them until Thursday night when I’m pulling out our old copy of ‘The Hobbit’ for story time, preparing to re-read the same pages I did two nights ago (my darling husband struggles with the use of a book mark 😆), and then bam! It hits me. It’s Thursday night!

And I get all excited to sit down at my laptop, open a beer, and have a little ‘me time’. I’m here for Friday. Let’s make it a good one!

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Farmhouse Kitchen // How We’re Phasing Construction To Minimize the Disruption of a Live-in Remodel

Our live-in kitchen remodel is underway (!) and I can’t tell you how excited we are. But of course remodeling a kitchen while you live in the house is a wee bit disruptive no matter how excited you are. Especially with 3 young kids at home. We’re currently in the no-sink-or-dishwasher phase of this remodel, and I thought it would be a good time to show you our progress and explain how we’re phasing this project in order to minimize disruptions. And by ‘disruptions’ I mean minimize the length of time we can’t use the kitchen.

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Happy Friday 6/14/19

Happy Friday! It’s our oldest kiddo’s 6th birthday today and with our kitchen under construction, we opted for a simple family get-together at Nana’s house. And as for the homemade birthday cake that I always make him, well that got simplified too with a quick stop at Costco.

In the end, Wilder’s never going to notice who made his cake and regardless of the size of his party, he’s going to feel loved and celebrated on his birthday. So I’m washing the guilt right off. Here’s a gentle reminder to myself (and to you too if you need it): it’s okay to shorten your to-do list. Even throw it out entirely. Say ‘no’ to something instead of being busier. Get a book out and read for an hour. Play hooky on a Thursday and take the kids to the water slides. Stop and smell the roses. And then cut some for your nightstand so you can smell them first thing in the morning. It’s summer after all, so cut yourself some slack. Costco sheet cakes taste just fine, too.

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