How Peanutbutter, Bananas and Oats are a Recipe for Financial Success

In this day and age, where peer pressure, marketing and temptation are around us to spend money, there has always been my one “go to” to keep myself in financial check.  Food typically is a higher expense on a monthly budget and I have found a recipe for success that works for me, to keep that expense category down through the majority of a month.  How do I keep this significant line item in check?  One of my recipes for financial success boils down to nothing other than peanutbutter, bananas and oats!  What am I talking about?  Let’s dive into the fun details to see where I am coming from with this trifecta of awesomeness.

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Thinning Down on a Bare Bones Budget

Lately I have been thinking of my income and expense, seeing what goes in and what goes out.  I couldn’t help but start to think that there are two ways to increase your financial moat to reach financial freedom in a shorter fashion.  Those two options are increasing your income and reducing your expense.  Without speaking on behalf of increasing your income, what if you already had a bare bones budget in your mind?  Are there ways of thinning down still?  Are there hidden pockets that one can slim down on?  Let’s see what I’m talking about.

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Why We Didn’t Create A Wedding Budget

A month or so ago, I wrote about the best day of my life…my wedding day.  I wouldn’t have changed a thing!  Towards the end of the article, I mentioned that I was going to write a few more articles down the road about a few things about our experiences during the year and a half leading up to the big day and some things we learned along the way.   There is so much that is involved in a wedding, it is insane!  So hopefully some of you will be able to learn from our experiences or conversely, share your experiences in the comment section so future readers can benefit from things you may have done differently than we did!  So here it is, the first installment of my post wedding article series.  Today, I wanted to share with you why my wife and I did not create a wedding budget while planning our wedding!

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