It was fun to look through my statistics to find the most popular posts. There were definitely some that surprised me.
Sometimes I spend time writing a post that I think is really good and it hardly gets read at all. Other times I write a post that I’m not all that thrilled with but people seem to love it. So strange!
I decided to lump all of my “money” posts into one category for the recap. I could have divided things up into budgeting, money saving, and/or personal finance categories, but this seemed simpler.
Top Money Posts of 2016
I shared what our actual monthly budget looks like at the beginning of the year and it has been my most popular post ever since! (Our budget has changed a bit since then.)
Budgeting can be hard to figure out at first and I think a lot of people just want to see how someone else does things.
Obviously, some parts of the world are more expensive than others and there are tons of other factors, like family size, hobbies, and health concerns to take into account.
I shared our budget in hopes that it might inspire you to find ways to cut certain parts of your spending and because seeing how we handle our money might give you ideas of how to handle yours.
When we bought our first house, it needed
some work a ton of work.
Every room needed to be painted. The kitchen was ugly and not very functional, and a lot of small updates needed to happen.
Over the first couple years we owned that home, we made a lot of updates even though we hardly had any extra money to spend. I shared my planning process and money saving tips that made it possible. Plus, a few before and after pics.
If you’ve ever spent more than you should have, gone over your budget, or regretted a purchase, this one’s for you!
Since our monthly budget is less than $1500, you can imagine that I’m pretty amazing at not spending money 🙂 . And I don’t even feel deprived or like I’m missing out.
I’ve changed some of my habits so that I don’t miss shopping and I don’t feel the urge to buy stuff unless we really need it.
This is one of those posts that I never thought that much of, but it has gotten a lot of traffic since I wrote it.
I’m all about having fun without spending tons of money. This is mostly because we’ve never had tons of money to spend on entertainment, but let me tell you: we still have tons of fun!
We’ve found that a HUGE way to save money is to stay home. This doesn’t mean we’re sitting at home staring at the wall doing absolutely nothing, though…
The first house we owned was one of the best decisions we ever made financially even though I was pretty much terrified to make such a big and important purchase. It was a great house too once we made it a little cuter.
Right now, we’re in the middle of shopping for our second house in a different, more expensive city and we’re trying really hard not to make this big mistake…
⇒ How did budgeting go for you this year? Did you buy a house or do some big renovations? Are you trying to spend less money?
Free Customizable Budget and Spending Tracker Spreadsheet
Stress less about your finances today with the spreadsheet I use each month to create our budget and track our spending!