Our Bedroom Makeover On A Budget: Before and After

This bedroom makeover on a budget from a few simple changes and $200 turned out beautifully! See the before and after photos here.

For most of our adult lives, the bedroom my Hubby and I shared has not been what you’d consider a “master bedroom”.

Really, it was like the bedroom version of a junk drawer.

“Honey, where’s this go?” “I don’t know, put it in our bedroom.” (repeat for years on end)

That’s no way to live. Especially in the room that should be your quiet escape from your 6 kids. 😉

So when we went through our big house project last year, I knew that creating a nice bedroom for us needed to be a priority.

By the time I finished up our budget bedroom makeover, even my Hubby (who doesn’t care about any of the decision making stuff) was impressed.


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 162

After taking a good 9 months (plus?) off blogging, I’m finally back in the saddle.


Time to dust off the old “5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week” series and see what fun things we can add to it.

It’s challenging to come up with ideas I haven’t shared before. I mean, come on…I’ve done 162 of these things! I can’t promise there haven’t been repeats.

But I do my darnedest to try to come up with outside the box ideas whenever I can. (Also, I just learned how to spell darnedest for the first time.)


Quick Weekend Project That’s Gonna Save Us A Lot

Remember how often I’ve said that the trusty ol’ Coleman cooler is basically our family’s mascot?

Ours is one of those old plastic, pinch your fingers when you try to open it, models. But here’s the newer version.

(If you don’t know the story, you can click here find out more about our #yearofno that helped us pay off a ton of debt.)

Well…there’s only one way I could make that cooler even better.

And that’s to stop buying all those water bottles!


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #161

We live in southern Ohio, where we tend to get either a lot of snow, or hardly any at all. Our winters are unpredictable anymore.

This year, we’re getting lots of snow!

It makes me happy that we always prepare as though it will be one of those cold, snowy winters. It’s nice having plenty of food in the house and a backup plan in case the power goes out (which always happens at the worst time!).


5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #160

For over a year now, our house has been on strike.

First it was the refrigerator that gave up the ghost. Followed closely by the dishwasher.

Then the stove and the toaster.

Slowly, we have replaced every appliance in our home in the course of 15 months.

I think the house was getting warmed up with cheaper fixes before it moved on…to things like the furnace.  And the roof.


Needless to say, it’s time for another #yearofno.  We hope this one is much shorter than the last one!