November 2015

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is over and we’re heading back to work today, WE HAVE A CONFESSION.  As you all know, Mr. MMM and I have dedicated ourselves to analyzing every. single. purchase.  BUT, (that’s the eraser word.  it erases everything you said before it.  try it) we are not perfect, and we [...]

I’ve noticed that many of our frugal blogger friends have taken the second half of this week off to spend time with their family and friends.  Here at Mad Money Monster, we are still working our day jobs today (ugh) AND we still have something to say.  Although, you can maybe expect this post to [...]

Last weekend Mini Monster and I were sitting at the kitchen table talking about making the turkey for Thanksgiving.  I got her to agree to make the mashed potatoes, by the way.  She’s only 6 so they should taste interesting :)  During the discussion I told her that we were probably going to need to [...]

Our Friday night routine used to consist of play dates (we’re parents) at various, local venues such as the roller skating rink, the bounce house, or Chuck E. Cheese (oh, the horror).  Along with that went, a trip to Pizza Hut, Isaac’s, or dare I say it, McDonald’s.  This seemed necessary to us only a [...]

A funny thing occurred to me this week.  I realized that, since we started down our ultra frugal, early retirement path, we also started changing our habits.  Changed habits led us to devise new strategies for having fun without spending our dough.  This line of thought stimulated our creative thinking and resulted in new hobbies, [...]

No disrespect to J. Money, but in the Mad Money house we believe budgets are for the birds.  I have spent countless hours inputting guesstimated dollar amounts to be spent in every detailed category in the quest to create our monthly budget.  Each month was different, so it wasn’t set it and forget it.  Every [...]

Take this job and shove it!  Don’t we all dream of the day we can go into our boss and say those words?  Isn’t that why we’re all feverishly working our butts off?  Mr. Money Monster and I have an early retirement goal of 2021.  But the thing is, I don’t hate my day job.  [...]

Let’s see…it’s been a whole week since we started our Hump Day Headlines series; time for installment #2!  Mr. Money Monster and I are officially back into our weekly routines after the wedding and honeymoon.  We’re enjoying being a married couple *yippee* and sharing ideas for our collective future, along with Mini Monster. The Morning [...]

As many of you know by now, one of my biggest frugal downfalls is eating out!  I LOVE it.  In fact, I used to joke that my goal was to be able to eat out for every meal.  Crazy, I know.  When I met Mr. Money Monster two years ago, he was definitely frugal-minded (and [...]

I’ve noticed there are a lot of items that Mr. Money Monster and I just don’t buy.  These little items add up to big savings over the course of a year or more. Here’s a not all-inclusive list of items we ALWAYS live without… New Cars:  We have NEVER owned a new car.  Even before [...]

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