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March 2015

March 2015: Final Budget & Goals

March 31, 2015


Holy moly, it feels like we haven’t talked about numbers in a while. I’ve been so transfixed on all the ways minimalism has changed my life lately that I nearly forgot how to format this post. ;)

For new readers – and I know there are many of you, based on stats and all the wonderful emails and comments you’ve sent me this month (hi!) – this isn’t just a minimalism blog (contrary to the last many posts, hehe). I started Blonde on a Budget four years ago when I was maxed out with nearly $30,000 of debt and used it to stay accountable as I paid it all off. While I’ve branched into new topics, as I’ve taken on challenges like the shopping ban, my debt repayment journey will always be at the core of my story.

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Minimalism Isn’t a Numbers Game

March 23, 2015

Last week, I announced I’d done one final declutter and had officially removed 65% of my belongings from my home; this means I’m living with just 35% of what I once owned (which are now 100% of my belongings and there’s literally nothing left to get rid of). For the first time, since starting on this journey, I felt a tiny bit of pushback from a few readers/followers. It wasn’t negative, but the concern was that I’d potentially given away too much, and a few people even wrote to say they wished they could do the same but they’d never be able to do what I had done. The minute I read that, I knew I wanted to write this post.

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Book Giveaway: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

March 20, 2015


It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a giveaway – too long, in fact. Today, I want to change that by giving away something that I so badly want to read myself: two copies of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo.

I’ve never given away a book I haven’t first read myself (that’s what happens when you can’t shop and are still only #11 on your library’s hold list), but this best-selling guide to decluttering your home has received so much praise, I don’t think it will disappoint.

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