Welcome to Matrimoney!

Most people don't like to talk about money. We are not most people. 

On each episode we catch up on married life and check in on our money - from big financial goals to weekly grocery bills. We share real numbers, including our budget, and how we spend and save as we raise our two young boys.

Got a question for us? We love them. Email us! And keep up with us between shows on Instagram! Kelsey is @kelswharton and Chris is @practicallyawesomechris

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episode 56. I quit!

On this episode,we delve into just one topic: Kelsey. Quitting. Her. Job! We describe how we came to this decision, what it means for the family, and how we planned our finances in order to make it work. Kelsey also talks about how she is planning to use her time, what opportunities it affords and what is scary about such a big life transition.

In non-job news, Chris also gives an update on our solar panel system and how it's shaping up financially and ecologically.

Finally, in Love Notes, Kelsey talks about the fun 'Turning the Page' party we held to celebrate her change in work situation (and thanks to Uprooted Kitchen for hosting us!), and Chris thanks Kelsey for helping us ease into such a major transition.


episode 55. Sunnyside up (we're going solar!)

In this episode, we discuss our first big financial decisions of 2018 in depth: going solar at the HiFi House! We describe the financials, how the system works, and how and why we made the decision we did (and boy was there a lot to think about!). In order to make the decision, we had to consider the following:

We also address a GREAT listener question about balancing a longer commute with other life priorities. As we chat through the question, we recall our episode on our spherical living and what it means to either shrink the distance you have to get to places or extend that distance to reach things that are important to you.

Finally, in Love Notes, Chris compliments Kelsey on not letting his mindset age too fast, and Kelsey appreciates Chris forging ahead on solar when she might not have done it otherwise.

We'd love to hear what you think about commuting, solar energy options, and anything else you want to share! And you can Kelsey on Instagram at @kelswharton and Chris at @practicallyawesomechris.


episode 54. A home supplies deep dive

On this sexy episode, we take a scintillating look at...home supplies. And yes, this is how we spent our Friday night. But it was worth it; this perplexing category sometimes captures hundreds of dollars of our monthly dollars and we had yet to figure out just exactly what the hell was going on. So, we dive in and figure it out, as well as work through some solutions to reign in this soul-sucking, money-eating category of spending.

In updates, we chat about unfun stuff, like the busy-ness of life, as well as fun-fun stuff, like exploring the possibility of finally adding solar to our home! And in Tools You Can (Not) Use, we discuss the financial leakiness represented by online purchases through the Amazon Prime membership.

Finally, in Love Notes, Chris appreciates a recent career boost to due to Kelsey's handiwork (she helped craft a TED-style talk that encapsulates all of Chris's thinking and research on simple living and what that means for health, wealth, happiness, and sustainability), and Kelsey has been loving '90's Trivial Pursuit nights with Chris.


episode 53. The year of...spending??

On this episode, we reveal a shocking change in our financial focus, but one we think will be good for us, at least for a short time. And, we run through updates to our 2018 budget, where we're tightening and expanding, and what we're hoping to accomplish. In other updates, we mention completing a new house project (setting up a basic home theater room, which counter-intuitively is really great for controlling and minimizing screen time), Chris notes how he's found the perfect work shoe (Cole Haan Zerogrands), and Kelsey mentions a great way to buy used (Thredup).

Finally, in Love Notes, Chris complements Kelsey for bringing the boys to their first basketball game, and Kelsey complements Chris on taking up the grocery shopping and meal-planning. Ahh...domestic bliss.


episode 52. How to have a financial summit

In our first episode of 2018, we discuss our favorite event of the year, the Team Wharton Financial Summit! And we describe how you can have one, too (they really can be fun, we promise). We also go through the highlights and lowlights of our spending, where we hit our budgets and where we busted them, and what we're looking to improve upon for 2018.

Also, to ring in the new year, we're proud to offer our first giveaway: a pair of amazing Sudio earbuds. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this episode! Well choose a winner on Thursday, February 1. WINNER: Sara K - congrats!!

It's our annual financial undressing, so tune in and enjoy (and please don't judge...or do, whatever is more fun for you).


episode 51. Happy (not-too-spendy) holidays!

This is our final episode of the year, so we celebrate the holidays by - how else? - talking about the financial implications of gift-giving! We also discuss our differing reasons for buying the gifts we do and we offer up some giving ideas that don't contribute to the build-up of stuff in people's lives.

Throughout the episode, we mention a few interesting sites and resources. One nice article from A Cup of Jo about creating a weekly ritual helped us think through how we could do the same. We also mentioned a great place to buy bikes for kids (Islabikes) as well as a couple of sites that could make great gifts for those interested in learning new skills and enhancing creativity (such as Storywonk and Creative Live).

Have a great holiday season everyone! We'll see you in 2018.


episode 50. Happy-making

Holy cow has it been some time since we last posted an episode. Sincere apologies all around; life and a bad back have slowed us down. But we're back with episode 50, in which we spend a bunch of time discussing the all-important question of how to make, and sustain, happiness. We run through a great list of ideas and consider their implications. We also catch you up on our finances, Chris's purchase of a new iPhone using drug money (I kid...there's no need to alert law enforcement), and other fun things. Finally, in Love Notes, we show some gratitude for all the little ways we've been keeping each other afloat in busy times.


episode 49. A real wrist slapper

In this episode, Chris turns 40! Then he gets his wrist slapped. And rightfully so as we discuss last month's unfortunately exorbitant 'entertainment spending.' But we cover the good stuff, too, like how we've finally achieved one of our minor goals of saving almost all of Kelsey's paycheck. And, we answer a listener question on where best to put savings, a Fidelity account set up by one's parents, or a Vanguard Index Fund. Finally, we offer up some love notes about celebrating the good times and spending quality time together.


episode 48. The high five of endurance

This episode is all about the little things. We start off with a Status Update, in which Chris describes giving up caffeinated beverages completely (WHAT.), and Kelsey gets prematurely excited about all things winter (it's still 104 degrees here guys). In Home Economics, we talk through the many small ways we've cut costs, created efficiencies, and otherwise streamlined, in-sourced, and life-hacked our way to a happier, simpler life. Finally, we talk through a listener question on 'buffer amounts' in checking accounts, and we share our lovely Love Notes. Kelsey mentions our first true - but giggly - work meeting. And Chris reveals the High Five of Endurance.

If you want to learn more about our tips and tricks for cutting costs, we've detailed most of it on our blogs. Here are a few relevant posts:

Going paperless in the kitchen

Going paperless in the...ahem...bathroom

Cutting your and your kids' hair

Creating a capsule wardrobe for women

Creating a capsule wardrobe for men

Reducing the number of cars you drive

Saving money with packed lunches

...and lost of other great posts on living a voluntarily simplistic lifestyle!


episode 47. Feel the burn

On this episode, we share a bit of good financial news after a run of unlikely and unexpected expenses. Chris talks middle-age heartburn and Kelsey chats about books she's been devouring recently (including Fangirl and Carry On, which Chris also loved).

In Home Economics, we discuss our late-to-the-party conversion to Costco shopping. And we describe just how much we nerded out determining which Costco items would save us money compared to Trader Joes (hint: it was quite a lot).

Finally, in Tools You Can Use, we go back to the basics and walk through our budget as well as our use of Mint.com in helping us spend based on our values while keeping us honest in terms of our spending. And in Love Notes, Chris appreciates Kelsey's listening skills while Kelsey's loving the shared commute (during which she's done much of her listening).