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April 2016

episode 20. Pedal House vs. Chez Soleil

On our 20th episode (happy 20th everyone!), we discuss possibilities for naming our house (and how this is harder than naming our kids). We also talk about fun things coming up (our anniversary day date) and sad things coming up (our 'soul' couple is moving away from us).

In money, we chat about house painting and other expenses. But we also celebrate the fact that our little home town, Gilbert AZ, is THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE IF YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY!! (Clearly, this is due to our presence in the town...and maybe a teensy bit with cost of living). And Kelsey opens up shop on her creative coaching side business!

We also run through the fun exercise of how we'd spend $100, $1000, $10,000, $100,000, or $1,000,000. It's super fun to pretend to spend money you don't have (instead of actually spending money you don't have, which, you know, leaves you debt-ridden).

AttachmentFinally, we tackle a listener question about dealing with irregular expenses month-to-month as well as student loans. And we discuss our 'big things,' including dinner with Michael Pollan...and dinner with each other!

(Note: Chris is shown here lovingly embraced by the noted author.)


episode 19. February brewery

In this tongue-twisting episode, we discuss our love of Home Away and Air BnB for frugal, yet higher-quality traveling. We also chat about our upcoming anniversary and Chris's penchant for indiscriminate, non-special day-adhering gift-giving (which Kelsey doesn't mind since she's got a sweet new Letterfolk letterboard hanging in our kitchen for future Mother's Day).

Chris beseeches you, dear listener, for advice on his ailing knee. And Kelsey teases a fun game from Feisty Harriet's blog about how we'd spend various amounts of money if we had to. The question: if you had to spend the money (i.e., you're not allowed to save it), how would you spend $100, $1,000, $10,000, $100,000, or $1,000,000? We'd love to hear your answers to this question, so leave them below in the comments section or shoot us an email!

In Money, we discuss Chris's sage financial advice (lifted brazenly from the internet...and his elders). We also feature another great listener profile. This time, we have a couple living in Nashville, TN, who are near and dear to our hearts. We cover questions about how to partition saving for various short- and long-term goals as well as the benefits and detriments of paying a mortgage down more quickly than their loan requires.

And, in One Big Thing, Kelsey chats about the fun of Easter, and Chris meanders down an intellectual path to nowhere.