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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 46. One crazy summer

We're back, and we missed you dear listeners! In our first episode of season 2, we catch you up on the heckuva summer we experienced...the good and the bad. In our new Home Economics segment, Chris talks about his new job and how we decided, together, to take it. We also talk about the crazy expenses that came up for us and how we handled them.

In Article Club, we discuss a great piece from the Boston Globe on recent research related to clutter and stress. Reserachers from UCLA followed 32 middle class families and documented all the ways stuff gets in the way of life.

And, in Love Notes, Kelsey talks about how much she appreciates the time Chris gives her to get away from the madness of a household of 2 (+1) boisterous boys. And Chris talks about how appreciative he is that the philosophy of less is a shared and cherished one at the HiFi House.


episode 23. The truth about fighting

In this episode, we have an agreeable conversation about disagreements. We talk about our latest desperate attempt to improve our toddlers' sleeping behaviors, and we officially unveil our freshly painted house's name along with the phrase to be painted on our back wall.

In money, we discuss the extremely foolish cost of outsourcing jobs we can probably do ourselves. We lament.

We also cover a great listener question about how to budget and save with consistency despite having variable month-to-month income.

Finally, in One Big Thing, Chris discusses the financial power and satisfaction of 'insourcing' (see also: lamentations above) and Kelsey talks morning dates!


episode 2. Let's explore the w-4!

Sleep (or lack thereof) is still a main topic of discussion in our household. We're trying a toddler alarm clock and have high hopes. And Chris is rocking the heating pad while podcasting after he hurt his back. In other life news, we've ditched our television and so far it's going great.

And then we move on to even more riveting topics: your w-4 and taxes! Chris wrote more extensively about this on his blog - check it out! We also answer a question about how much you should be spending on groceries and share whether our grocery bill stresses us out. 

We know our w-4 discussion will only apply to U.S. listeners - if you live in another country do you deal with something similar?