The Value Buy: Our French Roller Skate

My mother related our new car to her first car when she was a teenager in Glasgow: a Lada. Yes, it was a value buy. There is nothing cool about our car. For the record it is a 2000 Citroen Saxo. I call it the French Roller Skate. It was a bargain, drives well, was [...]

How To Be Rich (Without A Lot Of Money Or Stuff)

There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little. ~Jackie French Koller I am very wealthy. Rich in fact. Of course, we’re not able to retire early. We have a lot of years left on our mortgage. We don’t own a car. I ride the [...]

Our New Budgeting System

One of my goals for this year was to take our family budgeting to ‘the next level’. For the last year and a half we have been using a reverse budget and tracking our spending as a family with the Smart Budget app. This method was great because it gave us a good financial snapshot [...]

A Few Things… $6.3 Billion of Debt and Kids Can’t Spoil Themselves

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest    A few things… Is there a reality show for extreme debt? There should be. Something like the Biggest Loser but with families and credit cards and student loans. If you’re in debt here’s something that will make you feel a tiny bit better. French Securities Trader Jérôme Kerviel [...]

Leaving Minimalism


The title Minimalist Mom isn’t that accurate for me. If you’ve read a few posts here you’ll know that I aim for less and what we can live comfortably with rather than a rigid goal of a handful of possessions. I chose the name while in a burst of zeal for the idea of what [...]

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