• Amazon Prime: All the reasons why it's worth every cent

    Is Amazon Prime Worth It? Heck Yes!


    When I was preparing to write this post, I asked Johnny, “When did we become Amazon Prime members?” His response: “I don’t know. . . [thinking] . . . I really don’t.” And I don’t either. It’s changed our lives so much that we can’t remember a time without it.…

  • Is Costco Worth It?

    Is Costco Worth It? Heck Yes!


    For the first few years of our marriage, Johnny and I were gifted a Costco membership each year. And when something is given to you for free, it’s a no-brainer to take full advantage of it. But about a year ago, the time came when we no longer had the…

  • Reviews: Can't Stop. Won't Stop.

    Our Obsession With Product Reviews


    Recently, Johnny and I watched The Net. If you’ve never seen it, Sandra Bullock plays a top notch computer hacker in the mid-90s. With her hacking skills, she can actually order a pizza ONLINE!!! Less than 20 years ago, the days of online shopping were a mere figment of some movie director’s…

  • Johnny's $1 Christmas gifts

    Our Cheap (and Weird) Christmas Tradition, Pt. II


    Christmastime is the best time. Great food, good company, quality movies, and an awesome opportunity for me to reclaim my Weirdest Person in Our Family award that I work so hard to earn every year. We introduced my longstanding $1 Christmas gift tradition on the blog last year, but if your finger…

  • How To Get the Best Deals on the Internets


    Johnny and I cringe when one of us brings up wanting to get a big ticket item (e.g., a computer, TV, camera, or PS3 *coughJohnnycough*). But just this weekend, it was yours truly who brought it up. I’ve decided that we need a new camera. Our current camera can’t record videos,…

  • Our Almost-Splurge Weekend


    Johnny and I splurged on this poster back in December and we’ve been meaning to get it framed ever since. But life got real busy real quick when Baby Girl made her debut, so the poster’s been spending it’s time just begging to be bent in any area of our…

  • Our Freaking Craigslist Loot

    Our Awesomest Craigslist Finds (and Stories)


    When Johnny and I are about to purchase a big ticket item, we inevitably turn to Craigslist as one of our first resources. Finding a great deal on there sometimes takes just a few minutes. For instance, the townhouse we live in now was the very first rental I called…

  • How we spent Christmas

    What Did You Get for Christmas?


    Before yesterday, we were all probably overwhelmed by the Christmas spirit and asking selflessly (and correctly), What did you give for Christmas? But now that the big day has come and gone, we can return to our natural, selfish selves and share our Christmas spoils with each other! Joanna and I…

  • He Says/She Says: Saving receipts

    He Says/She Says: Saving Receipts


    In the He Says/She Says series, we discuss financial topics where we agree to disagree. Now say “He Says/She Says” three times fast. Well done. If you were to ask me which reality show I’d most likely appear on, I’d probably say Wipeout, House Hunters, or American Gladiators (circa 1990,…

  • Johnny's $1 Christmas gifts

    Our Cheap (and Weird) Christmas Tradition


    What makes giving Christmas gifts so much fun? Is it seeing the recipients’ excited reactions when they see what you’ve gotten them? Well, when Johnny’s family members open their gifts from him, their faces definitely react. But what that reaction will be is always completely unpredictable. And that’s thanks to…