Finally, 2016 is over. Let’s look at our budget.

Another year has gone and now it’s time to reflect on our budget and if we accomplished our financial goals for 2016. But first, a general word on 2016–for most of the world, it was just a real turd of a year. The Syrian crisis, the terror attacks in Europe, the Middle East, and the…read more

3rd Quarter Budget: 2016

I think I’m pretty good with budgets. I’ve been practicing with them for years. I think I’m so good that I want people to pay me to help them with theirs. Mrs. Fi and I have pondered starting a small side job (or “side-hustle”) as financial mentors/coaches. We would essentially help people figure out where…read more

2nd Quarter Budget: 2016

We at Fi Big Sky decided that a monthly budget update was excessive and not doing budget updates doesn’t help anyone gain insight into how we spend and save. Before you is the compromise–in all it’s glorious-ness. I stated in my end of year budget write-up that we looked forward to 2016 because our spending wouldn’t be as outrageous. So…read more

Fear and Fortune – Find Your Journey to Financial Wellness

The following blog post is part of The Road to Financial Wellness blog tour. The Road to Financial Wellness is a three-month, grassroots campaign promoting financial empowerment on a national level and encourages people to pursue their dream lifestyle. Find out more about local events near you. Like many personal finance bloggers out there, we…read more

First Quarter Budget: 2016

First quarter budget: 2016? Come for the titles stay for the numbers, amiright? We at Fi Big Sky decided that a monthly budget update was excessive and not doing budget updates doesn’t help anyone gain insight into how we spend and save. Before you is the compromise in all it’s glorious-ness. I stated in my end of year budget write-up that we looked…read more

Fill the Bucket List – Costa Rica

A bucket list has never been my forte. I’ve never enjoyed making a list of activities that I’d probably never carry out. I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but let’s face it, a lot of bucket lists are never completed. But then again, it’s hard to complete a compilation of extraordinary activities and…read more

Frugalize That Purchase

[nimbus_typography_two color=”428bca” size=”36px” weight=”normal”]O[/nimbus_typography_two]ne of the things Mr. FI and I wanted to do this year was buy a second laptop. We’ve been successfully sharing one for well over a year but lately we’ve been each wanting to use the laptop at the same time, all the time. Enough was enough and a couple of…read more

2015 Finances – Where Did Our Money Go?

[nimbus_typography_two color=”428bca” size=”38px” weight=”normal”]I[/nimbus_typography_two]t’s that special time of year where I get to pour over the numbers and check out how our 2015 finances did. 2015 was a hectic year for the FI Big Sky family. We dedicated most of our time to the kitchen renovation– and it’s still not complete. But it is mostly complete…read more

Frugal Family Fun: A Quarterly Review

[nimbus_typography_two color=”428bca” size=”36px” weight=”normal”]W[/nimbus_typography_two]ell, if you hadn’t noticed, I kind of dropped the ball on our “fun posts” for the last few months. Between the holidays, working on kitchen stuff and a Thanksgiving funeral, I honestly lost track of time. But let’s fix that. Here are the frugal fun highlights of the last few months…read more

One Car Family and Mr. FI Rides the Bus

[nimbus_typography_two color=”fffff” size=”40px” weight=”normal”]O[/nimbus_typography_two]n a cool, rainy October evening, we said goodbye to something that had been in our lives for three years–our leased car. We turned in the keys, took some pictures of the car (so the dealership couldn’t come back at us for extra charges!), and off we went as a one car family. The car…read more

It Costs How Much to Raise a Child?!

I’m sure this topic has been discussed and re-discussed all over the internet. How much will raising a child, from ages 0-18, cost? Well according to the USDA, who are apparent fear-mongers, $245,000. Or, $1134.25 per month! And this is for the average middle-income family. If you are rich and live in the Northeast, bump…read more

J-J-J-ADED: June and July Expenses

June and July came and went quickly. And so did our money it seems. Between car repairs, landscaping additions and the general busyness of summer, we were well off our savings rate goals. I wrote a post about the unforeseen expenses in life and they continue to come. Luckily, I’ve (slowly) adjusted my attitude towards…read more

Millennials in Loveless Cash Relationship

If you haven’t noticed, this blog has a lot of writings geared toward Millennials–our generation. We do this because we are part of this generation and have dealt with all the afflictions of the economic crisis. We understand the hardships and pitfalls. However, we are now in a favorable position because of our gained knowledge…read more

Being Recognized is Awesome (Liebster Award)

Mrs. FI and I are feeling good on this beautiful Big Sky day. Yesterday we found out we have been nominated for a Liebster award. Thanks goes to the awesome Frugalwoods (and Frugal Hound!) for the nomination. We’re quite honored (and a little dumbfounded). If you haven’t perused their blog, do it! In any case,…read more

Get Some Identity Capital

I recently came across a TedTalk by a woman named Meg Jay. She’s a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping twentysomethings find an identity in life. There has been a shift in society that views this decade as an extension of adolescence. A decade to explore who they are, to casually date, to jump from job to…read more

Life is Rife with Risk: Do Something About It

Risk A distant, but good friend of mine (who writes here) reminded me of something I read a while ago. I can’t remember who wrote it, so I am not able to give proper credit, but it was about risk. You see, life presents us with daily risks–anything from drinking milk past it’s expiration date…read more

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