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

My Fear of Flooring Failure

[nimbus_typography_two color=”fffff” size=”36px” weight=”normal”]T[/nimbus_typography_two]he past several weeks have been both exciting and, at the same time, quite boring for our little blog. On the flip side, there has been a lack of content on this blog. We didn’t suddenly put a hold on posting about our lives and personal finance views. Or that we decided to…read more

Fun In September

September has always been one of my favorite months. Great things have happened in September (such as marrying Mr. FI) and the weather in the state of Montana this time of year is my favorite. This year, like most years, all month the weather remained in the 60-80’s range and the leaves started their change to those…read more

Fun In August

First off, Happy Labor Day everyone! Secondly, I’m sorry, how is it already September? August felt like it was a week despite being full of things to do. I guess I’d better take a moment to reflect on the things we accomplished and, more importantly, focus on the aspects that were actually fun. Because who wants…read more

Kitchen Renovations and Fighting Idealism

[nimbus_typography_two color=”821c3f” size=”40px” weight=”normal”]S[/nimbus_typography_two]tress can make any problem, no matter how small, seem like the biggest tragedy in the history of tragedies. There have been several points during our kitchen remodel where I went from extremely positive about the process, to a state of total despair in a days time. My expectations are often idealistic when it…read more

Fun In July

To say this last month was full of activity would be an understatement. Between working on the kitchen, handling our day jobs and making time for other planned activities, we’re glad we’re on to August which is sure to be just as busy but hopefully in the last stages of our kitchen remodel! Now for…read more

The Battle of the Cabinets

[nimbus_typography_two color=”428bca” size=”40px” weight=”normal”]T[/nimbus_typography_two]ime for another update on the kitchen remodel: Quickly after “Demolition Phase” concluded, the FI household moved into “Project Assembly.” Cabinet assembly, more precisely. Unlike the incredibly crafty Mrs. POP and her ability to build cabinets (I know. What CAN’T those POP’s do?) we decided to take the safer route of ordering Ready-to-Assemble cabinets instead. We selected…read more

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