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

Sunshine Blogger Award: And The Nominees Are…

Last week we were thoughtfully nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely couple over at Ditching The Daily Grind. They’re a military couple, seeking happiness and financial independence with their three children. Go check out their blog to learn more about them and read about their thoughts on family life and simple living! Thanks,…read more

Kitchen Renovation: Demolition

[nimbus_typography_two color=”428bca” size=”40px” weight=”normal”]I[/nimbus_typography_two]t’s been a little over two years since we bought our first house. It’s a cute little 1950s rancher with ample room for the three of us and in the center of town so groceries and parks are a simple walk away. The yard’s not so small you can’t have a dog and yet not too…read more

Fun In June

June was another month full of fun (and not-so-fun) activities. We started our kitchen renovation, spent a good amount of time enjoying the outdoors and experienced some crazy thunderstorms. Let’s take a look at our mini adventures for the month of June: Frugal Fun Annual Garage-Sale To start off the month we went to one…read more

How Studying Abroad Taught Me So Much More Than Just Spanish

The following blog post is part of the The Road to Financial Wellness Blog Tour. Over a period of 30 days, the Phroogal team will go to 30 locations to raise awareness about financial empowerment. Today they will be in Missoula, MT! Our goal is to help people learn about money by starting the conversation….read more

The Unsuccessful Sister

If you saw our most recent post, you know that last month I traveled to Texas to watch my middle-little sister graduate from college. She worked five, grueling years to become an architect by working late nights into early mornings on projects that required attention to detail and a great deal of prep work. Her major not…read more

Fun in May

Hello All! May was a crazy busy, and rather expensive, 31 days. Between graduations, preparing for upcoming home demolition and finishing yard/garden projects in between rainstorms, we’re looking forward to an equally hectic June. Here are some of the highlights from last month: Mrs. FI’s little sister’s graduation: Two weeks ago, I took a solo-trip down to…read more

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