Hi there! We are super excited to have you along for our journey. We wanted to find a way that we could share our experiences here in the city with our old friends, new friends, and family, but first we want to explain why:

When Chad and I started dating, we realized how much fun it was to spend time together trying new things. Through dates, road trips, travel, and many other experiences, we were able to focus on strengthening our relationship by taking time to disconnect from our phones and discover more about each other.

When we got married, we made a promise that we would continue to try new things together. This promise included new food, places, and experiences. Making that promise has led us to a stronger marriage and even more extraordinary memories. As you already know, eating out—paired with city adventures and traveling—can get pretty expensive. But we weren’t ready to call quits and accept “not enough money” as our answer.

In order for us to continue to try new things, we had to take a step back and make a plan for what we really wanted to do and how much everything would cost. While there are so many free(ish) opportunities that provide great experiences, there are also an equal amount that require intelligent “budgeting” and strong teamwork to save up for. Now, you may have noticed that the word budgeting is in quotation marks. That’s because it’s a sad word that sad people say when their sad budgets end up being wrong, and they—sadly—do not have enough money to travel, hang out, and do cool stuff. You might find this word used in a sentence similar to, “Bro, my budgeting didn’t include all the protein shakes I’ve been pounding. I can’t go on our bro-cation to Myrtle Beach this summer.” No protein shakes = no gains = very sad.

You won’t catch us using that word much. We prefer conscious spending—we explain this concept further in our Lifestyle and Finance Introduction posts, but basically, conscious spending required two steps for us. First, we reflected on the experiences that we loved most and couldn’t get enough of. Then, we consciously began spending most of our money on what we valued greatest and intentionally restricted the money we spent on everything else. This. Has. Been. Awesome. We have less clutter in our lives, we get out of the house more often, and we have more money for really fun experiences. We’ll teach you in later posts how to practice conscious spending in your life, so you too can enjoy more of the experiences you love.

Too often, people believe that minimalists live boring, basic lives. And to be honest, most minimalists (and even just a lot of people) do. But not because they want to; so many people are just concentrating their hard-earned money on the wrong stuff. Through our experience posts, we hope to show you the effects of conscious spending—while you will find that we live simply and intentionally minimize our spending in many areas, we also hope to show you what’s possible through intelligent minimalist living.

With so much talk about what minimalists are saving money on, we really want to show you what we DO spend our money on. Because really, the benefits of minimalist living don’t come in the restrictions you place on life, but on the expansion of life’s experiences.

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