Frugal Debt Free Life

By Lydia Senn

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A podcast dedicated to helping moms live their best life debt free, create income and live simply

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Episode 10: Money mistakes, regrets and guilt
This is a conversation that we need to be having more of because pretending like we're perfect little money angels doesn't help anyone. On today’s podcast I wanted to share a few things I regret and mistakes I made and how I am learning to get past them.
Jul 25, 2019
Episode 9: When your emergency fund is gone!
Each time I've had to withdraw money from our savings account it hurts. I think about the long hours we worked to save that money. I think of the extra time my husband put in away from us. I think about all the long nights I spent working only to get up early with my babies.
Jul 18, 2019
Episode 8: How to build your emergency fund FAST
I like to refer to my emergency fund as my financial secret weapon. But if you’re starting from scratch the idea of building an emergency fund might be a little overwhelming. So today I am going to give you a few tips to help you build that emergency fund faster. This is my plea to you -- to stop whatever it is you are doing and go right now and start working on an emergency fund.
Jul 11, 2019
Episode 7: The art of not caring
It’s so easy to compare yourself to where others are in their debt free journey, or just life in general. Today I wanted to share with you how and why I just stopped caring and how that gave me so much more mental clarity and emotional freedom.
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 6: How to spot spending triggers and avoid them
Life is full of sudden changes, slow changes, and ups and downs. Anytime we get off-balance, sometimes that's when our spending gets out of control, or maybe our thought process isn't the most rational.   So today I wanted to tell you of a few times when you might want to avoid making big purchases.
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 5: How to budget when you have NO clue what you're doing
The word budget doesn't exactly make your heart sing with joy. That's okay. You still need to do it and here are a few tips to get you started.
Jun 13, 2019
Episode 4: My biggest marriage and money regret
Today I'm talking about my biggest regret when it comes to marriage and money.   For those of you who don't know, my husband Jason and I have been married for twelve years. And we did not combine our finances for the first five years of our marriage. I think that that led to a lot of the money problems that we ended up having — because we did not have accountability. He had his checking account. I had my checking account. We thought we had a pretty good system. He would pay the mortgage out of his account and I would pay all the bills out of mine. We thought this was fine; this was just a great way to keep things afloat and to keep things going. You have your money and I have my money and we're good. Some people can handle life that way. But we couldn't. There was a lack of accountability. There was a lack of structure. We weren't communicating. And, really, I feel like our marriage was missing something as a result.
Jun 06, 2019
Episode 3: Don't quit on yourself
It feels so overwhelming when you’re working so hard and not getting ahead. And it can become so easy to look at what another family is doing and what is working for them and feel like a total failure. But you’re not.
May 30, 2019
Episode 2: Hitting rock bottom and getting back up
Today I am talking hitting financial rock bottom and how we got back up.
May 23, 2019
Episode 1: How we stopped living paycheck to paycheck
One day I woke up and decided to stop living paycheck to paycheck. I remember the day clearly. We had more month than money, our checking account was in the red and we had about $136 in our savings account. That's a bad day. It is days like that you feel you won't overcome, that you will always be in debt, that you will always feel the noose of credit cards and bad decisions and self-doubt. But you won't. I am speaking directly to you, sister. YOU WON'T. You can break the cycle, you can get off the crazy train, you can own your life, get out of debt and stop living pay check to pay check. Okay, so how does one break the crazy cycle? These are the things that worked for our family while we were working to become debt free.
Mar 08, 2019