About me

Hi friend! Thanks for stopping by my virtual “casita” (little house). Make yourself comfy. Let’s chat.

Are you broke and tired? Are you bogged down by debt? Are you looking for some encouragement to get you through the day?

If you said yes to any of those things (or even if you didn’t!), you have come to the right place.

About Me

My name is Vanessa.

In college, I studied Spanish and English as a Second Language. I graduated with some big dreams.. I was certain that after graduation I would travel the world, open orphanages, and live in Latin America.

I also graduated with some big bills. Reality quickly set in and the dreams faded fast. I traded my orphanage for a job at a daycare, my life in Latin America for life in the US married to a Mexican and world travels…maybe one day.

Although it isn’t quite the life I had planned, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Is debt keeping you from your dreams?

I lived in denial for a good long while. I deferred those student loans, took out some credit cards, and tried really hard to live the life I was “promised.” After all, that degree is a golden ticket to the easy life, right?


It was a good run but the bills won in the end. We finally hit rock bottom and decided to change. You can read about that here.

I created this blog to encourage others to take ownership of their financial situation and fight back instead of allowing the situation to own them.

I am not a personal finance expert. I am a number hating, Target loving, free spirited, “let’s go play outside instead” kind of person.

However, I have gotten pretty good at whipping up a budget and making pretty much everything from scratch. I mean everything. We are talking from food to cleaning supplies.

I realized that instead of trying to suppress my creativity while we figured life out, I could use it to help us on our debt free journey. Oddly enough, it worked!

If I can do this, so can you.

Let me repeat- I hate numbers. Self discipline and saying no, also not my favorite things.

However, When my son was born, it was the rude awakening we needed to realize that we had to get our financial life in order. Shortly after, we began the long, hard journey to get out of debt.

It has not been easy. It is not always fun. But it is worth it.

If I can make this work, so can you.


Live Simply. Live Fully. Love Life.

As we began to live a simpler life, free of many of the distractions and noises that previously filled our home, we strangely began to enjoy each other, and life, in a deeper way.

As we began to say no to the unnecessary, we accidentally created room to explore who we really are and catch glimpses of who we are meant to be.

Somehow, in the midst of sacrifice and struggle, we are loving life and loving each other in ways we never have before. Somehow in the midst of learning to tell ourselves no, we have found freedom.

I want you to be free too.

That is why I am sharing these experiences.

There is no one size fits all debt free journey. I am excited to share creative ways to help you achieve your goals and take control of your finances. I hope to help you find contentment in your life, and yourself, just the way it is.

I’m really glad you stopped by. I’d love it if we could stay in touch. I am on Facebook and Pinterest, we could always hang out there. Or we could be email pen pals. You can add your email below and I will send you weekly summaries of new posts, money saving tips, encouragement and DIYs. No spam, I promise.

Let’s creatively cut costs together!

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