Spring Cleaning: 10 Things To Do For Your Finances

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. Unless you filed for an extension, by now you should have filed your taxes and the early birds among you may have already received your tax refund (assuming you didn't owe, of course). Brandon and I received our tax refund back in February because we were really early birds this year. I was hyper-diligent about tracking finances in 2016 because 2015 was a mess. In 2015, I had serious issues when it came to filing taxes. It was the first year I'd made any kind of real … [Read more...]

How to Save Money Dining Out (Without Being an Ass)

There's a big difference between being frugal and being cheap (there is also a huge difference between being cheap and being a complete ass). Do y'all remember that story  that went viral about the couple that put five $1 bills on the table and took a dollar away if the server disappointed them? Whether the story was true or not, the whole concept turns my stomach. That story combined with the stories of people not tipping their server for one of dozens of other stupid reasons irritates me so much because if you can't afford to … [Read more...]

Discussing Finances and Money Management Before Marriage

Combining finances after marriage is no joke! When Brandon and I married back in 2011, there were a ton of questions to ask and decisions to make that we hadn't yet thought or talked about together. We had very different approaches to how we managed our money and those first couple of months were kind of a mess. We were just not on the same page at all and it made for a contentious beginning; financially, anyway. A lot of couples choose to keep their finances separate and take a divide and conquer approach to bills and … [Read more...]

How to Get Healthy Without Paying for a Gym Membership

This post includes affiliate links. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Far Beyond Love. XOXO I joke with my husband that we have this whole get healthy and commit to the gym thing backwards. Most people we know make a New Year's resolution to join a gym, work out, and get healthy around a few days after Christmas as everyone begins making declarations of "New Year, New Me!" They go and sign up at the gym opting, of course, for the year-long contract because they are just certain that paying that money every month will motivate … [Read more...]

5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

This post includes affiliate links. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Far Beyond Love.  I faced sticker shot at the veterinarian the other day to the tune of $403.85 for annual vaccines as well as 6-month supplies of heart worm and flea/tick medicine. It wasn't a big deal as much as it was a moment of, "$400! For shots and medicine?" and I remembered how much I missed the vet I had when we lived in Florida. She offered a VIP (very important pet) program and for $40 / month all vaccines, regular medications, check-ups, exams, … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Use CityPASS During Your Holiday Travel

Are you traveling during the holidays this year? We will be packing up in about 2 weeks to head south to Florida to spend time with family 'round the old Christmas tree. We've considered stopping in Tampa, FL (our old stomping ground) on the way back to Atlanta just to check in with old friends and see some of our favorite old sites. We are still feeling a bit undecided but it's going to come down to traffic and travel time. I'd love to be able to squeeze out at least a day or two because at one point, Tampa was … [Read more...]