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  • episode 61. Wrapping it up

    25/02/2019 Duração: 22min

    Listeners, we're sorry to say this is our last episode (for now). We haven't been able to provide consistent podcast updates and we hate to keep people waiting! So, we're going to put Matrimoney up on blocks, at least for the time being. We hope to check back in every so often, and maybe if we can figure our scheduling out, we'll come back to this project with renewed consistency. But for now, we want to thank you for your incredible support, great questions and enjoyable conversations. We appreciate it!As for the episode, we chat about our 2018 finances, offering a wrap-up of what we saved (not much) and spent (quite a lot), and how it compared to 2017. And we talk a bit about what we plan to do in the coming year.In this episode, we mention:The Girl Next Door podcast episode on Love Languages, which has already come out!The possibility of offering Matrimoney updates in a new format, Instagram Stories. We'll see if and how that rolls out, but you can find Kelsey here and Chris here.Thanks again, everyone, an

  • episode 60. Breaking up with Costco

    15/10/2018 Duração: 25min

    In this episode, we talk about our year-long dalliance, and eventual break-up, with Costco. We also talk through a listener question about the tension between keeping a household 'minimal' and using bulk shopping as a way to save money. In life news, Kelsey chats about the joys of leaving summer in the rear-view mirror and heading into fall (with record-breaking cool weather and precipitation in Arizona this October). And Chris asks listeners for some help figuring out what to do with clothes that don't fit anymore.Stuff we mention on this podcast:Costco annual membershipsKelsey's instagram!Letterboards (we got ours from Letterfolk)Health See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 59. Shifting down while spending up

    24/09/2018 Duração: 31min

    In this episode, we make an assessment of the major changes that have occurred this year in our saving, our spending, our jobs, and our use of time. Kelsey talks about how it's been to leave her full-time job, especially the downshifting in busy commuting and the uptick in home management. And Chris talks about how having an ebike for commuting and more responsibility at work fits in with this change. Finally, we discuss what it's like to basically take a full year off our assiduous savings schedule.A few of the things we mention in this episode include:Chris's Specialized Vado ebike.Kelsey's favorite recent dinners, including a delicious Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad and Zesty Zoodles.Enjoying our new Sunday ritual, including reading the Sunday Times. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 58. The little (and sometimes bigger) things

    09/07/2018 Duração: 39min

    In today's episode, we discuss all the badly needed house reorganization, repairs, and other updates we've put off for years and are finally pulling the trigger on. We talk about:what we were able to do for free (like finally taking batteries, frayed cords, and old paint to our hazardous waste disposal).what needed a small amount of money to handle or fix (like a closet organization or a refrigerator fix).and how we financially planned for some bigger things coming up (like a lawn update).We also give updates on our solar panel system and how it's performing (for details on the system we bought and how it works, check out episode 55). And we answer a listener question on how to mark the occasion of hitting savings goals when you aren't planning to spend that money on something anytime soon.Other stuff we mention:our current Trader Joe's obsession, the Southwestern Chopped to celebrate with a partner when you have financial successes (check out episode 9 for more on this).a simple but delicious veget

  • episode 57. Goin' to San Antone

    04/06/2018 Duração: 35min

    On this episode, we catch up after a very long, very fun 3-week trip to Texas. Kelsey also talks about life post-employment and we both chat about how things feel different (and better) at home.We also drop another big piece of news: we invested in real estate! So, we discuss what it meant to do that, how it came about, and what we're hoping to get out of it.And, in Love Notes, Chris thanks Kelsey for supporting him in a crazy purchase: buying an e-bike for extended commuting! (Chris bought the Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0.) And Kelsey appreciates how at home Chris feels with her family and being in Texas for so long. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 56. I quit!

    20/05/2018 Duração: 43min

    On this episode,we delve into just one topic: Kelsey. Quitting. Her. Job! We describe how we came to this decision, what it means for the family, and how we planned our finances in order to make it work. Kelsey also talks about how she is planning to use her time, what opportunities it affords and what is scary about such a big life transition.In non-job news, Chris also gives an update on our solar panel system and how it's shaping up financially and ecologically.Finally, in Love Notes, Kelsey talks about the fun 'Turning the Page' party we held to celebrate her change in work situation (and thanks to Uprooted Kitchen for hosting us!), and Chris thanks Kelsey for helping ease into such a major transition. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 55. Sunnyside up (we're going solar!)

    26/03/2018 Duração: 40min

    In this episode, we discuss our first big financial decisions of 2018 in depth: going solar at the HiFi House! We describe the financials, how the system works, and how and why we made the decision we did (and boy was there a lot to think about!). In order to make the decision, we had to consider the following:what our solar company, Sun Valley Solar Solutions, could really offer.our power company's rate plan for customers who have solar much we currently pay for power and what we might pay after adding the system.We also address a GREAT listener question about balancing a longer commute with other life priorities. As we chat through the question, we recall our episode on our spherical living and what it means to either shrink the distance you have to get to places or extend that distance to reach things that are important to you.Finally, in Love Notes, Chris compliments Kelsey on not letting his mindset age too fast, and Kelsey appreciates Chris forging ahead on solar when she might not have done

  • episode 54. A home supplies deep dive

    11/03/2018 Duração: 32min

    On this sexy episode, we take a scintillating look at...home supplies. And yes, this is how we spent our Friday night. But it was worth it; this perplexing category sometimes captures hundreds of dollars of our monthly dollars and we had yet to figure out just exactly what the hell was going on. So, we dive in and figure it out, as well as work through some solutions to reign in this soul-sucking, money-eating category of spending.In updates, we chat about unfun stuff, like the busy-ness of life, as well as fun-fun stuff, like exploring the possibility of finally adding solar to our home! And in Tools You Can (Not) Use, we discuss the financial leakiness represented by online purchases through the Amazon Prime membership.Finally, in Love Notes, Chris appreciates a recent career boost to due to Kelsey's handiwork (she helped craft a TED-style talk that encapsulates all of Chris's thinking and research on simple living and what that means for health, wealth, happiness, and sustainability), and Kelsey has been l

  • episode 53. The year of...spending??

    05/02/2018 Duração: 44min

    On this episode, we reveal a shocking change in our financial focus, but one we think will be good for us, at least for a short time. And, we run through updates to our 2018 budget, where we're tightening and expanding, and what we're hoping to accomplish. It's a rip-roaring ride line item by line item! See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 52. How to have a financial summit

    25/01/2018 Duração: 50min

    In our first episode of 2018, we discuss our favorite event of the year, the Team Wharton Financial Summit! And we describe how you can have one, too (they really can be fun, we promise). We also go through the highlights and lowlights of our spending, where we hit our budgets and where we busted them, and what we're looking to improve upon for 2018.Also, to ring in the new year, we're proud to offer our first giveaway: a pair of amazing Sudio earbuds. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this episode!It's our annual financial undressing, so tune in and enjoy (and please don't judge...or do, whatever is more fun for you). See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 51. Happy (not-too-spendy) holidays!

    18/12/2017 Duração: 37min

    It's our end-of-year episode in which we celebrate the holidays by (how else?) discussing the financial implications of gift giving. We also discuss our differing reasons for buying the gifts we do and we offer up some giving ideas that don't contribute to the build-up of stuff in people's lives. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 50. Happy-making

    27/11/2017 Duração: 32min

    Holy cow has it been some time since we last posted an episode. Sincere apologies all around; life and a bad back have slowed us down. But we're back with episode 50, in which we spend a bunch of time discussing the all-important question of how to make, and sustain, happiness. We run through a great list of ideas and consider their implications. We also catch you up on our finances, Chris's purchase of a new iPhone using drug money (I kid...there's no need to alert law enforcement), and other fun things. Finally, in Love Notes, we show some gratitude for all the little ways we've been keeping each other afloat in busy times. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 49. A real wrist slapper


    In this episode, Chris turns 40! Then he gets his wrist slapped. And rightfully so as we discuss last month's unfortunately exorbitant 'entertainment spending.' But we cover the good stuff, too, like how we've finally achieved one of our minor goals of saving almost all of Kelsey's paycheck. Lastly, we answer a listener question on where best to put savings, a Fidelity account set up by one's parents, or a Vanguard Index Fund. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 48. The high five of endurance

    18/09/2017 Duração: 47min

    This episode is all about the little things. We talk through the many small ways we've cut costs, created efficiencies, and otherwise streamlined, in-sourced, and life-hacked our way to a happier, simpler life. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 47. Feel the burn

    04/09/2017 Duração: 39min

    On this episode, we share a bit of good news after a run of unlikely and unexpected expenses. Chris talks middle-age heartburn and Kelsey chats about books she's been devouring recently. We also cover our new-found love of Costco, Chris's hair-cutting prowess, and our favorite back-to-the-basics financial tool, the good ole' budget. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 46. One crazy summer

    21/08/2017 Duração: 39min

    We're back after our summer hiatus, and a lot has happened! We catch you up on the financial ups and downs of the past few months, we discuss an interesting new article on clutter and stress, and we share some love notes. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 45. Summer simplicity

    01/05/2017 Duração: 27min

    In this episode, we talk about simplifying, saving money, hitting our healthy stride, and sewing. We also mention that we'll be taking a summer break to focus, retool the show, and come back this fall with a new and improved Matrimoney! See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 44. Much ado about health

    03/04/2017 Duração: 40min

    On this episode, we overcome insane allergies (thanks global warming) to talk all things health. We cover what we think of as health (it's comprehensive), how we support our own health and that of our family, and what we spend on health-related stuff. Show notes at Keep up with us on Instagram: @kelswharton and @practicallyawesomechris. See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 43. Let's talk retirement!

    20/03/2017 Duração: 50min

    We're celebrating a big milestone that kicks off a discussion about RETIREMENT. We cover how we're saving for retirement, the ways that we're already adjusting to a retirement lifestyle and how we're trying to anticipate threats to our retirement.Show notes and our full budget at www.loveandmatrimoney.comKeep up with us between episodes on Instagram: @kelswharton & @practicallyawesomechris See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • episode 42. Spherical living

    06/03/2017 Duração: 36min

    We share a real-time finances snap shot and tell you what we have in our bank accounts right now. Plus discuss the concept of spherical living and how we'd like to shrink our sphere. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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