Welcome to Keep Thrifty - We’re Chris and Jaime
If you’re like most of our readers, you’re looking to do something different.
You’ve got big dreams underneath the surface and want to make them a reality. You’ve felt stuck by never-enough finances and overloaded schedules and are ready to take control and chase your dreams.
This site is a resource to help you be diligent about how you spend your money and your time. If you’re using them carefully to support your values and achieve your dreams, then you’ve got a Keep Thrifty mindset.
If not, there’s still time to make a change.
We’ve Been Stuck Too
A few years back, it looked like we had everything going for us - a stable corporate job, three adorable daughters, a house in the suburbs, two new cars in the garage, and a house full of stuff.
But outward appearances can be deceiving. Despite all of the things we had, we were lacking something big - happiness.
Over the course of the last several years, we’ve flipped our family’s life - ending our frivolous spending and love for the artificial so we could focus on living out our dreams and values.
Going through this gave us the ability to do something big - for Chris to leave his full-time job to commit to a one-year mini-retirement.
It’s crazy. It’s unconventional. But it’s also incredible - and it’s possible for you too.
Everyone Should Have the Chance to Chase Their Dreams
It isn’t always easy, but it’s way better than spending the rest of your life asking “What if?”
Keep Thrifty is our way of sharing what we’ve learned with others so they can dare to dream big, understand how to take control of their finances and time, and make their dreams a reality.
The Keep Thrifty Community
Over 50,000 people have ventured into this little corner of the web to read an article, download a spreadsheet, track their spending, or get inspired to dream.
The best way to get connected is to subscribe for e-mail updates. We send two emails a week (one with each new post) and include updates about what we’re working on and what’s going on in our personal lives.
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Ready to Dive In?
Once you’ve subscribed, you’ll get links to every post from here on out in your inbox. In the meantime, why don’t you get started with some of the classics? Here are a few favorites:
- A One Year Mini-Retirement
- Introducing Retirement Freedom
- Would You Trade $25 for an Extra Day of Freedom?
- Experience is Better Than Stuff - Except When It's Not
- After 7 years of marriage, my wife sold her engagement ring
If you’re ready to go all-in, you can head on over to the archives, where you can find every post (written and audio) starting from day one.
If you prefer podcasts, we’ve started recording audio versions of our posts to help you access Keep Thrifty wherever you are. Plus, Chris has been told he has a voice for radio. Or was that face? Hmm…either way…
Finally, we now have a video series called Our Thrifty Life where we talk about living a thrifty life of intention, while working to create our own financial freedom.
If you’ve read this far, we know you’ve got the fortitude to lead an awesome life. We’re really excited to share this journey together.
As always, Keep Thrifty and Carry On.
- Chris and Jaime @ Keep Thrifty