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#FrugalSuccess Story – September 16th, 2013

Today’s #FrugalSuccess Story features Kraig Mathias @YoungCheapLiving. If you haven’t visited his website or heard his real life advice on saving money, we highly recommend you check him out at Young Cheap Living. In the meanwhile, we’re summing up one his amazing stories now:

#FrugalSuccess Story: How to Save $50,000 in 2 Years

Young Cheap ThriftyFirstly, Kraig talks about the importance of keeping track of your expenses. And, we can’t agree or stress the importance of this any more! Craig used Mint.com, one of the finance apps we reviewed our recent article, “Most Popular Finance iPhone Apps.” From following his spending habits, he was able to spot opportunities to cut costs, like on cable TV, eating out, on going on vacations.

Next, Kraig honed in on his debt, including student debt. Unlike most of us, he understood the benefit of paying off as much as possible, as opposed to settling for continued monthly payments. Of course, paying off debt is not easy, but with some discipline and a big change in lifestyle, it is possible. Kraig describes himself as “becoming boring” – but never quitting. While his peers decided to travel, buy a home when they could afford a down payment, or upgrade their cars, Kraig remained steady in his rented apartment. We tip our hat to him!

After some time, he got raises and instead of spending the extra money, he saved half of his income in three years! Kraig managed to save $50,000 only 2 years after getting out of debt. Congratulations!


About Jessica J.

A native New Yorker, Jessica left behind the Big Apple almost 4 years ago to pursue new adventures around the world. Powered by caffeine and a relentless curiosity, she has now settled in Tel Aviv Jaffa with her husband, American cat, and a new appreciation for budget management.

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  • Amazing! Saving that much money is such a life changer.

  • Shannah at Just Us Four

    This is awesome! We are working towards a $60,000 savings goal and have about $20k so far. Definitely taking longer than 2 years though 😉

  • Carmen’s Coupon Bog

    With 4 kids and 1 on the way my husband and I find it hard to save even a penny.. and we are not young so we need to look towards our future after all the kids are gone.. I don’t know how long it would ever take us to save that much money though…

  • Shanna Shoffner

    Wow! Very impressive. I need to start saving, too. I’m bad at it.

  • Danielle

    WOW! 50,000!?! That is AWESOME!

  • Monica

    That is amazing! And incredibly impressive as saving is so important.