10 Things You Didn’t Know the Public Library Offers

10 Things You Didn’t Know the Public Library Offers

In this day of electronics and technology, it’s easy to forget that the public library exists. You can order books off Amazon in a few clicks and stream movies and shows directly to your TV. No need to step foot into a library branch anymore, right? But did you know that the library system is trying to adapt to this changing world too?

Life Lessons from My Grandfather

Life Lessons from My Grandfather

I’ve been waiting eagerly for Father’s Day to arrive this year. Even before I had this blog in place, I wanted to share some lessons from one of my favorite people I’ve ever known, my grandfather. When I think about living a life of plenty, it includes the great, loving relationships I’ve had with people in my life, not simply saving or earning more money.

How to Attend Weddings on a Budget

How to Attend Weddings on a Budget

Wedding season is around the corner if it hasn’t already started for you. A few years ago, four of my family members got married in one summer. Three of those required plane rides home and one was a destination wedding in Hawaii. Then in 2015, I seemed to attend wedding after wedding throughout the summer and fall. A best friend even planned a destination wedding in Oaxaca, Mexico. I love weddings, but I don’t love breaking the bank to attend them.

Spring 2017 Thrift Fashion Finds

Spring 2017 Thrift Fashion Finds

One of the very first reasons why I started this blog was to share my adventures and finds from thrift shopping. I’ve always been a bargain shopper and love finding clothes and accessories at great prices. After taking a break from shopping earlier this year (yes, I do get tired of shopping!), I got back into it in April and came away with some fabulous finds.

5 Ways to See Live Music & Entertainment for Less

5 Ways to See Live Music & Entertainment for Less

With summer in full swing, concert season is here. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of live entertainment. Music concerts, plays, musical theater shows, even baseball – I love watching them all. You’ll probably agree with me that seeing entertainment live in person is better than listening to or watching recordings. But attending every event that comes around can leave your wallet pretty empty.

How to Get Beauty Services for Less

How to Get Beauty Services for Less

Like many women, I like trying out new beauty services and products. So I was delighted when I came across Dry Bar, a salon that specializes in just blowouts, while walking the Fillmore shopping district in SF. Someone to do my hair for me before a date? No more failed attempts at following YouTube hair tutorials? Perfect! But I’ll be honest, I did a double take when I looked at the services menu and price list.

Why Women Need a Back-up Plan (That's Not a Man)

Why Women Need a Back-up Plan (That's Not a Man)

Given the non-stop political coverage in the US right now about immigrants’ and other groups’ rights, I’ve been thinking a lot about women’s rights and women’s issues lately. Even more so when I recently read an article that half of women married or in relationships have a “Plan B” man ready to call if their current relationship doesn’t work out. 

How to Live in San Francisco (or Any Expensive City) on a Budget

How to Live in San Francisco (or Any Expensive City) on a Budget

Whenever I tell people that I live in San Francisco, I usually get one of two comments. One is that the city is dirty, crowded, and too liberal, so how can I live there. The other is that the city is too expensive, so how can I live there. I’ll admit that living in SF has its downsides, as does every city, but it has its perks too. 

Can You Afford a Pet? & Is Pet Insurance Worth it?

Can You Afford a Pet? & Is Pet Insurance Worth it?

Over Super Bowl weekend, my friends shared some sad news with me. Their dog Micky was gravely sick. Micky had leptospirosis, a potentially serious bacterial disease, and his liver and kidneys were failing. After visiting a few local veterinarians, Micky’s only option was to transfer to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to receive dialysis. 

15 More Tips to Become a Top Seller on Poshmark

15 More Tips to Become a Top Seller on Poshmark

Besides blogging, one of my favorite hobbies is to sell things online. A few months ago, I posted 5 Tips to Sell Clothes Online. If you haven’t read the post yet, check it out because the tips are foundational to success on Poshmark and on any other online marketplace. Since then, I’ve had several more tips on my mind and want to share them here today.

How to Talk Finances with Your Partner (& 30 Financial Questions to Ask handout)

How to Talk Finances with Your Partner (& 30 Financial Questions to Ask handout)

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s easy to get wrapped up in that lovely-dovey feeling. But likely not every moment with your loved one is full of bliss, right? Believe it or not, finances are the number one source of relationship stress, according to a 2015 SunTrust Bank survey. 

Notes on Wine Tasting at Treasure Island

Notes on Wine Tasting at Treasure Island

Often when San Franciscans think about a romantic outing involving wine tasting, beautiful Napa Valley comes to mind. In fact, there's a place closer to SF with wine offerings as well. Last Valentine's Day, my boyfriend took me on a surprise trip wine tasting at nearby Treasure Island.

Reading Corner: A Review of Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes

Reading Corner: A Review of Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes

If you think you have a firm handle on your emotions and thought patterns when it comes to personal finance, here’s a book that will make you think again. A few years ago, I had the eye-opening experience of reading Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them by Gary Belsky and Thomas Gilovich. 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him

Hello again! Valentine’s Day less than 3 weeks away, and I’ve been thinking about what to get the man in my life. Is it just me or are guys hard to shop for? Maybe the men I know don’t need or ask for a lot, but every holiday, I’m left scratching my head over what to get them. I’ve done a lot of brainstorming for this Valentine’s Day and come up with some budget-friendly ideas. Here’s a guide to Valentine’s Day gifts for him.