How to Find an Affordable Engagement Ring

How to Find an Affordable Engagement Ring

Hi Friends!I’ve been waiting a few weeks to share with you some wonderful news. My boyfriend and I got engaged! My boyfriend (I still feel weird saying fiancé) proposed to me a few weeks ago and I’ve been waiting for the right post to come along to share the news. 

How to Protect Yourself Selling Items Online

How to Protect Yourself Selling Items Online

As much as I love selling things online, there are downsides to it too. In April of this year, I attended Poshmark’s PoshNation tour in San Francisco, where I met several other women who buy and sell on Poshmark. Of the four women I spoke to in depth at the event, two of them asked me about how to deal with scammers and receiving items not as described. Because they were newer buyers and sellers who brought these questions up on their own, I think it’s a legitimate concern and must be on more people’s minds.

How to Improve Your Financial Literacy (Without Falling Asleep)

How to Improve Your Financial Literacy (Without Falling Asleep)

Several years ago, I realized that I didn’t know enough about how to manage my money. I budgeted and put money in my 401(k), but I knew that there was still so much out there I didn’t know. I visited the library one day and browsed the section on personal finance books. I picked out a few I thought were introductory level, took them home, and started reading.

My No-Cation: The Case for A Summer Without Vacation

My No-Cation: The Case for A Summer Without Vacation

Back in the summer of 2013, I was elated to finish school and move home to San Francisco. What I wasn’t so happy about was the $30,000 in student loan debt that followed me. I had only six months on my grace period before I had to start making monthly payments. Needless to say, I was anxious about getting a job and starting to pay it off as soon as possible.  How would I do it?

How to Fight Lifestyle Inflation (& Save Your Money)

How to Fight Lifestyle Inflation (& Save Your Money)

If there ever were a time to feel like spending money, it may be with the arrival of your first paycheck. Now that it’s July, graduation season has just finished. If you’re a lucky new grad, you have a job lined up or one on the horizon. And with that new job and those first few paychecks may come the urge to spend on what you couldn’t afford before.

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.