frugal living

How to Thrift Shop at Goodwill Outlets

How to Thrift Shop at Goodwill Outlets

Since I started reselling things online several years ago, I’ve found lots of resellable clothes and accessories from Goodwill stores in my city. Goodwill stores are a convenient and fun place to find items, but their prices keep going up. That compelled me to look into other ways to source items faster and cheaper.

Where to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Things

Where to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Things

Have you been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo? This new Netflix show is all the rage right now. Organization guru Marie Kondo uses her KonMari method to help people declutter their homes, bringing increased order and happiness into their lives. My husband and I watched a few episodes together when it first came out earlier this month.

8 Easy Ways I Saved Money Last Year (& You Can Too)

8 Easy Ways I Saved Money Last Year (& You Can Too)

With the new year here, you might be motivated to improve your financial situation. Last year I had some serious plans to do the same come January 1st. I was going to plan my meals, cut back on eating out, put more money into savings, and so forth. I’m happy to say that I made some improvements in a few areas, although it’s overall still a work in progress.

20 Ideas for Valentine’s Day on a Budget

20 Ideas for Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Hi friends! It’s already the middle of January and Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. Can I say how much I enjoy Valentine’s Day? I’m a sucker for everything romantic. Sappy movies and sweet love stories. I love them all. One of the most exciting things about planning for Valentine’s Day is deciding what to do with your special someone.

What to Buy After Christmas to Save Money

The best shopping experience I know is when I walk into a store teeming with tons of great stuff on sale for low, low prices. I want to raise my arms and shout, “Yaaaay!” It’s a gold mine for a frugal shopper like me. This doesn’t happen often though. One of the rare times it does it during after-Christmas sales, when bargains pop up everywhere. It’s like Black Friday, but you don’t have to leave Thanksgiving dinner early for it.

How to Save Money on an Expensive Hobby

How to Save Money on an Expensive Hobby

With the new year coming just a few weeks away, you might be doing a year-end review of your finances and resolutions. My goals for next year are to make more money with my side hustles and to save more money for life’s expected and unexpected expenses. My goals probably sound a lot like those of a good majority of people out there. When it comes to saving money, a common piece of advice I hear is to cut out your unnecessary expenses. But what if you have an expensive hobby that you love?

8 Money Saving Challenges to Start the New Year

8 Money Saving Challenges to Start the New Year

2019 is on the horizon. There’s nothing like a new year to get people excited about change, challenges, and goals. One popular goal is to save more money. It can be really tough to save money. You have necessary expenses like housing and food and sometimes unexpected ones like medical care or a car problem. Or you might just enjoy spending money. Whatever your reasons for spending, you know it’s a good idea to save and you’re motivated to do it now.

20 Christmas Gifts for Your Frugal Friends

20 Christmas Gifts for Your Frugal Friends

Is someone you know newly frugal? When you’ve turned a new leaf on your finances and become frugal, it’s amazing in both good and bad ways. You’re excited about all the money you’re saving, but you might be disappointed at all the things you can’t buy in order to save that money. That’s why Christmas is a great time to support a newly frugal friend.

How to Save a Last-Minute $1000 By Christmas

How to Save a Last-Minute $1000 By Christmas

Christmas is a little more than two months away. Can you believe it? For some people, the thought of Christmas coming so soon brings anxiety. In a perfect world, we’d save all year round to cover Christmas expenses. But that’s not realistic for most people, including me. The last thing you need on top of work deadlines, family visits, and Christmas shopping is debt from the expenses of the season.

20 Ways to Save on Entertainment

20 Ways to Save on Entertainment

A few months ago, I looked up tickets to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at UC Berkeley. I’ve seen this dance company a few times in the past and have been blown away by every performance. So when I found out that the company was going to be at UC Berkeley earlier this year, I resolve to see it perform. That was until I look up tickets

How to Clear Out Your Closet Quickly Without Regret

How to Clear Out Your Closet Quickly Without Regret

The weather this weekend was sunny with just a bit of evening rain, perfect for the first weekend of spring. Now that I’ve gotten a glimpse of the good weather coming to us, I can’t wait to get out some of my warm weather clothes. My closet is currently full of sweaters and long-sleeve shirts. I know I’m not the only one with a bunch of clothes hidden in the back or high upon the shelves too.

10 Tips to Spring Clean Your House Quickly

10 Tips to Spring Clean Your House Quickly

This Tuesday marked the first day of spring. The change in seasons makes me excited for the months ahead. I can’t wait for street fairs and hikes on sunny days. But before those happen, I have to clean the house. Ugh! The start of spring always calls for a thorough house cleaning.As I much as I love a clean house, I don’t like cleaning because I always feel I can do something better with my time.

The Benefits of a Frugal Kitchen (& What’s Cooking in Mine)

A few years ago, you wouldn't have believed how bad I was at cooking. I didn't even know how to sauté onions! Not only that, I wasn't really interested in learning how to either. It's not that I don't like eating (I do!), but the process of cooking didn't appeal to me. I could just go to the store or a restaurant to buy whatever food I wanted when I wanted it, right?