frugal living

16 Tips to Save Money on Summer Travel

16 Tips to Save Money on Summer Travel

The summer season brings some things to mind – great weather, BBQs, fun with family, and travel. The problem with summer travel is that it’s high season, which means high prices. That doesn’t mean you can’t get away and have some fun. Take a look at these suggestions for how to save on travel, so you can enjoy your summer vacation.

30 Ways to Improve Your Finances in 15 Minutes a Day

30 Ways to Improve Your Finances in 15 Minutes a Day

When you’re struggling to handle your money and stressed about paying the bills, good financial management can seem out of reach. But your finances can actually improve with a bit of ongoing effort and diligence? Take a look at these 30 ways you can improve your finances in 15 minutes a day.

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? Organization guru Marie Kondo uses her KonMari method to help people declutter their homes, bringing increased order and happiness into their lives. If you’re cleaning too, here’s what to do with with unwanted things.

How to Succeed at a No-Spend November

How to Succeed at a No-Spend November

November is just around the corner. The holidays are coming quickly and spending can easily creep up with them leading to a busted budget. I’m not immune to extra spending either. It’s sometimes a struggle to stay frugal. I love saving money, but November is full of temptations.

10 Ways We Saved and Splurged on Our Wedding

10 Ways We Saved and Splurged on Our Wedding

Now that June is here, wedding season is well underway. If you’re a bride and groom-to-be, you may be coming up on deadlines for making decisions about your wedding. You also might find that you’re coming close to the limits of your wedding budget. Unless you’re the son or daughter of a royal, you’re probably going to have to compromise on your wedding in some way.

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.

How to Shop & Eat Healthy on a Budget

How to Shop & Eat Healthy on a Budget

It’s Wednesday afternoon. You’ve already eaten your leftovers from last weekend, so you have to cook tonight. You still have a lot to get done at work before you head to the grocery store and try to put something together for dinner. Thinking about how much time it takes to shop, prepare a meal, eat, and wash dishes, you see yourself running around for another few hours. You might not relax until 8 pm at the earliest.

How to Stop Unnecessary Spending Once and for All

How to Stop Unnecessary Spending Once and for All

Is one of your goals to spend less and save more this year? That’s definitely one of my goals. Did you know that even just a few years ago, one of the hardest things for me to do was cut back on my spending? I mean unnecessary spending of any sort. You know, shopping as a hobby, a pastime, a salve, a stress reliever, a fun get-together, a pick-me-up, an emotional crutch, or an impulsive behavior.

How Long Are Foods Good Past Their Expiration Date?

How Long Are Foods Good Past Their Expiration Date?

A few months ago, I had a carton of eggs sitting in the refrigerator for several weeks. Eggs are one of those strange things that I will love and gorge on for a while, then suddenly dislike and won’t touch for weeks or months at a time. Sometimes I’ll have gotten halfway through a carton of eggs and just can’t bring myself eat the other half. Do you ever feel that way about food?

How to Save Money By Tracking Your Kitchen Inventory

How to Save Money By Tracking Your Kitchen Inventory

As a frugal living and personal finance blogger, I love spending and saving wisely. It’s not just about dollars and cents. I don’t like to waste utilities, household items, or really anything if I can help it. The one area in which I flop on this is food, which is why I started keeping track of the items in my kitchen.

10 Ways to Overcome Frugal Fatigue

10 Ways to Overcome Frugal Fatigue

During one March a few years ago, I didn’t spend any money on fun and entertainment. I have an entertainment category in my budget, but I just happened not to dip into it. When I reviewed my budget at the end of the month, I was so happy with my lack of spending that I committed to keeping it going. You can already see where this is going, huh?