frugal living

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 did you know that your finances can actually improve with just a bit of ongoing effort and diligence? Just like improving your tennis swing or your piano playing, you can develop smart money practices with some practice each day too.

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.

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.

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?

How to Find Your Dream Wedding Dress on a Budget

How to Find Your Dream Wedding Dress on a Budget

If you’re been wedding planning for yourself or assisted in any weddings lately, you probably know that they can cost a pretty penny. In fact, the average American wedding cost $35,329 in 2016. If that’s shocking to you, you’re not the only one. That fact surprised me too.Of the many ways to cut back on wedding costs, finding a budget-friendly wedding dress is one of the easiest.