frugal living

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?

How to Create the Best Wedding Budget for You

 How to Create the Best Wedding Budget for You

With spring just around the corner, we’re heading into wedding season. That means brides- and grooms-to-be are in getting into full planning mode. It’s exciting to think about and plan your big day. What’s not so exciting is the price tag goes with it. The average wedding in the US cost $35,329 in 2016. Weddings are expensive, and it’s so easy to go over what you intended to spend.

A Look at Asian-American Financial & Family Values

 A Look at Asian-American Financial & Family Values

On February 16th next week, many people around the world including my family will celebrate Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Dog. As a huge animal lover, I’m excited that the year highlights this familiar and beloved house pet.  But I think my mom is even more excited than I am. Chinese New Year marks a new beginning with excitement and hopes for the year ahead. My mom can’t wait to kick things off by debuting new clothes and slippers.

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.

My Latest Thrift Sales & Events - Fall 2017

My Latest Thrift Sales & Events - Fall 2017

I’ve been focused on thrift shopping and selling with a one-track mind recently. Several weeks ago, I wrote about why you should sell on multiple platforms and gave some examples of things I sold. This week, I wanted to share some more of my recent thrifting activities as well as examples of my recent sales.