frugal living

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.

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.

My Thrift Fashion Finds - Summer 2017

My Thrift Fashion Finds - Summer 2017

Welcome to September! As we head down the final stretch of 2017, I keep asking myself where the days have gone. It feels like just a few weeks ago that I posted my spring fashion finds. It’s actually been three months! I thought today would be good to share an update on my summer thrift fashion finds and related topics.

12 Things to Buy Used If You Want to Save Money

12 Things to Buy Used If You Want to Save Money

Here on From Pennies to Plenty, I’m all about saving money and making the dollars that you do spend go further. So it’s probably no surprise that I’m a big fan of buying and using second-hand items. In fact, I buy and sell second-hand items as a side hustle, and I recommend buying second-hand to friends and family all the time. If you’re wondering what to buy, whether it’s clean, or if you’re safe doing it, read on to learn more.