frugal living

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.

52 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Life

52 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Life

This time of year is all about the holidays. There’s no shortage of articles on how to save money on gift shopping and the best gifts to buy every person you know. But since it’s Thanksgiving and in the spirit of frugal living, I wanted to write about something else: gratitude. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right?

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.

25 Frugal Ways to Treat Yourself

25 Frugal Ways to Treat Yourself

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had days of disappointment or frustration one after another. But I knew this wasn’t a typical day and I wasn’t my normal self. I needed some self-care for my own sanity and to get back to a positive mindset.  So I put together this list of 25 frugal ways to treat yourself.

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.

My No-Cation: The Case for A Summer Without Vacation

My No-Cation: The Case for A Summer Without Vacation

Back in the summer of 2013, I was elated to finish school and move home to San Francisco. What I wasn’t so happy about was the $30,000 in student loan debt that followed me. I had only six months on my grace period before I had to start making monthly payments. Needless to say, I was anxious about getting a job and starting to pay it off as soon as possible.  How would I do it?

How to Fight Lifestyle Inflation (& Save Your Money)

How to Fight Lifestyle Inflation (& Save Your Money)

If there ever were a time to feel like spending money, it may be with the arrival of your first paycheck. Now that it’s July, graduation season has just finished. If you’re a lucky new grad, you have a job lined up or one on the horizon. And with that new job and those first few paychecks may come the urge to spend on what you couldn’t afford before.

10 Things You Didn’t Know the Public Library Offers

10 Things You Didn’t Know the Public Library Offers

In this day of electronics and technology, it’s easy to forget that the public library exists. You can order books off Amazon in a few clicks and stream movies and shows directly to your TV. No need to step foot into a library branch anymore, right? But did you know that the library system is trying to adapt to this changing world too?

How to Attend Weddings on a Budget

How to Attend Weddings on a Budget

Wedding season is around the corner if it hasn’t already started for you. A few years ago, four of my family members got married in one summer. Three of those required plane rides home and one was a destination wedding in Hawaii. Then in 2015, I seemed to attend wedding after wedding throughout the summer and fall. A best friend even planned a destination wedding in Oaxaca, Mexico. I love weddings, but I don’t love breaking the bank to attend them.