11 Essential (and Mostly Cheap) Tactics for Weathering Winter’s Worst

Snowstorms, ice storms, freezing rain, or even just 43-degrees-and-drizzling days in Seattle. Iced-up windshields, slick-as-tofu roadways, drafts that stubbornly resist whatever the furnace throws at them. Week after week of leaving for work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Winter can be pretty, but it isn’t always pleasant. Even those who ski, … Read more11 Essential (and Mostly Cheap) Tactics for Weathering Winter’s Worst

40 Frugal Gifts for Women that Cost $30 or Less

These cheap gifts for women are perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthday gifts, Mother’s Day or just because. Lots of fun gift ideas for her, all $30 or less!  There are affiliate links in this post – please read my full disclosure policy. Looking for some great gifts for women that won’t blow your budget?  I’ve… … Read more40 Frugal Gifts for Women that Cost $30 or Less

Looking Up the Ladder: A Different Perspective on Spending

A few years ago, I wrote an article entitled Looking Down the Ladder: A Different Perspective on Spending. The article covered the idea of a spending ladder, and I’m going to quote the explanation of a spending ladder here: One idea that really stuck with me, though, was his idea that one’s preferred level of … Read moreLooking Up the Ladder: A Different Perspective on Spending

Defining Frugality Through Life’s Other Resources

Yesterday, to start off the reader mailbag, I offered up this little riff: When I was younger, the idea of paying for a service to do an ordinary household task for you seemed silly. Why would I ever pay for someone to wash my laundry or do the dishes? I can do those things myself … Read moreDefining Frugality Through Life’s Other Resources

Couponing for Beginners: 9 Apps to Save Money when Shopping

Have you ever watched the TV show “Extreme Couponers”, got super excited to start couponing and save hundreds of dollars, only to realize that you have no idea what you’re doing? Many couponing experts make couponing for beginners difficult, or preach that you need to spend hours each week clipping coupons to save a few … Read moreCouponing for Beginners: 9 Apps to Save Money when Shopping

Frugal Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

It’s early December, and that means my mailbox is full of requests from readers for frugal gift ideas for the holidays, both in terms of inexpensive gifts that will be appreciated and gifts to give a frugal person. I usually address this question in some form or another each holiday season, but I update the … Read moreFrugal Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

10 Best Consignment Shops Near Me to Save on Clothes

Buying clothing can be expensive. Whether you’re a working professional, have children, or just need clothes for a new season, you may find yourself spending a small fortune on clothing every year. Given that, why not consider a consignment store? The best consignment shops help you save money on clothing and are also a great … Read more10 Best Consignment Shops Near Me to Save on Clothes

The “After Holiday” Strategy

After each holiday season, it’s pretty easy for me to write an article about how much you can save by taking advantage of huge markdowns on items related to that holiday. After a holiday passes, most department stores and grocery stores mark down items related to that holiday to get rid of that inventory, and … Read moreThe “After Holiday” Strategy

When Careful Consideration of Purchases Backfires

One money strategy I’ve used since the very first day of my financial turnaround is to carefully consider all of my purchases. I try to avoid buying things unless I’ve given that purchase some serious thought, especially expensive items, but even most inexpensive ones. While this works extremely well for me in a bubble where … Read moreWhen Careful Consideration of Purchases Backfires

My Menu of “Solo” Meals

One of my core principles of personal finance is “if you’re doing something by yourself, do it as cheap as possible.” When I’m alone and not worried about anyone else’s needs or concerns, I go super cheap on almost everything. There’s no real reason to “treat” myself because I’ll probably do some form of that … Read moreMy Menu of “Solo” Meals