Twelve Low Cost Strategies for Getting Out of a Funk

We’ve all been there at some time or another. You feel somewhat disengaged from a lot of the things in your life. Work, even if you enjoy it, seems like a burden. Maintaining relationships seems like a burden. You fall back to the most basic of your life routines. You feel tired and perhaps not … Read moreTwelve Low Cost Strategies for Getting Out of a Funk

Trying Too Hard to Save Money Can Backfire – So Keep It Simple

A few weeks ago, I was invited to one of those meal preparation parties where you hang out with friends and combine ingredients for frozen meals. It seemed like a fun way to spend a weekday night, as well as a smart way to build up a stash of frozen dinners ahead of time. For … Read moreTrying Too Hard to Save Money Can Backfire – So Keep It Simple

Dealing with Being Overwhelmed Without Financial Missteps Compounding the Problem

I’ll be the first to admit that this time of the year leaves me feeling overwhelmed, and this year more than most. For starters, the holiday season is something that often leaves me with a sense of too much to do and a sense of relief when it’s over that overshadows the joy I feel … Read moreDealing with Being Overwhelmed Without Financial Missteps Compounding the Problem

Your Holiday Survival Kit: 28 Smart Strategies To Keep Last Minute Holiday Costs from Exploding

You’re probably reading this during the “calm before the storm.” There’s a good chance that sometime in the next several days, there’s at least one big holiday event that you’re just utterly unprepared for with seemingly eighty things left to do. You have to travel. You have to help prep a meal. You have to … Read moreYour Holiday Survival Kit: 28 Smart Strategies To Keep Last Minute Holiday Costs from Exploding

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