Travel Anyway: Vegas, Baby…Again

travel-anywayI’m going back to Vegas. Who’s shocked? I know. No one. And maybe everyone.

I do a spectacular job of hating on my mortgage. I post about it. I tweet about it. I stress myself out about it with side hustling. I think about it constantly when paying for grad classes to boost my income and my husband’s. So why in the world would I go back to Las Vegas again especially when we were just there this summer? The short answer is, Why wouldn’t I? Continue reading “Travel Anyway: Vegas, Baby…Again”

Travel Anyway: Vegas, Baby…Again

Frugally Awesome…or Awkward: Part 3

FrugallyAfter I ran my last post in this series, I thought surely I would run out of awkward moments to share. Then I remember that I’m me, and there’s no shortage of awkward moments in my life, finance related and otherwise. For instance, let’s flashback to two weeks ago in my classroom: 

I don’t normally eat or drink while I teach–out of respect for the school rules that my students follow and for fear of choking and having to rely on a 12-year-old to perform the Heimlich Maneuver or page the nurse–but I had a wicked sore throat, so I was sipping on plain green tea in an attempt to preserve my voice. I took one quick, inconspicuous sip. Minutes later, I followed it up with a second sip. This time, I managed to miss half my mouth and essentially drool down my shirt. Instead of laughing too loudly, one student promptly raised his hand and assured me that things could have been a lot worse. He promised, “You could have been the teacher who walked backwards and fell into the recycle bin last week!”

While I certainly can’t claim that level of awkwardness (yet), the people in my life have done a pretty outstanding job of making me blush when it comes to finances in the past month. I spend most of my days minding my own business, trying to do my frugal living thing. Yet these short encounters transform me from frugally awesome to awkward in no time flat. Continue reading “Frugally Awesome…or Awkward: Part 3”

Frugally Awesome…or Awkward: Part 3

Simple & Inexpensive Teacher Gifts

Teacher Gifts (2)With Teacher Appreciation Week and the end of the school year fast approaching, some people might be considering giving gifts to their children’s teachers. In fact, Pinterest is burgeoning with creative teacher gifts, many of which fail to take into consideration the cost and talent it might take to design the crafts. When it comes to frugal tricks that require little in the way of Martha Stewart’s know-how, these gifts have got you covered. Continue reading “Simple & Inexpensive Teacher Gifts”

Simple & Inexpensive Teacher Gifts

Flashback Friday: The F Word

Flashback FridayHappy Friday, frugal friends! While I’m busy lovingly planning lessons and instructing scraping kiddos off the ceiling before winter break starts next week, I thought I would do a little flashback Friday action to one of the first posts I wrote on the difference between frugality and cheapness. Where do you land? 

We’ve all heard it. Maybe you’ve even been called it. The F Word.

Frugal.

I’d like to think that there is a difference between frugal and cheap. However, popular nomenclature seems to want to treat these two words as synonyms. Case in point? This lovely open letter written by Giuliana Rancic’s husband to her.* The letter really is quite touching. He pays tribute to her strength and it’s quite easy to picture him beaming with pride as he writes. In an earlier story, he also says the word frugal. Even though I think the word he’s looking for is cheap. Or maybe even rude.

Continue reading the full post here.

Flashback Friday: The F Word

To Tip or Not to Tip…The Fro-Yo Guy

To Tip or Not To Tip...Tipping has me stymied. Not in terms of dining out, having my hair highlighted, or requesting that a bellhop hold my luggage. Unlike some of my fellow millennials, I understand the etiquette behind that kind of tipping. If you are performing a job in the service industry that benefits me, especially if it goes above and beyond the call of duty, I probably owe you a tip. So why in the world is there now a tip jar at my favorite self-serve fro-yo place?  Continue reading “To Tip or Not to Tip…The Fro-Yo Guy”

To Tip or Not to Tip…The Fro-Yo Guy

Millennials, Stop Eating Out

Millennials, Stop Eating Out (1)This isn’t your typical dining-out-is-bad-for-the-budget post. Of course, you should eat out less if you’re trying to save money or repay debt. It is essential that your spending aligns with your priorities. So most millennials know–or at least have been told ad nauseam–to cut back on the fine and not-so-fine dining. However, from one millennial to another, I would like to go so far as to state that at least one-third of millennials should stop eating out altogether. Period. Forever. Or at least until they learn how to tip.  Continue reading “Millennials, Stop Eating Out”

Millennials, Stop Eating Out

The F Word: Is There a Difference Between Frugal and Cheap?

The F Word- Is There a Difference BetweenWe’ve all heard it. Maybe you’ve even been called it. The F Word.

Frugal.

I’d like to think that there is a difference between frugal and cheap. However, popular nomenclature seems to want to treat these two words as synonyms. Case in point? This lovely open letter written by Giuliana Rancic’s husband to her.* The letter really is quite touching. He pays tribute to her strength and it’s quite easy to picture him beaming with pride as he writes.

He also says the word frugal. Even though I think the word he’s looking for is cheap. Or maybe even rude.

Continue reading “The F Word: Is There a Difference Between Frugal and Cheap?”

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