About a month ago, I was driving home from work and decided long hair was exhausting. So, I did what any sane person does. I found a Great Clips coupon and lopped off 7 inches of hair less than an hour later. And man, did things get awkward. Continue reading “Frugally Awesome…Or Awkward: Haircut Edition”
After 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”
In the last installment of this series, I confessed to being a supremely awkward being. I wasn’t lying. Just when I thought I couldn’t embarrass myself any more in front of my bosses, I had my evaluation meeting. Halfway through the meeting, one of the beads on my necklace cannonballed down my shirt. Thankfully, we were both seated, so it was only mildly awkward when I wrenched my elbow towards my torso to try to hold the bead in place. All was fine until I had to stand up and say goodbye. To say I looked like a Tyrannous Rex would be a perfectly fitting description. I’m no paleontologist, but I do know that T-Rexs would have had a downright difficult time shaking hands back in the day.
While I basically spend all my waking hours inadvertently seeking opportunities to turn seven shades of red, I am also refining an awkward moment specialty: financial embarrassments. These awkward encounters are all courtesy of my job–students and fellow teachers alike. And yes, I know you’re laughing at me, not with me. It’s OK. Continue reading “Frugally Awesome…or Awkward: Part 2”
If you’re looking for a post about a way to devour a 57-ounce dry-aged bone-in rib eye and wash it down with seared Hudson Valley foie gras at Prime Steakhouse while the Bellagio Fountains dance for $10 a person, keep looking. While I won’t promise you big-name chefs and bank-breaking restaurants, I can promise you that there is such a thing as a free lunch in Las Vegas. Crab legs included. Continue reading “Lunching for Less in Las Vegas”
Happy 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.
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.
Just like when I was learning to drive, I am starting to realize my tendency to overcorrect when it comes to personal finance. It is no secret that I fell headfirst into the trap of excessive consumerism. In a lot of ways, it was not a fall, so much as a gleeful swan dive, credit card swipe after credit card swipe. Since coming to the sobering realization that I have too much stuff, I have made it a point to stop buying most things. It should have been the perfect solution; instead, I created a recipe for disaster. Continue reading “Frugal to a Fault”
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”
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”
It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But why should mornings get all the glory? For a fun change of pace and for some serious savings, try serving breakfast for dinner once a month or more. Continue reading “Simple Switches: Breakfast for Dinner”
Not one week after posting about my
frivolous wasteful stupid couponing shenanigans, I couldn’t resist their siren song. A great grocery store sale combined with four high-value manufacturer’s coupons netted me four boxes of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies for $2.00. If you buy lots of cereal because it’s back-to-school time and you have kids your husband is a big kid, you know that’s a screamin’ deal. But is couponing really worth it? Continue reading “Coupons, I Just Can’t Seem to Quit You”