Frugally Awesome…or Awkward

Frugally Awesome...Since we’re all friends here and I’m really good at confessing secrets now, I’ll let you in on another one: I’m a supremely awkward human being. Just last week, I was sitting in a work meeting with my boss and my coworker best friend former best friend. Midway through the meeting, I swatted stray hairs from my forehead. Or I thought that’s what I did.

In fact, I managed to drag my nails across my temple and scratch myself. Then, unbeknownst to me, I proceeded to bleed for the remainder of the meeting. As we left, said coworker handed me a tissue and said, “You’ve been bleeding.” Just another glorious day in the life of Penny.

Since laughing at myself brings me great joy, I thought I’d share some fun little moments of awkwardness that have cropped up as of late. Whether it’s the food we eat, the way we live, or the clothes I keep, it seems everyone has an opinion on our frugality. And it makes for some delightfully awkward personal finance moments.  Continue reading “Frugally Awesome…or Awkward”

Frugally Awesome…or Awkward

SNAP, Food Insecurity, and Really Angry Commenters

SNAP,Last week, Yahoo Food ran a Refinery 29 piece entitled “What It’s Like to Feed a Family For Less Than $20 a Day”. It was widely read, and if the 3,510 commenters are any indication, it was also widely misunderstood.

In a lot of ways, I blame Refinery 29 and Yahoo. Their sexy headline was nothing more than clickbait and troll fodder. The actual essence of the article was about the flawed Farm Bill and the fact that the current government assistance programs make it much easier to track down sugar-laden processed foods than fresh, let alone organic, produce. It was intended to be about the power and the voice that young people have to demand healthier options with their votes and with their dollars. Instead, it became a soapbox from which people could declare their moral, financial, and nutritional superiority while espousing judgments at their best, xenophobia at their worst.

So how exactly did thousands of commenters miss the mark? Continue reading “SNAP, Food Insecurity, and Really Angry Commenters”

SNAP, Food Insecurity, and Really Angry Commenters

Frugal to a Fault

Frugal to a FaultJust 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”

Frugal to a Fault

Financially Savvy Saturdays: One Hundred Sixth Edition

Happy weekend, frugal friends! I hope you’ll enjoy this special weekend post. 

Welcome to Financially Savvy Saturdays, the savviest personal finance blog hop on the planet, created specifically for personal finance writers! We welcome all things money here. Whether you’ve written anything from money saving green beauty products to budgeting tips, you’re invited to link-up.

If it ties into personal finance, we want to read it!

Financially Savvy Saturdays Blog Hop with Disease Called Debt and Broke Girl Rich

She Picks Up Pennies

This week we’re excited to welcome Penny from She Picks Up Pennies where she writes about getting her budget on track and finding the good life through simplicity!  Continue reading “Financially Savvy Saturdays: One Hundred Sixth Edition”

Financially Savvy Saturdays: One Hundred Sixth Edition

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.


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?”