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Frugal Win: Happy Halloween

31 Oct

Happy Halloween, everyone! I’m a big fan of this holiday and, as usual, went a little crazy with face “paint” this year. I’ve found face makeup and a good wig are all I need to make a statement without spending too much money on Halloween. My mom made the best costumes for us as kids, […]

The Importance of Reading Reviews

18 Jul

By now, you’d think a savvy shopper like me — who goes on record as being a “savings expert” — would know the importance of reading reviews before booking a service for the first time. But alas, even I’m prone to stupid mistakes, and a recent airport shuttle booking gone awry served as a reminder […]

How to Budget Without a Budget

12 Jul

I recently drafted a response to a reporter query about how some people are able to “budget without a budget.” It took me very little time to whip up my tips, and I was feeling pretty confident about my chances of being included in the story. Then I re-read my advice and realized something: I […]

Saving on Cooling Costs: A Parody

17 Jun

When you write about saving money all day, every day, some topics are inevitably more compelling than others. I tend to get distracted on sunny Friday afternoons like this one, when I’d rather be feeling the breeze on my face with cocktail in hand than writing about saving money on summer cooling costs. So, at the […]

Tipping: My Financial Bane

9 May

Confession: I really, really hate tipping. I’m one of those people who would rather pay more for restaurant meals, transportation and other tip-heavy services just to avoid it. It’s not that I don’t think people in gratuity-based industries deserve tips; they absolutely do. I just don’t have the capacity to calculate an appropriate tip on a whim, […]

Recurring Expense Hacking FTW

19 Apr

An alternative title for this post: Justifying My Cupcake Addiction. The reason will become clear. Recently, my husband hacked our auto insurance renewal and saved $250 on our annual premium. Then, he reduced our Verizon bill by $15 a month. His successes led me to finally cancel a $30-per-month supplemental insurance policy I’ve had for […]

2016 Spending Goals

19 Feb

Last year, I spent $56 on cupcakes. I reviewed my year-end credit card summary recently and noticed several charges from ButterCream Cupcakery, the hard-to-resist bakery cruelly located across the street from my yoga studio. This local shop has regular flavors and recurring daily specials, and Thursday’s flavor is the proverbial icing on the cake. To paraphrase […]

Hello…it’s me.

11 Jan

The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity, as the holiday season typically is for those of us in the shopping and discount industry. While I’ve been radio silent on this blog since September, I promise I’ve been spreading the good word about bargains, savings tools, shopping strategies and more through other means. […]

Seeking Savings on Sight: My Experience with Warby Parker

15 Sep

Disclaimer: Warby Parker did NOT pay me for this review, nor did they request it.  Confession: I’m blind as a bat. My first pair of glasses graced my visage in the second grade, during which time I distinctly remember wearing those funky black paper glasses they give you after dilating your eyes all. day. long. […]

A Case for Cost Comparison

14 Sep

I’ve written a lot about comparing prices on this blog (here, here and here) and in the advice I give as a Savings Expert for CouponSherpa.com. In fact, I would go so far as to say comparing prices is my top tip for saving money. Why? Because you never know how the cost of a product or service compares between competitors unless […]