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The Lost Art of TLC

18 Apr

Recently, my husband and I started shopping for ceiling fans. Riveting, I know; the process is just as mind-numbing as it sounds. The one in our living room ticks excessively, making tiny but repeated divots in our psyches until we’re both ready to launch ourselves out the window. In the past, cleaning the blades would either […]

New Ways to Save Money on Shipping

20 Feb

Despite the appeal of online shopping, I still make the majority of my purchases in physical stores because I don’t want to bother paying for shipping or return shipping. One of my biggest pet peeves is paying for the pleasure of trying something on that doesn’t work out. When it comes to shipping fees, I’m too much of […]

How to Save $1,300+ on Insurance

6 Jan

And no, it has nothing to do with a green reptile. I consider myself a pretty conscious consumer. I know to compare rates between service providers regularly, and to question charges I don’t recognize on statements. It’s for this reason that I felt constantly frustrated and stymied when I compared auto and home insurance rates. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Save on Airfare: Book Separately

31 Jul

I’m a big fan of travel. I love exploring new places and trying local cuisine. Naturally, my budding affair with travel begins right when the airline industry is nickel-and-diming passengers for every service. Since I’m not a travel hacker (though you people get mad props from me), I take more traditional routes to save money. […]