Dollars and Sense, Edibles

Thoughts on Brandless’ $3 Organics: Are They Really A Deal?

Have you seen the Facebook ads yet for a new online grocery store called Brandless? They've taken the basics of generic organics/healthier foods that you can find at places like ALDI/Walmart and repackaged them with a minimalistic website. So how does Brandless' items compare to the ones you'd find in your local grocery store? *… Continue reading Thoughts on Brandless’ $3 Organics: Are They Really A Deal?

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“The Millionaire Next Door” (It’s Not Who You Think)

Who do you think of when you think of a millionaire? Celebrities and athletes? Have you ever thought: anyone who has xyz millions of dollars must have a yacht, a 6,000 sq ft. mansion, and their own personal chef? Or, if I made double or even triple what I do now, then I'd buy a fancy sports… Continue reading “The Millionaire Next Door” (It’s Not Who You Think)

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Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Summer 2017

(This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links). Daily rainstorms, sweltering heat, mosquitoes- summer is here! Here's my favorite fabulously frugal things to help you survive these next few months. Everything is under $15. If you missed the spring list, you can find it here!   1- Sweet Loren's Peanut Butter… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Summer 2017

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Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison

Have you ever felt guilty about buying convenience foods? We assume they're usually much more expensive than if we make the item ourselves. One convenience food that I tend to buy is frozen lasagna- on busy days it is definitely nice to just put it in the oven and use the prep time to do… Continue reading Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison

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A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

I will always love kids' clothes that match holidays- red and green at Christmas, red, white, & blue at 4th of July, etc.-- they are so adorable and look great in photos. The only problem is that many of the holiday outfits in stores are very holiday specific- a top that says "Happy 4th of July"… Continue reading A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

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Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

(This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affilliate links.) Have you ever read through the Oprah Magazine's list of "favorite things"? I used to love looking through it. However, I noticed that many of the items were very expensive and not practical for most of us- if you look up the 2016 list, the… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

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What’s In A Minimalist Momma’s Bag?

I used to be that person who carried everything in my large, overstuffed bag. It looked like I was going on a weekend trip...every day of the week. Band-Aids, lotion, Tylenol, granola bars, stamps, phone chargers, water bottles, cough drops, etc.- I was prepared in case all the Walgreens, Targets, Walmarts, and grocery stores within a 10… Continue reading What’s In A Minimalist Momma’s Bag?

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Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

On Monday, I broke down why we're buying all the things (catch up on Part 1 here). Today I'm sharing the strategies that help us fix that! Definitely just being aware of stores' sneaky marketing tactics is a good start. But here's 5 other ways to avoid buying more than you need: Buy groceries at the grocery store, not… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

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Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

"I went into the store for 4 things and came out with 12." "I was looking for paper towel and ended up with a new shirt." "[Insert store name] is my happy place. Going there is like a quick pick-me-up." ***** Stores strive to make themselves inviting. And some of them do it really well. Imagine this: you pull… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

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How I Paid Off $8,000 In 2 Years

I can guarantee you that there's someone out there with a more impressive story than this one. (That's a great way to begin, right?)   Someone who paid off more debt, in less time. So what's (possibly) interesting about this story? I paid it off without feeling deprived, while living in an expensive city, making a little above the… Continue reading How I Paid Off $8,000 In 2 Years

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On The Way To Home

"It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,  A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam  Afore ye really ’preciate the things ye lef’ behind,  An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind.  It don’t make any differunce how rich ye get t’… Continue reading On The Way To Home

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A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

  Have you ever looked at Instagram fashionistas and thought, "I love how they mix patterns, but I just don't know how to do that for myself"? Or saw someone on the street who rocked a patterned top and skirt, but couldn't figure out why the items looked so good together? You can mix patterns like a… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

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How To Spot Designer Details In Thrift Store Finds

    There's thrift store items that I've kept forever and some that got returned within a year. I return (and buy) items less often now after noticing why the items would end up getting returned. What was the difference? I started to really analyze the quality of an item by looking at specific aspects of… Continue reading How To Spot Designer Details In Thrift Store Finds

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3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

  Up to 250 million plastic Easter eggs per year were produced in the US at the turn of this century.  I wonder: for those that buy them, what do we do with all those eggs when it's not Easter?  I imagine they sit in a closet or end up in an attic. But what… Continue reading 3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

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Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion

  "Clothing is valuable. It should be valued. Cheap clothes not only undermine those who sew, sell, and design them, they're the pitiful result of decades of price pressure that has erased the craftsmanship and splendor of what we wear. Incessant deal hunting has also erased our collective knowledge of what clothing and style could… Continue reading Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion

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Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

  I have always loved clothes. I would try to take almost my entire wardrobe to college each year because I never knew when I might want to wear a certain item. I would pack my four extra-large blue plastic totes to the brim with my most cherished cotton and polyester belongings and my mother… Continue reading Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

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10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

*Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links.  "Natural" is an imprecise term when used by beauty and food companies. It does not have a regulated definition (like "USDA Organic"), but it does usually mean that a product has fewer "bad" ingredients and more naturally derived ones.  Some products… Continue reading 10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

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10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

I love watching house hunting shows (even though yes, they are staged- and even the buyers may not be real- whaaat?), especially the ones about "tiny houses." A "tiny house" does not have an exact definition, but it is usually a home under 500 sq. ft. To put that in perspective, the average size of… Continue reading 10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

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A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

I usually throw away last week's meal plan (which I am rethinking since it's hard to come up with meal ideas sometimes), but I decided to keep last month's meal ideas in case you need some new ones! I typically eat leftovers or sandwiches for lunch and a frozen pizza once or twice a week for dinner, so… Continue reading A Month’s Worth Of Dinners