Give Us Free Fridays – Living Social

I am an eternal optimist with an unwavering belief in the best parts of myself. I hold dear my sense of humor, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and outgoing personality. It is this version of me who opens email invites to networking nights, workshops, parties, and more and clicks the YES button to RSVP for activities a week … Continue reading Give Us Free Fridays – Living Social

Give Us Free Fridays – Have Cake and Eat It Too

It has been a few weeks, but I'm back with another installment of Give Us Free Fridays. In a couple of recent posts I've mentioned widening the gap between earnings and spending. J. Money over at Budgets Are Sexy had a change of perspective (courtesy of Mr. Money Mustache) on the outflow side of the equation. … Continue reading Give Us Free Fridays – Have Cake and Eat It Too

You’re Gonna Pay For That- Homeownership Part 3

A few days after moving from New York to Minnesota I went to pick up the keys to the apartment I had just leased. My bladder had been screaming at me for the last hour so I decided to pop into my vacant unit to use the bathroom before heading back to my temporary housing. … Continue reading You’re Gonna Pay For That- Homeownership Part 3

No Dancing Allowed

Last night after three hours of Shondaland I hopped onto my laptop and fell down a personal finance rabbit hole. It started with the latest post on Bitches Get Riches and ended when I fell asleep reading about price/earnings ratios on Investopia while watching the Big Short on Netflix. How did I go from reading an essay … Continue reading No Dancing Allowed

Give Us Free Fridays – Feed Me, Teach Me, Heal Me

Yes, I know that it's Saturday but accuracy is the enemy of alliteration so... This was a week of unexpected treasures as other people's folly turned into my gain. My freebies ran the gamut from food to health and wellness. Let's dive in. Free bread at Jimmy John's - After a week off I went … Continue reading Give Us Free Fridays – Feed Me, Teach Me, Heal Me

Wasted – I Threw $1000 in the Trash

When I was 17 I decided to become a vegetarian. The decision was made on a whim without consideration of the fact that I did not eat vegetables unless they were really a red fruit pureed into a sauce with spices, spread over dough and topped with mozzarella. Why did I hate vegetables so much? … Continue reading Wasted – I Threw $1000 in the Trash

Give Us Free Fridays – The Lazy Edition

I've been lazy this week. Most of my activity has consisted of walking from my bed to my couch to my kitchen to my couch to my bed. I wake up, contemplate productivity then come to a realization. So this week there was no mystery shopping or Jimmy John's runs. Plus I'm still working my … Continue reading Give Us Free Fridays – The Lazy Edition

Give Us Free Fridays – Fitness, Food, and Some Fun

Happy Friday! I decided to turn Give Us Free into a weekly Friday roundup of my $Free.99 (or really deeply discounted) finds. No job, waning income, and finite savings are no reasons to be on the sick and shut-in list. Bump that. Admittedly these deals and steals are not yielding epic savings. I could easily pay … Continue reading Give Us Free Fridays – Fitness, Food, and Some Fun

Vacation Penny Pinching – Post Mortem

My trip back home was lovely! Thank you for asking. I split my time between Brooklyn and upstate NY, hung out with my family, embarrassed my cousins at a high school football game, went to an art show, did an 80s workout, and told my childhood best friend to stop getting tax refunds. I even … Continue reading Vacation Penny Pinching – Post Mortem