I am spoiled. Fergus is in charge of cooking, and for good reason: his food is delicious (plus he enjoys cooking). Some mornings I literally wake up to the offer of breakfast in bed. Yet as I write this Fergus, is away on a business trip. And I can’t cook. And I hate cleaning theContinue reading “Be Lazy, Eat In: Frugal Kitchen Breakfast Edition”
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How to Gala on a Budget
Hey all! Yesterday my guest post for the Millennial Money Man was published! Read about my trials and tribulations attending a gala. That’s right, a gala. On two days notice. Yeah… If you would also be freaked out and have no idea what to wear, definitely check the article out. I cover basic dress code guidelines, and ofContinue reading “How to Gala on a Budget”
$4/mo Smart Phone Plan
While there are quite a few things we’re willing to spend extra money on, cell phone service plans are most certainly not on that list. We spend a whopping $4/mo per phone, which includes hours of talking, dozens of texts daily, and mobile data. Here’s how.
Montreal and New Straw
We went on vacation to Montreal earlier this month! During a snowstorm! And it was fun! We live in the Boston area, meaning we’re about a five hour drive away from Montreal. And yet, in our years living around Boston, we’ve never visited Canada. A foreign country, with a foreign language (in Quebec province), right there,Continue reading “Montreal and New Straw”
Lazy Grocery Shopping at $300/mo
We do not take extensive inventory of the fridge or the cupboards before heading out, and we certainly do not go in with shopping lists. We practice lazy, but frugal, grocery shopping. On a typical month, we spend right around $300/mo on groceries, and when we used to really cut back, we spent slightly overContinue reading “Lazy Grocery Shopping at $300/mo”
Never Buy Rags (Mini Frugal Tip)
You know that T-shirt from college that is literally falling apart at the seams? The one with the stain of unknown origin? Perfectly good rag material.
Travel Hacking – Does it Work?
And more importantly, how much time and effort does it take? Fergus and I try to have a balanced view of financial planning – we’re not about to spend all our evenings and weekends working just to reach retirement a little sooner. At the same time, we’re not going to spend hard earned money onContinue reading “Travel Hacking – Does it Work?”
The Power of Financial Freedom
Strangely enough, practicing frugality can enhance both your earning power and your workplace satisfaction. Knowing that we live below our means and could easily live off only one of our salaries gave me the courage to step away from a job that was emotionally draining and unfulfilling. The Situation It was a fine job, really.Continue reading “The Power of Financial Freedom”
We Just Spent (and Consumed) $84 on Chocolate. Here’s Why That’s Frugal.
Fergus and I went to Cafe Fleuri at The Langham in Boston, where we spent $42 per person to eat at the “Chocolate Bar.” Plus tax and tip, the entire trip was over $100. It was a really interesting experience that we don’t regret (even though we probably won’t do that ever again). This postContinue reading “We Just Spent (and Consumed) $84 on Chocolate. Here’s Why That’s Frugal.”
Lil Fixes (Mini Frugal Tip)
I drink a lot of loose leaf tea. It’s cheap and yummy. However, my tea strainer/tea infuser/mesh tea ball/whatever you want to call it started to develop what others called an “overbite.” I was definitely contemplating buying a new, probably novelty tea strainer when it hit me: “Umm, you are an engineer. Why don’t you, IContinue reading “Lil Fixes (Mini Frugal Tip)”