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My 7 Favorite Frugal Hacks

I have been in the business of frugality for many years, starting in my early teens when I began to earn and manage my own money. Blogging about frugal decadence was a natural extension of both my passions for frugality as well as writing. Since…
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It is Seldom True that You Get What You Pay For

Still buying into the idea that you get what you pay for? Let's discuss what this phrase means and why I think it's totally bogus. As I sit in a beautiful backyard nook we’ve created — the cascading grapevines bred to thrive in the harsh…
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How to Decrease Your Rent Without Having to Move

Wondering how to get a discount on apartment rent? Even after you've already signed the lease? Let me show you some excellent ways to negotiate plus work your rent bill down. In my short lifespan (well, I guess I can no longer say short now…
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Extreme Frugality: 9 Unbelievable Frugal Stories from the Recession

Want some entertainment + inspiration? I’ve curated some crazy, inspiring, and unbelievable stories and examples of extreme frugality. Extreme frugality stories can be fun, inspirational, and…a bit strange. What I love about reading…
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What Does Furlough Mean? How to Prepare Yourself for a Furlough

What does Are you about to be furloughed (or feel like it might happen)? I know several people who have either been furloughed over the last several years, or are about to enter a period of furlough at their current employer. The good…
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You Can’t Break Out of Survival Mode When You are Doused in Fear

I had the most terrifying experience of my adult life last week. Realizing that I was at the end of my third month of self-employment, I decided to write a list of all of the accomplishments I have made thus far. I was feeling a bit doubtful…