Archive For The “Frugal Living” Category

Southeast Asia Is Not The Cheap Place For Westerners To “Find Yourself”

Southeast Asia Is Not The Cheap Place For Westerners To “Find Yourself”

While traveling recently, I shared the table with a Dutch traveler over a complimentary breakfast of coffee, toast, and few slices of melon, which is something us Filipinos do not normally have for breakfast. But I enjoyed it, nonetheless, especially after an hour or so of pedaling on sandy paths, and checking out temples at the…

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Money-Related Thoughts I Had While Watching Bachelor In Paradise

Money-Related Thoughts I Had While Watching Bachelor In Paradise

I’ve had plenty of money-related thoughts watching Bachelor In Paradise this season (my first time ever watching this installment of the franchise), so naturally, I’ve decided to put them to [digital] paper. Of course, I’ve had plenty of non-money-related thoughts as well…but that would make for a much longer blog post with much more rambling. If you’ve…

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An Honest Conversation With A Successful Business Owner Who’s Also A Single Mother Of 2

An Honest Conversation With A Successful Business Owner Who’s Also A Single Mother Of 2

As much as I love being careful with my money and finding new and inventive ways to budget and save, one of my biggest expenses has always been beauty treatments. I know that some women do their own manicures and color their own hair, but I am happy to pay someone to do it for…

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Florence Is a Tragedy for Homeowners, Not Insurers

Florence Is a Tragedy for Homeowners, Not Insurers

The tropical storm has brought more water than wind, an important distinction for the insurance industry People in the Carolinas are about to rediscover the difference between the damage a storm causes and what is covered by insurance. Hurricane Florence weakened considerably as it moved over the U.S. coast over the weekend, lessening its speed…

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Enjoy Music Festivals Without Having To Empty Your Savings Account?

Enjoy Music Festivals Without Having To Empty Your Savings Account?

Seeing your favorite musicians perform live can be a costly experience, especially when you factor in the tickets, transport and expensive water-like beers from the bar. Often big festivals can be a great way to cut your expenses, because you can see several days’ worth of music for the price of a ticket to a…

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Income disparity: US middle class falling farther behind the wealthy, Pew report claims

Income disparity: US middle class falling farther behind the wealthy, Pew report claims

But in an encouraging sign, the middle class has stopped shrinking for the first time in decades, reports the Pew Research Center. (Photo: Getty Images) A slight majority of U.S. adults (52 percent) lived in middle-class households in 2016, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. That might seem like only a bare improvement from the previous…

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Affordable Housing & America’s Homeless Problem

Affordable Housing & America’s Homeless Problem

Clyde Burgit and his wife Helen, who have been at the camp for two weeks, sit on a mattress near their tent by the Watergate and Whitehurst Freeway in Washington D.C., November 16, 2015. Reuters An analysis maps the number of homeless people per 100,000 residents in every US state plus Washington, DC. According to the…

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It’s Ok To Have An Expensive Coffee Habit

It’s Ok To Have An Expensive Coffee Habit

Living in South Africa, where more than 50% of the population lives in poverty (that’s 53.8% of South Africans living on less than about $60 a month), I’m one of the wealthy. I have a steady income, a roof over my head, and a car to transport my children to and from school. “Wealthy” might be stretching…

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Other People’s Weddings Are Costing Me $4,465 This Year

Other People’s Weddings Are Costing Me $4,465 This Year

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve opened up a text from a girlfriend with a photo of her, absolutely beaming, tears in her eyes, a boy in the background, holding up her left hand with a big, shiny rock on her ring finger. I always respond with a message containing approximately 1,000…

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Quit Being A Typical Millennial

Quit Being A Typical Millennial

Millennials are the generation who grew up alongside worldwide web, google and social media. We are the middle generations who have seen the world without the internet and appreciate the fact that the internet and technologies happened to us whilst we were still young and fresh to take them as an essential part of life….

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