Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Don't be a hot mess! I can't agree more with Steph on her rant about 20-something women. It's not cute to be ignorant about your finances. It's not responsible to refuse to learn how to support yourself. And it is not sexy to be a hot mess!

Great posts from The Frugal Girl about how she plans her menu, especially coming up with menu ideas. This remains a challenge for me! What are your tricks for coming up with fresh, healthy menu plans on a regular basis?

Money Saving Mom asks the readers for their most frugal recipes - and there are some great ones in the comments!

Krystal at Give Me Back My Five Bucks writes about how to survive unemployment. I'm very lucky to have been employed consistently (even overlapping-ly!) since I started working full time, but that's not the case for everyone, especially in this economy. I totally agree with her on all points, especially on applying for unemployment assistance!

I haven't been doing the #couponchallenge long enough to notice this happening, but I sure HOPE my budget isn't increasing instead of decreasing! (via Money Saving Mom) It can be tricky to not buy something just because it's on sale plus a coupon - but if I wouldn't buy it at full price, I don't need to buy it at half price or cheaper, either.

Here's a guide to scouting out the best Target clearance deals - I've been rather wary of Target, even though I found that many of their food items are cheaper than my local grocery store. It's just way too easy to also "stock up" on other things that I don't need while I'm there.

This is an excellent essay on why privacy is important - even if you've got nothing to hide.

A summer bucket list from Ready Set Simplify! Here's what's on mine:
** Go watch at least one free movie in a park
** Go to a drive-in movie theater (I haven't been since I was a little kid!)
** Sit in my backyard and drink lemonade (okay, I've been doing that one for weeks....)
** Go to a wave pool
** Read lots of books

Every once in a while I am totally wowed by a company that "gets" what technology can do to help them better serve their customers. I just got wowed by UPS. One Frugal Girl posted about a service called UPS My Choice, which registers your name and address and then will send you an email the day before they try to deliver a package - IMMENSELY helpful for those packages that you're not expecting! I've signed up and I can't wait to see how it works.

Lifehacker lists some bizarre food pairings that help to boost the nutritional value of both! Broccoli and mustard? Okay, sure!

I'm off on my second work trip of the month, so I'll be scarce around the blogosphere over the next week. Never fear - I am #couponchallenging away!

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