Halloween is huge in my family. Not only do the kids want costumes for trick-or-treating, but school has the Character Parade during which they dress up like a character from a book. Of course, the kids want different costumes for their character parade and trick-or-treating. I’m not about to buy two costumes each year. But I don’t sew. So we’ve started to get creative making DIY Halloween costumes with items we already had.
The average American eats fast food an estimated three times per week. This month, my family experimented with being normal. We ate fast food during weekend days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and a holiday off work) for an entire month. We recorded the effects it had on our wallets (and my waistline). Is fast food really cheaper than homemade meals?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. By night I am a personal finance blogger, but by day I am an oncology psychologist. I have devoted the past 15 years of my life to helping people who are living with cancer cope with their physical and emotional suffering and improve their quality of life. Although I do strive for financial independence, I’m not planning to retire early. Many people ask me how I do what I do. This is the story of why I do what I do.
I didn’t realize who they were when we first met. They were a beautiful couple. He looked like he could be a personal trainer. She looked like the popular girl everyone wanted to be friends with. Their children were beautiful. And worst of all, they had great personalities. Guess what happened when I met the Joneses? Continue reading Guess What Happened When I Met the Joneses?
I’m not freegan kidding. Today’s Food Finances Friday is about saving bread and reducing waste. It is estimated that food waste in the US is between 30% – 40%, or about a pound of food per person a day! I have found simple food storage hacks that can help reduce the amount of food we throw away due to spoilage.
Continue reading Don’t Throw That Out, I’ll Eat it!
I have some regrets about my spending in grad school. Even with a tuition waiver and stipend, I took out tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. Six months after graduating my repayments started, and my loan payments were as much as my rent! I’ve always been frugal, but looking back there were many things I could have done differently to save money in grad school.
If you want to take a peak into my monthly spending, this is the post for you! 2018 Q3 expenses were more than I had anticipated. Hopefully you can learn from this glimpse into my finances.
It’s Friday, so that means another Food Finances Friday. I once read an article about a strange ingredient in a certain fast food’s chili. It was silicon dioxide, a.k.a SAND! It is used as an anticaking agent and filler. This got me wondering: what other strange ingredients are in food I regularly buy? After reading this article you might just change your shopping habits! Continue reading They Put What In Cheese?
If you are thinking about a career in psychology, read this before applying to grad school. Knowing which types of programs offer tuition waivers and stipends, and how to get into these programs, can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars! Some people can get a doctorate in psychology for free!
One of my tips on cutting monthly expenses that has had the most interest was about saving on gasoline. Learning the art of hypermiling has helped me increase my miles per gallon (mpg) and save money on gas.