dollar stores
While in Sephora and Duane Reade you have a pretty good handle on what to expect, the Dollar Store is delightfully mysterious.
dollar stores
I've learned that tracking expenses in an Excel spreadsheet makes my OCD flare, making lemonade out of lemons that are about to expire is not for the weary, and my life is not a laboratory experiment that I want to exact rules on.
in

May 7, 2013 at 6:00pm | 34 comments

money
I challenged myself to do at least one "Fun & Free" activity every day this week to bust my slump -– like a challenge within a challenge.
in

Apr 19, 2013 at 5:30pm | 20 comments

dollar stores
What do you eat when you're trying to shop exclusively at the dollar store? You're about to find out.
in

Mar 20, 2013 at 6:00pm | 34 comments

money
My food used to emerge pre-prepared from cellophane and go down the hatch in one fell swoop. Now I let the dishes stack up until the last possible moment and towards the end I wind up eating cereal out of Tupperware with a coffee spoon.
in

Mar 1, 2013 at 6:00pm | 44 comments

diy
So how does one regain perspective after melting down over a shoe?
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Feb 20, 2013 at 5:00pm | 21 comments

money
It’s a law of motion: As soon as you say out loud –- or worse yet, put in print -– how positive life has been treating you, that tide will surely change.
in

Feb 15, 2013 at 5:30pm | 36 comments

dollar stores
This week, for the first time on this project, I ran out of tampons -– not a product you want to cut corners on.
in

Feb 1, 2013 at 4:30pm | 88 comments

money
A whopping 35% of my discretionary spending has been on dog-related necessities since the launch of this challenge, but it’s one thing I truly feel is worth every penny.
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Jan 9, 2013 at 12:30pm | 38 comments

money
At this point, I’m a Picasso sketch of my former self. It’s grim -- I’m basically down to a big nose and a tweaked out left eye. I’m just hoping my family recognizes me when they scoop me up from the airport.
in

Dec 28, 2012 at 5:00pm | 64 comments

dollar stores
My boyfriend's been a saint. But on this particular shopping excursion, my 99¢ OCD was driving him up a wall -- I could tell, he could tell, we didn’t really need to talk about it.
in

Dec 19, 2012 at 5:00pm | 46 comments

dollar stores
No matter how many days I restrict my spending, I won’t be able to fathom how the depths of real poverty must feel.
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Dec 12, 2012 at 6:00pm | 46 comments

dollar stores
Even during this first week, I’ve had to suppress some yearning I would have otherwise caved to, but, surprisingly, the act of denial leaves me more energized than the purchase would have.
in

Dec 6, 2012 at 5:00pm | 78 comments

budget shopping
Join me as we enter a world of off-brand hilarity (and actual bargains!) at my local 99¢ Only store.