Trader Joe’s Instant Coffee Packet Review

So, the hubby and and I are going to be backpacking the Tahoe Rim Trail this Fall and I am prepping with getting our meals together, etc. I have had a variety of instant coffees; however, most are not individuality packaged. I like Starbucks coffee but it is kinda expensive for the amount that we…

Birthday FREEbies

I have multiple emails for different reasons. For instance, an email for personal, for work/professional, and “sign up for our newsletter.” Don’t get me wrong, the last one gets a lot of emails; however, I enjoy getting a lot of freebies for my birthday from companies like: Qdoba – free burrito Sephora – free makeup…

90-Day Spending Challenge: Pump Penalty

I commute about 50 miles/day for school. I try to carpool with friends or family when I can; however, I was curious how much money would be saved if you go 55 mph (state limit in Oregon), 65 mph (speed limit in most states), and 70 mph (the speed at lot of people out here…

90-Day Spending Fast Challenge: FREE Money $$$

I KNOW that I have posted about earning money on Bing before; however, I can’t stress it enough about EASY this is and no one should miss out on FREE money!! You can trade in your Bing Points for $5 Egift certificates at Amazon, Sephora, Starbucks, ProFlowers, Fandango, IHOP, Burger King and the list goes on. You can…

90-Day Spending Fast Challenge

About 9 months ago, I embarked on a 30-Day Spending Fast before quitting my day job and going back to school full-time. I learned a lot about myself during that time in regards to what I need and what I want and even when I went back to spending money again.  I highly recommend going…

Almond Milk from Scratch

So, I just learned how to make Almond Milk from scratch from my uncle. It’s actually quite easy and if you have any almonds left over, they are much easier to chew as they are soaked in water. What you will need: 1 cup of raw almonds 3 cups of water 2 medjool date (pitted)…

Crochet Wrist Sweatband

Since I started trail running and now it is July in Reno, NV where the temperature can hit 100 degree plus, it’s HOT here. Even with sweatproof sunscreen, it doesn’t matter. At that temperature and creating body heat, you’re melting and sweat is going to drip into your face. So with staying frugal and especially…

Spending Fast…and Now that I’m Spending AGAIN

Since my Spending Fast, I’ve had some expenses for school that I have needed to take care of (i.e. immunizations, shoes and upgrading my software on my personal computer); nevertheless, I have been exercising more and enjoying the great weather outside. I couldn’t help but wander through REI and look at all the cool, efficient…

Spending Fast FINISHED: Conclusions and Lessons Learned

So in retrospect of my Spending Fast, here are some conclusions that I have come to Wants: Reality: Eating out/happy hours 1x/week – more of bummer as I was pretty frugal when I did go out = normally spending $10 Hard – I make this sound like I’m a socialite but I’m not. As long…