I Bought My Clothes for BlogHer '11 at Goodwill

I have done almost all my BlogHer '11 shopping this year at Goodwill. And no, I'm not making that up....more
100% of my husband's clothes (excluding underwear & socks) are thrifted. 100%. We found a ...more

Throw a Bridal Shower Without Going Broke

Since I wrote my expensive-to-be-a-bridesmaid post, I volunteered to help plan a shower for one of my dearest friends, who also happens to be unfortunately classy -- and I say "unfortunately" because it means I totally can't have a backyard barbeque for this shower. It has to look nice. And I have to do it on a budget....more
Thanks for sharing my post! Decorations -- we are trying to use the scenery for that. @Blondie ...more

Christmas in July

Yep...I said it...the "C" word.  Christmas.  Have you started planning yet? I'm giving it my best effort.  But it's hard to picture Christmas presents when it's 105 degrees outside!!  I usually try to give my girlfriends handmade gifts.  Looking around my sewing room yesterday, I was completely devoid of inspiration.  I haven't the faintest idea where to begin, what to make, or even what general direction. ...more
Go to my page on blogher. I have 3 pages of easy gifts.more

Before You Buy

If you're like me, most of your shopping has moved online.  It's just so easy to point, click, and fill up that shopping cart!  But before you buy, make sure you check for an online coupon!  On average, if there is a coupon available for that site...you'll save an average of 10 to 15 percent!!  And that can really add up if you're doing major shopping such as Christmas or Back To School!Some of my favorite sites are:http://www.retailmenot.com/...more

Travel to Paris on a Budget? Oui, bien sur! (Yes, of course)

 Image Credit: Lili RahmatiWhen it comes to international travel, Paris is consistently mentioned as the top desination (or amongst the top) favored amongst global travelers. Paris means different things to different people as each visitor extracts meaning and value from their own unique experiences in this great city.Paris is a source of constant artistic inspiration for me given that I've found my creative passion through the pursuit of black & white fine art film photography.  When I need to recharge and renew given the demands of running my core business, my vacation plans always include a stop in this amazing city. Each visit to Paris reveals something to me artistically which had gone unnoticed the time before. Having spent many days and weeks at a time exploring its splendor on foot hoping to capture those special moments on film, I've established an intimate relationship with the city so much so that I feel increasingly at home during each of my visits.As I have learned first-hand through my own experiences traveling to Paris (and across Europe), despite the strength of the Euro compared with the dollar, it is absolutely possible to enjoy Paris without breaking the bank. One need not stay at Hotel de Crillon nor dine at Le Cinq to experience the magic and charm that Paris has to offer. As long as you do a bit of planning, keep an open attitude and maintain a sense of adventure, you can enjoy every moment of your time in Paris while traveling on a budget. GETTING THERE: Many travelers flock to Europe during the summer as a result of their children's summer break from school. If you don't have these constrants and can be flexible with your travel schedule, try to travel either in the Spring or the Fall. Not only is the weather much better, the cities aren't nearly as crowded, and the airfares are much more reasonable as both of these seasons are considered to be "low season" as far as travel to Paris is concerned. Also, when booking international airfare, do your research via the aggregator sites (Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, others) as well as with the airlines directly. Often you'll find very attractive deals offered exclusively by the airlines long before that flight inventory is released to the aggregator sites so it can pay to be patient and to shop around. Yapta is a great tool to use since it enables you to monitor price fluctuations in your desired itinerary via instant email notifications once prices have fallen to your desired price level. The site also has deals in place with specific airlines which have agreed to refund customers if the price of the flight falls below what they've already paid. You can usually get the best discounts on international travel if you book at least 21 to 60 days in advance - the early bird definitely gets the airline discount worm.STAYING THERE:Hotels and B&B's are an obvious choice but if you're more of a self-sufficient and adventurous traveler seeking to have a more authentic experience in Paris, apartment rental is the way to go. The best deals are to be had with at least a week's stay, which when compared with the nightly rate at the most moderate level hotel, usually come out way ahead. The best web resources are those inside France though they're published exclusively in French so if you aren't able to read, speak, or write French fluenty, this might not be the best option for you. No need to fear as there are numerous English-language options. VRBO is probably the most popular and most reputable of the English-language sites and the best part about using it is that you deal directly with the owner of the vacation home with respect to availability, price, security deposit, amenities, etc. Each Parisian vacation rental property will be managed differently but usually the rate will include WiFi, free international calling, bedding, bath & kitchen supplies as well as a cleaning (at least 1 time during the week but more depending on the specific conract/property). Imagine walking down to the local boulangerie & fromagerie and coming back to your own apartment each morning to enjoy your breakfast or cook in your own kitchen just as a local Parisian would do. You'll never be able to replicate that experience when you stay in a hotel, no matter how luxurious it might be....more
Just go to Paris, not until you have enough Budget.!more

Frugal Eating

I have found the coolest menu website!!  It's called ReadySetEat.com and it is not your usual recipe website!Oh, it has recipes.  And a recipe box to save them in, etc.  But this site has an added feature that is just incredible!! When you first go to the site, you will need to register.  They'll ask for your location and the three grocery stores you shop at the most.  Why?  Because those grocery stores are the key to eating frugal!!...more

A Woman on a Mission for a…

Have you ever had something you just know you want or think you need. No matter how much you try to move it to the back f your mind, it just continues to wiggle it’s way to the front of your thoughts. At first it just a random thought that pops in at those odd moments. You know the ones right before you fall asleep and then you can’t… or when you are in the middle of a discussion and in it pops! Never mind that it has nothing to to with the conversation at hand. Well I’ve been having these “thoughts” since last December when my trusty, I’ve dried more loads than you can count dryer quit. Yep, the nerve of that thing. Didn’t the poor over worked dryer understand I needed it…daily!...more

The Social Side of a Spending Fast

Ahhh... this is a BIG one.Here on And Then She Saved I get this question a lot: "How do you have a social life, keep your friends AND do a Spending Fast?!"This is a question and topic that has proven itself to be a major source of trouble for people who decide to take on a Spending Fast.I want to give a hearty Thank You to Katherine for letting me share her recent question with you- Thanks Katherine! (I said that heart-i-ly over here. I only wish you could have heard it. It was pretty good.)...more
Great post Anna.  So glad I found you here.  There is definitely a lack of social activity when ...more

My 2 Day Pathmark Shopping Trips

 My 2 Day Pathmark Triple Coupon   ...more

I am so, so, SO jealous. We don't even have any doubling stores here. I cannot imagine a ...more

Frugal Ways to Get the Stuff You Want Faster

I noticed as I was pulling together ideas for this section of BlogHer that I'd written a post referencing the tanker economy in 2008. That was a long time ago. And the economy still sucks eggs. I don't know about you, but I'm kind of tired of waiting -- I want to be frugal, but I also want my pretties!...more

Great article, especially avoiding upgrading electronics. iPhones, iPads, etc. are so expensive! ...more