When Being a Foodie is NOT Cool

The latest thing seems to be being a foodie.  Eating food that we had never even heard of as children.  Taking pleasure in the best restaurants and the finest wines.  As the world has grown smaller, our choices have grown larger.  And that is a good thing.But as the foodie fad has grown, I've also noticed a backlash building.  One where people are verbally attacked for where they ate dinner or what their menu consisted of that night.  And that is decidedly NOT cool!...more
I've loved food since I was a young girl. gourmet and fast food and everything in between. I ...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

In Search of Money

  Have you ever dreamt about what you would do with $1 Million if it happened to plop down into your lap unexpectedly? Or have you ever wished that a long, lost rich uncle dies and leaves you his entire $5 Million estate? We've all had a money fantasy like that. Unfortunately, for most of us windfalls like this are not a reality....more
Great blog! I think a lot of people entertain the $1-million dollar question you asked and have ...more

Ten Challenges to Stimulate Your Savings

“Frugality” by Living Studios...more

Shopping Nordstrom's on a Budget

So I'm living on financial fumes at the moment (we had a couple of tough months).  That doesn't mean I can't shop.  Where do I go when I only have $50 to spend?  The Brass Plumb dept of Nordstroms.  ...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

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

Back-to-Basics Birthdays

by Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore...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

Monster Bathroom Project

My friend Tara has a blog called, Once Was Junk. She inspired my next project (and my kitchen back in the day if you remember). She's always getting me into trouble.   We got granite counter tops a few years ago, but they've always looked weird against our old oak cabinets. I've always wanted to paint them white. $28.66 for a bathroom cabinet makeover....more