Is America 'Glamping' Its Way Through The Recession?

Glamping is a new trend that I discovered while watching The Real Housewives of Orange County late one evening (Don't judge). Essentially it's glamorous camping, hence the name "glamping"....more
I once looked into glamping in Montana and went into of how much it cost. Quite frankly, I ...more

My Friends Are Cutting Into The Family Budget!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My husband and I love to go out with our couple friends, but the bill always gets out of control. We are on a serious budget and can't afford to blow so much money when we go out. How do we keep the bill down without seeming like buzz kills? Or do we just have to stay home and fire up the ole DVR? Signed,Pinching Penny __________________________________...more
Definitely just acknowledge that you are cutting down on your expenses.  If they are your true ...more

Moroccan Oil and Keratin Treatments: You don't Have to Spend a Fortune to have Great Hair

As many of you may know, hair styles and treatments "fads" come and go. In the 80's it was Teasing and Perms, in the 90's it was "The Rachel" and bleach, then came the stark contrast highlights, and finally we have come into an age of hair that is sleek, timeless, and not something we will look back on 20 years from now and go what the hell was that?! But achieving great hair can cost a fortune. A trip to the salon costing in excess of $100 is no longer a shock. Dropping $25 on a bottle of hair product is considered "the norm"....more
Thanks for this! Ive been using Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner my stylist told me to use ...more

Tatted Mom's Guide to Living on a Budget

I've never lived a lavish life. Even when I was at the height of tattooing, I could pull down maybe $1,000 in one weekend, I'd always turn around and either stock the house with food, or buy the kids much needed clothes, or pay the bills for the entire month. I wouldn't say I'm bad with money, but I'd be lying if I said I had a savings account with even a dime in it....more

how to be stylish on a low budget part 2

It was only quite recently that I discovered I'd never continued a post series I started about shopping with a budget....more

More Than Just a Crazy Coupon Lady

 When I first started An Exercise In Frugality ( I had the intention of sharing coupon deals with people. But it has grown into more than that. I had spent the majority of my short adult life being completely and totally broke. I know a thing or two about stretching my dollars. From starting over after a bitter breakup and moving across country with nothing (twice) to battling student loan debt to having my electricity shut off....yea I have been there!...more

Money and the Recession: Full Disclosure?

Here’s the obvious statement of the day: times are tough for almost everyone. Those who never used budgets to manage their money have started to, and those who had them before the recession have tightened them up. Some families have weathered the storm with little financial impact, and others have had the wind knocked out of their sails....more
We're pretty blunt with the kids. 2013 knocked the wind out of us for several reasons (which are ...more

How do you start planning a wedding on a tight budget??

How do you plan a dream wedding on a very limited budget? Since getting engaged in March, most of my free time has been in relation to the BIG DAY! The ideas are all circling my head. Something I've dreamt about forever is finally going to become a reality!  What I thought would be a great time quickly turned into the worst version of 20(thousand) questions EVER!  And everyone has questions for things I just can't answer yet.  ...more
Hi Hef! New reader here - your cute photo and post caught my eye. My bff got married a couple of ...more

how to be stylish on a budget

how to: be stylish on a (low) budge part 1 Ladies and Gentlemen, with gas prices being...well, basically redonkulous and the economy in a funk, most of us have to stick to a budget when it comes to shopping, right? Unless you're a trust fund child or invented Super Soakers or something, you probably can't go all out when you want to add a few pieces to your wardrobe. ...more