The Empress Has No Clothes: Year Two Of My Clothes-Buying Ban

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I am happy to say that I have successfully completed a year of not buying any clothes. Okay okay, it won’t be a full year until the 18th, but who’s counting? Furthermore, I have absolutely NO intention of dropping a single dime on anything to adorn my body for the next two weeks…and beyond! To be honest, that doesn’t mean I did not get new clothes in the past year. I received 6 pairs of everyday running socks on my birthday (from my mom) and a pair of super plush slippers for Christmas. I’m choosing not to count the socks or slippers because they were gifts. Therefore, as stated in my initial post, I did NOT purchase a single thread for myself this past year. It was so easy that I have decided to go for a second year. After all, when you hit a certain age, clothes really are durable goods. Continue Reading

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Making Lemonade

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For the past month I have been super excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Mr. MMM. I picked the perfect, inexpensive, yet hip event. There was a bacon & beer/chocolate & wine event at a local winery. No tickets or reservations required, just respond to the FB invite so they could make plans with their vendors. I did just that. THEN something happened. Continue Reading

Treat Yourself To Peace Of Mind This Valentine’s Day

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It really doesn’t matter if you’re spending Valentine’s Day on your own or with a significant other this year. What matters is what you choose do with your time, and money, of course. Some of us are heading to an obligatory expensive dinner, some of us are celebrating at Sonic (here’s lookin’ at you, Mr. and Mrs. Groovy), while others are enjoying some solo time or adventures with friends. No matter what your poison, I propose that you treat yourself to one thing-big or small-that will enhance your financial future.Continue Reading

Give Up Clothes And Save Cash

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I’m throwing down the gauntlet and officially declaring 2016 a clothes-free year.  Stop it, you know what I mean ;)  In my not-so-frugal past, I have frequently gone on what I like to call buying binges.  I would go for months without purchasing a thing.  And then, one weekend, I would fall off the wagon and drop hundreds on some new threads.  I have made a decision to officially banish any and all shopping sprees from my life.  Continue Reading

A Frugal Music Movement

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Imagine.  By the end of this year, I will be well-versed in some pretty influential music that shaped the world we live in today.  It seems that every winter just around this time I get an itch to learn more, do more, and create.  Typically, it manifests itself in the form of art (think oil paintings, charcoal drawings, and craft beer).  This year, however, I’m delving into a world that I should have known about for decades.  I’m delving into some of the musical artists and albums that have shaped our culture.  Why?  Because I think it’s an important piece of our history that should be enjoyed by every generation.Continue Reading