About Holly

Holly Johnson is a wife, mother of two, and frugal lifestyle enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Club Thrifty and a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly, Frugal Travel Guy, and U.S. News and World Report's "My Money Blog." Holly has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Fox Business, and Daily Finance.

Is It Tacky to Use a Groupon Twice?

grouponA few months ago, I was in desperate need of some sort of a hairstyle or change.  And It was time, folks.  My hair is naturally blonde, but I do need a little help here and there.

And- let’s be real- looking this good takes work.  (I kid, I kid)

Fortunately, I found a super sweet Groupon that would help me save more than 50% on my new hairstyle.  For $55 (plus tip), I could get the cut, color, and style I wanted and at a salon just ten minutes away. [Read more…]

Trip Report: Europe On a Budget

We placed our lock on the Pont des Arts bridge.  That means he's mine FOREVA

We placed our lock on the Pont des Arts bridge. That means he’s mine FOREVA

As I shared a few weeks ago, Greg and I recently went on a credit card rewards-fueled vacation across the pond.  And now that we’re back, I thought I would share how the trip went down and, more importantly, how much we spent.  Let’s start at the beginning. [Read more…]

What to Expect from Target on Black Friday

targetWith Thanksgiving just a week away, retailers have turned their attention to holiday shopping, which means preparations for Black Friday are in full swing. Last year, about 141 million people shopped on Black Friday, spending over $54 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. [Read more…]

Birkin Bags are Stupid. Period.

 

birkin bagAs most people know, we use Netflix and Hulu when we watch to watch television because a) it’s cheaper, and b) it’s more convenient.  I actually like streaming TV online vs. watching it live because I tend to enjoy watching entire seasons at a time.

Lately, I’ve been watching a few of the Real Housewives series and mostly recently the Miami season.  I love those bitches, but one of the recent episodes seriously confused me. [Read more…]

November Budget Breakdown and I’m BAAAACCCKKK

Me and Greg having some wine at a bar in Paris.  The bartender played Backstreet Boys greatest hits while we were there.  WHAT?

Me and Greg having some wine at a bar in Paris. The bartender played Backstreet Boys greatest hits while we were there. WHAT?

As many of you know, I’ve been on vacation this past week.  I know you missed me.  And yes, the feeling was mutual.  *wink wink [Read more…]

Should Rich People Take Free Stuff?

girls 5tJust the other day, a friend of mine emailed to see if I was interested in a few boxes of girl’s clothes.  Of course, I was totally interested.  Duh.  After all, buying used stuff is one of my favorite ways to save money….especially on stuff for my kids.

But, when I got to her house, she said she didn’t want anything for the clothes.

“I don’t want any money,” she said.  “I just want to get rid of it since we’re moving.” [Read more…]