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.

Confession: I Don’t Have a Passion

holly greg drunkThe other day, I was having an in-depth conversation with a friend.  And, it had been a while.  After all, we both have kids, a home to take care of, and jobs that keep us fairly busy most of the time.  Anyway, we talked about all kinds of things.  Kids.  Marriage.  Money.  Then, all of a sudden, she brought up a topic that I try to steer clear from whenever I can.

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Disaster Averted: 4 Reasons I Love VRBO.com

One of my favorite pictures from vacation!

One of my favorite pictures from vacation!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that we were heading to Florida at the end of this month.  And, I had it all planned out down to the last minute detail.  Since we’re going with my parents, I literally spent weeks searching for a condo that would satisfy everyone in our party.  And when I narrowed it down to the top three or four, I emailed them to my parents and let them decide. [Read more...]

Taking Your Business to the Next Level

were openThe business world is cut-throat as it is, and many companies are discovering the economy isn’t helping at all. From industrial ventures utilizing companies like Hyundai construction equipment, to start-ups with everything to prove, entrepreneurs are struggling to beat the odds when the deck is obviously stacked against them. There are many potential avenues for achieving growth, and each business needs to assess at its own business model and determine its own path. Not sure where to start? Consider these strategies to take your business to the next level: [Read more...]

Vanilla Reloads Are Dead: What Now?

DSCF3121As many of you know, CVS stores recently decided to stop allowing customers to buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card.  At first, I was disappointed because I literally have eight CVS stores within 5 minutes of my house, and all of them were Vanilla Reload goldmines.  On the other hand, life goes on.  Most good things do come to an end, and the fact that some people were buying 5K per day probably wasn’t helping matters.  The good thing is, I was only using Vanilla Reloads to meet the minimum spending requirement on a specific card.  Now that that’s done, I couldn’t care less about Vanilla Reloads.  Here’s why:  [Read more...]

I Hate Spam: A Rant

spamI awoke this morning to 100 new emails, which is pretty typical for a weekday.  Unfortunately, about half of them weren’t actually addressed to me.  Another handful made absolutely no sense.  I even got this one today:

 

 

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Saving for the Perfect Vacation

How-To-Save-For-VacationFor most people with kids, the past few weeks have offered a welcome respite from school, also known as Spring Break.  That means that most of my Facebook friends have headed south, as evidenced by the many (MANY!) status updates that have indicated so.  And I can’t blame them.  Still, it’s been slightly painful watching so many people leave town to do something fun, when I’ve been stuck up here in the rain and cold.  It even snowed yesterday.  What in the hell is up with that?  Fortunately, my own vacation is coming up in two short weeks and I’m taking my family to the beach.  I cannot wait!

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