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.

Who Wears the Financial Pants in Your Family?

queen bitchA few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a friend’s husband when I was called out for something that is 100% true- the fact that I’m a control freak.  #guiltyascharged

I know, I know.  I shouldn’t be proud.  But the thing is, I don’t want to change at all. In fact, I believe my Type A personality is actually an asset- one that allows me to make quick decisions and manage our day-to-day lives without much effort or stress. [Read more...]

The Lemonade Stand Review and a Giveaway

bookreview-giveawayHappy Wednesday, folks!  My friend Shannon from The Heavy Purse recently wrote a super-cool children’s book titled “The Lemonade Stand.”  And I know I’m totally biased, but I think it’s ahhh-maz-ing.  In fact, it has quickly become one of my children’s favorites. [Read more...]

Tips for Freelancers

moneycomputerAs most people know, I left my 9-5 job in April of 2013 to work as a web-based writer.  I was already writing quite a bit up to that point, but it was always a “side hustle” or a regular ol’ part-time job.  It was only last year when my part-time income finally surpassed what I was making at my full-time job.  Once that happened, I was finally able to break free from the chains of regular employment.  #SeeYouBye

Since then I’ve always met or exceeded my monthly income goal of $4,000, with most months earnings coming in somewhere between $5,000 and $6,000.  As someone who never dreamed I could work out of the comfort of my own home, I’m pretty happy with the way things have gone.  Being self-employed isn’t perfect, but it sure beats wearing a monkey suit and staring at the clock all day.  No thank you. [Read more...]

How to Balance Financial Priorities

balanceI am currently on my way home from visiting my in-laws in Minnesota, so please enjoy this post from Kali Hawlk.  Kali blogs about personal finance over at CommonSenseMillennial.com.

Fundamentally, personal finance is pretty simple. Spend less than you earn and try to save more than you spend. Easy, right?

But of course, it always seems to be more complicated than that with retirement to think about, debt to deal with, bills to pay, and goals to reach. Not many of us have just one financial priority to think about; instead, we’re forced to try and make our income stretch as far as possible to take care of multiple things. [Read more...]

It All Boils Down to YOU: A Rant

personal responsibilityAnyone who knows me knows that I absolutely hate politics.  I hate politics so much that I refuse to commit to a political party and ignore anything and everything that is overtly partisan.

I’m probably a libertarian, but I don’t really want to commit to that either.  I just want to think what I think, you know?  I don’t need anyone spoon-feeding me and I don’t feel the need to belong or be on the “winning side” or the “losing side.”  I’ve always hated team sports. [Read more...]

I Heart Baby Veg: An Ode to Gardening

I have no clue what this is!

I have no clue what this is!

I haven’t been shy about the fact that our first attempt at gardening hasn’t gone as planned.  First of all, we did approximately zero research on which plants would work in our climate, which wouldn’t, and which fruits and vegetables require special care. [Read more...]