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...]

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...]

My Cheap Las Vegas Vacation with Credit Card Rewards

Us with our BFFs in Mexico.....

Us with our BFFs in Mexico…..

As many of you know, I’m heading to Las Vegas with my husband and my best friends next month….and we’re stoked!

I know what you’re thinking.  Las Vegas is the epitome of consumerism and financial irresponsibility, and frugality writers who believe what they preach just don’t belong there.  But you’re wrong.  I do belong in Las Vegas.  Why?  Because I love people-watching.  I like having a gin-n-tonic or five and being able to carry them around in the street.  I also like gambling.  Sue me. [Read more...]

Europe for Cheap: How to Travel Abroad for $200

londonEveryone thinks you’re a baller when you can go to Europe just for the hell of it.  I mean, international travel is so darn expensive, am I right?  To start with, long-haul flights can be extremely costly.  And hotels?  Forget about it.  Fortunately, you don’t actually have to pay for your airfare -or even your hotel- if you don’t want to.  Yes, I’m serious, and to prove it, I’m totally going to Europe for less than $200 bucks this fall. Here’s how: [Read more...]

How Would You Spend $6,500?

uncle samAs many of you know, 2013 was my first year of self-employment.  And for the most part, it’s been awesome.  I made plenty of money, did all kinds of fun jobs, and had my writing featured in places like Lifehacker and Fox News.  It’s been epic.  But, despite all of my successes, I managed to roll out one epic fail.  It’s confession time, folks, and I share this shameful admission with a heavy heart.

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