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Is college worth it?

The student loan debt crisis is deepening as more people opt for college. But is college really worth it? Several money experts weigh in.

What’s for Dinner? November 10

Dinner was a struggle this week, but we somehow made it work! See what we spent and what we ate for dinner this week while saving money.

The Magic of Meal Prep

Dave from Married With Money shares his frugal meal prep ideas for healthy living while saving money. Do you meal prep for healthy dinners?

What A Frugal Weekend! November 11

What a weekend! There was a lot (and I mean a lot) of cooking, a bit of crafting, and even gardening. How did you save or spend money this weekend?

What’s for Dinner? November 3

It was a rough week for dinner but we still made it work! See what the Picky Pinchers ate this week and how much we spent (hint: we’re under-budget!).

What A Frugal Week At FinCon!

I attended FinCon 2017 in Dallas this week. I grew as both a person and blogger during one of the hardest 4 days. See how FinCon 2017 went!

How To Get A Remote Job

I’ve had several people ask how I snagged my remote job. Learn how I now work remotely to optimize my money, time, and sanity.

An Honest Review of Cinch

Today I did an honest review of an up-and-coming new money app, Cinch. Learn more about the pros and cons of this app and see if it actually helped me!

What’s for Dinner? October 20

Where did October go? Dinner was tough this week, but we powered through and stayed well-fed on a budget. See what we ate and what we spent this week.

The Frugality of Family Heirlooms

Is it frugal to hold onto Grandma Bootsie’s ugly lace doilies? Today I’m tackling the frugality of family heirlooms and what to do about them.

What A Frugal Weekend! October 15

What a weekend! We did some DIY projects, went bowling, cooked great meals, and frugally frolicked. How did you save or spend money this weekend?

What’s For Dinner? October 13

Boy, was it an exciting week! We tried some new dinner recipes with a few successes and failures. See what we ate and what we spent this week!

How The Picky Pinchers Clean

All of your burning questions about how we clean are now answered in this free-for-all post! See what, how, and when I clean while saving money.

What A Frugal Weekend! October 8

What a weekend! We decorated on the cheap, cooked amazing homemade meals, and had plenty of shenanigans. How did you save or spend money this weekend?

What’s for Dinner? October 6

I am SO OVER being sick, but dinner waits for nothing! See what we ate and what we spent this week as we try to cut food costs.

Feeling Your Tatas Is Frugal!

Happy October! It’s breast cancer awareness month, y’all, and that means I’m talking about feeling your tatas today to save your money and your life.

What A Frugal Weekend! October 1

Well, it was a weekend of sickness, y’all. Fortunately I was still able to do a few frugal things to prepare for the week. How did you spend your weekend?

My Favorite Money Bloggers, Part 4

It’s time for everyone’s favorite blog series: My Favorite Money Bloggers! See who we’ve featured today and check out the collective badassity.

What’s For Dinner? September 22

It was another banner week for affordable dinners at home. We had Albuquerque turkey sandwiches, home-grown peas, and more. See what we ate this week!

What A Frugal Weekend! September 17

It was a great weekend of wine-making, cooking, and cat-cuddling. We prepped a lot of food to have an easy week. How did you spend or save this weekend?

What’s For Dinner? September 15

Phew! It was a week of new dinner recipes, with several surprising hits. See what we ate this week and how much we spent while eating super well!

Wait–So What Is Non-Consumerism?

I talk a lot about frugality and consumerism, but I haven’t addressed their cousin, non-consumerism. What the hell is it and how can it help you save money?

What A Frugal Weekend! September 10

What a weekend! We dined out, did dumpster diving, and crafted like crazy. See how we spent our money and our time while living the good life.

What’s For Dinner? September 8

It was a week of culinary experimentation, y’all! Strangely enough, it all worked out. See what we cooked this week and what we spent!

What A Mega Frugal Weekend! September 4

Woohoo! It was a mega frugal weekend, y’all! We tasted homemade wine, baked, did yard work, and enjoyed our extra time off. How did you spend or save money?

What’s for Dinner? September 1

Our dinner menu was a little crazy this week thanks to Hurricane Harvey. But we were still able to eat very well and very cheaply!

Frugality Does Not Solve Poverty

Is it right to say poverty can be solved with simple frugal steps? I don’t think so at all. Read on to see why I believe frugality doesn’t solve poverty.

What A Frugal Weekend! August 27

It was a crazy weekend of hurricanes and, of course, good food. See how we made the most of our weekend with money-saving adventures.

What’s For Dinner? August 25

It was a week of work travel and hurricanes, so dinner was a little tricky! See what we spent and what we ate during a hectic week.

What A Frugal Weekend! August 20

Where did the weekend go? We spent our free time cooking (of course), doing home improvements, and “wine”ing around. How was your weekend?

What’s for Dinner? August 18

I kinda failed on the grocery shopping front this week for our dinner, but we stayed fed. See what we spent and what we ate this week!

5 Ways To Save Money In The Long Run

Psst, I make money on some of the links in this post at no cost to you. It keeps the lights on around here. Part of the Picky Pincher philosophy is paying more upfront for items that save money over time. I’ve fallen prey to my fair share of cheapo items, and I’m sick...

How To Stay Happy At Work

Did you know you’re more likely to spend money when you’re sad or frustrated? Check out these tips on staying happy at work, even when you want to scream.

What A Frugal Weekend! August 13

I felt like a lazy blob this weekend, but somehow we still managed to get a lot of stuff done! See how we saved and spent money this weekend.

What’s for Dinner? August 11

I was out for the first part of the week, so it was a weird week for food. But we still met our goals! See what we spend and what we ate this week.

My Beef with the 9-to-5

Do you work a 9-to-5 job? I’m in the same boat, pal. And while I’m grateful for the living I earn, I’m standing against the 9-to-5 work schedule.

Are commercials bad?

Commercials are a pretty constant part of life, whether you see them on TV or your phone. They’re everywhere! Do you think commercials are inherently bad?

What A Frugal Weekend! August 6

It was a weekend of travel, a funeral, good eats, and plenty of family time. See how I spent and saved money during a busy weekend!

What’s for Dinner? August 4

This week we added several kickass new dishes to our rotation and they were divine! See what we ate this week and what we spent.

The Freezer Meal Free-For-All

Freezer meals have enabled us to save time, money, and most of our sanity for our weeknight dinners. Get the deets on how we do freezer cooking!

What A Frugal Weekend! July 30

Psst, I make money on some of the links in this post at no cost to you. It keeps the lights on around here. What a weekend! We had a whirlwind of cooking activity (as usual), a crappy car expense, cheap margaritas, and laser tag! The weekend never seems long enough,...

What’s For Dinner? July 28

It was a week of truck repairs (ouch!), tasting new foods, and a few recipe wins. See what we spent and what we ate this week!

What A Frugal Weekend! July 23

How did you save money this weekend? We re-bricked our house, had baking lessons, and suffered from a broken-down car repair bill.

What’s for Dinner? July 21

We were a little naughty with our love of fast food this week, but we still tried a lot of new dishes. See what we ate and what we spent on dinner this week!

Is Your Money Management Woke or Weak?

Are you actually managing your money well, or do you just think you are? Know for sure with this quiz I whipped up–share your results in the comments!

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

It only took one $3 emergency trip to Starbucks for me to start brewing my own cold brew coffee. See how I make cold coffee on the cheap!

What a Frugal Weekend! July 16

Phew! There was a loooot of baking these weekend, y’all. I also added a YouTube video and created a Facebook group! How was your frugal weekend?

What’s for Dinner? July 14

There were fancy smoked meats, unpronounceable meals, and a high grocery bill this week. Grah! See what we ate and what we spent on dinner this week!

A Love Letter To My Nest Thermostat

Smart tech is all the rage right now, and I am in love with my smart Nest thermostat. Check out my love letter to the thermostat that saves me a loooot.

What A Frugal Weekend! July 9

It’s a weekend for the books! There was smoking, discount shopping, and of course, cooking. See how we spent and saved money this weekend.

What’s for Dinner? July 7

We cooked new meals this week and didn’t eat out once! And I didn’t get caught in a fire, either. See what we ate and what we spent on dinner this week!

Why Bottled Water Pisses Me Off

Bottled water seems convenient and tasty, but in reality it’s an expensive drain on your health and finances. See why it pisses me off!

The Picky Pincher June Budget Report

June was another tough month for our budget. However! We did manage to pay off my student loans and take care of bid’ness. See where our money went in June.

What A Frugal Weekend! July 2

My my, what a weekend! We celebrated loan payoffs, spent $1,000 on stuff (gasp!), and did a lot of cooking. How did you save money this weekend?

What’s For Dinner? June 30

Oh lawd, what a week. It was a week of conventions, friendship, and fires (yes, fires). See what we ate and what we spent on dinner this week!

A Day Without Makeup

I stopped wearing daily makeup in February. Freedom! Here is the good and the bad of my makeup-free experience. Add your story in the comments!

What A Frugal Weekend! June 25

Line drying, zucchini muffins, rewards credit cards, and cats! It was another busy weekend at the Picky Palace. How did you save money this weekend?

What’s For Dinner? June 23

It was a rough week of food poisoning recovery and weak moments of grabbing takeout. See what we spent and what we ate for dinner this week!

My Favorite Money Bloggers, Part 3

I spend probably half of my waking hours just reading what other bloggers have to say. Check out a few more of my favorite money bloggers!

What A Frugal Weekend! June 18

Ugh! Mr. Picky Pincher and I came down with food poisoning this weekend, so we didn’t finish many projects. See how we saved money this weekend!

What’s for Dinner? June 16

It was a bit of a naughty week for food here at the Picky Palace. Oops! See what we spent and what we ate for dinner this week. Add yours in the comments!

Life Insurance: Scam or Lifeline?

People are somewhat torn over whether life insurance is useful or a waste of money. I’m pro-insurance and will be buying some soon–and here’s why.

79 Ways To Have Fun For Nearly Free

Who says having fun has to cost an arm and a leg? Here are my 79 favorite ways to have fun for nearly free. Add your own in the comments!

What A Frugal Weekend! June 11

We were out of town this weekend, but we managed to fit in some money-saving fun under our belt. How did you save money this weekend?

What’s For Dinner? June 9

It was a week of three new recipes and plenty of tacos, y’all. Overall we did really well on our food goals! See what we spent and ate this week!

Stay Calm, Save Money

It’s no secret that stress costs money and time. It’s another thing entirely to beat stress, though. Here’s how I stay calm to save more money.

A Kickass Review On Infinity Jars

The folks over at Infinity Jars sent me some badass violet jars to try out. Check out my review of the pros and cons of these fancy glass jars and bottles.

I Am More Than My Pokemon Cards

I recently parted with my beloved Pokemon cards after hoarding them for 15 years. See why I said tah-tah to my Pokemon cards (with minimal crying).

What A Frugal Weekend! June 4

It was a weekend of goat cheese leek muffins, distillery tours, and tampon cornucopias at the Picky Palace. How did you spend or save money this weekend?

What’s for Dinner? June 2

Impromptu soups, wonderful waffles, and nasty grits were on the menu this week. See what we spent and what we ate this week on our journey to save moolah.

The Picky Pinchers May Budget Report

It’s time again for another budget report, my fellow financial voyeurs! See what we spent in May and how we plan to save and spend in June.

What A Frugal Memorial Day Weekend!

Man! It was a busy weekend of family time, gardening, hair trims, and plenty of cat pictures. See how we spent and saved our money this weekend!

What’s For Dinner? May 26

Man! It’s been a while since we’ve had a What’s for Dinner post, huh? Sorry y’all! See what we spent and what we ate this week.

Should I Eat That?

I’ve had more than my fair share of “cheap” moments–especially when it comes to food. See how I’m putting the breaks on my cheapness.

How To Save Money On Meat

It’s no secret that meat is the priciest part of staying fed. Here’s how we’ve been able to eat meat while maintaining our strict grocery budget.

What A Frugal Weekend! May 21

Phew! It was a busy and fulfilling weekend at the Picky Palace, y’all. See how we saved money this weekend and add yours in the comments!

One Year of Savings With Google Fi

I took a leap of faith a year ago and joined Google Fi. Although there have been some ups and downs, I’ve saved HUNDREDS. Read on to see our Fi experience.

My Frugal Shaving Cream Replacement

Everybody wants a close shave. But I’ve never had siny, post-shave legs. Until now! See how I stumbled upon an easy DIY replacement for shaving cream.

What a Frugal Weekend!

Phew! It was a busy weekend. We celebrated our anniversary, got lots of freebies, and cooked our hearts out. How did you save money this weekend?

How To Stop Fighting Over Money

70% of married couples fight about money. But the Picky Pinchers manage to keep things amicable. See how we easily avoid fighting over money!

Why We Didn’t Renew Our Costco Membership

We’re pretty big fans of Costco, but we didn’t renew our membership this year. See why the numbers weren’t in Costco’s favor and how we’re saving money without warehouse clubs.

What a Frugal Weekend! May 7

Woo! It was a weekend full of baking sinful treats, scoring quality clothes, and hanging with the fam. See how we spent and saved our money this weekend.

What A Frugal Week!

I had the great fortune to take this week off of work. And that means many frugal and fun activities were had. See what a frugal week we had!

The Picky Pinchers April Budget Report

Ouchh! Our April budget numbers are in, and it’s a doozy. We fell victim to spendyness and went pretty over budget. See where we plan to go in May!

What A Frugal Weekend! April 30

It was a busy out-of-town weekend for the Picky Pinchers. We attended a wedding and had a ton of family fun–and we saved money, too!

What’s For Dinner? April 28

Phew! It was a busy week of freezer cooking and new, exotic recipes. See what we ate, what we spent, and how we did on the MOFO challenge.

How To Frugally Own A Pet

I love Zap the Kitten, but pet ownership can be pricey, even if Zap is adorable. See how I’m saving money as a frugal pet owner!

What A Frugal Weekend! April 23

We probably had our most productive weekend ever this weekend. We worked in both the kitchen and the yard to save money. How did you save money this week?

What’s for Dinner? April 21

We had a bigger grocery bill this week, but we still managed to eat well and on the cheap. See why our total was higher and what we ate this week!

How to Pay Down Tough Student Loan Debt

I’m paying off $65,000 of student loans in 18 months. Gulp. If you’re struggling to tackle student loans, see how we finally made debt repayment possible.

What A Frugal Weekend!

Although it was a holiday weekend, we stayed plenty busy. From cascarones to homemade soap, we managed to save money while having a blast.

What’s For Dinner?

It was another busy week at the Picky Pincher household. See what we ate and what we spent on our quest to come in under-budget on food.

What’s your biggest money challenge?

I’ve face quite a few financial demons these days. What’s the biggest money challenge you’re facing today? Fill out the survey and let me know!

Things That Don’t Actually Matter

It’s easy to freak out over cars, phones, and clothes. But I’m working to remember the things that actually matter. See what we don’t spend our money on!

What A Frugal Weekend!

Phew! We harvested radishes, went to the zoo, saw a wildflower farm, and more during our glorious weekend. See how we spent and saved money!

What’s for Dinner?

This week was INSANE but somehow we managed to cook at home most nights. See what we ate (from our garden!) and what we spent during a hectic week.

Saving Green by Being Green

Did you know that living an eco-friendly life saves you lots of money? My pal from Unconventional Sustainability explains in today’s post!

What A Frugal Weekend!

Phew! It was a weekend for the books! We sewed, baked, cooked, grilled, and played with Zap the Kitten, of course. See how we saved money this weekend.

What’s for Dinner?

This week we stayed on track with our goal to eat at home each day this week. See what we ate this week and add your own menu in the comments.

How To Clean Smelly, Gross Shoes

Nowadays I keep nice things clean instead of throwing them away. See my shoe-cleaning experiment for the best cleaning method for smelly shoes!

My Favorite Money Bloggers, Part 2

Today we have the second edition of My Favorite Money Bloggers. There are so many great money writers out there–here are a few more of my faves. 🙂

What A Frugal Weekend!

Phew! It was a busy weekend at the Picky Palace. We celebrated birthdays, brewed beer, and baked goodies. See how we saved money this weekend!

What’s For Dinner?

I jazzed up dinner this week by trying out a few meal-planner recipes. The result was a resounding success! See the cheap and fancy meals we ate!

Homemade Ciabatta Bread Recipe

As a carb-lover, I’m Picky about my bread. That’s why I started making my own! Check out this recipe for flavorful and fancy ciabatta bread.

The Frugality of Blue Apron

Are meal delivery services really saving us money? I investigate Blue Apron’s services with math and discover the truth–read on to find out.

What A Frugal Weekend!

Our weekend plans were shot, but we didn’t let that deter us from having a fun and frugal time. See how we spent and saved money this weekend!

Putting the Humor In Humility

Today I’m focusing on being more humble by focusing on my mistakes. And most of my mistakes are damn funny. Here’s how I’m putting the humor in humility.

6 Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

If you’re expecting a tax refund this year, don’t blow it on a new car! Try these 6 smart ways to use your tax refund to secure your finances.

What A Frugal Blogiversary!

Picky Pinchers is one year old, y’all! See where we’ve been and where we plan to go next year–plus our frugal weekend activities!

What’s For Dinner?

It was a rough week for food and life in general, but we still met our food goals! See what we spent and what we ate this week.

Moving Tips On A Budget

I know how painful–and expensive–moving can be. See how Mr. Picky Pincher and I saved big money when we moved into our home. Add your tips in the comments!

What A Frugal Weekend!

Our frugal weekend was full of homemade treats and fermenting fun. See how we spent our money this weekend and sign up for next week’s saving challenge!

What’s For Dinner?

Our grocery bill was a whopping $23.31 this week. See what we ate on that small number while never sacrificing food quality!

A Love Letter To My Corelle Dishes

I’ve destroyed nearly every breakable piece of china I’ve owned. See why me and my clumsy self finally found a frugal alternative with using Corelle dishes.

What A Frugal Birthday Weekend!

We definitely spent money while celebrating my birthday this weekend. But we still spent money on the things that mattered–see how we celebrated in style!

What’s for Dinner? February 24

It was a busy week, but we (mostly) stuck to our frugal meal plan. See what we spent and what we ate while working a busy 9-to-5 life!

4 Thoughts On Turning 25

Mrs. Picky Pincher is turning the big 2-5 this week! See how she feels about hitting her mid-twenties on her journey to get out of debt.

When Should I Start Investing?

When’s the right time to invest? Like most things in life, it’s complicated. Hear what my buddy Freedom 40 Guy has to say for any budding investors.

What A Frugal Weekend!

It was a busy weekend at the Picky palace! We baked bread, grilled gyros, and repurposed items to save money. How did you save moolah this weekend?

What’s For Dinner? February 17

Homemade gyros on homemade pita, orange chicken, and a not-so-great lobster dinner. See what we cooked and ate this week on the cheap!

Good Marketing Strikes Again

Marketing is my 9-to-5, but I do admit that marketing has popularized some downright weird products that people don’t need. Good marketing strikes again!

What’s Your Worst Financial Sin?

We’ve all made bad money moves–and that includes my fellow bloggers. See their worst financial sins and how they got on the frugal straight and narrow!

What A Frugal Weekend! February 12

Who says you can’t take fun trips and eat like royalty while saving money? See how I saved money this weekend while living the good life!

What’s For Dinner? February 10

It was an off-week for food for some reason, but we still made our meals work. See what we’re eating and how we got under $2/meal!

5 Ways to Make Money Online

While it’s important to cut expenses, it’s helpful to increase your income while getting out of debt. Check out these 5 ways to make money online!

7 Ways To Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half

I managed to reduce my $1,000 grocery bill in half with a few smart strategies. Learn how to cook and eat well today–without it costing an arm and a leg!

Be My Frugal Valentine

Valentine’s Day can get pricey. Check out Mrs. Picky Pincher’s suggestions for frugal Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t break your wallet’s heart.

What A Frugal Weekend!

It was another Frugal Weekend for the books. Thrift shop steals, sourdough waffles, and hummus were a few cool things we did this weekend. Check it out!

What’s For Dinner? February 3

Freezer meals really saved our budget during this busy week! See what we spent and ate this week while keeping a $3/meal budget.

What A Frugal Weekend!

Kefir, beer, and kitties–oh my! We did a lot of money-saving awesomeness this weekend. See how we used our weekend to save money!

What’s For Dinner? January 27

We got into the groove of eating out of our pantry this week. We tried a few new things, like homemade pizza, with mixed success. See what we ate this week!

Our Student Loan Payoff Plan

The Picky Pinchers are taking on their $65,000 student loans in 18 months! See how they made rapid loan payoff possible. Are you paying off debt this year?

A Review of Living On One Dollar

The documentary “Living on $1” had a profound effect on the Picky Pinchers. See what they learned from the film and how it relates to their debt journey.

What A Frugal Weekend!

We actually SPENT MONEY this weekend, y’all. I know, it’s crazy. See how we spent our money and how we saved it while having a lovely weekend.

What’s For Dinner? January 20

We finally hit a milestone worth celebrating this week as we only spent $70 on groceries. See what we ate during a fun and frugal week!

What’s In Your Purse?

You can tell a lot about a frugal lady by the contents of her purse. See what’s in my purse and how it saves me money every day.

Decorating on a $0 Budget

Who says you have to spend big bucks to have a beautiful home? See how I keep our Picky Palace looking fierce for mere pennies!

What A Frugal Weekend! January 15

We were rained in this weekend, so many frugal shenanigans were had at the Picky Palace–most of which involved food. See how we saved money this weekend!

Our Money Lessons from 2016

2016 was chock full of lessons on our journey to financial independence. See what we learned from 2016 and where we plan to go for 2017!

What’s For Dinner? January 13

We stayed on the straight and narrow with our food goals this week–despite having a “meh” grocery bill. See what we ate and what we spent this week!

A Love Letter To Bota Box

Mrs. Picky Pincher is all about saving money–especially when she drinks. Read her love letter to Bota Box, a penny-pinching alternative for winos.

5 Ways To Live With Intention

Intentional living saves money. Learn how living with intention is easy to incorporate into your daily routine and can help you live happily frugal after.

What A Frugal Weekend! January 8

The Picky Pinchers got back into the groove this weekend with their money-saving strategies. See how they saved money this weekend.

Save Money With Kindness

Being kind is the just the right thing to do. But did you know it can also save money? See how I save big by avoiding “a-hole fees.”

What’s for Dinner? January 6

The Picky Pinchers slipped up a bit this week but are moving forward with their frugal goals. See what they spent and ate this week on their quest to save!

Picky Nikki Tries Hello Fresh

Picky Nikki tried out Hello Fresh so you don’t have to! Read her review of this meal planning and delivery service and her quest to save money.

Cutting Your Budget’s Beer Belly

The Picky Pinchers love beer, but not the cost. Use some of these tips to trim your budget’s beer belly and be one step closer to financial independence.

What’s For Dinner? December 30

The Picky Pinchers had a fantastic week where they followed their menu while minimizing food costs. See what they spent and what they ate this week!

How I Avoid Getting Sick

Nobody likes getting sick. The coughing and the sneezing is too much! Getting sick also has financial implications. See how I avoid getting sick.

What A Frugal Week! December 29

The Picky Pinchers made the most of their relaxed holiday work schedules to save money this week. See what a frugal week they had!

Our New Year’s Resolutions

2016 was a fantastic year for the Picky Pinchers! See our 2017 resolutions for the New Year. What are your resolutions for next year?

Lying About Money Isn’t Worth It

30 percent of all U.S. adults lie to their spouse about money. Yikes! See how the Picky Pinchers handle the “financial infidelity”phenomenon with honesty and respect—and how you can, too.

What A Frugal Christmas!

The Picky Pinchers had a fabulous time with family for Christmas. See what they gave, what they ate, and what they spent to have a frugal Christmas!

What’s For Dinner? December 23

The Picky Pinchers kept their meals simple this week in preparation for all the craziness of the holidays. See what they ate this week!

8 Frugal Snacks for Picky People

Snacking can be tough when you’re a Picky eater who’s trying to save moolah. Check out our 8 frugal snacks for discerning eaters on a budget!

What’s For Dinner? December 16

The Picky Pinchers had a tough week on the food front. See what they cooked and what they ate during a crazy pre-Christmas week!

The Best Money We’ve Spent This Year

While we’re known for avoiding spending money, there are some things that are worth it. See the best things we’ve spent money on in 2016. What’s yours?

Easy Homemade Yeast Rolls Recipe

Who doesn’t love fresh, warm bread? See how Mrs. Picky Pincher makes her signature yeast rolls in 45 minutes. They’re buttery, bready perfection!

How Frugality Has Ruined Us

We’ve been forever ruined by living frugally. Of course, I don’t mean that in a bad way! Here’s how frugality has “ruined” us!

Why I Still Shop at Farmer’s Markets

Sure, farmer’s markets can be pricey. But don’t write them off completely! They provide an essential service to community–and the food is AMAZING!

What’s for Dinner? December 9

The Picky Pinchers tried a few new recipes this week–with some success! See what they spent and what they ate this week to save money.

When You Hate Your Job

While it’s not guaranteed you’ll love your job all the time, hating your job can be mentally and financially harmful. See what to do when you hate your job.

What a Frugal Weekend!

The Picky Pinchers cooked a lot of food, fixed up their house, and made DIY Christmas gifts this weekend. Read all about their frugal shenanigans!

What’s for Dinner? December 2

The Picky Pinchers did much better this week with their healthy eating and grocery cost goals. See what they ate this week and how much they spent!

12 Frugal Holiday Gift Ideas

The Picky Pinchers love giving during the holidays, but it can be tough on the pocketbook! Check out their 12 frugal holiday gift ideas.

What a Frugal Week! November 27

The Picky Pinchers spent the week visiting family, but didn’t let the frugal fun stop there! See how they decorated and saved money this week.

Date Night Done Frugally

Who wants to spend hundreds of dollars on date night? No thank you. Check out our ideas for a frugal date night–and add your own in the comments!

What We’re Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving from the Picky Pinchers! See what we’re thankful for this year as we celebrate food, family, and friends.

What a Frugal Weekend! November 20

Mrs. Picky Pincher had the kitchen all to herself this weekend, so she made all kinds of goodies! See how the Picky Pinchers saved money this weekend.

What’s for Dinner? November 18

The Picky Pinchers fell off the frugal bandwagon this week with their dinners. See where they went wrong and where they’ll go from here!

The November Charity Challenge

Mrs. Picky Pincher accepted the November Charity Challenge! Learn more about charity: water and how you can make a difference.

My Ten Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

It’s no secret that Mrs. Picky Pincher is obsessed with cooking. See what her top ten favorite kitchen gadgets are–and how they can save you money.

Our Financial Bucket List

The Picky Pinchers have completed a few items on their financial bucket list. See what’s left on their quest to save money and retire early!

What a Frugal Birthday Weekend!

It was a fantastic and frugal birthday weekend at the Picky Palace! See what we cooked and how our house renovation is progressing!

What’s for Dinner? November 11

The Picky Pinchers made crepes and had a fancy fail after trying to make pumpkin ravioli. See what they ate and spent this week on food.

Frugal Approaches to Junk Mail

If you’re like me, you hate junk mail. Luckily, there are plenty of frugal approaches to eliminating junk mail. Check it out!

What a Frugal Weekend! November 6

The Picky Pinchers baked muffins, cooked crepes, harvested herbs, and installed a backsplash. What did you do to save money this weekend?

What’s for Dinner? November 4

The Picky Pinchers finally had a week of dinners that worked out! See what they ate and what they spent while trying to save money.

How to Make Delectable Leftovers

Leftovers get a bad rap. But the key to saving money on food is knowing how to make the most of what you have. See how leftovers can save you money!

What a Frugal Weekend! October 30

The Picky Pinchers finally got some frugal biz done this weekend! See how they saved on food, Halloween, house repairs, and more!

What’s for Dinner? October 28

The Picky Pinchers have lived in their house for a week, but their homemade dinners still need some work. See what they spent and ate this week!

Finance Advice For My Younger Self

While I can’t go back in time, there are still plenty of things I wish I could tell my younger self to avoid financial heartbreak. What would you tell your younger self about money?

30-Day Frugal Cleanse Week 4

Check out Week 4 of the Picky Pincher’s 30-Day Frugal Cleanse. It’s a great way to get on the right foot financially when you’re not sure where to start.

What a Frugal Weekend! October 23

The Picky Pinchers finally moved into their house this weekend. See how they controlled costs and made Prudent Purchases during their busy weekend.

What’s for Dinner? October 21

The Picky Pinchers ate out a whopping 5 times this week! Learn from their mistakes and see how they plan to improve their frugal dinner plans.

Why I Use Men’s Deodorant

Mrs. Picky Pincher broke up with lady’s deodorant once and for all. See why she switched to a men’s deodorant–and why it doesn’t matter.

30-Day Frugal Cleanse Week 3

Check out Week 3 of the Picky Pincher’s 30-Day Frugal Cleanse. It’s a great way to get on the right foot financially when you’re not sure where to start.

What a Frugal Weekend!

The Picky Pinchers are closing in on their move-in date on their house. See what they did for frugal food prep and how the renovations are going!

What’s for Dinner? October 14

The Picky Pinchers experienced a few setbacks in their meal plan this week, but still met their frugal goals! See what they ate this week.

What a Frugal Weekend!

The Picky Pinchers got creative this weekend to save money. They managed to eat well and cut costs while renovating–see how!

30-Day Frugal Cleanse Week 2

Check out Week 2 of the Picky Pincher’s 30-Day Frugal Cleanse. It’s a great way to get on the right foot financially when you’re not sure where to start.

What’s for Dinner?

What was on the Picky Pincher dinner table this week? Check out their meal plan and grocery costs–and how they want to improve for next week!

The Sneaky Cost of Convenience

Mrs. Picky Pincher has spied all kinds of convenience costs in the grocery store. Check out her finds and learn how to save money on your grocery bill.

How to Save Money on Halloween

Mrs. Picky Pincher goes bananas for Halloween every year. Unfortunately, this spooky holiday can get expensive. Learn how to save money on Halloween.

What a Frugal Weekend!

The Picky Pinchers had a frugal weekend, despite being knee-deep in house renovations and to-do lists.How did you save money this week?

30-Day Frugal Cleanse Week 1

Check out Week 1 of the Picky Pincher’s 30-Day Frugal Cleanse. It’s a great way to get on the right foot financially when you’re not sure where to start.

What’s for Dinner?

The Picky Pinchers had a high grocery bill this week! See what they ate and what they spent. How are you cutting your food costs?

Frugal Fail: Buying a Good Bra

Today I learned the hard way about clothes quality. See how I crashed and burned on my mission to find a quality, frugal bra.

What a Frugal Weekend!

The Picky Pinchers experienced a small tragedy this weekend, but trudged along as they heavily renovated their new house and fought to stay under budget.

What’s for Dinner?

The Picky Pinchers actually met their food goals for this week! See what they spent on groceries and what they ate during their hectic house remodel.

How to Make Homemade Marinara Sauce

Hey, Picky people! Today we have a post from Mr. Picky Pincher, who is divulging his not-so-secret recipe for amazing marinara sauce. Enjoy!

Frugal Fail: Replacing My Lipstick

Mrs. Picky Pincher is on a mission to find healthy alternatives to beauty products. But she had a total frugal fail with finding a lipstick replacement!

What I Buy at the Dollar Store

The dollar store isn’t always the best route, but it can certainly be a great place to save cash when done right. See what we I buy at the dollar store.

What’s for Dinner? September 17

The Picky Pinchers had a rough week! It was full of long days at work, long nights renovating, and lots of restaurant meals! See what they had for dinner.

A Tale of Three Cars

The Picky Pinchers have had quite a history with their cars. See how they learned the hard way about buying nice cars–and how they’re fixing the problem.

How Excuses Made Us Poor

The Picky Pinchers made a lot of excuses to spend money. Learn how these excuses cost them big–and how they were conquered.

Are TV Dinners Frugal?

I used to absolutely love TV dinners. But after our frugal overhaul, I’ve realized they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. See how TV dinners cost more in the long run.

What’s for Dinner? September 10

The Picky Pinchers had a ridiculously busy and exciting week, which affected their menu. See what they ate, what they spent, and how they’re improving.

Frugal Fail: Sewing My Own Clothes

Mrs. Picky Pincher stubbornly tried to make her own work clothes. See how badly she messed it up and what she learned from the experience.

The Benefits of Part-Time Vegetarianism

I used to hate veggies. But as a reformed veggie hater, I’ve discovered the benefits of part-time vegetarianism. Learn how this diet can save you money.

What a Frugal Labor Day! September 5

The Picky Pinchers had an adventurous Labor Day with tuna, shopping trips, road trips, and new recipes. What did you do to save money this week?

What’s for Dinner? September 5

What did the Picky Pinchers make for dinner this week? See their total for grocery bills, menu planning, and their goals for next week.

Picky Nikki Does Hospital Bills

It can cost a loooot of money to have a baby. Picky Nikki takes on hospital bills to compare costs and care for your new bundle of joy.

Just Say No to Energy Drinks

Mrs. Picky Pincher is just saying no to energy drinks. Do they give you wings or do they empty your wallet and hurt your health?

Frugal Fail: Our Library Fine

The Picky Pinchers made a big frugal faux pas. They were charged an expensive late fee at the library! See what we learned from a library fine.

What a Frugal Weekend! August 29

The Picky Pinchers are kicking some frugal ass and taking names. See what they did to save money this weekend on their quest to financial freedom.

What’s for Dinner? August 27

The Picky Pinchers made a couple of their favorite meals this week to avoid spending money at restaurants. See if they made their goal!

Guest Post: Grocery Shopping Abroad on a Budget

Hey there, Picky people! Today we have a guest post from my pal Staci over at Streamline365 (PS: she’s giving away a free ticket to FinCon!). She recently moved to Kuwait, and is having all kinds of frugal adventures. See how she handles grocery shopping in a foreign country!

What a Frugal Weekend! August 22

Hey there, Picky people! It was a rainy weekend, which meant the Picky Pinchers were confined to the house. This meant we were a bit more productive around the house than usual. Check out all the cool stuff we made!

On Simple Delights and Little Moments

Psst, I make money on some of the links in this post at no cost to you. It keeps the lights on around here. There’s really something about the simple life. And I’m not talking about that dumb show with Paris and Nicole! I’m talking about the beauty of taking in life’s...

What’s for Dinner?

The Picky Pinchers met their food cost goal this week! See what they ate and what they spent as they try to decrease their grocery bill.

How to Save Money on Clothes

Mrs. Picky Pincher conquered her fashionista tendencies to save serious cash. Learn how to save money on clothes to stay on budget.

What a (Not Very) Frugal Weekend!

The Picky Pinchers fell off the wagon a bit this weekend with their frugal goals. Learn from their mistakes and see how they could have saved big.

Save Money with Body Positivity

Body positivity is something that’s deeply personal. But how you view yourself affects your finances. See how Mrs. Picky Pincher is on a positivity journey.

What’s for Dinner? August 13

Bean and cheese tacos, Asian lettuce wraps, and fried sweet and sour chicken–oh my! See what the Picky Pinchers cooked and spent this week.

Frugal Fail: DIY Perfume

Mrs. Picky Pincher has gotten herself into a perfume pickle. See what happens when Mrs. Picky Pincher tries to make DIY perfume. What could go wrong?

What a Frugal Weekend! August 7

The Picky Pinchers spent their weekend cooking ahead, reading, and watching rented movies from the library. How did you save money this weekend?

What We Pay Good Money For

While we’re known for being miserly in our own right, we believe there are plenty of things worth extra money. See what we pay good money for!

What’s for Dinner? August 5

How do you think the Picky Pinchers did this week on their food goals? See their weekly menu and food costs as they try to lower their budget.

Why Patio Gardens are Kickass

The Picky Pinchers absolutely love gardening. The problem? We live in an apartment with zero green space. Learn how we flourish anyway with a patio garden.

All Hail the Emergency Banana

Do you fall victim to feelings of “hangriness”? Learn how the Picky Pinchers combat hunger with their frugal snacks. You’ll save more than you think!

Is Groupon Worth It?

Groupon seems like the best place to score a sweet deal. But is Groupon actually worth it? See how the Picky Pinchers tackle the deal giant.

What a Frugal Weekend! July 31

It was kind of a lazy weekend for the Picky Pinchers, but we still managed to do a few of our favorite frugal activities. How did you save money last weekend?

What’s for Dinner? July 30

The Picky Pinchers are at it again on their adventure to decrease their food costs. See what they cooked for dinner this week to save money.

Picky Nikki Does Daycare

Daycare is easily the most expensive part of being a working parent. See the pros and cons of different daycare options to choose what’s best for you.

What a Frugal Weekend! July 25

This past weekend the Picky Pinchers planned for their busy work week. See how they prepped ahead for food and entertained themselves on a strict budget.

Be a Mistake Factory

It’s natural to make a mistake when you’re getting out of debt. What’s the true value of mistakes, and why do the Picky Pinchers write about them so much?

Sample Sites That I Actually Use

Mrs. Picky Pincher participates in two free sample sites. Learn which ones are worth using, as well as the pros and cons of sample sites.

Expect the Unexpected Expenses

Where do you turn when you have an unexpected expense or emergency? The Picky Pinchers tackle the worst and best ways to scrape by when life gets you down.

The Wonder That is the Bulk Foods Aisle

The Picky Pinchers realized that bulk food items were TWELVE times cheaper than packaged food items. Learn how bulk foods shopping can save you big bucks.

Are Rebate and Deal Sites Worth It?

Are you a fan of SwagBucks, Inbox Dollars, Ibotta, or other rebate apps? Then Picky Pinchers has some bad news for you! See why these are bad deals.

Why Natural Grocers Pisses Me Off

Are you a fan of Natural Grocers? Then you’re being robbed hand over fist. Learn why the Picky Pinchers’ new #1 enemy is stores like Natural Grocers.

What’s for Dinner? June 24

What did the Picky Pinchers have for dinner this week? Look at their food costs and menu to see how they’re cutting down food expenses to save money.

Foods You Should Never Buy

There are some foods you should just never buy. Learn how the Picky Pinchers save money with homemade foods–no more $200 grocery bills!

You Could Be Making Your Own Rice!

Do you buy rice in a box? Stop! Learn how Mr. Picky Pincher makes foolproof, delicious rice at home. It’s a great way to save money on this kitchen staple.

A Letter to Vending Machine Guy

Mrs. Picky Pincher wrote an open letter to a coworker titled, “Dear Vending Machine Guy.” Learn how vending machine meals can wreck your wallet and health.

What’s for Dinner? June 17

It’s that time of the week! Find out what the Picky Pinchers made for dinner this week and how much they spent. Can you do better?

What a Frugal Weekend! June 12

Phew! The Picky Pinchers had a very frugal weekend of cooking and even sewing. Get some ideas for your own frugal journey!

What’s for Dinner? June 11

What’s for dinner at the Picky Pinchers house this week? See what we spent, what we ate, and what our frugal meal goals are for next week.

How to Score Cheap Fabric

Sewing is a great frugal activity. But it can easily cost hundreds of dollars. Learn how to score cheap fabric–the Picky way.

Frugal Fail: The Tale of the $7 Cabbage

Today’s frugal fail is what I learned from a $7 Monsanto cabbage the size of a bowling ball. It taught us not only about food waste, but about our marriage.

What’s for Dinner? June 4

What’s on the Picky Pinchers table this week? Check out our menu, food costs, and grocery lists. What’s on your menu this week?

What’s for Dinner? May 29

How did the Picky Pinchers do with their frugal meal plan this week? Check out our progress and get some meal ideas with our Picky dinner successes.

What’s for Dinner? May 21

How did the Picky Pinchers do this week with their food goals? Find out now in this week’s edition of What’s For Dinner. Can you do better than us?

Your pants need to be on FIRE

Maybe this blog is about flaming pantaloons. Maybe it’s about financial independence and retiring early (FIRE). Maybe you should read on to find out.

Why I Buy Six-Dollar Eggs

Stop buying those nasty $1 eggs! I don’t care if they’re cheap, put them down! See why these cheap eggs aren’t so egg-cellent for your wallet or the world.

What’s for Dinner? May 9

We’re on a mission to slash our grocery bill. Check out our “What’s for Dinner?” post this week for free recipes and to check our frugal progress.

When Citrus is On Sale

Orange you glad this blog ain’t a lemon? Okay, okay, bad pun, but these recipes for citrus are great. Check out what you can do when citrus is on sale!

Our (Sort Of) Frugal Vacation

Do you think you deserve to take your vacation in Mexico to swim with dolphins? Try again. There are more frugal vacation ideas as close as your back door.

Is Costco Worth It?

It’s no secret that I love Costco. But is this alleged savings giant worth the $55 (and soon to be $60) membership fee? Read on to find out!

Why Liquidation Sales Suck

I said it, liquidation sales totally suck. They’re everything that’s wrong with this world. Learn how companies are ripping you off.

What’s for Dinner? May 2

Welcome to“What’s for Dinner?” We’ll show our family’s menu for the week and provide our grocery list and costs. Join us on this journey to frugal eating!

How to Coupon–The Right Way

Stop paying full price on everything you buy! Learn how to coupon (the right way) to save hundreds of dollars a year. It’s easier than you think!

That Time We Made “Gwheyvy”

Everybody makes mistakes. And boy, did we make a nasty one. Read about how we made “gwheyvy” and what it taught us about persistence and positivity.

How to Make Easy Homemade Bread

Drop that bag of manufactured bread right now! Drop it! Now learn how to make easy, delicious homemade bread. You’ll never go back to storebought bread (yuck!)

Walking to Work to Save Money

We live in a car society, but car commuting isn’t always the most frugal choice. Learn how walking to work for a month saved us thousands of dollars.

Six Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Are you sick of opening your energy bill and crying? Stop sending so much money to the energy company. Check out these six ways to save energy at home.

PMS Cake Recipe

Feel like you’ll punch someone in the face if you don’t get chocolate right now? Check out our PMS Cake Recipe, a chocolatey take on a mug cake.

How to Make Homemade Yogurt

Stop buying expensive, artificial yogurt from the store. Learn how to make homemade yogurt in your own kitchen with our easy tutorial.

Google Fi: An Honest Review

We ditched our old phone plans to save piles of money with Google Fi. But is it worth it? Check out our honest review for the full scoop.

Skip the Tampon Tax

Being a woman with a period is expensive. Learn. How to skip the tampon tax through alternative hygiene methods, like the Diva Cup.

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Hey there! My name is Mrs. Picky Pincher. I’m here to help you eliminate debt and save money with plenty of Texas sass.
Check out my blog for frugal living and personal finance tips–with plenty of cat pictures sprinkled in along the way, of course.

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