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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!
Grilling isn’t just for special occasions. See how my pal Jeff grills ahead of time to eat like a king during the week–all while saving money and time.
Why on Earth would someone reject free solar panels? Listen to our cautionary tale of not accepting poor service–even if it means spending more money.
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?
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!
Today we have a special treat for y’all! My pal Lily at the Frugal Gene shares her recipe for kitfo–an Ethiopian version of tartare. Enjoy!
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?
The times they are a-changin’. Retirement may have once been for the elderly, but nowadays it’s for anyone. See what modern retirement looks like.
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.
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!
Many of us have had daydreams about quitting our jobs in a blaze of glory. It sounds fun, but it’s a bad financial move. Here’s how to NOT quit your job.
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?
Thankfully August wasn’t a too terrible of a budget busting month! Phew! See where our money went in August and our goals for September.
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!
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.
Eating cheap and eating healthy don’t have to be at odds with each other. See how Mr. Picky Pincher and I save money while eating well!
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.
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.
Why is the personal finance community so enthralled with side hustles? See why I don’t always agree with side hustles–and what to do instead.
How do you help someone who’s grieving? Check out these frugal alternatives to the traditional $80 wreath and really help someone out!
Where did the weekend go? We spent our free time cooking (of course), doing home improvements, and “wine”ing around. How was your weekend?
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!
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 to death of buying things that break in a month. I’ve slowly learned that quality items are always better,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
I sort-of took on the Plastic-Free July challenge to eliminate single-use plastic items. See how I did on the challenge and share your plastic-free tips!
July was a record budget – busting month for the Picky Pinchers. See what we spent (gulp!) and how we plan to improve in August.
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 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, but since we're 9-to-5ers, the weekend is when we do most of our frugal activities. It's always worth the...
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 can you give up right now to pay off your debt more quickly? Check out these ideas from my pal Jen on how to save even more money!
I recently conquered my mondo-huge, petrifying fear of needles in the name of getting some life insurance. Have you ever overcome a huge fear?
For those who are curious, Mr. Picky Pincher dishes on how the Picky household does budgets. See our budget template and share your own!
How did you save money this weekend? We re-bricked our house, had baking lessons, and suffered from a broken-down car repair bill.
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!
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
I absolutely love Craigslist for selling my extra junk for quick cash. There are a few extra steps I take to max my profits and my safety. Check ’em out!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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!
I rented the movie “Fun With Dick and Jane” for some easy laughs. But the movie has plenty of money lessons that resonate with early retirement.
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!
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?
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!
I have nothing against treats, but I like to treat myself in the cheapest way possible. See how to treat yo’self to a DIY hom spa day on the cheap.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
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 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).
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?
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.
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.
Wedding season is in full swing, y’all! The average wedding costs $26,000. Come in well under that average with my broke betch guide to affordable weddings.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
70% of married couples fight about money. But the Picky Pinchers manage to keep things amicable. See how we easily avoid fighting over money!
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.
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.
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!
What’s the right amount of money to have in an emergency fund? It depends! See what a few money experts have to say–and add your two cents in the comments.
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!
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!
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.
Throw-away culture is a big factor in our draining pocketbooks. See how I’m fighting against throw-away culture while keeping my bank account happy.
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!
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?
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!
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.
I finally bit the bullet and tried out crystal deodorant, y’all. I was very skeptical, so I conducted an experiment. Read my review of crystal deodorant!
Although it was a holiday weekend, we stayed plenty busy. From cascarones to homemade soap, we managed to save money while having a blast.
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.
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!
Side hustles are all the rage nowadays–but they aren’t always easy. Here’s how I started a blog as a side hustle–while working a 9-to-5!
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!
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!
Looking for ways to increase your income? My pal Chris from Smart Budget Life dishes on his top 3 favorite side hustles for extra income.
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.
Did you know that living an eco-friendly life saves you lots of money? My pal from Unconventional Sustainability explains in today’s post!
Phew! March was another great month, although we were over-budget in many areas. Check out our budget report to see what we spent in March!
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.
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.
For most people, housing is the biggest expense. Read all about how my friend ESI from ESI Money combats these headache-inducing expenses.
Nowadays I keep nice things clean instead of throwing them away. See my shoe-cleaning experiment for the best cleaning method for smelly shoes!
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. 🙂
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
We’re dumping convenience to the curb to save money. I compiled a list of our fave products that help us be more self-sufficient. Add yours!
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.
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.
Leftovers let us cut our grocery budget in half. See how my friend Amanda keeps her fam on budget with planned leftovers as meals!
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!
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.
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!
I know how crazy weekday mornings can be. A hearty homemade breakfast is tough, but it’s not impossible if you try these 7 make-ahead breakfasts!
We’ve all done a few oddball things to save money. I interviewed six money experts on the weirdest ways they’ve saved money–would you try any of these?
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!
Our grocery bill was a whopping $23.31 this week. See what we ate on that small number while never sacrificing food quality!
February was a month of budget wins and frugal fails alike. See where in the world our money went in February in this month’s budget report.
I did some mad-scientist craziness in the kitchen and cut the cook time for homemade yogurt to just 30 minutes! Get the recipe here.
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.
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!
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!
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’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.
Are you a fan of sauerkraut and saving money? Try out this homemade sauerkraut recipe from our resident ‘kraut-lover, Mr. Picky Pincher!
Childhood is the time when we learn about life, and that includes money. See what money lessons my pal Dan learned (and didn’t learn) as a kid.
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
I got to give $20 free dollars to a charity this week thanks for Rockstar Finance. See how I spent this money to improve my community!
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!
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.
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!
Freezer meals really saved our budget during this busy week! See what we spent and ate this week while keeping a $3/meal budget.
It’s time for another budget report! See what we spent this month and how we did with the Uber Frugal Month Challenge (hint: we crushed it!).
I save at least $100 a month by using my Roku instead of buying cable. See how Roku saves me a crapton of money on entertainment.
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!
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!
There’s nothing wrong with going with the flow, but lacking a daily planner can cost you thousands! See how we save money with a $7 planner.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Mrs. COD from Changing Our Default is at Picky Pinchers today to talk about frugal and fun kids’ birthday parties. See how her family saves money!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
People say kids are expensive, but that’s just a mindset! Learn how Carrie, a mom of 7 kids, has fun with her family without busting her budget.
The Picky Pinchers got back into the groove this weekend with their money-saving strategies. See how they saved money this weekend.
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.”
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 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.
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.
As a personal finance blogger, I spend a lot of time reading other personal finance sites. Check out just a few of my favorites!
The holiday season can get pretty pricey. See how the Picky Pinchers spent this month and how they plan to spend in January!
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!
Nobody likes getting sick. The coughing and the sneezing is too much! Getting sick also has financial implications. See how I avoid getting sick.
The Picky Pinchers made the most of their relaxed holiday work schedules to save money this week. See what a frugal week they had!
2016 was a fantastic year for the Picky Pinchers! See our 2017 resolutions for the New Year. What are your resolutions for next year?
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.
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!
The Picky Pinchers kept their meals simple this week in preparation for all the craziness of the holidays. See what they ate this week!
With some hard work, Picky Nikki lost 25 pounds in six months. See how she lost weight while on a budget–it’s not as hard as it sounds!
Looking for a hearty dish for the holidays? Look no further than this tasty homemade gumbo recipe from Mr. Slowly Sipping Coffee!
Are you looking for a warm drink that’s perfect for the winter months? Check out Mrs. Picky Pincher’s hot toddy recipe for this frugal favorite.
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!
The Picky Pinchers had a great weekend with the family. Even though it was pretty busy, we still found time to save money!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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.
Who says you have to spend money to have fun? Check out the Picky Pinchers’ top 9 favorite frugal hobbies–that are actually fun!
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.
By practicing mental toughness, I was able to hack through the jungle of impulse shopping and into the promised land of frugality.
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!
The Picky Pinchers try to eat well, but they have plenty of slip-ups! See how they failed at eating like an adult in November.
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!
It’s that time again! Check out the Picky Pinchers’ expenses and frugal triumphs for the month of November. How did you save money last month?
The Picky Pinchers believe in spending money on quality goods that last. See their top 10 items that everyone should own.
The Picky Pinchers love giving during the holidays, but it can be tough on the pocketbook! Check out their 12 frugal holiday gift ideas.
Hey, Picky People! Today we have a guest post about cooking up a a plate of early retirement. Learn how to save money on food costs while eating well!
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.
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!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Picky Pinchers! See what we’re thankful for this year as we celebrate food, family, and friends.
What steps would the Picky Pinchers take to get out of a financial emergency? See what their bare minimum scenario looks like.
Mrs. Picky Pincher is an annoying morning person, but her routine saves money and sanity. See how to make mornings less terrible.
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.
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!
We have a guest post today from Sarah at Total Discounts. See how to cut back on your food costs without sacrificing food quality!
Mrs. Picky Pincher accepted the November Charity Challenge! Learn more about charity: water and how you can make a difference.
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.
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!
It was a fantastic and frugal birthday weekend at the Picky Palace! See what we cooked and how our house renovation is progressing!
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.
If you’re like me, you hate junk mail. Luckily, there are plenty of frugal approaches to eliminating junk mail. Check it out!
Picky Nikki is here with the harrowing tale of how she got hooked on subscription boxes for 4 years. Learn how she broke the subscription box cycle!
Sometimes the best way to save money is to journey to the past. Try out some of these old-school tricks from my Granny Mary to save money.
The Picky Pinchers baked muffins, cooked crepes, harvested herbs, and installed a backsplash. What did you do to save money this weekend?
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.
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!
October was probably the Picky Pinchers’ most spendy month yet! See how they did with their budget and their goals for November.
Thanksgiving is a great holiday full of food and family. But the costs can add up! Try our tips to throw a Thanksgiving dinner that won’t break the bank.
Farming Phyllis is pretty Picky about her coffee. Learn about her not-so-secret coffee recipe that rivals your $5 Starbucks latte!
The Picky Pinchers finally got some frugal biz done this weekend! See how they saved on food, Halloween, house repairs, and more!
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!
Every mom knows the dreaded phrase of, “Mom, I’m bored!” Learn how Picky Nikki tackles child boredom on the cheap as a working mom.
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?
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.
The Picky Pinchers finally moved into their house this weekend. See how they controlled costs and made Prudent Purchases during their busy weekend.
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.
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.
Mrs. Picky Pincher is finally fessing up to all of her breakfast taco shenanigans! Learn how the Picky Pinchers make breakfast tacos for a cheap meal.
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.
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!
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.
Our pals over at Your Best Digs have a great recipe for natural, DIY window cleaner. It’s better for your home, health, and wallet!
Eating in season is the best way to save money on food while maximizing flavor. Check out our favorite 7 frugal fall dinner recipes!
Amber from Alternative Grace offers her thoughts on preparing for baby as a frugal parent-to-be. Do you have money-saving tips for new parents?
The Picky Pinchers got creative this weekend to save money. They managed to eat well and cut costs while renovating–see how!
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.
The Picky Pinchers have crunched the numbers and have their September budget report! See what they spent and what their financial goals are for October.
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!
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.
Mrs. Picky Pincher goes bananas for Halloween every year. Unfortunately, this spooky holiday can get expensive. Learn how to save money on Halloween.
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?
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.
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?
Today I learned the hard way about clothes quality. See how I crashed and burned on my mission to find a quality, frugal bra.
I love to complain. It’s one of my most endearing traits. See how I’ve actually saved money by connecting with other people about my problems.
The Picky Pinchers tackled $14,000 of credit card debt in a year. Learn about their debt repayment plan–and how it’s not one-size-fits-all.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Picky Pinchers made a lot of excuses to spend money. Learn how these excuses cost them big–and how they were conquered.
The Picky Pinchers finally have the keys to their house! See how they struggled to save money while planning a renovation.
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.
Today we have a guest post from my sister, Farming Phyllis, on her recent move to the country! How are you simplifying your own life?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Mrs. Picky Pincher loves her makeup. But is wearing makeup every day frugal? She went makeup free for a month to find out.
What did the Picky Pinchers make for dinner this week? See their total for grocery bills, menu planning, and their goals for next week.
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.
It’s time for the first-ever Picky Pinchers monthly expense report! See where our money went during the month of August and how we plan to improve.
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?
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.
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.
The Picky Pinchers made a couple of their favorite meals this week to avoid spending money at restaurants. See if they made their goal!
Everybody has bad days. But negativity can be harmful to your finances. See how the Picky Pinchers stay positive when life gets them down.
Are you trying to pay off student loans but aren’t sure where to start? See how the Picky Pinchers make student loans a priority with a focused debt repayment method.
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!
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!
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 little moments. It doesn’t have to be the cliché puppies running through the meadow or a gentle breeze off...
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.
Mrs. Picky Pincher conquered her fashionista tendencies to save serious cash. Learn how to save money on clothes to stay on budget.
Are you tracking all of your expenses as you should? Learn what it means to truly quantify everything–and how it saves you a LOT of money.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Get a glimpse of Mrs. Picky Pincher’s daily routine as she works that 9-to-5 while saving money. How does your schedule save you money?
Mrs. Picky Pincher just took on a promotion at work–with longer hours, more responsibility and, oh yeah, no pay increase. See why.
The Picky Pinchers spent their weekend cooking ahead, reading, and watching rented movies from the library. How did you save money this weekend?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
Everybody needs insurance. But it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to cover your ass. Learn how the Picky Pinchers save on car insurance.
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.
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.
Are you a Starbucks addict? While that mocha latte might be delicious, it’s ruining your life. Read how to save money by kicking your Starbucks habit.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Not sure about your credit score? It affects your job, money, and life! Here are five reasons to check your credit score pronto.
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.
I put $1,500 on my credit card every month. Am I just plain crazy? Nope, it’s all part of the plan. See how the Picky Pinchers play the credit card game to earn some extra buckaroos.
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.
The Picky Pinchers are fighting a battle against soda: the destroyer of bodies and finances. See how to cut down on the soda from a former soda addict.
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.
The Picky Pinchers had another great, frugal weekend! See what foods and crafts they did to save money.
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.
There are some foods you should just never buy. Learn how the Picky Pinchers save money with homemade foods–no more $200 grocery bills!
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.
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.
I have never had a cable bill, and I never will. Learn how the Picky Pinchers pay a cool $10/month for entertainment–and stay sane!
Check out our guest post from Elsie at Gundo Money. She goes over tricks and tips to help you save money and get on the right financial foot.
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?
The Picky Pinchers are looking for their Picky Palace! Check out our tips for succesful house hunting–as we start looking for the second time.
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 at the Picky Pinchers house this week? See what we spent, what we ate, and what our frugal meal goals are for next week.
Sewing is a great frugal activity. But it can easily cost hundreds of dollars. Learn how to score cheap fabric–the Picky way.
Mr. Picky Pincher is pissed off. That’s right–he’s mad! See why Mr. Picky Pincher has got his Pickyness in a bunch over the cost of eating out.
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 on the Picky Pinchers table this week? Check out our menu, food costs, and grocery lists. What’s on your menu this week?
Did you know that store bought cosmetics are bad for your health and your wallet? Take the plunge and make your own natural makeup remover.
Keurig’s K-Cups are pure evil. Don’t believe me? The effects of Keurig’s evil invention can be felt in your wallet, body, and the environment. Just like Voldemort.
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.
Yup, it’s as bad as it sounds. Read on to see my frugal fail–it’s okay, you can laugh with me and at me!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I said it, liquidation sales totally suck. They’re everything that’s wrong with this world. Learn how companies are ripping you off.
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!
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!
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.
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!)
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone! I manage to get all of my books and DVDs for free. How do I do it? It all starts at my local library. No, really.
We love the frugal life. But what does “frugal” mean, anyway? Check out the Picky Pinchers’ definition of frugal (hint: enjoying life is mandatory!).
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.
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.
Think you have to drop $10 at the salon to pamper yourself? Think again. Learn how to do your nails at home to save time and money.
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.
I had a long journey to get healthy. Think you don’t have time or the resources to exercise? Think again: there are tons of frugal ways to get fit.
Stop buying expensive, artificial yogurt from the store. Learn how to make homemade yogurt in your own kitchen with our easy tutorial.
I’m a recovering salon junkie. But shelling out $75 for color became too much. Learn how to save money with your natural hair color.
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.
Being a woman with a period is expensive. Learn. How to skip the tampon tax through alternative hygiene methods, like the Diva Cup.
Don’t get stuck in the lunchtime rut! Going out to eat is an expensive habit. Learn how to make your own scrumptious, healthy meals and pack your lunch.