Category Frugality

The science of spending and happiness

I recently read Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton. This book found the intersection between how-to books on happiness and personal finance. And even better, all of their recommendations are based on solid research. Some of their suggestions come as no surprise (“buy experiences”) and others provided a […]

Frugality is… having real goals

After college I had a dream of moving to the Northwest U.S. (Seattle/Portland area). To me, it was a magical place full of good music and movie theaters you could eat in. So for a whole year whenever I thought of buying or accepting something offered to me, I’d think: “Would I move across the […]

Frugality is… holding onto your dreams loosely

This is the first post in a series called “Frugality is…” There are a lot of frugality tips available on the internet and your local public library (my favorite frugality tool). But choosing which ones to use is the fun part. Personal finance is personal because there’s no standard way of achieving financial goals. And […]