Grocery Savings or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Discount

Grocery shopping shouldn’t be a status symbol, but for a while there it certainly became one for me. I regularly visited a store I shall refer to as Glitzy Grocer (because I really like alliteration) where I enjoyed swanking around. I enjoyed knowing the name of the farmer who produced my Italian Olive Oil, and got a certain kick from rummaging through aisles of overpriced organic produce. I especially enjoyed bumping into friends and co-workers at the Store. Especially post-baby, it ensured that I would get out of my pajamas on a weekend, and…

No Shame in Freebies, and Other Reasons to Keep Living Like a College Kid

College-me was penniless, and no free pizza – or free anything really – was safe from me. Working several minimum wage jobs, and limiting college debt propelled me to muscle through undergrad in three years.  Add a little more scrounging during grad school, and you might understand why I felt entitled to live like a “grown up” after I graduated. To me, that meant not penny-pinching, and spreading out my lifestyle to enjoy my generous income. Our newfound Journey to Financial Independence has changed that. If we want to squirrel away all our precious…