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Laura Hughes

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Name:
Frugal Bagel
Category:
General Finance
Tags:
Budgeting, Minimalism
Start Year:
2015

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Location:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Age:
30s
Race:
White
Gender:
Female
Life stage:
DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
Profession:
IT / Software
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Latest Blog Posts

Toot toot Well, it finally happened. After 3 continuous years of tracking all my expenses, I fell of the YNAB train! You might have noticed there have been no expense reviews posted here lately: it's because I literally don't know how much I spent. Partially, this was accidental, due to laziness. Partially, it was accidental-on-purpose, due to not wanting to pace myself on buying men's work clothes. After I ...
Posted: Sep 28 2017 @ 11:35 AM
Ed. note: this is another personal, non frugality related post, but I want to share my experience in case it helps anyone. I wrote this a few months ago, shortly after my last gender-related post, but I held off on posting until I'd personally come out to people in my life. Yeeeeeah, so, I'm trans. I haven't been in the closet all this time; I literally just didn't know. I ...
Posted: Sep 18 2017 @ 6:20 PM
Stage presence doesn't make you an expert. It's a startling return to good old-fashioned personal finance advice! Recently, as part of a book review, I noted that personal finance books by "gurus" are usually bad. This is because gurus make their money from selling you advice, so they're incentivized to make personal money management look so hard that you feel you need ongoing guidance - and lots of products. Here are three ...
Posted: Aug 02 2017 @ 4:16 PM
In my capsule wardrobes post written a couple of weeks ago, I noted how funny it was that my wardrobe is divided between masculine-of-center casual clothing and femme business clothing. I said that I'm not interested in business menswear, but I think I knew after I wrote it that it wasn't strictly true. It's more like, I'm insecure about looking good or professional in men's clothing, and I'm conflicted about ...
Posted: Jul 19 2017 @ 7:07 PM
My wife's been out of town, so I may have gone a little stir crazy today. (Though you'll notice I still haven't posted my purchase review for June, for shame reasons.) I pulled out all my clothes and sorted them into capsule wardrobes.   Summer Work Capsule Consists of: 5 dresses, 3 cardigans, 3 skirts, 1 button-down shirt, 2 short-sleeved shirts, 4 infinity scarves. Not shown: 2 blazers, 3 shoes (pumps, flats, sandals), ...
Posted: Jul 08 2017 @ 6:31 PM
Photo Credit: Stefan Kunze My wife, the Frugal Croissant, and I recently took a four-day, three-night mini-break to a seaside town. As vacations go, it wasn't the most frugal, but it wasn't the worst. Here's what we could have done to make it cheaper: Drive, instead of taking the cruiselike passenger ferry. But we don't have a car, which is probably a larger savings in the long run. Crash with friends. This ...
Posted: Jun 12 2017 @ 12:00 PM
Now's the time where I look back on my purchases from this month one year ago to see what kind of lessons I can apply to current day. In June 2016, I seem to have been mainly concerned with getting my cool-summer-weather wardrobe together for an upcoming trip to Maine. I don't have immediate plans to travel this June, although I did just get back from a weekend in Provincetown, ...
Posted: Jun 09 2017 @ 5:06 PM
May was a disaster, but if I subtract out the bras, it's normal to good. I think the problem is that I basically acted like I have a separate budget for bras unrelated to my normal personal budget, only I don't. There's no, like, extra bra money. But I need bras! Why I Need Bras My bra size keeps changing. This is my third size change since I found "my true ...
Posted: Jun 07 2017 @ 2:42 PM
These avocados think they're so special. I didn't mention the avocado toast debacle when it happened a few weeks ago - it just seemed like another rehash of the old Latte Factor argument, with the added insult-to-injury of having personal finance advice shoved down your throat by a Little Lord Fauntleroy who inherited all his money and never had to choose between nice food and real estate in all his life; ...
Posted: Jun 06 2017 @ 10:50 AM
Here's what I bought for myself in April 2017. Crossword puzzle subscription - $40 This is for a year of puzzle access. It's expensive for an app, but I guess it's about the price of four puzzle books per year, and it's a lot easier to grab my phone than to remember to carry my puzzle book around. I did the daily puzzle every day this month. We'll see if my ...
Posted: May 05 2017 @ 5:30 AM

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