December 08, 2009
Frugalista moves to thefrugalista.com
Hi Everyone! Thanks for being so patient with me! I have been underground for a few days for good reason. I am going indie. I have launched thefrugalista.com, my own blog. I have had an AWESOME time blogging for the Miami Herald, but now is the time for me to strike on my own.
The party isn't ending...it's going to a new place so please visit me at thefrugalista.com and update your blogrolls and add yourself to my RSS feed! My email is the same, for those who know. :)
Much love to the Miami Herald for letting me have a wonderful ride here!
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December 02, 2009
100 Money Experts You Should Follow on Twitter
Yippee!! I was listed by Accredited Online Colleges as one of the money experts you should follow on Twitter. I tend to agree. Tweet me, baby! Be forewarned, I don't only tweet about money. You may catch a reality show tweet or two, or 1,000 coming from me! It's all love. :)
Thank you, Accreditedonlinecolleges.org for the honor!
Here's the list:.
Who are your tweeple? Who do I need to follow? I don't only follow my financial peeps. I just want to connect with people who publish worthwhile content. Humor, news, financial, life, mom, whatever.
December 01, 2009
Should we spend this holiday season?
Oh my! This personal finance blogger says that we should spend this holiday season. Jeff Brown argues that if you live frugally during the year, why not treat yourself and loved ones to some nice gifts? Jeff says that much of our financial woes are due to buying too much house, buying expensive cars or purchasing $4 lattes that fritter away our cash. Holiday spending isn't the real culprit of our deep financial woes.
Gulp! I guess it makes sense. If you behave and respect your earnings throughout the year, why not do the Santa Claus thing?
This year, I'm spending a little bit more than I did last year on Christmas. I'm going to get the niece some Sesame Street stuff because she's working on her numbers. I can't write what I'm getting Mama Frugalista because she reads the blog from time to time. I think my spending style will be Frugalista Claus. LOL. Good gifts but tempered spending.
What's your holiday spending plan? Super frugal? Mrs. Claus-style? Regular? What are you buying? What's on your Christmas list. I know that I'm getting a Princess Tiana doll from my mother, which is why she is on my blog, today. How old am I? LOL
November 26, 2009
Frugalista's Black Friday links
Please be kind to each other on Friday and don't try to stampede, ok? I have to work tomorrow, so have fun in the Black Friday rush. Before you go, please check out some of these links so you can get some good info to make your day bright! Retail responsibly! Kthx.
The Wall Street Journal wrote a comprehensive blog of all the Black Friday deals and cool sites.
Savings.com is pretty aggressive this year with the Black Friday report.
Toutie is one of my favorite twitter peeps, and she always has deals on deck.
Sicka than Average has some of her favorite picks online for a little bit of retail therapy.
What's on your holiday list? Are you doing the 4 a.m. thing? Wait, are you lined up at the big boxes, already? Need a chair?
November 25, 2009
Frugalista boycotts Thanksgiving 2009
Gobble up, my Frugalistas. I'm not doing Thanksgiving this year. There, I said it. Normally, I'm at a friend's house or flying to Chicago to visit my family. But this year, I am underground and THANKFUL for a day off to focus on my writing and me. They are one in the same these days.
A few things factored into my decision to un-Thanksgiving. I didn't want to spend money flying for the holidays. I didn't want to be responsible for bringing a dish to another person's home. My home is not in condition to have guests over. I have to work the Friday after the holiday.
I just want to watch television, write my book and talk on the phone. I just want the REALLY simple life because these days, my life is a tad hectic.
I don't really bring up the holidays around my friends because I don't want to be cajoled or pitied into a T-giving celebration.
I am thankful for friends, my health, a bank account, opportunities, Body Magic shape wear. I am thankful for my new hairdresser, Kenny.
I will be thankful for a low key day.
What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Do the holidays stress you? I will have some black Friday specials posted tomorrow.
November 23, 2009
Frugalista Life: Businesses are REALLY thankful for Thanksgiving
Ok, have you noticed some of the businesses that you have a relationship with sending you Thanksgiving cards? I knew about holiday greeting cards, you know, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwaanza, but I've gotten a few Thanksgiving cards. My insurance company sent me one "thanking me for my business;"
Whoa! Is it because of the recession that businesses are reaching out? I think the gesture is sweet. These businesses are trying to make sure they get all of Frugalista's cash. It may work. What kind of card will I get for the other holidays? Shoot, I'm spoiled now!
Also, maybe I should send *quickly* some people some Thanksgiving cards...Never too late to say thanks, right?
Are Thanksgiving cards created by the greeting card industry? Have you gotten any? Have you noticed any businesses being nicer to you? Smart right?
November 17, 2009
Frugalista loves her hair--and that may be a problem!
Oh no! I need help. Please say something to your higher powers for me. One of my biggest expenses in the past has been my hair. I used to get it done, every two weeks, spending at least $70 a month on my hair. When I get a relaxer, my hair can run well over $100 per month. To save money, I've have been styling my hair at home, like a good little Frugalista...then HE moved to town.
He is Kenny, a stylist from Atlanta who decided to downsize his life and move to Miami for water and waves. Kenny does one of my childhood friend's hair who now lives in Orlando. She drives three hours from Orlando to Miami to have Kenny style her tresses. She introduced me to Kenny and told me I needed to see him.
I was content with my hair, but it has been a long time since I really felt like a stylist could really "smoke" my hair. The stylist I use keeps my hair healthy but I am open to change.
So anyway, I knew I was going out of town so I went to my regular stylist who was too busy to see me within an hour and the kids in the salon were acting out. I jetted and decided to give Kenny a shot.
Well, I let Kenny do my hair. I.LOVE.MY.HAIR. He shaped it, conditioned it and styled it wonderfully! I have not felt this great in a LONG TIME about my hair. I gave him a hug afterward and called all of my friends about this new love, er stylist in my life.
For a basic style, Kenny is about 10 to $15 more expensive than my regular stylist. But, I LOVE MY HAIR. Also, Kenny specializes in growing hair and transitioning women from using relaxers to wearing natural hair. So now, I want to go natural. I want to do whatever Kenny says. Kenny and Natalie forever!
Oh no! Has Kenny killed Operation Frugalista? If I hadn't been exposed to his touch, I wouldn't be trying to figure out ways to create a "Kenny budget." What about my savings? If I never gave him a shot, I would be wealthier, albeit with regular hair. Do you think that ignorance is bliss? Do I need this T-Shirt?
Frugalistas, what would you do?
1) Find a way to get your hair done by Kenny so you could feel great?
2) Still do your hair at home and only go to Kenny on special occasions?
3) Tolerate the old hair dresser, even though you know the thrill is gone?
4) Get a side job so you can have a Kenny fund?
5) Find a way to barter services? I will write for a wash and style!
November 16, 2009
Free Aveeno hair productsYou can get a sample from Aveeno's "Nourish" hair line. If you just fill out a short survey from Aveeno, the company will pick out the best product for you and send it to your door.
November 11, 2009
Frugalista presents at the Miami Book Fair
Hey, Frugalistas! I'm going to introduce an author presentation at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Miami Book Fair. It's $5 to get into the book fair but the panel well be free once you pay that fee.
The authors I'll be introducing are an impressive bunch. I hope I get on such a panel when my book comes out!
Here is who you will meet on Sunday:
Carla A. Harris, author of Expect to Win: Proven Strategies from a Wall Street Vet (Penguin), is the managing director of global capital markets at Morgan Stanley. She has been honored in Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America," Essence magazine's "50 Women Who Are Shaping the World," and Black Enterprise's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”
Sharon Harvey Rosenberg is a write-at-home mom who writes the “Frugal Duchess” column that appears weekly in the Miami Herald and regularly in about 25 other newspapers. She’s the author The Frugal Duchess of South Beach: How to Live Well and Save Money Anywhere You Live, and a contributor to 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget (Skyhorse), by the staff of Wise Bread.
Alan Weis, author of The Business of Changing Lives: How One Company Took the Information Superhighway to the Inner City (Greenleaf Book Group), is the founder and president of Advanced Network and Services (ANS). A former IBM vice president, he has been a member of the World Technology Network since 2002 and was a member of the CEO Forum on Educational Technology. Weis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He resides in Sarasota, Fla.
I hope to see you there!
What books are you reading? What's your favorite book? Are you going to the Miami Book Fair?
November 10, 2009
Free WiFi at airports from Google during the holidays!
When I found out that Google will offer free WiFi during the holiday season at airports, I squealed with glee. The free WiFi is offered from now until Jan. 15 at participating airports. I spent about $7 at Atlanta's airport burning up the WiFi, last month. I hated spending the money, but I have an addiction to feed. We all know I'm a sucker for free WiFi. So when you're traveling, you will be able to play on Facebook, Twitter and The Frugalista Files blog for FREE! I am warm and fuzzy on this freebie.
Here is the list of participating airports:
* Austin (AUS)
* Baltimore (BWI)
* Billings (BIL)
* Boston (BOS)
* Bozeman (BZN)
* Buffalo (BUF)
* Burbank (BUR)
* Central Wisconsin (CWA)
* Charlotte (CLT)
* Des Moines (DSM)
* El Paso (ELP)
* Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
* Fort Myers/SW (RSW)
* Greensboro (GSO)
* Houston (HOU)
* Houston Bush (IAH)
* Indianapolis (IND)
* Jacksonville (JIA)
* Kalamazoo (AZO)
* Las Vegas (LAS)
* Louisville (SDF)
* Madison (MSN)
* Memphis (MEM)
* Miami (MIA)
* Milwaukee (MKE)
* Monterey (MRY)
* Nashville (BNA)
* Newport News (PHF)
* Norfolk (ORF)
* Oklahoma City (OKC)
* Omaha (OMA)
* Orlando (MCO)
* Panama City (PFN)
* Pittsburgh (PIT)
* Portland (PWM)
* Sacramento (SMF)
* San Antonio (SAT)
* San Diego (SAN)
* San Jose (SJC)
* Seattle (SEA)
* South Bend (SBN)
* Spokane (GEG)
* St. Louis (STL)
* State College (SCE)
* Toledo (TOL)
* Traverse City (TVC)
* West Palm Beach (PBI)
Is Google taking over the earth? What is your favorite airport? Do you travel with your laptop?