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Not Eating Out

Tweet I didn’t eat out for the entire week, including the weekend. This may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but this milestone has taken a very concerted effort and a lot of reflection on my part to achieve. I usually go out to dinners or brunches or coffees for one […]

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Minimum Wage vs. Tipping System: Which is better?

Tweet One of the things I’ve noticed during my stay in London is how nice it is not to have a “discretionary but-not-really tipping system because if you don’t tip the restaurant workers won’t make enough money” scheme that we have in the States. During my vacation, I didn’t tip for take-out food and the […]

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The I Love Cocktails Budget

Tweet There is something exquisite about an expertly-crafted, beautiful-presented cocktail, especially if said cocktail is consumed during at a low-lit bar with someone you are really into or at a bistro while you are laughing with long-time girlfriends. Maybe that’s the reason that despite not being a big drinker, I have taken to ordering a […]

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How Much Would You Pay For a Scoop of Ice Cream?

Tweet As the temperatures hover around the triple digits in many parts of the U.S., I imagine all the ice cream shops are doing brisk business. Did you know that Americans eat more than a billion gallons of ice cream and frozen desserts every year? I am quite contribute that I more than my fair share […]

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Cooking From Scratch… Made Easier

Tweet I love to watch cooking shows. More importantly, I’d love to be able to cook like chefs on cooking shows – with ingredients neatly presented in clear glass bowls, sauces and spices pre-measured, veggies pre-washed and pre-chopped, and of course, no thought of cleaning up afterwards. Alas, that’s not how cooking goes for normal […]

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Is There a Stigma Against Separate Checks?

Tweet I ask because I saw an advice column in SELF magazine on how to deal with dining-with-friends-and-money situations, especially with the sticky situation of a friend who ordered a pricey entree and wants to split the bill with someone who munched on a salad. I don’t disagree with SELF’s advice, but perhaps dining out is more awkward […]

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Bacon Makes It Better: An Ode to My Favorite Food

Tweet Did you know that March 18-March 25 is Australia’s National Bacon Week? It is, it is. Even though I am not Australian, I stand with my fellow bacon-lovers from Down Under. Bacon is possibly one of my favorite foods ever. I try not to over-indulge (and oh it would be so easy to over-indulge), but […]

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Giveaway: Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Chocolate Gift Packs

Tweet Is there anything in the world that’s better than rich, indulgent chocolate? (OK, maybe, but not many…). That’s why I’m so excited to be working with Ghirardelli on a giveaway to promote their new Gourmet Milk line of “upgraded milk chocolate.” Two lucky winners will receive a gift pack includes 4 bars of each of the following flavors: Gourmet Milk Creamy […]

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My 21 Day Detox

Tweet Detox diets and cleanses are big business, especially among young professional women. Prices can range up to hundreds of dollars a day, with organic juice cleanses delivered straight to your door. But I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars to go on a detoxification diet. With so many resources available, I can design […]

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Food Budget Inflation Rampant: Time to Wave the White Flag or Double Down and Try Harder?

Tweet In the Me vs. Food Spending competition, the statistics are currently thus: Food Spending 10, Me -3 Fighting a never-ending battle with food costs In November 2010, I spent $336 on Food & Dining ($185 groceries / $151 restaurants). In December 2010, I spent $297 ($78 groceries / $219 restaurants). In January 2011, I […]

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The High Cost of Healthy Groceries

Tweet The common perception is that cooking at home is always cheaper than going out to eat. Most of the times, I think this is true.  Lately, I’ve trying to cook at home more, both to save money and to help myself meet my fitness goals. After I started tabulating our grocery bills, though, I’m […]

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Fitness Boot Camp Journal: Days 4-5

Tweet Day 4 (11/23) Today was a kickboxing cardio class. Lots of punches, kicks, lateral runs, sprints, and jumping jacks. Then crunches. Remember how I said Day 3 was the hardest workout I’ve ever had? Well, Day 4 is a very close second. Lots of muscles are sore, including many that I have never known […]

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Chocolate Will Be As Expensive as Caviar in 20 Years

Tweet Remember my chocolate budget? Well, I better start saving much more money because in 20 years, chocolate is going to skyrocket in cost. According to a chilling article by Gizmodo, the world is running out of chocolate! At the rate we’re going, chocolate is going to be a rare—and extremely pricey—commodity within the next […]

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