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    How I keep my grocery expenses down so low

    A common question people are asking me is how I keep my grocery spending to a minimum, but when I look back and what I’ve spent in the past year, it doesn’t look extraordinarily frugal to me. In fact, it looks like in the month...

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    Beijing – Shopping and Life

    More shots of Beijing Life and Shopping. It’s really a new experience to be in the middle of such pollution and to see SO MANY BIKES everywhere. (Actually I meant to write “smell a whiff of a cop”, not spot. Not going to change it...

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    Wage Gaps between Genders: Who’s responsibility is it to fix it?

    Article: The Glass Hammer — “Whose Responsibility is Fixing the Wage Gap?“ Good article in general, but I want to highlight a few points for discussion. Please, if you are going to disagree with me or especially with any of my readers commenting, I totally...

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    How much does your pet cost in a lifetime?

    Click on the image to enlarge. Source: Visual Economics The fish is clearly not a saltwater fish (those are EXPENSIVE to maintain and buy), and they’re not counting medical emergencies like surgeries or bone replacements.

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    Closet Cleanout #2 — Purses, Clothing, etc

    First come first serve! Another great closet clean out, although not as big as last time *laugh* These are all the items that I couldn’t bear to let go the last time, but alas.. their time has come because I NEED MORE SPACE.. as in,...

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    Perceived Value: The cornerstone of conscious spending (a.k.a. “frugality”)

    When you evaluate and go over every purchase you make, it doesn’t make a difference if it’s a $2000 item or a $2 item. Perceived value of the item to your lifestyle is a big factor. For me, if I need to spend $300 on...

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    Beijing – Food Stalls and Food

    Beijing and Asia in general is all about street food. Here are some of the things that Beijing-ers chow down on.

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    A True Story: The Dark Side of Financial Insecurity

    Two years ago, my friend contemplated suicide. She had a husband and two kids, she was $50,000 in debt from living expenses, the only one holding down a job, and her husband spiraling deeper into depression, cutting himself off from the world. He’d shut off...

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    What are you NOT spending on groceries?

    I had this question posed to me by a fellow colleague who was stumped as how we could live on $300/month for the two of us eating in groceries. He says he spends about $700/month just for the two of them. I basically said that...

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    What’s in a baby name?

    There is an American-Australian couple (white, if you must be specific), who named one of their three kids, a boy: Yo Xing Heyno Augustus Eisner Alexander Weiser Knuckles. (Read article here) Or for short, “Yo Xing”. He is not adopted at all. It sounded strange...

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