Preparing for early retirement: last month at work

So,  early retirement is getting closer and closer. If nothing changes- my due date is at the end of this (short) month- February 28. Being a walking irony that I am, the minute I wrote a mail to everyone at work announcing my retirement and inviting them to a modest toast on the 28th, someone […]

My online grocery shopping: saving money+big time!(and my quick bean stew recipe for no fresh produce situations)

Being an avid frugal person, I used to avoid online grocery shopping, thinking the produce will not be as good as the produce I hand pick , the prices will be considerably higher, and I will not get that “vibe” you get when strolling along the supermarket aisles -that “vibe” that sends you to the […]

Analyzing my everyday expenses: reflecting on 2018- part 2

Aspiring towards early retirement , for me, meant adjusting to a different life style- and a  different spending regime- but- and this is the important point I am emphasizing- the change needed to be permanent- not “only until I reach early retirement- and then- the sky’s the limit “. And why is that, pray tell? […]

Reflecting on my 2018 expenses

The end of the year is in my opinion a great time to look back at your expenses and learn a thing or two (or three?) about your spendings. *This is a part of a bigger picture– of course- reflecting on everything you accomplished in the past year- for better or for worse. the thing […]

How to “travelight” :a month in Guatemala with only a standard carry-on duffel bag??

Yes! finally! a post on how to minimise and frugalise your next long trip abroad! After spending a month in Guatemala voluntouring, I feel like a total pro on the subject of light traveling- or travelighting”. *I am sure many have other- perhaps more exciting tips- I promise to put my ego aside for a […]

Vegan and frugal in Guatemala-my month in antigua (and a side note on traveling alone).נ

As I already told you, I volunteered for a month with NDG -in antigua, guatemala. here is a link to my previous post – Volunteering with Ninos De Guatemala -the whole truth.  During my stay, I was provided with 3 meals a day at my homestay, except on sundays, so basically I needed to provide for […]

Being prepared: keep in shape! (+a frugal tip on how to get yourself a “personal massage therapist” for life for a just a few $)

I understand that we cannot prepare for every possible thing life arranges for us- I wish we could. Being a control freak, having 100% certainty in life would have made me a very chilled person- (or perhaps I’d arrange something else to worry over..) But- I believe we can definitely mitigate the possible outcome of […]

How I downsized my wardrobe -and no- I do not wear the same pants every day. (part 2).

On my previous post I left you all wondering how I use this colorful scarf to lift a boring out fit and so lead others to believe I have multiple items of clothing when the truth is I downsized my wardrobe seriously. The truth is I no longer care what others think of my wardrobe […]

How I downsized my wardrobe and does this mean I wear the same pants everyday???(part 1)

This is my wardrobe: This has all my fall + winter clothing including my “formal attire” -my every day going to work clothes, my workout clothes, and my “wear at home where no one sees you and you can feel realy comfortable ” clothes . I have another shelf where I put my spring+summer clothing. […]

Why (and how) I stopped wearing any makeup-and a frugal tip!

I celebrated my 50th birthday at a vipassana course. read here why and how: The birthday presents I gave myself-part 1. Quite naturally , so to speak, I wore no make up during the 10 day course, and this was a big deal for me, I must admit. Up untill then, I wore make up every […]